Hunza Bread

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Hunza is a fairy tale land and a lot of myth and reality has been associated to it. One thing is true of all that Hunza people are probably the most friendly people in the region. In the past it was quite common to see people crossing 100 and more years this indeed is true and can still be seen to some extent however the modern civilization has changed a lot in this valley of the longativity.

One secret of longativity of the hunza people is their low fat diet and diet full  of fibre and organic vegetarian food. Hunza bread (Phitti as it is called locally) has inherited a huge fame and here is some thing about it.

Hunza Bread: the diet plan or diet scam

by the Phantom

The Bread diet...

Have you received that spam email yet explaining how you can lose weight by eating this special Hunza bread? The diet pitch goes this way: You just eat this bread and the weight falls off -- you just eat bread, that's it. Supposedly, one piece will fill you up for hours and hours on end, so you won't even want more than one piece -- but if you do, that's okay. Go ahead, gorge yourself on this stuff. You'll still lose weight. Yeah, right.

Uh-huh. And the spam goes on to say that you have to bake the bread yourself and you can buy the recipe for only $7.95 from the spammer. Oh, sure, and here's my credit card information...

If you search the internet, you can find dozens of "free" Hunza Bread recipes and lots of info on the whole deal to boot. Here's what I found out. There are two Hunza Bread (umm) schools. One features Millet flour, which is a very ancient flour, first used in Asia. and the bread made from this flour tends to be dry and not very tasty. The Hunza bread recipe just below is typical of the Himalayan bread school and is most likely the diet bread recipe. 

A typical Hunza Millet Bread Recipe (Himalayan):

1 cup Millet flour
1 cup grated carrots
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon vegetable salt/iodized salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs

Combine flour, carrots, oil, honey, and salt. Mix well, then stir 3/4 cup of boiling water into the mixture. Beat the egg yolks well adding 2 tbs. of cold water, continue to beat and then add to the mixture. Fold in stiffly beaten eggs and bake in a hot oiled pan at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.

I didn't actually cook up this bread recipe, (it doesn't sound too good to me) but from the ingredient list, I couldn't help but notice there is no yeast or baking powder involved, so the bread is going to be rather flat. So I would bake it in a 9x12 baking pan. 

After it has cooled, it hopefully can be cut into pieces, say approximately 2"x2" pieces, so there would be about 30 pieces total. According to my rough calculations, each piece would contain about 50 calories. That doesn't sound like much nourishment to me!

(Calories: 1 cup Millet flour=800; carrots=100; honey=60; oil=240; eggs=200) 

Here's some info on the subject:

Many of the Hunza bread recipes don't use Millet flour. They are most likely from the Hungarian Bread school. According to one site, the word "Hunza" is Hungarian for "golden raisin". Their bread recipes are more like typical Western yeast or soda breads and they feature many kinds of flour, none that I found used Millet flour. They usually contain raisins, nuts and spices as well, so they are more like a dessert bread than a diet staple.

Here's a Hunza Bread typical recipe (Hungarian style):

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

Follow the directions on your bread making machine. After the first rise, remove the dough from the machine pan. Shape into two loaves and place into lightly greased 7x3 loaf pans. Allow to rise until doubled in volume but not more than one inch above the top of the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. 

The Bottom Line:

1) You don't have to pay $7.00 to get the Hunza Bread recipes. They are all over the internet For Free. 
2) The best way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. Do some portion control, monitor the fat intake, count up the calories, keep a journal of what you eat (that will surprise you!), and go for a 30 minute walk every day. 


If anybody has actually tried either of these recipes, would you contact us and let the Clever Readers know how it tastes (or how the diet works). We'd love to hear from you.  Contact editor@clevermag.com. Thanks!

Spring '05: 

Bob Collier writes: "Following is a copy of the Hunza Bread recipe I found on the net.  I have only tried it once so I can't account for the weight losing claims that people make.  I did find the other statements to be true.  It is very chewy and filling.  I actually liked the taste, but sometimes would spread margerine on a piece. (so much for low fat).  The hardest part of the recipe was mixing the ingredients.  By the time I added mollasses it was a chore to stir.  Maybe that is the diet part, I definately got my exercise stiring the pot."

HUNZA DIET BREAD RECIPE
Hunza Diet Bread is a delicious, dense, chewy bread that's very nutritious and is almost impervious to spoilage. The following recipe makes a huge batch of approximately 60 (sixty) 2 inch squares, high in protein, vitamins and minerals.Keeps weeks at room temperature, even longer in the fridge and indefinitely in the freezer. The recipe for this wonderful bread is as follows: -
* 4 cups of water
* 3.5 (three & one half) to 4 pounds of natural buckwheat or millet flour
* 1.5 (one & one half) cups of canola oil
* 1.5 (one & one half) cups of natural unrefined sugar
* 16 ounces of honey
* 16 ounces of molasses
* 4 ounces of powdered soya milk (half cup)
* 1 teaspoon sea salt
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 2 teaspoons baking powder (non aluminium)
Hunza Diet Bread has a taste that is very satisfying and chewy all on its own, but you may also add if required, apricots, raisins, chopped walnuts, almonds, sliced dates to the above ingredients. Mix ingredients. Grease and lightly flour cooking pan(s). Ideally use baking trays with about 1 inch high sides. Pour batter in pan(s) half an inch thick over the base. Bake at about 300 degrees farenheit (150 C.) for 1 hour. After cooking, dry the bread in the oven for two (2) hours at a very low heat - 90 degrees farenheit (50 C). After it is cooled tip out and cut into approx 2 inch x 2 inch squares. Store it wrapped in cloth in a container. You may need to repeat the baking depending on the size of your baking pan, and oven, until all the mixture has been used.

Hunza Diet Bread is made from natural buckwheat or millet flour. It is rich in phosphorous, potassium, iron, calcium, manganese and other minerals, as nothing has been destroyed in the preparation from the wheat. Thus it contains the essential nourishment of the grain. This is why you must ONLY use natural buckwheat or millet flour to make your own Hunza Diet Bread..... Good luck and good health .. bon appetite :-)

Suggestions to lose weight with HUNZA DIET BREAD:
There are many ways to do it. This is another benefit. It's flexible. Here are some typical plans. Each piece of bread is thinly spread with butter for a total of approximately 100 calories.
Plan A: Eat 1 piece every 5 hours of the 16 hours you're awake. That's 3 pieces which total 300 calories. This is the fastest way to lose weight I know of. It works faster than any high protein diet. Why? You have more energy and burn more calories. Second, the high fiber bread keeps your digestive system regular. Third, your body stays healthy. A healthy body means a properly functioning metabolic system.
Plan B: Really gorge yourself with the bread. Two pieces every four hours for a total of 8 pieces but only 800 calories. You'll feel full all day. In fact, I doubt many people could eat this much of the bread.
Plan C: Eat a piece in the morning for breakfast and a piece 3 hours before your dinner and you will eat a great deal less.
Plan D: Eat a piece of HUNZA DIET BREAD, 10 minutes before you eat your regular meal. When we do this we eat only a fraction, such as 1/4 of what we would normally eat. If we wait longer than 10 minutes we don't want to eat at all.
Plan E: Eat the bread at the end of meals that don't fill you up enough, such as low calorie meals. This is a perfect way to use the bread. You eat a low calorie meal, enjoy it, then eat a piece or two of bread to fill you up. Perfect! No suffering and no urge to snack.
Plan F: Alternate Plan A, B, C, D. We recommend an alternation of the plans, but some people who just want to get the weight off as soon as possible will use Plan A exclusively.

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