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Gluten’s Evil Cousins

Most of us are aware of how harmful gluten can be when it is abused in anyone’s diet. The question is, are you conscious of the other major offenders that comprise a large sum of America’s industrial food products?

Let’s talk about azodicarbonamide (az-oh-dee-car-bone-a-mide) … can you say that three times fast?! This chemical compound is not only found in a lot of commercially baked bread, but even within yoga mats! Yes, you read that correctly. Do you want a side of yoga mat with your meal?

The primary function of this industrial chemical is to act as an oxidizing agent. It creates tiny bubbles as it breaks down during processing, causing things to become foamy. The issue with this bubbly synthetic is that it increases the irritability of gluten by breaking it down so efficiently that the glutenin and gliadin are more immediately available for our body to absorb. With the knowledge that gluten can cause many gastrointestinal, immunologic and neurological diseases, this is a scary fact!

Azodicarbonamide has also been linked to respiratory complications, skin irritation, inhibited immune function, hormone function and the hormone-regulating organs such as the thyroid, thymus, spleen, testes, ovaries, and uterus.

Other ingredients to avoid when shopping for bread at your local grocery store would be: Potassium bromate, partially hydrogenated oil, sugar, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), caramel coloring, high-fructose corn syrup, soybean oil or soy lecithin.

 

“Is there any quality bread out there” you ask? Yes! Raw Republic has pre-selected a greater alternative to commercially produced product. Sprouted grain Ezekiel bread by Food for Life is what we use in our Quinoa Patty Melt and Chickpea “Tuna” sandwiches. Not only has Ezekiel bread been voted by Livestrong.com as the #1 choice for healthy bread option, it is also known to be full of dietary fiber, can help lower cholesterol, higher in protein, made with organic ingredients, doesn’t contain any additives, and is vegan friendly which definitely makes it approved by our team of wellness advocates.

 

For the healthy grain enthusiasts, quinoa is another option to consider.

Quinoa is an Andean plant cultivated and used by pre-Colombian civilization. In the past decade quinoa has gained its popularity as one of the most renowned super-foods in the health food industry.

Its superstardom is recognized through its tremendous amount of nutritional benefits that include the following:

  • Gluten-free
  • Contains all nine essential amino acids
  • HIgh in fiber
  • High in magnesium
  • High in iron
  • High in potassium
  • High in calcium
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in vitamin E
  • Antioxidant rich
  • Low-glycemic
Interesting Fact: Quinoa is technically is a pseudo-cereal and not an actual grain. Instead, it is a “seed”  which is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain.

 

Discover various options that feature this nutritious ingredient at your local Raw Republic like quinoa sushi, quinoa burger or the curried quinoa kale salad!

What is on your plate? Toxic waste or health optimizing fuel? The decision is in your hands!

 

Written by Brooke Rosenblum and Olga Gavrilenko