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Welcome to Lupina! Home of Gluten Free Lupin Flour

Lupin is an Ancient Grain.
Sweet Lupin have become today's Functional Food.

LUPINA’s Sweet Lupin are

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and offer a superior nutritional profile over any other plant protein.

Note: our Lupin Flour is milled from Dehulled Lupin

Our Products


 Our Lupin


 Our Sweet Lupin Split


 Our Sweet Dehulled Lupin Split


 Our Non-GMO Gluten Free Flour

Our Mission

“To Be recognized as a leader in brining healthy,
nutritious food to the marketplace in a socially and
environmentally responsible manner.”

About Lupin

Lupin is uniquely high in protein (up to 40%) and dietary fiber (30%) low in fat (6%) and contains minimal starch and therefore has a very low Glycemic Index (GI) .In terms of nutritional and health benefits on offer, lupin seed is an attractive ‘GM free’ alternative to soybeans.

The protein and fiber components of lupin have excellent functional properties in food laboratory studies. Lupin, in various processed forms, is included in a range of highly palatable bread and baked goods, meat products and beverages.

However the most exciting story to emerge in recent years is lupin’s amazing attributes with regard to health and in particular obesity and the metabolic syndrome which includes a cluster of factors such as high blood pressure, insulin resistance and elevated blood cholesterol.

Lupin enriched foods deliver on:

Keeping you feeling full longer

Subjects reported a significant decrease in hunger between meals.

Controlling blood sugar levels

Lupin flour inclusion into white bread significantly reduced the blood
glucose response and the insulin response.

Improving blood cholesterols

Lupin fiber acts as a soluble fiber and drops total cholesterol without affecting the HDL cholesterol.
Lupin proteins have also been shown to beneficially modify serum lipid profiles by stimulating liver cells to take up and degrade LDL cholesterol.

Lowering blood pressure

Lupins are one of the best natural sources of the amino acid – arginine, which is thought to improve blood vessel performance. Recent studies indicated that including lupin in the diet assists with hypertension.

Pre-biotics for Improve bowel health

Lupin foods reduce transit time, lower the colon pH and act as a ‘pre-biotic’.

Very high source of fiber
Gluten free
Lowest GI (glycemic index) of any plant food

"Our commitment is to provide food ingredients the way nature has intended!"

Lupina is a strong supporter of Non-GMO ingredients and the Non-GMO Project. We are concerned about the effects genetically modified organism will have on our generation and the generations to come.

Our Philosophy

We view a consistent effort to make healthy food choices as the most sensible approach to achieving optimum health and quality of life. It is with this proven strategy that a goal towards better overall health through a diet which includes the highest quality ingredients and trusted food sources can be achieved.

Our History

Lupina had its start in Germany In 1995. Lopino® became the registered brand name for the ‘tofu-like’ fresh protein ‘LOPINO’. The patented process to produce Lopino was held by Lupina GmbH in Germany. Today, Lupina LLC in the US builds on what Lupina started in Germany. Lupina GmbH introduced Lopino at the largest Organic Food Show in Frankfurt in 1995. That year, the show awarded Lupina the ‘Most Innovative Food-of-the-Year Award’.

Nutritional Information


“Australian Sweet Lupin” refers the legume crop of Lupinus angustifolius (narrow-leafed lupin) cultivated in Australia. Australian Sweet Lupin is related to other legumes, including peanuts and soy.

There are three lupin species fully domesticated for agriculture:  the narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius, (Australian Sweet Lupin)), the European white lupin (Lupinus albus), and the yellow lupin (Lupinus luteus).
L. albus has been used as human food since the time of ancient Egyptians.  However, the wild type of L. angustifolius is late-flowering, has bitter seeds, shattering pods, and an impermeable seed-coat, which makes it impossible for modern farming.  During the 1960’s, Australian scientists “domesticated” this species, making it early flowering, sweet-seeded, with non-shattering pods, and permeable seeds coats creating the “Australian Sweet Lupin” of today.  Australian Sweet Lupin grows well on sandy, free-drained soil under Mediterranean climate.

Currently, Australian farmers produce around one million tonnes of Australian Sweet Lupin each year and are the world’s largest producers of this crop, exporting an estimated 15 million tonnes of grain over the last 20 years to a number of countries including Spain, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Taiwan.

Australian Sweet Lupin has been recognized by Food Standards Australia New Zealand as fit for human consumption, since 1987.

L. albus has been a food ingredient in Europe for many years and L. angustifolius (Australian Sweet Lupin) was approved for general consumption 1999.  Today in Europe it is estimated the 500,000 tonnes of food products contain lupin (both L. albus & L. angustifolius) as an ingredient, where it has been used to replace cereal grains or soy in food products such as baked goods, small goods and noodles/pasta.

