LEGUMINA

The Mediterranean Diet is known all over the world for its benefits on the health but also its culinary and cultural profile.

Gastronomically, it is characterized by low meat consumption, medium alcohol (mainly wine) consumption and high consumption of vegetables, legumes, fruit, nuts, fish and olive oil.

There is strong evidence that this diet is linked to a low risk of cardiovascular conditions and that it protects from various risk factors, such as hyperlipidemia, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

Legumes are considered an integral part of the Mediterranean Diet. A research with about 7.5 thousand subjects on the protective effect of the Mediterranean Diet on cardiovascular conditions used legumes as one of the components of the studied diet. The recommended quantity was at least three portions of legumes (dry and fresh) per week. The other recommended components also included olive oil, fresh fruit, white meat (instead of red), at least 7 glasses of wine per week and other standard components of the Mediterranean Diet.

So, although there is a plethora of evidence that legumes are an exceptionally healthy food, it is not easy or desirable, for many reasons, for the average consumer to increase their consumption. 

 

One of the main reasons that it is not easy or desirable for the average consumer to increase the consumption of legumes is that the traditional cooking methods do not offer a big variety, which is something imperative for the modern food service.

Another reason is the mild discomfort caused by legumes in some people as well as the idea that they are the “food of the poor” which is sometimes considered a disadvantage in mass food service.

In order to increase the consumption, alternative dishes with legumes are offered, either based on the traditional cuisines of other countries or on innovative products.

In the period 2006-2016, more than 1400 new and innovative products with legumes as their main ingredient were marketed in the USA. Crackers and pasta made of legume flour, legume snacks and chips etc are some of them.

This is how the LEGUMINA line was created

Three types of flours from Greek legumes (chickpeas, lentils, fava), ground on a stone mill with a special nutritious profile, constituting an alternative for many applications, rich in proteins, vegetable fibers, gluten-free.

Legumina Flours

Lentils Flour
 
Excellent protein source!
 

It contains vitamins of the B complex (necessary for the nerve system and the brain function).

Rich in vegetable fibers.

Low glycemic index

High iron content (necessary for children, teenagers, pregnant women and the elderly)

Chickpea Flour
 
It stands out because of its proteins!
 

Apart from the quantity of proteins, their quality is high due to the valuable amino acids they contain.

Especially nutritious for children, pregnant women and the elderly.

Rich in calcium (~ 150 mg/100gr)

Its proteins contain methionine (amino acid) and are considered equal to those of the meat.

Fava Flour
 
Rich in folic acid and manganese!
 

It contains a significant quantity of manganese (helps the nerve system and the good memory function)

High content in vegetable fibers & low glycemic index (ideal food for glucose regulation)

Legume flours are an alternative solution, rich in good quality proteins and fiber, for the preparation of enriched bakery products, gluten free products, vegan, snacks, pasta etc.
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Legumes flours are produced in Greece and ground in a stone mill

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The raw material production is controlled in all stages (integrated management – full traceability).

They combine high nutritious value (very good quality and high protein quantity), probiotic properties (due to the contained vegetable fibers) and controlled calories intake.

They contain very few fats and simple sugars and do not contain salt.

Lentils Flour

Per 100g
  • Energy 1410.5 kj / 333.5 kcal
  • Fats 0.7 g, of which 0.2 g are saturated
  • Carbohydrates 52.3 g, of which 4.4 g sugars
  • Fibers 12 g
  • Proteins 23.5 g
  • Salt 0g
%GDA / %RI(*) per 100g
  • Energy 16.7%
  • Fats 1.0 g, of which 1.0% are saturated
  • Carbohydrates 20.1%, of which 4.9% sugars
  • Fibers 48.0%
  • Proteins 47.0%
  • Salt 0.0%

Chickpea Flour

 

Per 100g
  • Energy 1532 kj / 363.2 kcal
  • Fats 5.4 g, of which 0.7 g are saturated
  • Carbohydrates 52.7 g, of which 2.8 g sugars
  • Fibers 9.7 g
  • Proteins 21.1 g
  • Salt 0 g
%GDA / %RI(*) per 100g
  • Energy 18.2%
  • Fats 7.7%, of which 3.5% are saturated
  • Carbohydrates 20.3%, of which 3.1% sugars
  • Fibers 38.8%
  • Proteins 42.2%
  • Salt 0.0%

Fava Flour

 

Per 100g
  • Energy 1463.2 kj / 345.3 kcal
  • Fats 0.9 g, of which 0.4 g are saturated
  • Carbohydrates 54.4 g, of which 4.6 g sugars
  • Fibers 6.5 g
  • Proteins 26.7 g
  • Salt 0 g
%GDA / %RI(*) per 100g
  • Energy 17.3%
  • Fats 1.3%, of which 2.0% are saturated
  • Carbohydrates 20.9%, of which 5.1% sugars
  • Fibers 26.0%
  • Proteins 53.4%
  • Salt 0.0%
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