More variety means more flavours in your diet
If you are familiar with the Paleo diet, you probably know about coconut and almond flour. But do you also know about the other Paleo flours, such as chestnut and cassava? Although you shouldn’t make flours the staple in your Paleo diet, variety is always important, even when it comes to flours. Let’s look at some common flours and a few others that you can add to your diet.
Almond flour is the best tasting flour in the Paleo diet
Almond flour consists of blanched, ground up almonds. This flour is palette-neutral and provides a crumb that is also moist. If you want cakes, waffles, muffins or any baked treat, almond flour is the go-to flour. Compared to coconut flour, almonds have less carbs and a slightly higher fiber concentration. Almond flour can also add omega-6 PUFA (polyunsaturated fats) to your diet, so watch your intake .
Coconut flour is a close second when it comes to best tasting Paleo flour
After coconut meat has been grounded up and pressed for coconut milk, it becomes coconut flour. When compared to almond flour, it contains a higher concentration of fiber (3 grams versus 10 grams per ¼ cup) and is more absorbent.
You can use coconut flour anywhere you would normally use almond flour, as it has the same generic taste, only slightly sweeter. So you can make pizza crust, cakes, muffins, brownies and many more baked goodies with it. It makes great coating for things like chicken fingers. This is because coconut flour has a texture that tends to be dry for things that are baked
Half a billion people in Latin America, Asia and Africa rely on cassava as their staple food – and it makes a good flour too
If you don’t know what cassava flour is, you might know it as tapioca flour. Tapioca flour comes from cassava and is used in making tapioca pudding. When the root of the cassava is extracted and bleached, the result is tapioca. Cassava flour is the whole root of the casava, including the fiber: peeled, dried and grounded.
Although autoimmune diets also contain casava, it has a higher concentration of carbohydrates (78 grams a cup and about 4 grams of fiber). One thing to keep in mind is that when you purchase it from a grocery store, you must boil the roots before you consume it because you might get cyanide poisoning if it is raw.
Chestnut flour can be used as a replacement for almond flour – but it has a strong nutty flavor
Something you should keep in mind is that chestnuts are surprisingly low on content compared to other tree nuts. There is only 47 mg of phytic acid per 100 g in chestnuts, while almonds have 1,280 mg of phytic acid per 100 g and walnuts have 760 mg per 100 g. For people who prefer a low-carb diet, this flour has daily value of mineral and vitamins that is respectable: 25% B6, 43% vitamin C, 25% copper, 17% potassium and 59% manganese.