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Flour is a powder which is made by grinding cereal grains, beans, or other seeds or roots (like cassava). It is the main ingredient of bread (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

Wheat allergy is a rare allergy which typically presents itself as a food allergy, but can also be a contact allergy resulting from occupational exposure to wheat. Like all allergies, wheat allergy involves immunoglobulin E and mast cell response. Typically the allergy is limited to the seed storage proteins of wheat, some reactions are restricted to wheat proteins, while others can react across many varieties of seeds and other plant tissues (Wikipedia, nd).

Common Uses:

Flour comes in many different types, but the most common version, wheat flour, is mainly used in baking breads and other bread based products.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 cup (158 g)
Calories 578
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.2 g 3%
Saturated fat 0.6 g 3%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Potassium 120 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 127 g 42%
Dietary fiber 3.8 g 15%
Sugar 0.2 g
Protein 9 g 18%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 3%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 35%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 13%

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