What does minimalism have to do with food?

August 21, 2019 0 Comments

What does minimalism have to do with food?

When my son was first diagnosed with autism, he was two years old. All of my research led me to believe that improving his gastrointestinal health would reduce his symptoms of autism. As my family switched to a low-inflammation, plant-based diet in order to help my son thrive, we all noticed improvements in our overall health. That’s why, here at Amrita, we’re dedicated to providing nutritious snacks that provide these same supports.

When it comes to nutrition, minimalism is key. What do we mean by minimalism? We mean reducing the number of ingredients you use at a time. The closer a food is to its natural state, the more nutritious it is and the better your body is at absorbing that nutrition. Minimalist foods lead to improved gut health and feeling better overall, while processed, chemical-laden foods cause bloating and other digestive health issues. That’s why, here at Amrita, we only ever use a handful of raw ingredients.

What ingredients are we using?

Here at Amrita, we’re proud of the ingredients we use. Instead of hiding them in tiny print on our nutrition labels, we enjoy highlighting them in bold print on our website. Here are the delicious, natural ingredients you might find in our Amrita bars:

  • Dried fruits
  • Brown rice protein
  • Sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter
  • Vegan chocolate chips
  • Popped quinoa
  • Chia seeds
  • Shredded coconut
  • Chicory Rot
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Maple syrup

What’s great about these ingredients?

They’re all as close to their natural form as we can get them. We don’t use preservatives or added sweeteners.  Instead, we use the same types of healthy ingredients that you might store in your own pantry!

What ingredients do our competitors use?

We looked at a few of our leading competitors to make sure we weren’t spouting nonsense. Here’s some of the ingredients you’ll find in other protein bars on the market:

  • Soluble Corn Fiber:A processed form of corn that has been shown to spike blood glucose levels.
  • Erythitol: A sugar alcohol, like sorbitol, that is used as a low-calorie sweetener. Like all sugar alcohols, erythritol is known to cause digestive issues like bloating and gas. Some studies also suggest that it can cause nausea.
  • Stevia: Stevia isn’t the worst alternative to sugar in the world, but some studies suggest that artificial sweeteners like stevia might cause you to overeat, while others suggest that stevia spikes blood sugar levels more than real sugar.
  • Palm Kernel Oil: This oil is high in saturated fats, so while it’s healthier than oils high in trans fat, it’s still not a goodsource of healthy fats.
  • Glucose syrup: This is an added sweetener that has very little nutritional value.

Notice a trend? Even comparing to some of the most popular protein bars on the market—ones that market themselves as healthy—we see that our competitors rely on chemicals. Additionally, these companies often use soy products, nuts, and other foods that aren’t allergen-friendly.

Our bodies weren’t made to process chemicals, so it’s no wonder that in a society where these chemicals have become a norm, digestive issues and chronic inflammation have also become a norm.

Reclaim your health

Luckily, what you put into your body is directly in your control. Saying no to chemicals and yes to a minimalist diet that concentrates on whole foods in their natural forms will cleanse your body. So many conditions are related to poor gut health and chronic inflammation, including autism, rheumatoid arthritis, POTS, Chron’s disease, and more. Symptoms of these conditions can decrease drastically when you make the decision to reclaim your health, starting with your diet.