Healthy Baked Goods

Healthy Baked Goods

Main Street Gourmet has the capability to provide several different options for customers desiring specialization in the health conscious arena. We have extensive experience in formulation development and look forward to handling your needs. Please see below for explanations of several nutritional and health attributes.

All Natural

Our All Natural products do not contain any artificial ingredients, color, or chemical preservatives.

The US FDA has not stated a definition of “natural” or “all natural” as the terms relate to food. A definition from About.com, a part of the New York Times Company, states:

Legally, food labeled "natural" does not contain any artificial ingredients, coloring ingredients, or chemical preservatives, and, in the case of meat and poultry, is minimally processed.


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Sugar Free

A food that contains less than 0.5 grams of sugars per labeled serving.


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No Sugar Added

A food in which no sugar or sugar-containing ingredient, such as concentrated fruit juice, is added during processing.


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Whole Grain

The FDA guidelines state that any food labeled as “Whole Grain” should contain all parts of the grain, which includes the bran, the germ and the endosperm, “in the same relative proportions as they exist in the intact grain.”  Whole grain foods thus retain all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, other micronutrients, and fiber content that is inherent in the grain in its natural state.


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Fat Free

A food that contains less than 0.5 grams of total fat per labeled serving.


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Low Fat

A food that has 3 grams or less per 100 grams and not more than 30% of calories from fat.


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Trans Fat at a Glance

Trans fat is a specific type of fat that is formed when liquid oils are turned into solid fats, such as shortening or stick margarine. During this process — called hydrogenation — hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to increase the shelf life and flavor stability of foods. The result of the process is trans fat.

As a consumer, the most important thing to know about trans fat is that it behaves like saturated fat in the body by raising low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol — which can increase your risk of coronary heart disease.

Trans fat also lowers high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or "good") cholesterol in the blood.


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Spelt

Spelt, an ancient grain, has a tougher husk than wheat, which may help protect the nutrients. Spelt contains more protein than wheat, and the protein in spelt is easier to digest. This means that some people who are allergic to wheat may be able to tolerate spelt. Spelt has gluten, just like wheat, so spelt is not suitable for a gluten-free diet.


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Kosher

Our facility is Kosher certified by KOF-K Kosher Supervision, one of the foremost kosher certification agencies in the United States.
 
Highlights from New York Times Article, More People Choosing Kosher for Health, by Karen Barrow     
April 13, 2010

A growing number of supermarket shoppers are going kosher — not for religious reasons, but because they are convinced the foods are safer and better for health.

Sales of kosher foods reached $12.5 billion in 2008, an increase of 64 percent since 2003.

According to the market research survey,(by Mintel), of people who buy kosher foods 62 percent do so for quality, 51 percent for its “general healthfulness.”, one-third because they think food safety standards are better than with traditional supermarket foods, and 15 percent do so  because of religious rules.

In general, kosher food has to be carefully controlled throughout its processing and preparation.


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Vegan Foods

Our vegan foods contain no animal products or by-products such as eggs, dairy or honey.

Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.


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Probiotics

Our probiotic products contain Ganeden BC30, a patented probiotic strain with a tough “shell” that helps it survive the harsh stomach acids and deliver 10 times as much live bacteria than yogurt. Probiotic organisms need to remain alive in the intestines in order to be helpful.

What Probiotics Are
One widely used definition, developed by the World Health Organization, is that probiotics are "live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host."

What the Science Says
The National Institutes of Health cites a conference report that states: some uses of probiotics for which there is some encouraging evidence from the study of specific probiotic formulations are as follows:

  • To improve  intestinal and urinary tract health
  • To reduce recurrence of some  cancers
  • To prevent and manage atopic dermatitis (eczema) in children

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Omega–3 Fatty Acids

The Omega-3 Fatty Acids that are added to our products are derived from fish sources.

Typically, EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids are contained in oily fish, such as salmon, lake trout, tuna and herring. The US FDA has announced its support of the scientific evidence that indicates that these omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial in reducing coronary heart disease.

Some nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, macadamia nuts and flaxseed contain substances that can be converted into EPA and DHA in the body.


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Kosher Certificate

To request a copy of a kosher certificate for any of our foodservice or retail items please send an email to info@mainstreetgourmet.com with the product in question.