You’ve heard the term ‘superfood’ before, but what does it really mean? According to the Harvard School of Public Health, “a food has a superfood status when it offers high levels of desirable nutrients, is linked to the prevention of a disease, or is believed to offer several simultaneous health benefits beyond its nutritional value.” For example: Salmon is considered a superfood because in addition to other nutrients it offers, it has a notable fatty acid nutritional profile which supports heart health. Blueberries are considered a superfood because of their rich antioxidant profile—antioxidants help support a healthy immune system.

Living with celiac disease (a malabsorptive disease), I am often battling against vitamin and mineral deficiencies and related symptoms, such as iron, B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. Can you relate? Since every bite matters, it’s definitely a plus when food producers use high quality, nourishing superfood ingredients in their food. In addition to using clean and natural ingredients, Queen Street Bakery uses a number of nutritious superfood ingredients in their loaves and buns, which sets them apart from other bakeries.

Queen Street Bakery’s Super Flours

Gluten-free breads are often made of high glycemic refined and processed flours (and sugar), like rice flour. In addition to offering a wonderful taste profile and a moist, fluffy texture, breads made of flour sourced from legumes, grape skin and sorghum offer a wide range of nutritional benefits such as fibre, antioxidants and protein. Queen Street Bakery uses gluten-free flours sourced from these superfood ingredients:

QSB Ingredients Romano Bean
In our Romano Bean sliced loaves!

1. Romano beans are filled with fibre

Romano beans are another member of the legume family that offer dietary fibre and quality protein. These nutrients support your metabolism and help keep your blood sugar levels and hunger in check between meals. Romano beans also offer potassium and iron. Like their relatives, these beans help reduce cholesterol, making them good for your heart. Sounds like a legume to love.

QSB Ingredients White Bean
In QSB’s buns and loaves.

2. White beans are rich in minerals

With a mild taste and smooth texture, white beans offer a wide range of nutritional benefits. In addition to dietary fibre and protein, they boast bone-building minerals like phosphorus and magnesium. White beans are also a good source of vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B9 (folate), manganese, copper and iron. Now that’s a bean that packs a punch!

QSB Ingredients Grape Skin Flour
QSB’s White Bean & Grape Skin loaf.

3. Grape skin has an abundance of antioxidants

Grapes contain abundant concentrations of nutrients and antioxidants, including resveratrol, which is found in the seeds and skin. Scientific studies on grapes have examined their extracts. According to research, resveratrol has been shown to act as an anti-cancer agent and can also help control heart disease and arthritis and other autoimmune conditions. Rarely found in baked goods, grape skin flour is a delicious way to benefit from the antioxidant power of grapes. Visit our blog post, What is Grape Skin Flour, for more information on this superfood.

In our Cinnamon Raisin loaves, yum!

4. Sorghum is rich in phytochemicals

Sorghum is a naturally gluten-free ancient cereal grain that is filled with nutrition. It contains unsaturated fat (good fat), protein, fibre and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. Sorghum is also packed with antioxidants. Studies suggest that certain phytochemicals in sorghum can help lower cholesterol, support cardiovascular health and even help reduce the risk of certain cancers.

About the Author: Living with celiac disease, Lisa Cantkier is a writer and educator focused on nutrition and health.