What are Aussies eating right now? (And how to stock your shelves!)

According to Neilsen Homescan research, in the four weeks ending 22 March 2020, the volume sales for long-life meals, bread mix, rice, flour and pasta have more than doubled! 

These numbers mean the average Australian pantry is stocked with enough of these items to last two to three months. But they’re continuing to buy! 

“Our recent analysis highlights some clear themes in consumer behaviour we can expect to see over the next few months,” says Managing Director of Nielsen Connect, Bernie Hughes.

“More time at home will give rise to more cooking and baking from scratch as consumers find creative ways to use up their pantry staples; but an increase in sales for convenient meal options also cater to smaller person households or those that are juggling the various demands of working from home and homeschooling.”

HOW TO PREP YOUR SHELVES FOR CHANGING CONSUMER DEMAND:

The Post-Carb Loading Diet Craze

The average Australian household has enough rice to see them through 65 days, pasta to last 63 days and enough noodles to last 55 days.

Due to the heavy carb storing, Mr Hughes predicts that, “Brands that focus on health and fitness in the future are likely to see strong demand from consumers who see a renewed sense of importance in staying healthy.”

Have these low carb and keto-friendly options on standby:

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  • Herocup Keto Peanut Butter Cup
  • Lakanto Monkfruit and Erythritol Sweetener
  • PBCo Low Carb Crumbs & Lower Carb Rice
  • Slim Secrets Bare Bar
  • Botanika Blends Protein Powders
  • Macro Mike Brownie Mix
  • The Monday Food Co Keto Cake Mix
  • Vitawerx Keto Mayo

Creativity SpikeS

Australian households are likely to make more of an effort to cook from scratch and attempt to make meals outside of their usual repertoire.

Nielsen Digital Content Ratings data shows that on the last weekend of March, Australians spent 71% more time online with food and cooking content when compared to the last weekend of February.

“We anticipate that shoppers will begin to think more creatively about how they cook over the next few weeks,” explains Mr Hughes.

Let your customers get creative with these easy additions to new and exciting dishes:

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  • Mingle Seasonings
  • Essential Hemp Hemp Seeds
  • Nuilife Coconut Sugar
  • Nutritionist Choice Sushi Nori
  • Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dandies Mini Vanilla Marshmallows
  • Natural Evolution Dough Mix
  • Organic Times Choc Drops

Convenience continues

Since many families are juggling the challenges of working from home and looking after children – shoppers have also stocked up on quick-and-easy meal solutions, including prepared meals, canned vegetables, canned soup, pasta and sauce.

Instant, effortless or really easy. These products tick the boxes for healthy convenience:

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  • Uptons Naturals Ready Meal Kits
  • Nutritionist Choice Instant Noodles
  • Difatti Gnocchi
  • Plantasy Foods Mac n Cheez
  • Upbeat Instant Meals
  • Plantasy Foods Gravy Mix
  • Turban Chopsticks
  • Spice Girlz
  • Nuilife Teriyaki Sauce

SPRING CLEANING IN AUTUMN

Toilet paper and hand sanitiser are still very hard to come by in-store and online. However, Australian shoppers are also stockpiling other household products including general cleaners, disinfectants and dishwashing detergent.

Disinfectant sales are up 102% on a year-over-year basis.

Try these popular, natural brands:

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  • Planet Luxe
  • Koala Eco
  • Kin Kin
  • Bon Ami
  • Euco Clean

“Consumer habits tend to change over time, but the COVID-19 outbreak is forcing Australian consumers to reconfigure their lives, their habits and their spending patterns at a speed and scale we have never seen.

“With households now in lockdown and experiencing what it means to have restricted movement, limited access to physical stores and expanded reliance on digital connectivity, it is important to continue to monitor these trends as we adjust to a new normal,” concludes Mr Hughes.

Ready to stock your shelves with proven top sellers in this unpredictable time? Head to our online store. It’s open 24/7! Not yet registered with us? Register for your wholesale account here. Excerpts from this article have been reproduced from the original article published on Retail World Magazine.

NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2018 – BY THE NUMBERS

Held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, the Naturally Good Expo is Australia’s largest trade show for all natural, organic and healthy products and services.

Each year we attend as a platinum partner to showcase our top sellers to the most influential people in the industry and work to build mutually beneficial connections with retailers and our suppliers. This year we unveiled our biggest stand yet – the largest at the show!

In case you missed it, here’s how our Naturally Good Expo 2018 experience happened – by the numbers!

