Grains and seeds
The power of grains in just one loaf of bread
The power of the bread is in the grain, in every part of it. It contains natural fibers, vitamins, minerals and beneficial substances that give irreplaceable energy and health.
In the new recipes of the Vita breads, besides the use of live starter cultures, which naturally guarantee the shelf life of the products and enrich the taste and aroma properties of the bread, we added specially selected super grains and seeds that add not only taste and texture but also its specific nutritional and healthy attributes to the whole grains of the Vita bread.
Rye – the heart’s favourite
Rye is the cereal culture that is most abundant in the essential amino acid lysine. It contains the full spectrum of valuable substances for the health and freshness of the organism: antioxidants, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, folic acid. The high fibre content helps reduce bad cholesterol and has a favourable effect on the liver and digestion. The phytoestrogens contained therein have a protective effect against cancer. It also contains the key vitamin E, vitamins B1, B2 and PP and it is essential for the prevention of cardio-vascular diseases. Rye has the lowest glycemic index of all cereals, which makes it very suitable for people suffering from diabetes. It also has significantly lower gluten content as compared to wheat.
Buckwheat – “the million-dollar grain”
Buckwheat has an exceptional content: it is a complete protein, it has a lot of fibres, slow carbohydrates, vitamins from the “B” group, folic acid, iron, potassium and magnesium. In addition to being rich in minerals and vitamins, this pseudograin helps people willing to lose weight, because buckwheat has the lowest carbohydrates content as compared to other cereals. This makes it excellent food for people suffering from diabetes. It is suitable for actively exercising people and makes a great combination with soups, main courses or desserts. It is recommended for people suffering from cardio-vascular diseases and liver diseases. Buckwheat is gluten free. If consumed regularly, it has a rejuvenating effect.
Wheat – magic for the entire body
Wheat contains more vitamin B3 from any other grains and it is also rich in other vitamins from the B group. It is a source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, manganese, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and folic acid. It contains more than 12% plant fibres, which helps digestion. The saponins and phytosterols lower blood cholesterol levels and the lignans lower the risk of coronary heart disease and protect from breast cancer. The phytates reduce the blood glycemic index and reduce the risk of diabetes mellitus. All these valuable properties can only be unlocked if all the parts of wheat grain are used to obtain whole-grain flour.
Einkorn – the ancient “organic” wonder
Einkorn is a wheat variety, also known as “wild” wheat, which has existed for 8000 years. It is very resistant to external actors and can be grown almost with no chemicals or preparations. It is rich in fibres, vitamins A, E, B1 and B2, which improve the blood circulation and digestion and increase the general tone and vitality of the body. The niacin contained in it supports the functioning of the nervous system and promotes the metabolism. Einkorn contains significant quantities of selenium and vitamin E, which are essential antioxidants; it also contains essential minerals, such as potassium and magnesium, and more protein and beneficial fats than the modern wheat varieties. Einkorn turns out to be a suitable and nutritious substitute for a large part of the people suffering from intolerance to the wheat protein gluten.
Wheat sprouts – the live food
The content of proteins, vitamins from the B group, vitamin E and other antioxidant is larger in wheat sprouts (grains that have sprouted) as compared to wheat. The enzymes in them break down the nutrients and facilitate their digestion. Vegetarians, people practising yoga and those committed to a healthy lifestyle include sprouts in their menu to benefit from long years of physical activity. Because of their high cellulose content, wheat sprouts stimulate the functioning of the intestines and are good for the stomach. This is why they are especially recommended to people suffering from gastritis. They also contain folic acid, niacin, thiamine, zinc, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. Sprouts are a powerful natural immunostimulator and a great source of energy. They are recommended for people suffering from stress or chronic exhaustion.
Wheat germs – a doping brought by nature
The wheat germ is part of the wheat grain, which is the richest in proteins, fats and vitamins (E, A and B). The germ provides food, life and energy to the entire grain. It is a unique nutrient with high biological value – proteins, lipids, vitamins, cellulose and hemicellulose. It is a concentrated source of vitamin E, folates, phosphorous, thiamine, zinc and magnesium, essential fatty acids, fatty alcohols and fibres. It improves the metabolism, increases immunity and supports the functioning of the brain; it also slows down ageing and serves as a strong natural stimulant.
Linseed – iron immunity
Linseed is rich in the valuable omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids, which are essential for strong immunity, fresh skin and hair, tone and the heart. They contain B1, B3 and B6 vitamins and a bouquet of micronutrients, such as zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, chromium, iron and boron. The lignans in the seeds and the oil are natural anticancerogens, while the calcium and magnesium maintain a healthy bone system. The consumption of linseed is beneficial for a range of diseases (cardio-vascular diseases, asthma, allergies and skin problems). Linseed helps reduce the “bad” cholesterol and normalises the blood pressure and blood glucose. In addition, linseed strengthens the immunity and has a positive impact on the sight and supports weight loss.
Golden linseed is an artificially creates variety of flax, which is primarily designed for human consumption. It is digested more easily and has higher amounts of Q3 and soluble fibres.
Poppy seeds – abundance of fatty acids
Poppy seeds contain 45-50% unsaturated fatty acids, which include the valuable omega-6 fatty acids that protect from cardio-vascular diseases and heart disorders. They are rich in fibres an oleic acids, which help prevent breast cancer and they also contain thiamine, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, calcium and manganese.
