Sorghum is high in protein, iron, B vitamins and dietary fiber. It is also high in antioxidants like phenolic compounds and anthocyanin, which help reduce inflammation and lower free radical damage, reducing the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease and some neurological diseases.
Garbanzo beans are high in manganese, folate and soluble fiber, which helps control blood sugar and improve digestion. These environmentally-friendly, super-food legumes contain a balance of complex carbs, protein, and fats for sustained energy. In our pancake and muffin mixes we use garbanzo flour made of ground organic garbanzos beans.
Knowing the issues around refined sugars, we have chosen coconut sugar which is made from the nectar of the coconut palm. It has a natural caramel flavor and contains iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, along with short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants. It also contains a fiber called inulin that slows glucose absorption, which is why coconut sugar does not spike blood sugar the way table sugar does. On the glycemic index, table sugar is rated at 60 while coconut sugar is 35 making it more suitable for maintaining healthy blood sugar.
Within the tiny, kidney-shaped poppy seed is found high levels of dietary fiber, B vitamins and several important minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and zinc, all of which are critical for digestive, heart and immune health.
Freshly ground flax seeds, rich in omega-3 ALA, have been found in studies to help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve platelet function, reduce inflammation, promote healthy endothelial cell function, protect arterial function and reduce heart arrhythmias. It can also improve symptoms of acne, rosacea and eczema. Flax can additionally help reduce dry eye syndrome due to its lubricating effects.
High in both protein and fiber, buckwheat is heart healthy and can help prevent diabetes and digestive disorders. Buckwheat seeds are so packed with nutrients and antioxidants, including rutin, tannins and catechin, that they are considered a superfood.
Psyllium husk is a prebiotic, which means that it promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines. Psyllium husk has been proven to lower cholesterol and maintain glycemic balance in the body. It also improves heart heath and lowers blood pressure. It is also among the medicinal plants that have been shown to significantly help lose weight.
Millet is high in vitamin B, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and good fats. It has significant levels of protein and dietary fiber. Millet is also a great source of potassium, which keeps blood pressure low by acting as a vasodilator. Eating millet can reduce chances of type 2 diabetes due to its significant levels of magnesium. Magnesium is one of the important minerals for increasing the efficiency of insulin and glucose receptors in the body, and a 30% reduction in diabetes has been seen in populations that consume a magnesium rich diet.
Teff is a tiny ancient grain, rich in protein, iron, manganese and calcium. One cup of these little seeds provide 31% of our DV of thiamine and a whopping 360% of our DV of manganese. Teff is high in calcium which, when combined with manganese, promotes bone health. Providing 28% of our daily copper, teff helps heal our body’s muscles, joints, and tissue.
Rich in vitamin E, copper, B vitamins, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, and magnesium, sunflower seeds also contain one of the highest levels of phytosterols when compared with other nuts and seeds. Phytosterols are beneficial for your heart health and immune system, and may help lower cancer risk.