If you’re gluten free, then you’re probably familiar with the many gluten-free flours available today. But have you heard about grape skin flour? Personally, I didn’t know it existed until a few years ago. Although you can’t quite bake with it on its own, I’m quite impressed with how grape skin flour can add lovely texture, colour, aroma and flavour to recipes.
Mildly sweet in taste and fruity in scent, Queen Street Bakery’s delicious and nutritious White Bean & Grape Skin loaf is made with the goodness of grape skin flour. Grape skin flour is exactly that—flour made from the skin of grapes! A wholesome gluten-free ingredient, grape skin flour is chock full of health benefits, making Queen Street Bakery’s loaf unique—I haven’t spotted this ingredient in other gluten-free breads on the market to date.
What makes grape skin flour so great?
The main appeal is that it’s loaded with a powerful antioxidant (classified as a polyphenol) called resveratrol. Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit or stop oxidation from taking place in your body. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals (unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing illness and aging), which can in turn lead to reactions that may damage your cells. Antioxidants essentially put an end to these damaging reactions. Like any other antioxidant, resveratrol has been shown to help fight and prevent disease. Resveratrol has garnered a lot of attention in the media over the last several years and has even been manufactured as a supplement.
What does resveratrol have to offer?
Studies have suggested resveratrol may support cardiovascular health, help delay aging and the development of several diseases, as well as help reduce inflammation in individuals with Alzheimer’s.
But wait, there’s more that this antioxidant can offer.
Grape skin flour is also a source of dietary fibre and iron, as well as bone building minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium. An added bonus, grape skin flour can even help lengthen a product’s shelf life.
How can you enjoy Queen Street Bakery’s White Bean & Grape Skin loaf?
Simply toast a slice and spread your favourite pure nut or seed butter on for a boost of protein and healthy fat. This loaf also makes a nice sandwich (open face or closed) with unsweetened whipped cream cheese, sliced fresh strawberries or pear and raw honey. A fresh slice or two of Queen Street Bakery’s white bean & grapes skin loaf can be part of a balanced snack, breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
About the Author: Living with celiac disease, Lisa Cantkier is a writer and educator focused on nutrition and health.