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Is semolina healthy?

  1. Semolina is not its own kind of flour, but it is very finely ground wheat, corn, spelled or rice. In the Netherlands semolina is often made from wheat. Semolina is used, for example, for semolina pudding. This is known in the Netherlands as a tasty dessert. But just how healthy is semolina and semolina pudding for the body?

Nutritional value

  1. Semolina is usually made from wheat and wheat contains a reasonable number of calories, in the case of semolina 343 calories per 100 grams. Furthermore, 70% of semolina consists of carbohydrates. Most semolina is made from white flour. White flour contains less vitamins, minerals and fiber than whole wheat flour. As a result, the sugars are absorbed by the body faster and blood sugar spikes take place. Semolina made from white flour is therefore less suitable for people with diabetes.

Fibers

  1. Semolina, made from white flour, contains 5.4 grams of fiber. This is more than the 1.8 grams of fiber from wheat flour. White flour does contain a lot less fiber compared to wholemeal wheat flour, which contains 12.2 grams of fiber. Fiber is important for digestion. Men need 40 grams of dietary fiber per day and women 30 grams.

Vitamins

  1. 100 grams of semolina contains 11% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 functions as an enzyme in certain reactions and ensures that energy is released from carbohydrates. It is also a vital vitamin for the proper functioning of the heart muscle and nervous system. A shortage of vitamin B1 can cause psychological disorders such as depression, memory loss and concentration problems.

Minerals

  1. Semolina has 11% of the recommended daily amount of phosphorus per 100 grams. Phosphorus, like calcium, is needed to keep bones strong. It also plays a role in energy metabolism. A lack of phosphorus, which does not occur quickly, can lead to muscle pain, loss of appetite and eventually kidney stones.

Is semolina pudding healthy?

  1. Semolina is best known for the delicious semolina pudding you can make from it. A dessert consisting of vanilla, cinnamon, milk, sugar and of course semolina.

Sugars

  1. Semolina pudding contains a lot of sugars, around 20 grams per 100 grams, but this can of course differ per brand or preparation. So if you consume too much semolina pudding, you will consume a lot of sugars (energy). If you do not do anything with this energy, so do not exercise, for example, the pancreas will release more insulin so that the sugars are absorbed more quickly by the body cells. This has resulted in a drop in blood sugar. A rapidly falling blood sugar level is also called the sugar dip. You suddenly have little energy, but this differs per person and not everyone suffers from a sugar dip.

Other Ingredients

  1. Semolina pudding is made from milk. This means that it contains lactose. People with lactose intolerance should therefore leave the semolina pudding alone.

Conclusion

  1. Most semolina is made from white flour. This contains fast carbohydrates, making it unsuitable for people with diabetes. However, people with diabetes can enjoy semolina by consuming semolina made from whole grain spelled flour. You won't find this easily in the local supermarket, but online there are health web shops where you can buy this semolina.



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