I care... and I hope to convince you why to care!
Cookies are an amazingly huge industry in this world. Close to $5B is spent on cookies world-wide annually. This article with fun statistics from a news site called the South Florida Reporter says it all:
- Americans consume over 2 billion cookies a year … about 300 cookies for each person.
- The average American eats 35,000 cookies in a lifetime.
- 95.2 percent of U.S. households consume cookies.
- The U.S. leads the world as the biggest cookie bakers and eaters, spending more than $550 million annually on Oreos alone.
- Half the cookies baked in American homes each year are chocolate chip.
- Santa Claus eats an estimated 336,150,386 cookies on Christmas Eve.
If the above is accurate, then what your cookie is made from is supremely important.
The Spelt Gourmet cookies are made from organic sprouted spelt. Spelt is a super-food, ancient grain, cultivated for nine thousand years+, that has never been genetically modified or hybridized to increase in size or grow more per acre. (GMO is the process that turns "food" into something your body no longer recognizes as food and fights against it.)
Spelt has a hard outer husk that keeps it from being a candidate for genetic modification or hybridization. This also makes it a very sustainable crop that can't be bred to grow more per acre so it doesn't deplete the soil nutrients. The hard outer husk also protects it from pests and diseases so it doesn't need pesticides or fungicides - again, making spelt a very environmentally friendly crop.
I could rave on about spelt, how much higher in protein and fiber it is; how spelt contains all 9 of the essential amino acids needed by the human body and here is a partial list of the tasks they assist with:
- reducing joint inflammation
- lowering cholesterol
- reducing liver fat
- stress and depression reduction
- collagen formation
- assisting the immune system (the list goes on and on)
One of the other amazing attributes of spelt is very high bio-availability: this refers to the percentage of nutrients you eat which are actually digested, absorbed and put to use by the body's systems.
I feel like saying "TA-DA!!" because here is the best part -- spelt is now a sprouted grain flour. Sprouting changes everything from better to BEST!
The result of sprouting is germinating the whole grain into a living plant, exponentially increasing the vitamins, amino acids and minerals and their effects. The entire plant is utilized and made available, the germ, bran and endosperm.
Plus, sprouting literally changes the composition of the flour creating a vegetable and not a starch. The body digests it as a vegetable and not a starch!
Here are some of the benefits of eating sprouted spelt:
- the plant state causes ease of digestion
- increased bio-availability to receive and use nutrients
- glycemic response is significantly reduced and satiety is increased
- sprouting increases antioxidants, Vitamins C, B, and carotene which help absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc during digestion
- Vitamin B1 increases 28%
- Vitamin B2 increases 315%
- Vitamin B3 increases 66%
- Vitamin B5 increases 65%
- Biotin increases 111%
- Folic Acid increases 278%
- Vitamin C increases 300%
- the flavor is deeply developed and not bitter, it is actually sweet and nutty
Sprouted spelt has gluten, but the gluten is a normal percentage of about 3.5% (GMO wheat can be upward of 13%), is very water soluble and easily digested. And, because it has never been genetically modified the body still recognizes the spelt gluten as "food" and not an enemy to be defeated. A large portion of the population that believe they have a gluten intolerance actually have a wheat intolerance (not including those that have Celiac's markers).
This is why I care what my cookies are made of. Don't you want these benefits and more on your side when eating a cookie?
There are very few people that will ever say, "I will never eat another cookie as long as I live!" You will most likely eat another cookie... make it a GOOD one!
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*University of Minnesota; Price Pottinger Foundation; onegreenplanet.org