Highly absorbable, fully-fermented plant-based and Greek yogurt proteins – with gut health benefits.
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Unique Fermented Ingredients in Every Serving
Organic Hemp Seed
Organic Yellow Pea Kernel
Organic Mung Bean
Organic Brown Rice
Grass-Fed California Dairy
Our Unique Process
We start with high quality, protein-rich ingredients
We ferment them in small batches using bacterial cultures and enzymes
We stop the fermentation when we hit the fermented “sweet spot”
We dry our fermented proteins and test them for purity and quality
Frequently Asked Questions
What is fermentation, anyway?
Great question! Fermentation is a really cool process. One that happens organically in nature and intentionally in controlled environments! We have all encountered fermentation before whether we know it or not – fermentation is responsible for both a lovely glass of wine, and freaky “science experiments” left in the back of the fridge too long.
Quick chemistry lesson: Fermentation is a natural metabolic practice that converts a carbohydrate, (i.e. sugar), into an alcohol or an acid. There are certain substances that initiate and carry out the fermentation process – including bacteria and yeast. For example – beer relies upon yeast as the catalyst in the fermentation of the sugars from a mash of specific ingredients that creates its unique flavour, alcohol content and carbonation. The making of yogurt entails the use of certain strains of bacteria that partially digest the milk – creating lactic acid in the process which is responsible for the characteristic sour tang and thickened consistency of yogurt.
How does Fermentation improve our nutrition?
The process of fermentation removes anti-nutrients such as phytates and lignans that act like a metal mesh around the nutrients in foods like amino acids, minerals and other nutrients. Phytates and lignans wreak havoc on the digestive system. During fermentation – this “mesh” is disarmed so the nutrients are liberated and ready for absorption. Fermentation increases the production of new antioxidant chemicals – more powerful and better absorbed than polyphenols in unfermented food and beverages. Put simply, thanks to fermentation, nutrients are ready for absorption.
How do fermented proteins “prime” the gut?
Fermented foods and ingredients are transformed by microbial action. The transformation increases the nutritional quality and the food or food ingredient may include both prebiotics and probiotics within it – plus entirely new bioactive nutrients that help to nourish and prime gut tissue. Fermented foods/ingredients can transform gut ecology in a beneficial direction. For example, even though fermented foods may not contain Bifidobacterium (a highly beneficial microbe family), they are capable of promoting the growth of Bifidobacterium within the gut. Put simply, fermentation in nutrition is a primary factor in the promotion of an entire beneficial intestinal microbial ecosystem. Probiotics, although important, are a narrow piece of the gut ecology discussion and need to be supported with prebiotics and fermented foods for optimal gut health.
I don’t lift weights. Do I still need to take a protein supplement?
The major misconception about protein is that it will make you bulk up. Sure, protein is used to build muscle and to provide structure to the body, helping to provide the form to your bones, skin, hair and even fingernails. But protein has other functions too – like fueling nearly every single metabolic action in the body.
Second to water, protein is essential to life! Protein provides the building blocks for everything from digestive enzymes (for digestion), to neurotransmitters (for mood), antibodies (for immunity) and muscle tissues (for repair). Plus, protein is needed for blood sugar control, helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
If you’re not getting enough protein in your diet, your body will let you know. Some of the signs of protein deficiency are up and down energy, food cravings, hunger, slow recovery from injuries, lack of lustre in the hair and nails, and weakness. If any of these symptoms apply to you, you may need more protein. A good place to start is to aim for 10-15 grams of protein at every meal. Our fermented vegan proteins+ and fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ can be added to smoothies, baking and energy balls, to boost protein content.
Do I need to blend the protein into a shake?
Even if you don’t consider yourself a protein shake type of person, there are still plenty of ways to incorporate this important macro into your diet! You can add protein powder to your baking experiments (like muffins, loaves, and even pancakes!) or make your favourite energy ball recipe even more energizing.
What about the fermentation process – aren’t all fermented products equal?
Traditional fermentation techniques are the best way to harness the unique health benefits that fermentation has to offer. How does Genuine Health’s technique measure up?
- We use a carefully controlled and methodical process to avoid uncontrolled fermentation – the nutritional advantages of fermentation can be lost/undone by uncontrolled fermentation
- Years of artisanal experimental work have perfected the process used by our experts – they know precisely when to stop the fermentation process in the blend
- Once dried, we ensure a stable finished product, devoid of any undesirable microorganisms – research shows this is effective in powder form
As mentioned, the ability of a fermented food or product to promote the growth of beneficial microbes in the gut is NOT predicated on there being live Bifidobacteria etc. in the food or product.
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