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1. ONE CRITICAL PERSON

It takes a whole lot of planning, coordination and project management to transform our original ideas into a real-life masterpiece at the Naturally Good Expo. Thankfully, we have one incredible team that makes all the late nights, early mornings, last minute hiccups and hours spent on emails and phone calls integrate into a seamless, successful event!

While we couldn’t do it without many hands on deck, there is always one person in particular that plays a pivotal role in our Naturally Good experience – our Marketing Executive extraordinaire, Carol. Thank you for all that you do!

2. TWO MAJOR STALL SPACES

This year the Unique stand took up two of the largest sites at the expo. The updated stand was dotted with sampling booths, decorated with hot new products and buzzing with staff, suppliers and retailers – it was a sight to see and the energy was incredible!

3. THREE HOUR PACK DOWN

With the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition looming the following weekend, most of the team had already returned to the Sunshine Coast by the time the event ended. The staff and suppliers that remained (thank you, East Bali Cashews and Natural Evolution!) packed down the stall in a record time of 3 hours!

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4. MY MAGIC MUD, UPTON’S NATURALS & MORE!

This year, when it came to sampling and showcasing our amazing product range, the team had a little extra help…

Award-winning international and local creators, innovators and makers of the hottest, must-have health products joined us as part of our ‘Meet the Makers’ event – including  My Magic Mud, Manitoba Harvest and Upton’s Naturals!

Each supplier that joined our stand had the opportunity to promote and sample their products at their very own sampling booth. This allowed the suppliers to strengthen their retailer relationships and cement their place as a leading brand in the health and wellness space. Something we’re beyond proud to help facilitate!

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5. FIVE HUNDRED HEALTH PRODUCTS AND GOODIE BAGS

The stand was full to the brim with more than 500 natural health and wellness products on display! Plus, we handed out 500+ goodie bags to industry influencers, retail leaders, and key stakeholders filled with:

6. SIX MONTHS PREP TIME

The entire event took our team, Carol in particular, a grand total of six months to prepare for. From supporting the Naturally Good Expo team with our Platinum Partner duties, to coordinating stock, and logistics of the stand set up and staff involved, there was so much to be done and we couldn’t be prouder of our team and what they’ve achieved!

7. SEVEN THOUSAND ATTENDEES

Across two huge days, we served up thousands of product samples to 7000+ health-focused expo attendees – also known as a lot of chopping!

Sampling allowed retailers and industry leaders to gain better insights into the suppliers products, build stronger connections, learn the backstory, and discover what niche the product can fill in their stores. It’s a super important step towards long-term success in stores!

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8. MORE THAN EIGHTY HOT NEW PRODUCTS LAUNCHED

An entire section of our stand was dedicated to over 80 hot new products launched at the expo! Brands included:

9. NINE HOUR SET UP

While the pack down was somewhat of a breeze, Rome wasn’t certainly not built overnight. Our largest stand ever took a whole lot of teamwork and around nine hours to set it all up!

10. TEN HUGE PALLETS DELIVERED

That nine hours of set up involved the unpacking and merchandising of 10 full pallets of product, equipment and stall materials!

Despite the whirlwind nature of the actual event, we put our time and effort into these events to support our suppliers, build and strengthen our retailer relationships and meet new faces along the way. We couldn’t do what we do without their support and for that, we’re always grateful!

If you missed out this time, don’t worry, we can’t wait to do it all again, so we’ll see you next year!

BRAND NEWS – SUMMER 2018

STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LOOP – THE LATEST NEWS ON THE BRANDS DISTRIBUTED BY UNIQUE.

Each quarter we share product news and updates you need to know about including packaging alterations, brand updates, and price changes so you’ll never be left out of the loop!

For any brand change queries that aren’t covered below please contact us.

These are your need-to-know brand changes for Summer 2018:

NATURAL EVOLUTION PACKAGING UPDATE

Natural Evolution now has higher quality packaging with a new eye-catching, tropical style, ensuring the range stands out on your shelf. There are no ingredient changes – customers can enjoy the same gut-friendly, gluten free benefits that the range has always offered.

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ECLIPSE ORGANICS ADD HEMP, DROPS PRICE AND REDUCES SIZE

Eclipse Organics has added hulled hemp seeds to three of its paleo bars – Manuka Nut, Choc Orange Fudge and Chocolate Brownie. The packaging has also had a refresh, with the bars dropping from 50g to 45g and sold in a box of 12 instead of 20. With this change, the W/S and RRP have been dropped, allowing for a more enticing margin for stores and cost for shoppers.

