Sprouted Grain Pretzels
If you’re looking for a healthier snack for your family, try Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells from Unique Pretzel Bakery. Our sprouted whole grain pretzels can help you reap the benefits of nutritious whole grains in a delicious, easier-to-digest form.
Unique Pretzel Bakery is a 120-year old family-owned business founded in Reading, PA, during the late 1890s which has continued to grow for six generations. We are the original bakers of the famous split-open pretzel, called Unique “Splits”, the only one of their kind. Our Unique Shells are bite-size hollow pockets that have all of the delightful crunch of the outside pretzel shell but no filling.
Unique has now introduced the only 100% whole grain sprouted flour pretzels in the industry, called Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells. We make them with a revolutionary new sprouted wheat flour from Essential Eating® Sprouted Foods that is kosher, USDA Certified organic, vegan, diabetic-friendly, and designed to help you add more wholesome whole grains to your diet.
One of the biggest benefits of baking our pretzels with sprouted whole wheat flour is that the body digests sprouted grains as vegetables rather than as starch. So why bother with boring vegetables when you could eat sprouted grain pretzels instead, right? (Just kidding.) But, what are sprouted grains and do they provide any health benefits?
What Are Sprouted Grains?
Whole grains are seeds that have not yet sprouted (germinated). They are covered by a protective outer layer called the bran and lay dormant until the time is right to sprout. When subjected to the right temperatures and moisture conditions, the bran cracks open and a new plant begins to form. At this stage, they are called “sprouted grains.”
Sprouted grains, such as wheat, barley, spelt, corn, rice, oats, sorghum, rye, millet and others, are quickly making their way into food products and intothe diets of people seeking better nutrition for the following reasons:
- Easier to digest
Sprouted grains are digested more easily than their un-sprouted counterparts because the sprouting process breaks down the starches in the grain into simple sugars. The body uses them for energy instead of storing them as fat.
- A living food
Sprouting returns the dormant grain seed to its plant state, which the body recognizes and metabolizes as a vegetable. Sprouted grains are packed with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that can now be digested by the body with the help of vegetable enzymes instead of pancreatic enzymes.
- More available nutrients
Unlike un-sprouted grains that have been processed, bleached and refined, removing virtually all of the health benefits, sprouted grains retain all of the grain’s natural nutrients. When grains are sprouted, vitamin A, vitamin C and important B vitamins are increased and phytic acid, which may inhibit the body’s absorption of iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium, is neutralized.
- No bitter taste
Whole wheat grains have a bitter taste, most likely because of a compound found in the outer layers of grains, called ferulic acid. Some manufacturers add sugar or salt to whole grain products to mask the bitterness, but those ingredients come with some health concerns. Sprouting grains removes the bitterness and eliminates the need to add sweeteners and other additives.
According to the USDA, we should all eat more whole grains to reap the healthy benefits of their fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. Unique’s Sprouted Grain Pretzels are some of the healthiest snacks you can eat. They are low in fat, cholesterol-free, lactose-free, sugar-free, trans fat-free, and contain only non-GMO ingredients. Pick some up today at your local Wegmans, Fresh Market, Whole Foods and Giant stores, or visit us online.