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A grain-free granola? But why?

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Since 2018, we have progressively introduced our new product line, Nutbrown. Unlike the Grand Granola, these are grain free granolas, meaning they are produced without any cereals. Today, 6 flavors exist, including 4 vegan ones. But why grain free granola? Is a recipe without cereals still good? We will go through all your questions in this article.

The Grand Granola line and its cereals qualities

In the Grand Granola assortment, you will find oats, spelt, rye and barley. All organic certified by Ecocert Canada. Cereals are the traditional basis of any self-respecting granola. They provide the crispy texture that we all know so well and they also are very nourishing. Cereals are an essential staple food of our diet, and Health Canada recommends that they be given the greatest importance, on the exact same level as vegetables, fruits and other protein or plant-based foods in our diet. Source Health Canada.

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Cereals, certainly, but above all, whole grains! Our cereal products are all whole grain certified. Health Canada specifically recommends their consumption considering they contain far more fiber than refined grains. More info on whole grains.

Oats

Oats, for example, are rich in soluble fiber. They help lower blood cholesterol levels, control blood sugar, regulate appetite and weight gain, and can prevent colon cancer. Source Dietitians of Canada. Learn more about oats.

Spelt

Spelt, for its part, is rich in insoluble fiber. It has the great advantage of regulating bowel transit. Low consumption of insoluble fiber can lead to constipation. The excess will have the opposite effect. It is therefore important to consume the right amount in order to benefit from good digestive health and prevent certain diseases. Spelt is rich in iron and protein, making it an ingredient of choice, although its yield is lower than that of wheat, for example. Learn more about spelt.

Rye

Rye acts against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes as well as cancer. Phytoestrogens, Sterols, Antioxidants, Alkylresorcinols, Phenolic Acids, Fibers… All these elements with barbaric names are all the allies for our health that can be found in rye. It therefore certainly deserves to be part of our diet! Learn more about rye.

Barley

Barley is also rich in soluble fiber and antioxidants. Learn more about barley.

In short, cereals are an essential basis for a good intake of fiber, antioxidants, proteins, vitamins, minerals… they can also prevent certain diseases. So why put them aside?

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Why a grain free granola?

There are several reasons that may cause some consumers to stay away from cereals. First of all, by skepticism. Indeed, some nutritionists, doctors, naturopaths, sports coaches… have contributed to the growth of grain-free products. A momentum supported by nutritional arguments and the fear of gluten. This has become the number one public enemy in the food industry this last decade.

Grain free granola: Gluten allergy or celiac disease

We hear and sometimes get confused with all the notions about the subject. And for good reason, it is a topic that is relayed everywhere to explain pains of all kinds. A bit like Lyme disease.

Celiac disease is to be distinguished from gluten intolerant. In the first case, it is an autoimmune disease, often hereditary, induced by the ingestion of gluten. In the second case, it is estimated that 3 to 6% of the population has a non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

This group of people develop symptoms close to that of the irritable bowel, without it being an immune response. Gluten intolerance is still poorly understood.

In both cases, it is important to stay away from gluten to avoid unpleasant or dangerous side effects: malnutrition, lactose intolerance, anemia, osteoporosis, kidney stones, etc. Learn more about celiac disease and gluten.

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Grain free granola: Skeptics and dietetics

The abuse of refined cereals in recent decades has led to the association of cereals with junk food. Refined cereals are found in white flour, white rice, white pasta, white bread, couscous, and therefore also in many processed industrial products. They are also easier to preserve, so there are fewer losses for the manufacturers who use them.

However, contrary to what the purity of their name indicates, they are less interesting in dietary terms than their “raw” parents. In fact, by grinding or sieving, the refining will remove the bran and the germ from the cereal. This has the disadvantage of also removing the fibers and a good part of the precious vitamins and minerals. For example, refined cereals are more caloric because they contain more carbohydrates. Learn more.

Another topic for debate: followers of the Paleo Diet believe that the human genome has not changed enough to follow the introduction of cereals in our diet. More info in our article about this topic.

The Nutbrown grain free granola product line and its qualities

We conceived the NUTBROWN products first and foremost to offer an original, gourmet and healthy alternative to traditional granola. Almonds, sunflower seeds, cashews, sesame, flax, coconut… We use nuts and seeds that offer a wide variety of nutritional aspects that are different from traditional granola.

Almond

Like other nuts, the almond contains unsaturated fatty acids, proteins, vitamins or minerals that would prevent cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, Parkinson’s disease and even strengthen cognitive abilities. We can clearly call it a superfood! Learn more.

Sunflower, Sesame and Flax seeds

These are all three oilseeds and they offer, as their name suggests, good fats. Believe it or not, good fats are essential for the proper functioning of the body. Despite their higher caloric intake, these fats provide excellent satiety and nutritional density. They allow to maintain a balanced diet, but also to prevent some diseases. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, a lower risk of gallstones, the risk of colon cancer in women, and a cholesterol-lowering effect. Learn more.

Cashew nut

Low in fat, cashews are nutritionally very interesting to maintain a general good health. Indeed, like almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts… They would have a cholesterol-lowering effect, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, removal of the gallbladder and colon cancer in women. It is a good source of Magnesium, Iron, Copper, Phosphorus, Manganese and Zinc. Learn more.

Coconut

Very popular and known for its taste and properties, coconut is a must in many recipes. Rich in good lipids, fiber, iron and phosphorus, the coconut promotes the effect of satiety and good intestinal transit. Learn more.

In summary, a grain-free granola can be an interesting choice in nutritional terms. We are proud to offer you this original and tasty alternative, which reproduces the texture of granola without cereals. We have built a product range for everyone! There is a granola to satisfy everyone, including those who chose for one reason or another not to consume cereals. Undeniably, it is often difficult to keep having fun despite following a restrictive diet. And for us, pleasure is sacred, so enjoy!