Lupin has been used in food products in France, Germany, Britain, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal and Italy as well as the South American countries of Chile and Peru, often as a substitute of soybean.

Lupin Health Studies


LUPIN Flour is a highly nutritious, easily digestible, world-class food product. It is arguably the highest source of natural, unprocessed protein flour in existence and may exceed all flour sources, processed and unprocessed, in proteins, digestibility and the bio-availability of essential nutrients.

LUPIN Flour is one of the highest sources of dietary fiber : 40g per 100g flour dry basis.

LUPIN Flour is high in essential amino acids, cholesterol free, contains negligible amounts of Trypsin Inhibitors, known to interfere with digestion often found in other legumes.

LUPIN Flour is also very low in Lectins and Saponins, two known gastric irritants, the latter of which afflicts the soybean even after extensive baking and processing.

LUPIN Flour is also low in Phytic Acid, which in the soybean, due to its higher content, binds with calcium and zinc, rendering them nutritionally unavailable.

LUPIN Flour does not require heat or chemical treatment, thus rendering it a superbly healthy food, by any standards.

The only anti-nutritional aspect – the alkaloids, have been bred out, therefore we have the Australian Sweet Lupin.

LUPIN flour does contain a modest amount of bio-active sugars ~8% oligossacharide sugars. Oligosaccharides are utilized as nutritional supplements to promote the growth of beneficial intestinal bifidobacteria (prebiotics) that improve the resistance to gastrointestinal infections caused by Escherichia coli, Clostridium and Salmonella spp.

LUPINS have been grown and the seed used as food since ancient times. The Roman writer Pliny said of the lupin that "if taken commonly at meals, it will contribute a fresh color and a cheerful countenance".

Two thousand years later, lupins are once again a source of good cheer as medical scientists have revealed that Australian Sweet Lupins:

  • Increase satiety
  • Modify the Glycemic Index and reduce the Glycemic Load of carbohydrate foods
  • Reduces hypertension
  • Lowers colon pH, and significantly increases production of SCFA in particular butyrate.
  • Very high source of both soluble and insoluble fiber: 40g per 100g flour dry basis.
  • Prebiotic, both oligosaccharides and pectic fibers shown to be bifidogenic
  • Very high source of essential amino acid
  • Gluten free
  • Non GMO




Adding about 20% lupin flour to wheat flours will give a product with similar properties to the wheat product, but with an improvement in amino acid score from under 40% to over 80% relative o egg albumin (Uauy et al., 1995).



Therefore its protein content is not denatured and remains in a highly soluble and bioavalable form.

  • Lupin is one of the top 3 natural sources of arginine.
  • The essential amino acid profile (except sulphur-containing amino acids) of lupin is close to the amounts recommended by WHO
  • lupin protein with methionine supplementation – has a true digestibility of over 90%.
  • lupin proteins balance the lysine content of cereal products, and cereal products balance the low sulphur amino acids of lupin.

Yáñez et al. (1985) showed that adding lupin (L. albus) flour to wheat flour improved protein concentration, amino acid score and PER in rats. Schoeneberger et al (1983) report that raw as well as processed lupin protein showed an excellent apparent digestibility (80.0–85.8%; casein, 87.1%). The observed NPU and BV values confirmed the importance of methionine supplementation. The true digestibility of 92% was equivalent to that of casein. The complementation effects of mixing lupin protein with proteins from wheat, oat, barley, rice, maize, resulted in PER values that exceeded by far those of the proteins fed separately (true complementation). These mixtures resulted in PER values equal to those for casein or other animal proteins and may be applied as an economical way to prevent and combat malnutrition.

Lupin protein is easily digestible by humans. The bioavailability and post prandial utilization of sweet lupin (Lupinus albus) flour protein is similar to that of purified soybean protein in human subjects: a study using intrinsically N-labelled proteins, Mariotti et al., 2001. Giampietro et al (2008) the authors of the paper “Acceptability of lupin protein products in healthy competitive athletes” had this to say:

“Currently, however, there is growing interest in the use of lupin proteins, since lupin seed is characterized by a very high protein percentage and a relatively low content of anti-nutritional factors with respect to other legumes[8], and contains negligible amounts of phytoestrogens [9, 10]. This last feature may avoid the potential problems that have been recently indicated for these hormone-like components that are very abundant in soy proteins [11,12]. Lupin proteins are nutritionally satisfactory [13–15], and have a neutral flavor[16], allowing the production of food items with optimal sensory characteristics [17, 18].”


Diets naturally high in fiber can be considered to bring about several main physiological consequences:

  • helps prevent constipation
  • reduces the risk of colon cancer
  • improvements in gastrointestinal health
  • improvements in glucose tolerance and the insulin response
  • reduction of hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and other coronary heart disease risk factors
  • reduction in the risk of developing some cancers
  • increased satiety and hence some degree of weight management

These effects are not due to a single fiber type but the summation of the different fiber classes in the diet.



