Why We Do What We Do
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Nuts and seeds contain a natural compound called phytic acid, sometimes referred to as “phytates,” which is a storage form of phosphorus in many plant tissues. In nature, phytic acid serves to protect the seed, allowing it to survive until there are proper growing conditions – nature’s intelligence at its best. However, these phytates bind with the vitamins and minerals naturally found in nuts and seeds (such as calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, and B vitamins) making these nutrients biologically unavailable when consumed – what the nuts?
It gets worse. Phytase is an enzyme that neutralizes phytic acid – yay! – but humans don’t produce enough to safely consume phytic acid on a regular basis. and, there’s more…
Nuts and seeds also have enzyme inhibiters, which serve to provide a protective barrier against insects. When consumed by humans, enzyme inhibiters block proper digestion of proteins, and key nutrients.
Gather nuts and seeds are soaked in salt water for no less than eight hours. The soaking process breaks down the phytic acid and enzyme inhibiters, making nutrients more bioavailable.
Lectins have gotten a lot of attention in the media lately. Lectins operate similarly to phytates, in that they are a defense system for the nuts and seeds. However, lectins present their own unique digestive issues. Thankfully, soaking solves these issues as well!
Our nuts are organically sourced from locations that offer optimal nutritional value and with fair trade practices….because we care about the quality of what we offer! Baseline nutrition all nuts share: they are high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals and healthy fats. Seeds, also high in fiber, contain high levels of the nine essential fatty acids that make up a complete protein. Both are anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help our bodies fight molecules called “free radicals” that occur when we break down foods and experience toxic environmental exposures - even exercise even causes free radicals. Free radicals are uncharged molecules that can cause harm to the body and contribute to aging. That’s right folks: nuts are anti-aging!
Nuts in particular get a bad rap for containing too much fat, but here’s the deal: the fats in nuts and seeds actually help to lower cholesterol, are cardio protective, and protect against diabetes and weight gain. That’s right, as long as you don’t “go nuts” and eat an entire jar in one sitting, nuts and seeds have actually been proven to lower the risk of weight gain.
Almonds are high in biotin and vitamin E, and are a good source of: copper, manganese, vitamin B2, phosphorous, magnesium and molybdenum. They are high in fiber and protein and have been proven to lower LDL cholesterol and protect against heart disease. Manganese and copper found in almonds help to support energy. Almonds have also been found to protect against diabetes, prevent gallstones, and prevent weight gain.
Maple Cardamom: cardamom is high in antioxidants, has cancer fighting compounds and is anti-inflammatory.
“Cheezy”: nutritional yeast is a nonactive yeast that is high in B vitamins aiding in energy production. It has antiviral and antibiotic properties and is a complete protein - meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids.
The cashew is the kidney-shaped nut that grows on the outside and bottom of the cashew apple, a yellow-orange fruit. One serving of cashews (1/4 cup) provides the daily recommenced amount of copper. Copper is essential component to a number of different enzymes and therefore plays a role in many biological processes, and copper helps the body to utilize iron and to eliminate free radicals. Cashews are also rich in magnesium, helping to support healthy bones and has a calming the nervous system.
Turmeric Curry: turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent cancer, supports immunity, cleanses the liver, slows the aging process, and protects against dementia and Alzheimers. We add black pepper which helps the body to absorb curcumin, which is the active compound in turmeric.
Spicy Red Curry: made from green and red chili peppers. Chiles help to prevent heart disease, boost immunity, support brain function, and provide a host of other benefits.
Coffee Cashews: coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s, and it’s also high in antioxidants.
The Brazil nut is a 3-sided nut that is actually a seed. It is the seed of a wild-growing tree that towers high above the older jungle growth in South America’s Amazon River basin. The most significant nutrient Brazil nuts provide is selenium - in fact they are the primary food source for this important nutrient. Selenium is a necessary nutrient for proper thyroid function, but it’s also anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and a powerful antioxidant. Selenium has been shown to help prevent depression, and to help with skin conditions, like improving elasticity and preventing acne.
In order to reap the benefits of the high amounts of selenium in Brazil nuts, they must be sourced from the Amazon Rain Forest, which is where ours are sourced from and where the soil is rich in selenium.
Maple Cinnamon: cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar, helping to protect against diabetes and to support those already dealing with diabetes (especially in combination with the healthy fats in Brazil nuts).
Pumpkin seeds provide unique antioxidant support in that they contain five different forms of vitamin E. They are high in key minerals, including zinc, which is necessary for a strong immune system and skin health. Pumpkin seeds also contain lignans, a phytonutrient that has strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
Cumin: helps to promote digestion and is rich in iron.
Maple Fennel: boosts metabolism, reduces flatulence, and has anti-oxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Thanks to their unique nutritional profile that includes significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium, sunflower seeds are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, helps lower cholesterol, and calms the nerves. All of this from a wee little seed?! Yep.
Walnuts can be found in our gluten free Cinnamon Nutmeg Granola. Walnuts contain a high level of vitamin E in the form of gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E that is particularly heart protective. Walnuts are also high in omega-3 fatty acids that help to improve brain function and reduce inflammation.