Grain & Seed Guide

Amaranth

A staple grain for over 8,000 years, the yield of amaranth is similar to maize or rice. These grains are most commonly simmered and added to flour, cereals, salads, and soups. It is exceptionally high in protein as well as fiber, vitamin B, folate, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. The health benefits of amaranth grains include lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, aiding in weight loss, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, improving the immune system, supporting individuals with celiac related diseases, eliminating constipation and bloating, reducing risks of colon cancer and strengthening heart health. Food For Life uses rganic sprouted amaranth to create healthy Genesis 1:29 breads and English muffins.

Barley

Part of the grass family, barley grows in 100 countries and is one of the most commonly used cereal grains after wheat, corn, and rice. Every year, barley is used as an essential ingredient to make bread, casseroles, cookies, soups, and stews. Malted barley is also used as a sweetener. It is filled with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals such as dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B, thiamin, riboflavin, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, and copper.  The health benefits for barley include helping control diabetes, preserving skin elasticity, boosting the immune system, maintaining colon health, preventing heart disease and cancer, and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Food For Life uses organic sprouted barley to create breads, pastas, tortillas, English muffins, buns, waffles, and cereals of the highest nutritional value.

Bhutanese Red Rice

This grain grows near the Eastern Himalayas in fertile soil at around 8,000 feet. This grain of rice gets its natural reddish pigment in the bran formed by the minerals found in the soil.  Bhutanese red rice is gluten- and wheat-free which is perfect for those looking for alternative grains. This rice is nutrient dense and is able to provide protein, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, molybdenum, zinc, and dietary fiber. This grain does not contain any fats or cholesterol which makes it a heart-healthy addition to any nutritious meal. Benefits of consuming Bhutanese red rice include lowering high cholesterol levels, helping prevent heart disease, lowering the risk of obesity, and ideal for bone health. Food For Life uses this natural Bhutanese red rice to create Gluten Free Bhutanese Red Rice Bread.

Black Rice

Part of the grain family, this rice is the most nutritious of the rice varieties. Black rice was once reserved for Chinese royalty, but is gaining international recognition for its health benefits. Black rice is a great alternative to white rice because of its nutritious properties. This ancient grain is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients that help support a healthy immune system. The nutrients in one cup of black rice include 18 amino acids, iron, zinc, copper, carotene, and fiber. Similar to other rice grains, black rice contains no gluten. Health benefits for black rice include decreasing chances of a heart attack and stroke, improving digestive health, helping detoxify the body of harmful build-ups, aiding in healthy weight loss, helping prevent diabetes, and preventing obesity. Food For Life uses black rice to create healthy grain alternatives such as Exotic Black Rice Tortillas and Gluten Free Exotic Black Rice Bread.

Brown Rice

Often grown in flooded fields, brown rice is a whole grain rice that is much healthier than white rice. Brown rice is often used as a nutritious alternative for popular rice dishes such as vegetable bowls or rice cakes. However, it can also be ground up into brown rice flour that can be used for breading, thickening sauces, and gluten free baking.  Because it does not go through the milling and polishing process, it retains many of its nutritional value. Rich nutrients in brown rice include calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, vitamin B, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It’s also a great source of essential fatty acids, protein, and fiber. The health benefits of brown rice include helping with heart disease prevention, reducing risk of cancer, maintaining weight control, managing diabetes, and lowering cholesterol levels. Food For Life uses organic sprouted brown rice in its breads, English muffins, pocket breads, and tortillas to help consumers eat a proactive, healthy diet.

Chia Seeds

Also known as Salvia Hispanica, chia is most commonly grown for its seeds. Used in breads, muffins, and cereals, these tiny seeds are loaded with tons of nutritional properties and will make you feel full for longer. They contain dietary fiber, protein, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, and zinc. However, they are most commonly known for being immensely rich in omegy-3 fatty acids. The health benefits of chia seeds include helping to manage diabetes, aiding to prevent osteoporosis, lowering bad cholesterol, improving gastrointestinal health, and supporting the fight against arthritis and other age related diseases. Food For Life uses organic sprouted chia seeds in many of its products such as cereals, breads, waffles, tortillas, and English muffins.

Corn

Also known as maize, this cereal grain has been a prominent means of food in civilizations for thousands of years. This diverse grain plant has been used to make corn on the cob, popcorn, cornmeal, corn muffins, corn bread and more. Most of corn’s nutritional properties are derived from the kernel such as vitamins A, B, C, E, and other minerals. It also contains fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, and thiamin. Rich in phytochemicals, the nutritional benefits of corn include preventing heart diseases, improving bone strength, controlling diabetes, reducing cholesterol absorption, and maintaining good vision and skin. Food For Life uses organic sprouted grain corn to create many nutritional products such as sprouted corn tortillas, sprouted grain breads, and sprouted grain muffins.

