At Dream of Goodies, we make delicious yet healthy treats for all to enjoy that are gluten free and low glycemic, by pairing healthy fats with organic low glycemic sweeteners. Read more about the glycemic index below:
Glycemic Index: All carbohydrates when digested are broken down into glucose. The glycemic index (GI) is a measurement of how quickly each carbohydrate reaches the bloodstream as pure glucose. If a carbohydrate breaks down very quickly, you get relatively more glucose into the bloodstream in a short period of time, increasing blood sugar levels rapidly. Your body responds to rapidly rising blood sugar with a large release of insulin. The primary driver of glycemic index is fat content. The more fat, the slower the sugars (‘carbohydrates’) are digested, and the lower the glycemic index. When you take fat out of your diet and replace it with ‘carbohydrates’ (sugars), the glycemic index of the food you eat goes up dramatically.
Why are organic spices a must!
As with any plant, spices in the field can be tainted by any number of contaminants: insects, molds, yeasts, even pathogens, like salmonella or E. coli. To combat these, most conventional food manufacturers in the United States sterilize spices with toxic chemicals. The most common is ethylene oxide, a gas that can leave residues on spices that may be harmful to human health and cause cancer in workers who have prolonged exposure to it. The chemical has been banned in many European countries and Japan. They've also turned increasingly to irradiation. First approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on spices in 1983, irradiation exposes spices to up to a million rads of ionizing radiation -- the equivalent of one billion chest X-rays (the highest amounts allowed for any food). This process kills contaminants without appreciably altering the appearance and taste of the food.
Instead of resorting to harsh chemicals or irradiation, organic spice companies sterilize spices mostly with steam heat. Heat kills bacteria, and so steaming can be an effective, safe way to sterilize non-leaf spices like clove and nutmeg.