ANCIENT GRAINS 101
Gluten free ancient grain sorghum is a high protein, cream-colored, smooth flour with a wheat-like taste. High in soluble fiber and a safe option for diabetics.
This Ethiopian “endurance” gluten free ancient-grain is high in protein, iron, calcium and fiber. The high amounts of iron are key in delivering oxygen throughout the body, thus giving us higher energy levels. It’s a favorite among professional athletes.
This unrefined sweetener has a GI of 35 and is high in potassium and vitamin C. It is made from the sap of the palm tree, looks like sugar in the raw and adds a slight caramel flavor.
Cocoa powder is naturally gluten free and is a concentrated source of polyphenols and minerals, including iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper. Polyphenols are antioxidants from plant foods that work in the body to aid in health in complex ways.
Flax is one of the best gluten free plant-based sources of alpha-linolenic acid, which converts in the body to the same heart-protective Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, sardines, and mackerel. It contains fiber(about 3 grams of total fiber per tablespoon), which promotes intestinal health.
This tiny gluten free-ancient grain from Africa, Asia and India is thought to be the oldest grain consumed by humans. Millet is easily digestible and is a great source of protein, B-vitamins and minerals. Millet flour looks like cornmeal and lends a light, sweet flavor and crumbly texture to baked goods.
The Aztecs, Mayans and Native Americans valued superfood chia seeds as a source of concentrated energy and nutrition. They are naturally gluten free and contain more Omega-3 fatty acids than flaxseeds. These polyunsaturated fats promote reduced inflammation, are high in soluble fiber, calcium and protein.
Hemp seeds are naturally gluten free and contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. Hemp seeds are the highest of any plant in essential fatty acids.
Gluten Free Oat Flour
GLUTEN FREE OAT FLOUR
Oat flour has a familiar nutty taste and adds protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals to gluten free baked goods. NOTE: The use of oats in gluten free diets is controversial. Cross-contamination with gluten is common in traditional oat products. Zema’s uses certified gluten free oats.
Sweet Potato Flour
SWEET POTATO FLOUR
The sweet potato has been an important source of nutrition for over 8,000 years. It’s high in fiber, vitamin A, iron, and calcium and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. We support this Peruvian family owned company that mixes traditional practices with modern technology to grow, harvest, clean and mill this nutritious flour in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
Quinoa is a gluten free ancient grain that is a high-quality source of protein. It is related to spinach, chard and beets and was a major food source for the Inca civilization thousands of years ago. This supersede contains all the amino acids necessary for our nutritional needs and is high in iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, copper and fiber.