Useful Definitons

Eightfold Eats Bakery prides itself in offering unrivaled, alternative baked and unbaked goods. We offer a variety of choices for those following varied diet choices. If you have any questions about these definitions and guidelines, that are meticulously followed in the bakery.

SIMPLE SUGAR-FREE…

This term refers to monosaccharides and these are the fundamental units of carbohydrates that cannot be further broken down to simpler compounds. They are the absolute simplest form of sugar and are usually colorless, water-soluble and crystalline. White, stripped and processed sugar anyone? Being the simplest form, the body easily absorbs these directly into the bloodstream and when no fibre or similar inhibiting compounds are packaged with it they instantly spike or raise blood sugar levels dramatically. Some examples of monosaccharides include glucose(dextrose), fructose (most fruit sugars) and galactose. Monosaccharides are the building blocks of disaccharide like sucrose, lactose (milk sugars) and polysaccharides like cellulose and starch. No matter how long the chain is, a monosaccharide is what your body always breaks them down to in the end; this is what is needed to feed your brain and complete the energy cycle. It’s all about the journey getting it to a simple sugar that make all the difference to your body.

 

SUGAR-FREE…

This term is represented purely on a scientific basis in terms of molecular structure and with context to the length of the sugar chains and what we know about how the different chain lengths of such sugars affect our bodies once they are processed. Sugars is defined as all mono- and disaccharides, including sucrose, fructose, glucose, glucose-fructose, maltose, etc. This does include complex carbohydrates either completely in their natural state or totally refined. Sugar alcohols are also included and include things like isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, maltitol syrup, mannitol, sorbitol, sorbitol syrup, xylitol, erythritol and hydrogenated starch hydrolysates and so on. Stevia leaf and its crude extracts are not considered to be food additives or novel foods but are considered as food ingredients. Therefore they do not fall under this umbrella and can be used freely.

 

MACROBIOTIC…

A macrobiotic approach suggests choosing food that is less processed or not at all processed. Food quality can powerfully affect health, well-being and even balance out the body. The approach focuses on the individual becoming sensitive to the actual effects of food opposed to following dietary rules and guidelines. It takes into account the yin and yang of food and focuses on wholesome foods with the mindfulness of alkalinity and acidity being the outlines.

VEGETARIAN…

With many different variations of and approaches to this diet, it is generally agreed in having little to no animal meat. Different variations include eggs but no dairy, or the reverse, while others allow fish only. Fruitarianism is the practice of eating fruits only of different types. Some allow insects and only certain families of vegetables. Many variations revolve around cultures in different areas of the world, and around religion in others.

VEGAN…

A Vegan diet has variations but all of them encompass zero animal meat, fat or by-products. Raw Vegan diet-followers insist that there can only be mild heat added to anything of no more then 100 degrees and in general, prefer no heat used whatsoever.

 

NON-GMO…

Referring to Genetically Modified Foods (GMO) can be very complex and even political. At Eightfold Eats, we define GMO simply and as a reference to a loose definition. GMO is a food that has had genes replaced with certain characteristic genes of something else of created artificially. Its important to remember that cross-over occurs naturally in nature over time, of items in the same families of food. However, in nature, genes from a fish would not end up in tomatoes. Many times there are chemical components added or involved in the process of growing the food somewhere along the line and it can also be said that the long-term effects on humans cannot be known conclusively.

 

DAIRY-FREE… Details UNDER CONSTRUCTION – Coming soon!

KETO…  Details UNDER CONSTRUCTION – Coming soon!

PALEO… Details UNDER CONSTRUCTION – Coming soon!

 

WHOLE, QUALITY AND NUTRITIOUS FOOD…

Processed white sugar, inferior flours, artificial flavors and preservatives are not even allowed through the front door of the Eightfold Eats bakery, and absolutely no margarine or low quality oils are ever used in any product. Whole foods are foods and ingredients that are as close to their natural state as possible. They are minimally processed and unrefined, and typically contain no added sugar, salt, fat or synthetic preservatives, or flavorings and coloring’s. Whole foods contain the most complete array of nutrients our bodies need, containing vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, and other health-supporting substances, like phyto-chemicals, that get stripped in processing and cannot be sufficiently added back.

 

Allergen Specifics

We want all of our customers to be fully aware of all allergy considerations when ordering Eightfold Eats’ products. See each product’s individual Ingredient & Nutrition table for details.

 

Eightfold Eats bakery is a dedicated Gluten-Free facility…

For the Celiac-diagnosed, or those simply going Gluten-Free for wellness purposes, you may enjoy all of our delicious baked and unbaked items worry-free. We randomly test raw materials and finished products on a regular basis with gluten test kits that test for 10ppm to ensure that our products meet federal guidelines. Surface swabbing is also completed using gluten test kits.  Good to know; The standard detection rate for Gluten is 20ppm.

 

Tree-nuts and peanuts are used in our facility...

Eightfold Eats employs Good Manufacturing Practices and are very cautious and thorough, however as we are nut based cross contamination is possible for Tree Nuts and Peanuts in our specific items that do not contain them.

 

Many of our products are Dairy-Free and multiple Vegan items are also available.