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SAME TOM ORGANIC – NEW LOOK

The TOM Organic feminine hygiene range is still the same on the inside, made with certified organic Australian cotton, but the sleek new look is expected to appeal to a wider customer base.

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EVER ECO STRAW PACKAGING NOW PLASTIC FREE

Due to popular demand, Ever Eco’s Stainless Steel Straws are now packaged in a 100% plastic-free box. This will further encourage sales from eco-conscious shoppers.

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EXTRAORDINARY FOODS KALE CHIPS – NOW NAMED PURE

Extraordinary Foods have changed its Kale Chips brand name to Pure, to align with their other snack range Pure Coconut Chips. The brand change not only reflects the simple, quality ingredients but also the fact that they support sustainable farming. Reassure customers the products are the same delicious, nutritious snack.

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Cleansing Consumers – Prebiotics and Probiotics

PREBIOTICS AND PROBIOTICS. SIMILAR IN NAME, SIMILAR OFFERINGS OF IMPROVING GUT HEALTH WITH BOTH WORKING TOGETHER SYNERGISTICALLY TO BUILD HEALTHY GUT FLORA, BUT ONE LESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT THAN THE OTHER, UNTIL NOW.

For years consumers have been educated on probiotics and most know what these little critters are. The benefits of probiotics, often referred to as ‘good’ bacteria, are highly marketed and supported by scientific findings, in fact the category’s projected to grow to AU$61.10 billion by 2020.^

85% of the happy hormones in
the brain is produced in the gut.^^

Recently there has been an increasing awareness and demand for a special dietary fibre that feeds probiotics – prebiotics. With scientific research rapidly developing in this areas, customers understanding of the link between digestive health and overall wellness is growing.

The digestive system is home to trillions
of microorganisms. A healthy adult has
about 2kg of these bacteria in the gut. *

 

PREBIOTICS

  • Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates.
  • Found in fibrous foods like psyllium and green banana flour.
  • They feed, grow and maintain probiotics living in the body

Fuel your customers good bacteria growth with prebiotics from brand like Natural Evolution and Planet Organic.

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PROBIOTICS

  • Probiotics are living microorganisms.
  • Found in foods like yogurt, kefir, kombucha tea, sauerkraut, tempeh and even pickles.
  • Good gut bacteria are negatively altered by poor or high-fat diets and antibiotics.

Boost your customers probiotics with these products from NTS Health, Nuferm and Kombucha Max.

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SYNBIOTICS

  • Synbiotics are the combination of both pre- and pro-biotics.
  • Over 60% of consumers said they’d be interested in buying synbiotics to improve health.**

Brands like Amazonia and Eden Health Foods offer products that contain prebiotics and probiotics in one.

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COBIOTICS

  • Cobiotics are the combination of prebiotics and antioxidants.
  • They offer fibre to feed gut flora and antioxidants to protect the gut wall.
  • Good bacteria growth is encouraged and bad bacteria growth discourage.

Macrolife and Vital Greens offer prebiotics that are supercharged with superfoods.

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To create an on-trend ‘healthy gut’ section in your store, contact us for advice on the best natural and organic products for your environment and target audience.

With a dedicated products team, we’re always working hard to offer you only the best, fastest selling brands and stay one step ahead of trends – so you can too!

 

^Markets and Markets, 2015

*Medical News Today, 2016.

^^ Dr Rachel Wyndham, 2015

**Newhope 360, 2016

Green Banana Flour Goes Festive

IT’S BANANAS HOW FAST THE FESTIVE SEASON’S APPROACHED! TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE SEASON, WE CAN’T GO WITHOUT SHARING A SENSATIONAL GREEN BANANA FLOUR RECIPE… OR TWO!

Your customers have seen green banana flour in the spotlight and you’ve shared the amazing adventures of resistant starch with them, so they know the incredible health benefits it holds. So now it’s time to let them feast and discover just how tasty green banana flour can be!

What about the customers who aren’t so thrilled with the flavour of bananas? Not a problem! Natural Evolution’s green banana flour can replace other flours easily and does not add a banana flavour, but more of a wholesome, earthy flavour. This mixes perfect with spices and dried fruits – all of which spells out ‘festive goodies’!

These festive recipes are sure to tantalise your customers taste-buds and leave their guests wanting more!

