Q: What can I expect from The Creator’s Kitchen events and website?
A: Opportunity to share and learn both in person and online, a lot of enthusiasm, encouragement, and experiences from a wide variety of people. The founders are Christians who stand on His principles as best they can. We all have been uniquely created, so how each individual seeks better health and wellness and how we get there will be unique.
We will provide a WIDE variety of recipes, resources, and references, offer our time and website to gather and share information. (Please see disclaimer for further explanation.)
Q: What is all the fuss about gluten?
A: Bottom line, gluten is like glue for the gut. Gluten is the gummy of gooey dough, whether it bothers you or not, it’s a protein that can be hard to digest, fluid absorbing, and hard. Gluten can be harder on digestion and nutrient absorption than other proteins, especially when other issues exist in the body. So, why not take it out and give your gut a break? For additional information about gluten, follow these links: http://whatisgluten.net/ http://wellnessmama.com/3486/do-you-have-a-wheat-belly-interview-with-dr-davis/
Q: What is a “raw food”?
A: Raw food is food that is uncooked and not treated. Raw includes not only fruits and vegetables but also nuts, seeds, raw meats and fish. When it comes to raw/organic fruits and vegetables, many are known to have positive health benefits because they are rich in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, beta carotene, nutrients, enzymes, and minerals, making foods easier to digest. Other benefits are an increase in energy and feeling younger (thanks to antioxidants).
A raw food diet may lack in protein and when considering adding protein such as raw meats, fish, and dairy (i.e.- eggs, unpasteurized dairy), there are concerns because there is the risk of contamination from parasites.
The beauty of raw/organic foods when it comes to fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds: Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 reminds us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…a time to plant and a time to uproot.” The experience from the team at The Creator’s Kitchen, is if we buy local raw/organic fruits and vegetables, whatever is being harvested during the season we are in is going to be fresher and tastier. Not to mention we are supporting our local farmers.
Q: What is “Natural”?
A: The term “natural” might lead you to think that a product is free of chemical additives. However, this may not be the case. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) definition of “Natural” suggests natural foods are processed without preservatives or additives, but may have been grown with the use of pesticides or other conventional methods. The FDA regulates the term “natural” only as it applies to added color, synthetic substances and flavors. However, the term can include free-range and hormone-free, and it can mean that a product contains no synthetic ingredients or color additives. Check the label of products to ensure the ingredients.
Q: What is “Organic”?
A: To the team at the Creator’s Kitchen, we think of “organic” as the way our Creator made it. In some cases it might also be thought of as, “raw.” Going back to Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground…”. Can you get anymore “organic” or “raw” than the dust of the ground? In biblical times there were no additives, pesticides, synthetic substances or added flavors. It’s just how our Creator intended it.
Q: There is various labeling for “organic” products.
A: 100% Organic – The product is made with %100 organic ingredients and may be labeled with the seal, “USDA Organic.” These are according to guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA), Natural Organic Program (NOP).
Organic – These products contain 95-99% organic ingredients according to weight. They may also display the seal, “USDA Organic” but the few ingredients not available organically have been approved by the NOP. Organic products containing 70-94% organic ingredients will not bear the USDA Organic seal.
If you shop at a local farmers’ market, they may not be 70-100% organic. If you want to know what you are going home with, ask the vendor.
Q: How is a vegetarian different from a vegan?
A: There are various level of for the term, “vegetarian.” Typically a vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat, poultry, fish, or seafood. Whereas a “semi-vegetarian” is one who possibly eats dairy products, eggs, chicken and fish. However, they may not consume animal flesh.
Then we have our largest group of vegetarians, the “ovo-lacto-vegetarian”. They refrain from eating meat, poultry fish and seafood. However, they do consume eggs and dairy products. Similarly there is the “lacto-vegetarian” does “not” consume dairy products.
As for a “vegan”, they are vegetarians that also do not eat any animal products or by-products. Some may also resist honey and yeast. Further, they may not wear clothing made from animal products.