Sunflower seeds – the affordable natural treasure
Sunflower seeds contain the immunostimulants zinc and selenium and they are rich in vitamin E, omega-6 essential fatty acids and monounsaturated fats that maintain skin elasticity and reduce the risk of heart disease. The seeds are rich in calcium and magnesium, which are essential for a healthy bone system and muscle tone. The seeds also contain vitamin F, which makes them an excellent tool for prevention of a range of diseases, including cancer. Like nuts, sunflower seeds can improve the mood and the brain energy. Sunflower seeds contain tryptophan – an important amino acid that is responsible for the synthesis of serotonin – the hormone of happiness. In addition, sunflower seeds are rich in thiamine (vitamin B1), which improves the memory and the cognitive functions. Despite all the benefits, however, sunflower seeds should be consumed in moderation because of their high calorific value.
Sesame seeds – the will to live forever
Sesame seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, omega-6 and monosaturated fats, which reduce the risk of heart disease and maintain the skin and hair healthy. They also provide the body with vitamins from the B group, which strengthen the nervous system and help overcome stress. The seeds are an excellent source of calcium and magnesium, which are essential for the bones and the heart, and of zinc – for strengthening the immunity, as well as of selenium, which improves the skin elasticity.
Soy – taking care of longevity
Soy is a legume, the seeds of which are rich in plant protein, omega-3 fatty acids, cellulose, isoflavones and phytoestrogens, vitamins (B6, B9, B12, H) and minerals. Because of the essential amino acids contained in it, soy is often compared to animal proteins.
At the same time, it is rich in easily digestible vegetable fats and relatively low in carbohydrates. Its high nutritious value makes soy an essential element of the menu of active athletes, pregnant women and people under constant stress.
The isoflavones contained in soy reduce the risk of cardio-vascular diseases and cancer. The phytoestrogens contained in soy have another important health function – they increase the bone density and thus reduce the risk of osteoporosis. In addition, soy reduces the “bad” cholesterol level in the blood and provides protection from atherosclerosis and other cardio-vascular diseases.
Chia – the magical seed of the Incas
The magical seeds with a tender and pleasant taste used to be the main food of the Mayans, the Aztecs and the Incas. “Chia” means “power” and it is no coincidence that even a small quantity of these seeds brings incredible energy and improves endurance. Chia seeds are a wonderful source of protein, calcium, potassium, iron and antioxidants, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated acids. The benefits from the consumption of the “magical seeds” are numerous – they satiate hunger more rapidly (because of the soluble fibres they contain), they strengthen the immune system, normalise the blood glucose levels, have a positive impact on the gastro-intestinal tract and support the formation of tissues. Chia is recommended for pregnant women, athletes and people suffering from diabetes.
Oats are a quality source of slow carbohydrates, as well as proteins, unsaturated fats and fibres. They have a low glycemic index, which prevents sharp peaks and declines of the blood glucose level, which make them suitable for consumption by people suffering from diabetes. The powerful antioxidants vitamin E, tocotrienol, ferulic and caffeic acid attack the free radicals, rejuvenate the body and protect against heart diseases, eye diseases and obesity. They also contain B-vitamins, vitamin E, folic acid, iron, magnesium, selenium, silicon dioxide, zinc, saponins and fibres.
Pumpkin seeds contain a rich complex of vitamins (mainly B and C) and are also rich in zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and unsaturated fatty acids. They also provide high amounts of plant proteins, which are more easily digested by the body. Pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory properties, they strengthen the body’s protective mechanisms, they have a positive effect on the blood system and the digestive system, as well as vision, and they feed and simulate the brain and help skin repair. This is why pumpkin seeds are recommended for students and for aged people.
Walnuts – the brain doping
They are a very good source of iron, iodine, copper, phosphorus, zinc, fibres, B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E. Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids improve the health of the cardio-vascular system. They also help reduce “bad” cholesterol and this protect the cardio-vascular system and the brain. Because of their high energy value, they are suitable for people practising heavy physical work. They stimulate the activity of the brain and charge the organism with energy. The walnuts contain melatonin – a hormone that has a powerful antioxidant potential.
Hemp seeds are believed to be one of the best balanced sources of protein in nature. The globular protein edistine, which is only found in hemp seeds, is essential for the immune system. Hemp seeds contain all essential amino acids. The high protein and essential fats content in a perfect balance makes hemp seeds a beneficial and healthy food. They are an excellent source of fatty acids, minerals (potassium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, silicone, germanium and chrome), vitamins (E, A, B1, B2, B6, D and K) and insoluble fibres. In general, hemp seeds are an excellent food for maintaining the cell health.
Quinoa – the ancient superfood, the “gift of the gods”
Quinoa is a seed and not a grain and has valuable properties, similar to the ones of a number of leafy green vegetables, such as spinach. Quinoa is one of the best sources of plant proteins, because it contains all the eight essential amino acids, which is extremely rare in plants. In addition, it is a good source of fibres and phosphorous and has a high content of magnesium and iron. Quinoa is also a source of calcium and therefore it is suitable for vegans and people with lactose intolerance. It is very rich in the flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol, which are antioxidants that successfully fight free radicals. They strengthen the immune system, prevent inflammation and help us feel and look younger. Quinoa is rich in minerals (iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper and manganese), which makes it beneficial for the health of the heart, the kidneys, the bones, the muscles and the immune system.