What is kamut?

January 18, 2019

When it comes health food in this day and age, there certainly is no limits. Especially when it comes to introducing new and unfamiliar ingredients that are packed with nutrients to add to your diet.

The Kamut is one such type of food as it’s not very known to most and isn’t easily found in the market. However, due to its great reputation of being highly nutritious, it’s slowly making its way into every health buff grocery list. Just what is Kamut? What’s so good about it? What can you do with it?

This article dives deep into the healthy grain Kamut.

What is it?

Kamut is another name for the Khorasan wheat is an ancient form of wheat. Its name was believed to have originated from the Egyptian word for ‘wheat’. And although the origins are quite confusing, experts believe it’s a cousin of durum wheat as they belong to the Triticum turgidum family.

Kamut is known to have a rich and buttery flavor. It’s also quite easy to digest and has tons of proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids than your ordinary wheat.

Kamut also has a great reputation in the organic farming community because it yields well despite not having to use artificial fertilizers or pesticides. It also has twice the size of your regular wheat kernels and is characterized by its hump size.

Why it’s good

As we said before Kamut is no ordinary type of wheat in terms of its nutritional value. How? Well first of it has more protein than your regular wheat, a whole 40% more. Kamut is also very rich in zinc, magnesium, and selenium not to mention it’s filled with many polyphenols and fatty acids.

It’s also known as a ‘high-energy grain’ because of its high lipid content which provides more energy than refined carbohydrates.

According to Dr. Axe, here’s all the goodness you can get with just one cup of Kamut.

  • 251 calories
  • 2 grams fat
  • 10 milligrams sodium
  • 52 grams carbohydrate
  • 7 grams dietary fiber
  • zero grams sugar
  • 11 grams protein
  • 4.7 milligrams niacin (24% RDV)
  • 0.2 milligrams thiamin (14% RDV)
  • 0.14 milligrams vitamin B6 (7% RDV)
  • 20 micrograms folate (5% RDV)
  • 0.05 milligrams riboflavin (3% RDV)
  • 2 milligrams manganese (104% RDV)
  • 304 milligrams phosphorus (30% RDV)
  • 96 milligrams magnesium (24% RDV)
  • 0.4 milligrams copper (21% RDV)
  • 3 milligrams zinc (20% RDV)
  • 3 milligrams iron (19% RDV)
  • 17 milligrams calcium (2% RDV)

What are the benefits?

If the high nutritional value of Kamut still doesn’t convince you of its goodness. Here are some of the benefits you can get when you add Kamut to your diet.

  • Improves bone health. One word. Manganese. Recent studies have shown that manganese improves bone health and prevents osteoporosis.
  • Detoxes the body. Kamut is also known for its detoxifying qualities as it has loads of phosphorus which is important for kidney function.
  • Improves brain health. Aside from aiding bone health, Kamut’s high manganese content level is also good for maintaining brain health. Recent studies have said manganese is essential for normal cell function and metabolism.
  • Aids digestion. Kamut is also good for digestion because of its high fiber content which aids in regulating your digestive function.
  • Lowers Cholesterol. Foods naturally high in fiber are good for lowering cholesterol as it helps get rid of toxins and unwanted waste.


Kamut although unfamiliar to many should be a staple in people’s kitchen because of its high nutritional value.