Lupin flour gives pizza power

Lupin flour gives pizza power

July 19, 2019 5 By William Morgan


[Theme music plays]
(Glen Paul) Hello and welcome
to CSIROVod, I’m Glen Paul.
I’m in Perth, in Western Australia,
at CSIRO’s Floreat Laboratories
where I’m going to meet a
scientist who is researching
the health benefits of lupins,
but not just doing that in the
laboratory but also in the kitchen.
Dr Rhonda Foley is a plant
biologist and amateur chef
who’s researching lupins,
a relative of soybean,
and a valuable source of
protein and dietary fibre.
(Dr Rhonda Foley) We’ve always known
that lupin is a healthy food,
in that it has high fibre,
it has high protein content
and very low starch
so it would be an ideal diet for
those who require gluten free diet.
But what’s really interesting
is how healthy lupins are.
For example, they’re great
against heart disease
as well as great for
those who have diabetes
and also they have
satiety properties.
That is that if you eat
lupin you become more full
and subsequently eat
less the next meal.
For example, if you have
lupin bread for breakfast
you’ll eat less
calories for lunch.
(Glen Paul) The CSIRO team
have identified 16 genes
which may provide a key to
why lupin is so healthy.
The job now is to identify
which of these genes
are involved in the health
benefits of lupins.
(Dr Rhonda Foley) So that’s
the science behind lupin;
now let’s see how we can
use lupins in the kitchen.
[Music plays]
So today I’m going to make a
tasty Mediterranean pizza
which includes 50 per cent lupin flour
and 50 per cent wholemeal flour.
(Glen Paul) The process
from here of mixing,
cutting and dicing
took about 30 minutes.
Rhonda Foley) and this
is the final product,
our lupin Mediterranean pizza
and while it may look small it’s
actually enough to feed two adults,
partly because of the satiety
properties of lupin,
that is that if you eat lupin
you feel full afterwards.
Now let’s put this in the oven.
[Music plays]
So in half an hour we’ll
have a healthy, yummy pizza.
[Music plays]
(Glen Paul) There certainly
is a lot going for lupins.
If you’d like to find out
more about the research
and have a look at the
recipe for that pizza
just visit our website
at www.csiro.au.