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You Grind Your Own Coffee—Why Not Grains?

Better-tasting baked goods could be part of your daily grind.

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For years now, processed white flour has been looked down upon by nutritionists.

It’s easy to understand why. During the refining process, the bran and germ are removed, eliminating most of the wheat’s natural vitamin E and calcium. Processed flour’s carbohydrates convert quickly to sugar, messing with your body’s insulin levels and increasing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Now, with the gluten-free diet becoming the latest panacea, even whole wheat is being shunned by many health-conscious consumers.

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But whole grains, including whole wheat, remain an excellent source of dietary fiber. Whole grains are thought to lower risk of certain cancers, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. The only problem is that many healthy looking whole wheat products still contain grain that has been heavily processed—it just hasn’t been dyed white.

That’s where the NutriMill Harvest comes in. Just as coffee aficionados use home grinders to get a fresher, tastier cup, a grain mill can give you the makings for better-tasting, healthier bread.

With a footprint not much larger than a typical blender, the NutriMill Harvest is essentially a large spice grinder housed inside a gorgeous, eco-friendly bamboo body with your choice of six different accent colors (black, red, teal, gold, silver, and bronze). A matching bamboo bowl sits up top, where grains are poured in. Just flip a switch and milled grains pour out of a spout in front.

But the NutriMill Harvest isn't just for wheat.

If you need to keep a gluten-free diet for medical reasons, you can process rice, quinoa, millet, oats, flax, corn (maize), soy, beans, and nut flours—all of which are naturally gluten-free. Interchangeable milling stones and silicone inserts are available for households that cater to two different dietary needs, avoiding potential cross-contamination. Variable texture settings let you alter the grind from fine to "cracked," and we found the 450-watt motor sounded a little less noisy than a typical coffee grinder.

If you need to keep a gluten-free diet for medical reasons, you can process rice, quinoa, millet, oats, flax, corn (maize), soy, beans, and nut flours.

While the bamboo is sourced from China, the NutriMill is otherwise a homegrown American product, assembled in St. George, Utah. That may go some way toward explaining the relatively high price of $349.99.

If that sum is scaring you off, you should also consider the long-term savings involved. Since the ingredients for bread cost a good deal less on a per-loaf basis than quality store-bought bread, it's a way to shave a few bucks off the weekly grocery bill—especially if you need to eat gluten-free.

The NutriMill Harvest is available right now at specialty stores and select online retailers.

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