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What is a Grain-Free diet, and why should you go Grain-Free?

Many diets centre around the removal of grains; Paleo, Whole30, AIP. But why is this? There are a few common reasons someone might want to switch to a grain-free diet. Grain products are usually highly refined and processed, so some want to focus on a less processed, more natural, whole foods diet. When cutting out grains, people have said to feel more mental alertness and clarity, and more energetic overall!

Some have had unpleasant digestive issues or inflammation, and want to improve their “leaky gut”. Refined carbs / sweets have all of the sugar, but none of the fiber you would find in fruit. Fiber helps you feel fuller (preventing accidental over-eating), improves blood sugar control, and is important for good gut health. It lets you digest and process your food more slowly; the fiber in your fruit helps slow down how fast your blood sugar raises after the sugary treat.

Regardless of the reason you go grain-free, there are plenty of modern substitutes made with cassava, coconut or treenuts, which are healthy and delicious!

What should I eat? (And not eat)

Those following a grain-free diet should not eat any of the following. Any additives made from these (brans, starches, germs) are also off limits:

  • wheat
  • rye
  • barley
  • oats
  • corn
  • rice
  • quinoa
  • amaranth
  • buckwheat
  • millet
  • bulgur
  • sorghum

Common substitutes for the flours and starches you are used to can be made from these grain-free substitutes:

  • cassava
  • coconut
  • tigernut (not a nut!)
  • all treenuts / seeds; almonds, brazil nuts, canola, cashews, chia, coffee, cocoa, chestnuts, flax, hazelnuts, hemp, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, pumpkin, safflower, sesame, sunflower, walnuts
  • legumes; all beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, and soy

From grain-free crackers to pancake mix, we are happy to offer a selection of carefully currated grain-free snacks, pastas / starches, and baking needs.

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