 

BANANA FLOUR GINGER BREAD 

Green banana flour - Ginger bread recipe

INGREDIENTS
Melted butter, to grease
125g butter, at room temperature
100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup
2 eggs, separated
1 cup of Natural Evolution Ultimate Gluten Free Baking Flour (green banana flour)
1 cup rice flour
1 tbs ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp xanthan gum

Optional: icing, smarties to decorate

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy.
3. Add the golden syrup and egg yolks, beat until combined.
4. Stir in the flours, ginger, mixed spice, bicarbonate of soda and xanthan gum.
5. Turn onto a piece of baking paper and knead until smooth.
6. Press dough into a disc. If dough seems hot, refrigerate for a couple of minutes.
7. Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick.
8. Use your favourite shape cookie cutters and place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat step 6-7 with any excess dough.
9. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown.
10. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.
11. Decorate or enjoy as desired!

AND for a decadent, moist and full-flavoured pudding that’s gluten free, grain free and dairy free, your customers will love this Christmas pudding recipe!

GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS PUDDING

Green banana flour recipe - Christmas cake

INGREDIENTS
375g raisins, roughly chopped
375g sultanas
250g currants
200g dried apricots, roughly chopped
150g pitted prunes, roughly chopped
1 cup orange juice
½ cup ‘fruits of the forest jam’ (any dark berry jam will work)
1 tbs ground cinnamon
1 tbs ground nutmeg
1 tbs mixed spice
4 eggs, at room temperature
250g coconut oil, melted, cooled
4 tbs coconut oil
1 cup soft brown sugar
1 1/4 cups of Natural Evolution Ultimate Gluten Free Baking Flour (green banana flour)
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

METHOD
1. Place dried fruit, orange juice, jam and spices into a bowl. Mix well. Cover. Stand overnight, stirring occasionally.
2. Using coconut oil , grease a 10-cup capacity pudding basin. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Brush with oil again. Line base of bowl with baking paper.
3. Whisk eggs and 250g oil together.
4. Add to fruit mixture with sugar. Add flour, remaining 4 tbs coconut oil and bicarbonate of soda over fruit mixture.
5. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Spoon into prepared basin.
6. Cut 1 large sheet of foil and 1 large sheet of baking paper.
7. Lay paper over foil. Make a 3 cm pleat in the middle. Place, paper-side down, over pudding. Secure with string or use pudding lid to lock down.

You can cook either on stove top or slow cooker. The slow cooker is easier and less checking has to be done.

FOR SLOW COOKER
8. Place pudding basin into crock pot and fill 3/4 the way up with water. Turn on high for 5-7 hours.
9. Remove pudding from water. Stand for 30 minutes. Turn onto a platter. Serve as desired. Alternatively, cool completely then store.

FOR STOVE TOP 
8. Place an upturned saucer into the base of a large, deep saucepan. Place basin onto saucer.
9. Pour hot water into saucepan so it comes one-third of the way up the side of the basin.
10. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low.
11. Keep checking water level because the water can evaporate and may need to be topped up.
12. Simmer for 5 hours or take off lid and check with a skewer. Take care as it will be very hot.
13. Remove pudding from water. Stand for 30 minutes. Turn onto a platter. Serve as desired. Alternatively, cool completely then store.

NOTE: Mixture can also be used to make individual puddings. Grease cupcake pans, pour in mixture and bake 180C for 30-40mins.

 

If you’re not already one of our 8,000 amazing retailers, it’s quick and easy to get access to our fast-selling products. Contact us to find out how.

Business Has Gone Bananas!

NATURAL EVOLUTION FOUNDERS ROB AND KRISTA WATKINS ARE THE WORLD’S FIRST AND ONLY CERTIFIED PRODUCER OF GREEN BANANA RESISTANT STARCH AND GREEN BANANA FLOUR.

Recently the innovative brand shared their story to over 5000,000 viewers on Channel Ten’s popular program – The Project.

Despite this achievement they have retained their humbleness, working countless hours and tapping into their true passion for ultimate nutrition to keep innovating.

Where did such a fruitful, entrepreneurial business idea begin?

As a child, Rob grew watching his father pour all he had into their banana farm. Inspired by his fathers’ love for farming, Rob followed his footsteps and became one of Australia’s largest banana growers, specialising in lady fingers.

Rob has always been passionate about farming philosophy, believing that ultimate nutrition starts from the soil in which a plant is grown. So you can imagine his disappointment week after week, disposing hundreds of tonnes of perfectly nutritious and good for eating beautiful lady fingers – all because the bananas simply had the wrong ‘look’ for the shelves.

Every week, he watched as wallabies flocked and cattle broke fences, just to get to the ‘wasted’ bananas.

