Lupin is uniquely high in protein (40%) and dietary fibre (30%) low in fat (6%) and contains minimal starch and therefore has a very low Glycemic Index (GI). In terms of nutritional and health benefits on offer, lupin seed is an attractive ‘GM free’ alternative to soybeans.
The most exciting story to emerge in recent years is lupin’s amazing attributes with regard to health and in particular obesity and the metabolic syndrome which includes a cluster of factors such as high blood pressure, insulin resistance and elevated blood cholesterol.
Currently, Australian farmers produce around one million tonnes of Australian Sweet Lupin each year and are the world’s largest producers of this crop, exporting an estimated 15 million tonnes of grain over the last 20 years to a number of countries including Spain, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Taiwan.
Where does our Lupin Flour come from?
Irwin Valley is located in the Mid West region of Western Australia, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of Geraldton and about 360 kilometres (224 mi) north of the state capital, Perth. The Shire covers an area of 2,374 square kilometres (917 sq mi) and its soils and weather create the perfect conditions to grow the Australian Sweet Lupins that we use.
Irwin Valley Pty Ltd was originally established in 2002 and is now one of Australia’s leading grower groups.
What are the benefits of Lupin Flour?
Gluten-free, Low GI flour great for baking – which means it’s safe to eat for people with wheat allergies, coeliac disease and everyone watching their blood sugars including diabetics.
High in insoluble fibre and soluble fibre – aids digestion and keeps you full . Studies show that a high fibre diet can help reduce the risk of digestive and bowel disease, lower cholesterol, and even assist in weight loss.
One of the best sources of Arginine – an amino acid which is thought to improve blood vessel performance. Recent studies show that when included in the diet, arginine may help in reducing blood pressure.
High in phyto-sterois – which assists in reducing cholesterol. They are also high in minerals.
Higher in Good Fats than any other flour – The fat content in Lupin Flour is around 7% and a large part of it is polyunsaturated and contains significant amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 plus has high antioxidant capacities.
Information provided by: http://www.irwinvalley.com.au