Flax Seed

Sometimes called linseeds, these small, tan seeds have been called the world’s first cultivated superfood. They have been used to make seasonings, flax oil, paper, and textile linens. The most notable trait of flax seed is that they are the richest sources of plant based omega-3-fatty acids in the world. They are loaded with nutritional elements such as linolenic acid, fiber, protein, thiamin, vitamin B6, manganese, and magnesium. These components work together to fight diseases such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and inflammation. Food For Life uses organic sprouted flax seeds to manufacture many of the healthiest sprouted grain products such as breads, waffles, and cereal.

Lentils

Classified as legumes, lentils have been referenced as far back as the Bible. These seed-filled pods are often served with rice, as well as added to soup and bread and are incredibly nutritional. They contain tons of fiber and are mostly carbohydrates and proteins with virtually no fat. They are also a great source of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. The health benefits of lentils include reducing the risk of cancer, managing weight, regenerating muscles, regulating digestion, lowering blood pressure, and controlling diabetes. Food For Life serves its customer’s health by using organic sprouted lentils in many of its products such as breads, tortillas, buns, pasta, and waffles.

Mesquite Bean Pods

Part of the legume family, mesquite bean pods are known as the “southwest superfood.” Mesquite bean pods were relied on by American Indians as an important food source and are commonly dried and ground into mesquite flour. This flour is rich in protein and micronutrients such as magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, and calcium. Flour made from mesquite bean pods has a sweet and nutty taste and has been used to make low-glycemic breads, pancakes, and tortillas. It is also gluten-free. The health benefits of mesquite bean pods include managing weight, regenerating muscles, regulating digestion, lowering blood pressure, and controlling diabetes. Food For Life uses organic mesquite bean pods to manufacture healthy sprouted grain waffles.

Millet

There are many different varieties of millet grown around the world and the most common is pennisetum glaucum, or pearl millet. These cereal crops are used to create alcohol, flour, bread, porridge, and cereal. The nutritional contents found in millet are protein, amino acids, starch, vitamin B, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, essential fats, and fiber. This gives millet many health benefits such as protecting hearth health, controlling diabetes, assisting digestion, lowering the risk of cancer, optimizing muscle health, increasing energy levels, detoxifying the body, and boosting the immune system. Food For Life utilizes organic sprouted millet to create the most nutritional cereals, breads, buns, English muffins, pastas, tortillas, and waffles.

Oats

A type of cereal grain, oats are a favorite amongst mankind, especially when it comes to breakfast. They are commonly used to make oatmeal, flour, cakes, cookies, and cereal. Of all the cereal grains, oats have the most protein and the lowest carbohydrates. The health benefits of oats include lowering cholesterol levels, increasing appetite-control hormones, preventing heart disease, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, controlling diabetes, and optimizing the immune system. Food For Life uses oat flour and organic sprouted oats to create healthy products such as 7 Whole Grain Pocket Bread, 7 Sprouted Grains English Muffins, and 7 Sprouted Grains Bread.

Pumpkin seeds

Available year-round, these oval, edible seeds scooped from pumpkins have long been a valued source of nutrients. These seeds are a common ingredient in Mexican cuisine and can also be eaten as a snack raw or roasted. Containing remarkable levels of copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, and zinc, pumpkin seeds are a phenomenal health food. They are also high in fiber, boasting the fiber intake of anyone who consumes them. The health benefits of pumpkin seeds include reducing the risk of prostate cancer, improving body metabolism, reducing inflammation and arthritis pain, promoting kidney health, relieving anxiety, reducing cardiovascular disease risk, advocating kidney health, and strengthening bones. Food For Life uses organic pumpkin seeds to create nutritionally dense breads and English muffins.

Quinoa

A cereal crop primarily grown for its edible seeds, quinoa is a highly popular food source in America, Canada, China, and Europe. Quinoa is most commonly used as a rice substitute and is also ground up into powder or flower flour to create bread, cereal flakes, and chips. Quinoa is loaded with protein, fiber, folate, vital amino acids, vitamin B, thiamin, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. The health benefits of this nutritional wonder food include preventing gallstones, regulating digestion, protecting organ health, maintaining blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and managing weight. Food For Life was the first to manufacture gluten free breads and Genesis 1:29 products using organic sprouted quinoa.

