At Powder Mill our goal is to strive for the best tasting healthiest whole grain baked goods on the market today. Not only do we bake with one of the healthiest 100% whole grain flours available, all of our mixes and and recipe formulations you will find here at Powder Mill are geared toward lowering other key components such as sodium, refined sugars, saturated fats and cholesterol, to obtain a healthier lifestyle all around.
Don't be fooled-- just because you are eating a whole grain higher fiber product, doesn't necessarily mean the fats, sugars and sodium are in limited quantities too!
So educate yourself and make better food choices for your health! Education and knowledge of what you are eating is quintessential to staying healthy.
But don't just take our word for it educate yourself first!
How to shop for Whole Grain products:
Make sure your whole grain purchase is just that. Don't be mislead by marketing claims just because it states: smart wheat, wheat flour or made with whole grains on the label.
Check your nutrition label and be sure the word "whole wheat flour" is first order on the label. This ensures the recipe utilizes mostly whole wheat flour although not necessarily made of 100% whole grain flour. If it comes in second or later, its formualation is in smaller amounts, although the claim "made with whole grains" may qualify to still appear on the packaging.
Chances are you are going to see more and more "Made with Whole Grains" claims out there. To get the fullest benefit of the whole grain, why bother with anything less than 100% whole grain? The taste is unsurpassed, it's all natural and the healthiest choice you can make for you and your family!
....Since the beginning....
All grains start just as they are--whole and all natural. Whole grains are classified as the entire seed of a plant. This seed or "Kernel" is made up of three components: the bran, the germ, and the endosperm.
The bran is the multi-layered outer skin of the kernel, and it contains important antioxidants, B vitamins and fiber.
The germ is the embryo which, if fertilized by pollen, will sprout into a new plant. It contains many B vitamins, some protein, minerals, and healthy fats.
The endosperm is the germ’s food supply, which provides essential energy to the young plant so it can send roots down for water and nutrients, and send sprouts up for sunlight’s photosynthesizing power. The endosperm is by far the largest portion of the kernel. It contains starchy carbohydrates, proteins and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Why are Whole Grains Healthier than Refined "Enriched" Wheat Flours?
Whole grains contain all three parts of the kernel. Refined grains normally removes the bran and the germ, leaving only the endosperm. This is done to give a better texture to the flour and also to extend shelf life of the enriched flour product. Without the bran and germ, about 25% of a grain’s protein is lost, along with several key nutrients including the all important fiber source.
Although manufacturing processors do add back some vitamins and minerals Whole Grain products never removed these important, all natural nutrients and fiber rich sources, which make the whole grain products your best choice when purchasing baking products. Remember, enrichment is good, but all natural is best!
The health benefits of such products are widely recognized by health care and dietary professionals; according to the American Dietetic Association. Americans should consume adequate amounts of dietary fiber from a variety of plant derived foods. Increased intake of dietary fiber has beneficial effects on risk factors for preventing chronic diseases. Diets high in fiber and protein provide bulk, are more satisfying and have been linked to lower body weights.
There has been increasing interest in oatmeal in recent years because of its health benefits. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which can reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol".
Other benefits: oatmeal encourages slow digestion and stabilizes blood-glucose levels and can redule the absorption of cholesterol in your blood stream!
Salt is made from the combination of two minerals called sodium and chloride. As we all know, consuming too much sodium has been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure. Many people get more sodium than they need because sodium is also present in a lot of preservatives and in other ingredients used in processed and packaged foods. Eliminating the extra sodium in your diet is not as easy as hiding the salt shaker from the dinner table.
Today's recommendations from food experts suggest consuming no more than 1500 to 2500 mg sodium per day. Look at the packaging to figure out how much sodium you are taking in. You will be surprised that a can of "healthy fat-free or light soup you purchase at the market can contains over 500mg/1 cup serving!