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In the past couple of decades, specialized diets have gained popularity as people have recognized that a common, or universal, diet does not meet everyone's nutritional requirements, medical necessities, or moral values. As a result of this tendency toward the personalization of diets, the use of nuts and seeds as alternative sources of protein and nutrients has increased. Even though the use of seeds and nuts as substantial part of a healthy diet may seem new and unique to many people, these foods have ancient histories as common foods for indigenous, ancient cultures all over the world. Those of us now enjoying healthy, clean diets that incorporate nuts and seeds, no matter in what form we eat them, have merely developed an appreciation for foods ancient peoples discovered and ate ages before the twenty-first century. As a company dedicated to providing nutritional, wholesome, clean (additive and preservative-free) muffin mixes, we at ATX Ultra Eats are pleased to offer products that help people enjoy these ancient nutritionally-dense and energy-packed foods in new ways.
The almond is inextricably linked with the state of California: for good reason. California supplies 80% of the world's almond supply. A common food source in Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean for thousands of years, the almond is a relative newcomer to the United States. The first almond trees arrived in California from Spain in the mid-18th century, brought to the region by Franciscan priests. Not until the 19th century, however, when farmers finally learned how to properly cultivate the trees, did the almond trade explode in California. Long before farmers in California figured out the way to raise such successfully abundant almond crops, nomads throughout Aisa and Mongolia used almonds as a staple in their diet. Almonds are a perfect food for such a lifestyle: they are nutrient and energy dense, they travel easily, and they keep well. By 4000 BC, helped by human movement between China and Asia, almonds were part of the diet of many of the cultures in that region of the world. Societies also began to cultivate almonds at about this time, as the popularity of almonds spread throughout the Mediterranean countries. Although almonds are often referred to as a tree nut, they are actually the drupe, or the fruit, of the almond tree. Amonds, a low glycemic, low carb food, are a complete source of energy and nutrients. High in dietary fiber and protein, almonds are also an excellent source of healthy mono-unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic, and palmitoleic acids. They are rich in vitamin E, and B vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, folate, and vitamin B6. Additionally, almonds contain respectable amounts of manganese, copper, potassium, and phosphorus. Almond flour is one of the most popular substitutes for wheat flour for those who follow a gluten-free diet. It's a slightly sweet yet transparent flour that adds a rich texture to foods in which its used. We use certified gluten-free, finely ground blanched almond flour in ATX Ultra Eats muffin mixes; the blanching removes the bitter-tasting skin from the almonds before they're ground into flour.
Aluminum-Free Baking Soda
The leavening agent we use in our ATX Ultra Eats muffin mixes is aluminum-free.
Although it draws its name from the city of Cayenne in French Guiana, cayenne pepper (a member of the Capsicum family of peppers) is widely used in other African countries, as well as in Mexico, South America, Asia, and India. In fact, the oldest specimen of this pepper has been found in caves that were homes to humans, and in fossilized feces, at archeological sites in Mexico that date back to 7000 BC. This pepper is rich in nutrients; just one 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper contains enough vitamin A to fulfill 44% of one's daily requirement. It also contains fair amounts of vitamins C, K, E, and B6. Additionally, cayenne pepper is a good source of magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, and niacin. We use certified organic cayenne pepper in our ATX Ultra Eats Cacao Orange Spice Muffin Mix, to ensure as much as possible that the spice we use is healthy in every way.
The coconut is a food that has a long, somewhat mysterious history. Scientists who study the coconut genome have discovered evidence that the cultivated coconut has two distinct subpopulations: one that originated in the Indian Ocean and the other in the Pacific Ocean. These scientists also discovered a population of coconut that reflects a genetic transfer between the two populations, suggesting that ancient seafaring peoples carried the coconuts with them from one place to another as they traveled. Everywhere that coconut trees grow, evidence shows that they have long been an important source of food for the cultures in those areas. Although the coconut is referred to as a tree nut, it is the drupe, or fruit, of the coconut palm tree. The meat from the coconut is high in fiber and protein. It's an excellent source of copper, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and manganese. The meat also provides a respectable amount of folates, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and potassium. Coconut flour is derived from the meat of the coconut. This flour is so nutritious that in 2008 the Philippine Department of Science and Technology urged food manufacturers to use it in baked goods in an effort to curb malnutrition in that country. The coconut flour we use in ATX Ultra Eats muffin mixes is made through the process of defatting the coconut meat with the use of pressurized steam. The defatted coconut is dried and then milled into flour. It is certified organic, certified gluten-free, certified vegan, and certified kosher.
Dried Orange Peel
Oranges, one of the most popular fruits in the world, have their origin in Asia. Like lemons, oranges have been used in Ayruvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. The peel of the orange contains a high amount of vitamin C. It's also a good source of vitamin A, potassium, and dietary fiber. We use the dried orange peel from certified organically grown in our ATX Ultra Eats Cacao Orange Spice Muffin Mix.
Hemp Seed Hearts
Hemp seeds are rich in two essential omega fatty acids: linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. They also contain gamma-linolenic acid. Moreover, hemp seeds are an excellent source of plant protein, with more than 25% of their total calories derived from protein. Finally, hemp seeds contain vitamin E, as well as minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.