SOLUBLE FIBER: When soluble fiber is fermented, short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) are produced. SCFA are involved in numerous physiological processes promoting health, including:

  • lower colonic pH (i.e., raises the acidity level in the colon) which protects the lining from formation of colonic polyps and increases absorption of dietary minerals
  • provide nourishment of colonocytes, particularly by the SCFA butyrate
  • improve barrier properties of the colonic mucosal layer, inhibiting inflammatory and adhesion irritants, contributing to immune functions
  • stabilizing blood glucose levels by acting on pancreatic insulin release and liver control of glycogen breakdown
  • stimulate gene expression of glucose transporters in the intestinal mucosa, regulating glucose absorption
  • suppress cholesterol synthesis by the liver and reduce blood levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides responsible for atherosclerosis
  • stimulate production of T helper cells, antibodies, leukocytes, cytokines, and lymph mechanisms having crucial roles in immune protection

SCFA that are absorbed by the colonic mucosa pass through the colonic wall into the portal circulation (supplying the liver), and the liver transports them into the general circulatory system. Overall, SCFA affect major regulatory systems, such as blood glucose and lipid levels, the colonic environment, and intestinal immune functions. The major SCFA in humans are butyrate, propionate, and acetate, where butyrate is the major energy source for colonocytes, propionate is destined for uptake by the liver, and acetate enters the peripheral circulation to be metabolized by peripheral tissues. Studies have demonstrated positive effects on calcium and other mineral absorption, immune system effectiveness, bowel pH, reduction of colorectal cancer risk, inflammatory bowel disorders (Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis) Hypertension (high blood pressure) and intestinal regularity. Recent human trials have reinforced the role of Prebiotics in preventing and possibly stopping early stage colon cancer. It has been argued that many of these health effects emanate from increased production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) by the stimulated beneficial bacteria. Thus food supplements specifically enhancing the growth of SCFA producing intestinal bacteria (such as clostridia and bacteroides species) are widely recognized to be beneficial.

While research does clearly demonstrate that prebiotics lead to increased production of these SCFA's, more research is required to establish a direct causal connection. It has been argued that prebiotics are beneficial to Crohn's Disease through production of SCFAs to nourish the colon walls, and beneficial to Ulcerative Colitis through reduction of Hydrogen Sulfide gas due to reduction of sulfate-reducing bacteria, which do not thrive in the slightly acidic environment SCFAs create.

The immediate addition of substantial quantities of prebiotics to the diet may result in a temporary increase in gas, bloating or bowel movement. It has been argued that chronically low consumption of prebiotic-containing foods in the typical Western diet may exaggerate this effect.

Human colonic bacteria substrates are relatively stable. Production of SCFA and fermentation quality are reduced during long-term diets of low fiber intake. Until bacterial flora are gradually established to habilitate or restore intestinal tone, nutrient absorption will be impaired and colonic transit time temporarily increased with an immediate addition of higher prebiotic intake.

INSOLUBLE FIBER: Dietary fiber, particularly insoluble fiber, increases stool weight and, decreases gut transit time and in so doing, helps to relieve constipation. Insoluble fiber, is resistant to fermentation in the gut and is excreted in the feces. It increases stool weight by holding water.

Benefits of insoluble fiber; by improving bowel function, dietary fiber can reduce the risk of diseases and disorders such as diverticular disease, hemorrhoids and constipation. Increased faecal bulk and decreased transit time allows less opportunity for carcinogens to interact with the walls of the intestine. Dietary fiber may also bind or dilute secondary bile acids which are potentially carcinogenic. Similarly, dietary fiber may reduce the toxic effect of heavy metals and pesticides.

PREBIOTICS: are non-digestible food ingredients, such as oligosaccharides, which are used as a source of fuel for bacteria in the gut. Without food, these bacteria cannot survive and perform their beneficial effects in the large bowel. Oligosaccharides have been shown to stimulate the growth and/or activity of beneficial bacteria, such as bifidobacteria, and to reduce the concentration of pathogenic bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, Clostridia, and bacteroides. Hence prebiotics contribute to the overall health of the bowel.



Commercial Wholesale of Gluten Free Lupin Flour

Our commitment to today's generation is to fight obesity and celiac disease by incorporating highly digestible, gluten free lupin flour in any food formulation!

Lupina stands for a wide range of functional food using lupins flour milled from dehulled leguminous lupin kernels.

Lupin Flour Is:

  • Gluten Free
  • High Protein
  • Rich in Dietary Fiber and Minerals
  • Prebiotic for Improved Bowel health
  • High rate of Digestion
  • Low in Fat
  • Vegan
  • Non GMO
  • 100% Pure Plant Origin

Introduction movie from Irwin Valley in Australia about benifits of Lupin.

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