Rye

Able to grow in conditions too wet or too cold for other grains, rye is one of the most consumed cereal crops in the world. It has many similar applications to barley and wheat and is used in products such as bread, flour, whiskey, vodkas, and rolled rye. Containing dietary fiber, protein, vitamin B, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, and magnesium, rye has much nutritional value. The health benefits of rye include aiding weight loss, managing diabetes, assisting heart health, preventing some forms of cancer, reducing development of childhood asthma, preventing ulcers, and relieving stomach gas pain. To propagate healthy living, Food For Life uses organic sprouted rye in its bread, English muffins, and pocket bread.

Sesame Seeds

Also known as Sesamum Indicum, sesame seeds are oilseed crops that have been cultivated over the last 3,500 years. Sesame seeds are incredibly resilient and able to grow in places where many other crops cannot. It is a common ingredient in dishes across the globe such as bread meals, soups, crackers, and meat cuisines. Sesame seeds are packed with dietary fiber, protein, vitamin B, copper, manganese, calcium, and magnesium. They have many health benefits such as preventing diabetes, reducing risk of cancer, protecting DNA from radiation harm, reducing signs of aging, facilitating digestion, boosting oral health, and lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. Food For Life uses unhulled sesame seeds in some breads, English muffins, and burger buns to give its consumers food with excellent nutritional value.

Soybeans

Also known as soya beans, these are a species of legumes native to East Asia and grown throughout the world. Food products from soy include vegetable protein, soy vegetable oil, soy milk, soy sauce and tofu. Soybeans are packed with dietary fiber, vitamin K, vitamin B, manganese, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. What is most notable about soybeans is the large amount of protein they have, making them a desirable protein source for vegetarians and vegans. The health benefits of soybeans include preventing osteoporosis, managing weight, aiding in heart attack/stroke prevention, improving blood circulation, fighting against sleep disorders, lowering cholesterol levels, regulating digestion, and boosting metabolic activity in the body. Food For Life uses soybeans in its bread, burger buns, cereal, English muffins, pasta, and waffles to create the healthiest, protein loaded food products.

Spelt

The closely related cousin of wheat, spelt is one of the oldest crops to be cultivated in human history. Also known as hulled wheat or dinkel wheat, it tastes like wheat and behaves very similarly when baking breads with it. Spelt is packed with protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, folic acid, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, selenium, thiamin, vitamin B, and zinc. It also contains gluten, making it unfit for people with gluten-related disorders. The health benefits of spelt include helping to manage diabetes, facilitating digestion, strengthening bone health, lowering cholesterol, reducing constipation, and circulating blood flow. Food For Life uses organic spouted spelt to create the healthiest breads, tortillas, pastas, English muffins, buns, waffles, and cereal.

Sunflower Seeds

Known as the fruit of the sunflower, sunflower seeds are the edible seed of this daisy family flower. These seeds are most commonly eaten whole as a snack roasted, dusted, or raw. They can also be used as a garnishment for various dishes such as salads, sandwiches, and cookies. Sunflower seeds are a rich source of copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, thiamin, vitamin B, and vitamin E. Its health benefits include protecting against cardiovascular disease, improving digestion, strengthening bones, lowering cholesterol, preventing cardiovascular disease, giving energy, fetal development for pregnant women, and assisting brain health. Food For Life uses organic sunflower seeds and organic sunflower oil to create nutritionally rich breads and English muffins.

Teff

Largely grown in Ethiopia, India, and Australia, teff is used similarly in cooking to millet and quinoa. Because the seed is small, teff cooks much faster than other grains and can be used to make porridge and alcoholic beverages. Another use for teff is in gluten-free baked goods such as bread, pie crusts, and cookies. It can also be eaten whole baked, boiled, or steamed. Teff is high in nutritional properties such as protein, calcium, manganese, phosphorous, iron, copper, aluminum, barium, thiamin, and vitamin C. This grain’s health benefits include managing blood-sugar levels, maintaining weight, preventing colon disease, strengthening bones, improving the immune system, and supporting those with celiac related diseases. Food For Life uses organic sprouted teff to create healthy Genesis 1:29 breads and English muffins.

Wheat

Now grown worldwide, wheat is one of the most cultivated grains. It is most commonly used to make bread but is also used in cakes, cereal, cookies, crackers, pasta, pies, and more. Wheat contains several nutrients, vitamins, and minerals such as protein, niacin, manganese, and more. Wheat is the cereal grain with the highest protein content. The benefits of wheat include control of obesity, protection against colon and breast cancer, risk reduction of type 2 diabetes, and protection against coronary heart disease. Food For Life uses organic sprouted 100% whole wheat which is far superior because the grains are easier to digest, the minerals and antioxidants are increased in absorption, and the vitamin C and vitamin B ingredient ratio is much higher.