Lupin super cereals
Lupin, a grain legume that can help to reduce cholesterol, obesity, type-2 diabetes and cancer has been turned into a breakfast cereal.
Scientists from Curtin University in Australia and Western Australian (WA) manufacturer Lupin Nutrition Foods has spent four years developing a cereal which is gluten free, low fat and high in nutrition. The cereal, called Super Lupin, has been on the market for the last six months and is available in Australia. Countries like America, New Zealand and Australia produce the legume lupin, but WA produces 70% of the global crop.
The cereal has huge potential since obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are on the rise, with the Middle East having some of the highest rates of diabetes in the world, and the Western diet being low in legumes.
Lupin is already present in many food stuffs, but in low percentages. To gain from the nutritional values of lupin, the amounts need to be fairly high: Super Lupin cereals contain 30% lupin, which is rare due to the difficulty in binding the lupin flour without wheat, leading to low dough strength and texture problems. However the cereals are growing in popularity, and lupin snacks are in the pipeline.
However, this widespread use of lupin could pose a serious threat to nut allergics as many nut allergics are also allergic to lupin.
Source: Bakery and Snacks
First Published in July 2012