If mesquite trees are not synonymous with Texas, they should be: 76% of all the mesquite trees in the United States are in Texas. Mostly known for the flavor it imparts to grilled and smoked meats, it's a tree that has multiple uses far beyond that of barbecue fuel. Among the uses, a use with which people are becoming more familiar, is as a nutritionally packed food. Archaeologists and anthropologists have found evidence of the mesquite tree's wide use as a food by indigenous peoples of the American Southwest, Central, and South America. These peoples gathered and dried mesquite pods, which were then pounded into a meal that was eaten by itself, or mixed into cakes. The meal was also used to make a type of porridge, or made into a mash which was then fermented into a drink. Mesquite pods were a valuable food source for the people who lived in these arid lands. The pods were plentiful and they preserved well. The low-glycemic powder (or meal) made from the ground mesquite pods is nutritionally rich. It's a naturally sweet substance; however, since the source of sweetness is fructose, it prevents the sugar spike that accompanies simple carbohydrates and helps to stabilize blood sugar. Mesquite powder also has high levels of the protein lysine and iron, as well as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. This powder of the ground mesquite pods has a unique flavor reminiscent of a blend of cinnamon and mocha. A little mesquite powder goes a long way when its added to other flours in baked products. We use finely-ground, certified organic, certified gluten-free mesquite powder to achieve a hint of spice in our ATX Ultra Eats Chocolate Chip and Cacao Orange Spice muffin mixes. Since mesquite powder is sourced from a legume (the mesquite bean or pod), some people may worry that the powder contains the anti-nutritional proteins trypsin and phytohemagglutinins that are commonly found in legumes. Research shows, however, that the process of cooking legumes for as few as ten minutes negates the negative impact of these anti-nutritional proteins while leaving the nutritional properties of legumes intact. Muffins made from our mixes are baked at temperature low enough to preserve the nutritional value of all their ingredients, and in the baking the small risk of negative impact, if any, of the trypsin and phytohemagglutinin is neutralized.
Natural Cacao Powder and Dark Chocolate
Human tradition is often knowledge gained from the wisdom of human experience. The world's love affair with chocolate is an example of this knowledge gain through experience; never has a period of time passed when chocolate, or cacao, was not valued by the societies that possessed it as a food source. People of the Olmec civiliation (1500-400 BC), one of the oldest civilizations in Mesoamerica, are believed by historians to be the first people to discover and consume the amazing food cacao. As time passed, the Mayan and Aztec civilizations replaced the Omecs, and developed ways to cultivate cacao beans. This commodity was so valuable to the Mayans and Aztec people that is was used as currency. It was also used in religious ceremonies and celebrations. At this time the cacao bean was still used mainly in the form of a drink. When the Spaniards invaded Mexico, they delighted in drinks made from the cacao bean. They took this wisdom of the ancients, the cacao bean, back to Spain but jealously kept its existence secret from the rest of Europe. About a century passed before cacao beans started arriving in ports in England and other parts of Europe. Everywhere the cacao bean has been introduced, it has immediately become a much valued food. Honestly, cacao may be the world's most perfect food. It's delectable flavor works well in savory dishes as well as sweet dishes. Not only does it taste delicious, it is a nutritionally dense food. Cacao is high in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese. It also contains respectable amounts of folate, riboflavin, choline, potassium, and selenium. The certified organic unsweetened cacao powder we use in our ATX Ultra Eats Cacao Orange Spice Muffin Mix is untreated with alkali so it's all natural, with no added sugar or preservatives.
Dark chocolate is not only deliciously satisfying to the taste buds, it's a healthy food as well! A low glycemic food, dark chocolate is full of beneficial flavonoids (plant-based antioxidants). It's also a good source of iron, calcium, fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese. Dark chocolate also contains trace amounts of vitamin K, and B complex vitamins. At ATX Ultra Eats, we understand that many people, for a variety of reasons, wish to avoid consuming soy. Therefore, the non-GMO certified gluten-free 63% dark chocolate chips we use in our Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix contain sunflower lecithin rather than soy lecithin. They are soy-free.
Everything tastes better with a little sugar in it, including muffins! We are the last people who want to demonize the sweet substance that pleases the palate, and can often help chase the blues away. We must admit, however, that unlike people, sugars are not all created equal. To add a sweet, but healthy, element to our mixes, we use Sucanat® to achieve a healthy, subtle hint of sweetness. Sucanat® (derived from the phrase sugar cane natural) is a brand name for a whole cane sugar that is among the least processed of all sugars. Made from juice that has been squeezed from freshly harvested sugar cane, Sucanat is the porous granules that form when the extracted sugar cane juice is heated and then cooled and dried by a process called hand-paddling. These granules retain the naturally occurring molasses (the nutritious part of sugar); hence, Sucanat® retains all of its nutrients such as vitamin B6, iron, calcium, and potassium. Sucanat also contains less sucrose and fewer carbohydrates than white sugar, and it has a lower glycemic index. The sucanat we use in all our ATX Ultra Eats muffin mixes is certified organic.