All-purpose flour is also called Maida. It is extracted from wheat only & milled from the hard red wheat. It is suitable for baked items like bread, pizza, cake, cookies, muffins, and a lot more.
Also, it is called refined flour. It is a very common flour in Indian cooking and used everywhere in the world. It has a white color and a powdery form. You can store in cool, dark, or dry places. It’s creamy powder and grainy.
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Nutritional Profile of All-purpose Flour
Nutritional profile per 100 gms
- Calories: 364
- Protein: 10g
- Carbohydrate: 76g
- Fiber: 2.7g
- Fat: 1g
- Sodium: 2mg
- Potassium: 107mg
Source: USDA & Google
Leads weight gain
It is proved that All-purpose flour or Maida is not good for health. It cannot make you full for longer and stimulates more hunger. Also, it’s high in carbohydrates and increases the secretion of insulin that leads to weight gain.
Dangerous for a pregnant lady
Maida is a chemical called sodium meta bisulfate and benzoic that is harmful to pregnant ladies and even kids too.
Cause digestion issue
The process to make Maida loses all its vitamins and nutrients. Also, the bleaching process is harmful to the gut.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is all-purpose flour atta?
No, atta is wheat flour and all-purpose flour is maida. Though both are made from wheat, in India, atta is considered to be a more healthier choice than maida.
Does all-purpose flour contain baking powder?
No, it does not contain baking powder.
Why maida is called all-purpose flour in English?
All-purpose means anything that can be used to make anything and everything. Maida fits rightly into making everything like pizza, muffins, cake, cookies, chips, chapati, and a lot more. So it is named such a name in English.