Australian Sweet Lupin Information
Lupin species belong to the genus Lupinus, which is large and diverse. Also known as Australian Sweet Lupin, narrow-leafed lupin (Scientific name: Lupinus angustifolius) is by far the most important lupin species grown in Western Australia, comprising over 95% of all lupin grain production. The first fully domesticated cultivar of narrow-leafed lupin, was developed and released in Western Australia in 1967.
The Australian Sweet Lupin is unique and iconic to Western Australia where the vast majority of lupins are now produced and the Mediterranean style climate is absolutely perfect to cultivate this nutrient rich crop. In fact, Western Australia is responsible for 80% of the world’s lupin crop. Over the last 60 years lupin has been subjected to natural plant breeding in Australia resulting in a cultivar (Lupinus angustifolius) which has negligible amounts of bitter alkaloids. This sweeter neutral tasting bean no longer needs soaking in brine or cooking and can now be processed without heat treatment and eaten uncooked.
Lupin as a legume is a sustainable agricultural plant which “fix” atmospheric nitrogen in the soil.
Our superfood ingredient Australian Sweet Lupin is a Low GI legume and contains a whopping 40% Protein, 37% Dietary Fibre, and just 4% Carbohydrates. Packed full of protein and fibre, Lupins help you feel fuller for longer!
Studies have shown that adding lupin to your diet increases satiety (the feeling of fullness) and lowers the body’s total energy intake throughout the day. AND;
- Lupins act as a prebiotic, promoting the growth of good bacteria and assisting with gut health.
- Naturally gluten free, lupins are suitable for people with gluten intolerance and Coeliac disease
- As Lupins have three times more potassium than bananas, lupins are very good for exercisers, physically active people and for everyone in general.
LUPIN naturally contains :
- 3x more protein than whole eggs
- 3x more protein than quinoa
- 3x more fibre and protein than oats
- 3x more potassium than bananas
- 3x more iron than kale
- 2x more magnesium than spinach
Per 100g* 73% more protein than Beef steak per gram!