What is a dedicated nut, peanut, egg and dairy free facility?
A dedicated facility means that our products are manufactured in a facility that is free from nuts, peanuts, eggs and dairy. This provides the highest level of protection against cross-contamination. Nuts, peanuts, eggs and dairy are strictly prohibited on the premises. Each ingredient we use requires allergen disclosure from the manufacturer to ensure that it is produced in a nut, peanut, egg and dairy free facility.
What is the difference between bleached and unbleached flour?
Bleached flour is whitened with chlorine dioxide, benzoyl peroxide, and chlorine gas. The chlorine combines with proteins in the flour to produce alloxan, a known carcinogen. The use of chlorine and peroxide has been banned in the European Union.
What is the difference between bromated and unbromated flour?
Bromated flour is treated with potassium bromate to improve the elasticity of the dough and help it to produce higher rising bread. Potassium bromate is a potential carcinogen and has been outlawed in the European Union.
What are hydrogenated oils?
Hydrogenated oils are oils that have been chemically transformed from unsaturated oils to saturated oils. These hydrogenated oils result in the creation of fats that have been associated with many health issues.
What is trans fat?
Trans fat is unsaturated oil that is chemically transformed to saturated oil. The consumption of trans fats increases the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by increasing the “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and lowering “good” (HDL) cholesterol. It is also associated with a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes. California has banned the use of artificial trans fats in restaurants and in all baked goods.
What is the extent of food allergies in the U.S.?
An estimated 15 million Americans, including nearly 6 million children, have a food allergy - that’s 1 in 13 children. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening medical condition, and the CDC reported that food allergies result in over 300,000 ambulatory-care visits per year among children.