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Our GLUTEN FREE Waffle & Pancake
are mostly popped Amaranth
Considered a Super Food by many, we blend organic spices and flavorings with popped amaranth, giving our waffles a very light and airy texture. All other gluten-free replacement products use cornstarch, potato starch, tapioca starch, or rice starch, which are higher on the glycemic index than the wheat (or sugar) you're trying to avoid. Our product is actually good for you. Amaranth is high in protein, iron, and calcium. It's a pseudo-grain (naturally gluten-free) and a super food.
Amaranth is considered a weed by much of the world, but it has been grown as a grain-like seed and a vegetable for thousands of years. The Aztecs used it as a staple and even included it in their religious rituals. It has about the same yield as many other commonly used grains like rice and a similar nutritional value to quinoa, which makes it well worth looking into.
Gluten Free – Amaranth isn’t really a grain and it does not have the sometimes troublesome proteins you find in wheat, rye, and barley. Amaranth flour can be used to thicken soups, sauces, and more. It can also be used with other gluten free flours and gums in baking.
Cholesterol – The oils and phytosterols in amaranth help lower cholesterol levels, including LDL and triglycerides.
Inflammation – The anti-inflammatory properties of peptides and oils in amaranth can ease pain and reduce inflammation. This is especially important for chronic conditions where inflammation erodes your health, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Cancer – The same peptides in amaranth that protect against inflammation may also help prevent cancer. The antioxidants in this grain may even help protect cells from other damage that can lead to cancer.
Blood Pressure – The fiber and phytonutrients in amaranth lower blood pressure according to some recent studies. This seed tackles cholesterol, inflammation, and blood pressure, making it an all-around good food for heart health.
Protein – Amaranth is a very rich source of protein and this protein is also highly bioavailable. The protein in amaranth is more digestible than other seeds and grains and has been compared to the digestibility of milk protein.
Lysine – Vegetables and grains are often lacking in this essential amino acid. Amaranth has a good amount of lysine which helps the body absorb calcium, build muscle, and produce energy.
Fiber Amaranth is a high fiber food. This makes it filling and means it aids digestive health, cholesterol, blood pressure, and slows the absorption of sugars to let the body keep up with energy production.
Minerals – Amaranth is a very rich source of minerals like calcium, magnesium, and copper. It is also a good source of zinc, potassium, and phosphorus. These build strong bones and muscles, aid hydration, boost energy, and are vital in thousands of processes throughout the body.
Vitamins – Amaranth is also a good source of many essential vitamins too, including A, C, E, K, B5, B6, folate, niacin, and riboflavin. These act as antioxidants, raise energy levels, control hormones, and do much more.
Immune System – Amaranth may boost immune function according to some studies, probably thanks to the potent vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Gray Hair – Amaranth helps prevent premature graying, mainly due to the minerals this seed has in abundance. Amaranth, like most seeds, nuts, and grains, does contain some phytic acid, a phosphorus storage molecule that can bind to many minerals and keep us from digesting and using these vital nutrients. It is always better to soak, ferment, or sprout seeds and grains before cooking them to neutralize most of the phytic acid. Amaranth has a modest amount of oxalic acid, which should be avoided or only moderately used by those with gout, kidney problems, or rheumatoid arthritis.
Snack Bonus – You can pop amaranth, like popcorn, and use it as a healthy snack or as a treat by mixing it with coconut syrup or honey.
The Diet Is Better
100% Grass-fed cattle graze in pastures, never feed lots. Cattle raised on grass are healthier because it’s their natural food. In fact, cattle raised on grain must often be given antibiotics in order to digest their feed, and feeding cattle a corn diet has created an increase in the instance of E. coli contaminated beef. For that reason, 100% Grass-fed cattle are grass-fed for their entire lives. The result is healthier cattle and healthier—and safer—beef.
The Life Is Better
Cattle are not kept in small pens or feedlots. They graze the prairie in communal groups, as cattle naturally do. We use a “mob grazing”Â technique that allows the animals to completely graze one area before moving on to the next, which also helps improve the quality of the grass that grows back. Furthermore, 100% Grass-fed cattle are allowed to develop at a normal pace and are never given hormones to increase their size or quicken their development.
The End-Of-Life Treatment Is Better
When the time comes for processing, they are transported directly from a grazing area to a nearby facility, and not kept in a holding pen. This reduces the stress and anxiety they experience. Furthermore, our processors are required to utilize behavior protocols and techniques designed by industry expert Dr. Temple Grandin, the world’s foremost authority on humane animal handling.
Temple Gandin's Healthy and Humane Care
Dr. Temple Grandin’s humane handling practices are noted globally and lauded for their effectiveness in keeping livestock healthy, safe, and protecting their well being. You can view details of Dr. Grandin’s standards on her website at www.grandin.com.
Growing Grass Is Better
We’re all worried about how we can reduce our carbon footprint. The farmers and ranchers of Tallgrass Beef contribute daily to the reduction of carbon in our atmosphere through the simple process of growing grass. Grass removes carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and uses it to grow. The grass above ground is eaten by our cattle, but the CO2 used to grow the roots is held in the soil. This is called carbon sequestration, and it’s the process that produced, through the centuries, the deep, rich soil of the great American Grasslands. This natural process of cattle grazing on open pasture can be used to clean carbon from the air released from fossil fuel burning, and put it back underground as part of the soil.
More Vitamin A Is Better
Beta-Carotene is converted to vitamin A (retinol) by the human body, and grass-fed beef contains 10 times the Beta-Carotene of grain-fed beef. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, and cell differentiation. Additionally, vitamin A creates a barrier to bacterial and viral infection, and supports the production and function of white blood cells.
More Vitamin E Is Better
Grass-fed beef typically has 3 times the amount of vitamin E found in conventional grain-fed beef. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may help prevent or delay coronary heart disease, block the formation of carcinogens formed in the stomach, and protect against cancer development. Vitamin E may also improve eye lens clarity and reduce or prevent the development of cataracts.
The Right Balance Of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids Is Better
The ratio of Omega-3 fatty acids to Omega-6 fatty acids in our diet plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. The American Medical Association and the World Health Organization recommend a ratio of roughly one to four parts Omega-6 to one part Omega-3. However, the cereal grains typically fed to cattle have very low levels of Omega-3 and much higher levels of Omega-6, while feeding grass to cattle increases the Omega-3 content of the meat by 60% and produces a much more favorable Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio.
More CLA Is Better
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) has demonstrated significant health benefits in the human body, including the reduction of carcinogenesis, atherosclerosis, and the onset of diabetes. Beef from grass-fed cattle contains 2 to 3 times more CLA than beef from grain-fed cattle.
More Dietary Protein Is Better
Grass-fed beef is leaner and higher in protein that grain-fed beef. In fact, grass-fed beef averages 1.5 times more protein than typical USDA Choice+ grain-fed beef. Research indicates that eating lean beef can help lower total, LDL and VLDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, while increasing beneficial HDL cholesterol. It can also help lower blood pressure, aid in weight loss, and improve insulin sensitivity and glycemic control.