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Scientists Intrigued By Potential Health Benefits Of Gluten-Free Chickpea Flour

August 24, 2009: 11:09 AM EST
The rapidly-growing $1.6 billion gluten-free market is being driven not only by the gluten-intolerant but by those just trying to avoid wheat-based products. With that in mind, scientists looking for tasty, healthy alternatives to wheat flour recently discovered that chickpea flour makes a flavorful and iron-rich cracker. The cracker formulated by Canadian researchers rated highly with consumers, and was nutritionally equivalent to wheat crackers, with one exception: it contained as much as six times more iron. Other pulse foods, like lentils and navy beans, were tested, but chickpeas showed the best potential for industrial scale-up, scientists said.
Stephen Daniells, "Chickpea crackers offer iron-rich gluten-free options", Food Navigator, August 24, 2009, © Decision News Media SAS
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