What interested Rob most was the way the animals always filled themselves with the discarded green bananas and left the ripened bananas untouched. He also noticed the increase in health the animals were experiencing – their coats were shinier and they appeared to have an abundance of energy.

What did the animals know that he did not? These green bananas were destined for something so much bigger then wallaby scraps.

The moment that changed everything was at dusk, one summer day in 2010. Rob had accidentally driven over a hand of lady fingers which crushed against the bitumen and created a dust in the sun’s glowing rays.

Already an eager inventor, developing breakthrough creations like a new field of invention machinery and the Banana Blankey (a fully recyclable packaging system), Rob was intrigued by this ‘banana dust’. His inquisitive nature questioned, could this be flour?

He found that not only could it be flour, but it was gluten free flour and one of the world’s highest resistant starch food sources.

Suffering from coeliac symptoms himself, Rob made a small 6kg batch of banana flour to use and sell in the family café. In a matter of weeks, the demand was greatly surpassing his supply; in fact he was months behind in requests. The market loved it!

This demand inspired Rob to refine the process of production. So back to his entrepreneurial ways, he invented the first and only peeling machine in the world, speeding up the process and drastically increasing output to approximately 300kg per week.

With demand still going bananas for their product, the Watkins secured a grant in August 2014 and built yet another world first – a pharmaceutical grade banana
flour factory.

They now have the facilities to produce eight tonnes of banana flour each week and have since continued to create more innovative green banana products.

In fact, the Department of Fisheries in Queensland has just released a very exciting study on the Natural Evolution  range of products, analysing the phytochemical composition and anti-microbial activity. You can read the results here.

Take a look at the ever expanding Natural Evolution banana flour, starch, smoothie mixes and ointment on their website.

The Naturally Good Expo Exceeds Expectations

ONLY IN ITS SECOND YEAR, THE NATURALLY GOOD EXPO WAS YET AGAIN AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS!

Over 3,000 people flocked to Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries to attend Australia’s largest business event for the natural products industry on 1-2 May, 2016.

It brought the latest innovations in natural, organic and healthy products, plus industry experts together to reveal what’s to come in the industry.

Occupying one of the largest stands at the event, Unique was so incredibly proud to have the space to showcase such a huge array of amazing products from hundreds of our brands including CLIF Bar, 2die4 Live Foods, Acure Organics, Alter Eco, Amazing OilsBragg, Blue Dinosaur, Bounce,  Cellfood, Chimes, Comvita, Dr Organic, Dr SuperfoodsEast Bali Cashews, Epic,  Eco Teas, Eden Health Foods, Extraordinary FoodsFood Matters, Gimme, Giovanni, Hope’s ReliefKombucha Max, Monica’s Mixes, My Magic MudNatracareNakula, Natural EvolutionNecta, NTS Health, Protein Supplies Australia, Power Super Foods, ProTingsPure Sports NutritionSchmidt’s, SilvercareSpreyton Fresh,  Teff Tribe, The Chocolate Yogi, Wholesome Chow, Wotnot, Yogi Tea, Zen Matcha Green Tea and lots more!

This year, thanks to dedicated staff
and suppliers, we were lucky enough
to take home the Best Stand Award.

For those who did come and visit the Unique stand, it was fantastic to see you. If you missed it, there’s always next year! With the event organisers promising it will be even bigger and better in 2017, we’ve already secured our spot and just like many that did attend, we can’t wait to do it all again!

Mark it on your calendars now, The Naturally Good Expo will be back 4-5 June, 2017 at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour. You won’t want to miss it!

You can find out all you need to now about next years event here.

Contact us with your photos and feedback – we’d love to hear from you!

The Amazing Adventure of Resistant Starch

RESISTANT STARCH IS THE NEW FIBRE.

It’s the powdered version of liquid gold in the health industry right now. But what is it and why should you arm yourself with knowledge on it?

Until recently, dietary fibre may have been the only food component believed to enter the large intestine. That was until resistant starch was discovered. Over the last 10 years, scientists have found a significant portion of starch “resists” digestion in the small intestine and reaches the large intestine where it feeds good bacteria and does wonders for health.

Do yourself a massive favour and put 4 minutes aside, grab a cuppa and watch this amazing video. It will take you on a magical journey into the intestinal track to see the wondrous effects of resistant starch.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RESISTANT STARCH
Working similar to soluble fibre, this starch has been said to have the following health benefits, among many more.

• It stimulates the large intestine’s bacteria. This creates short-chain fatty acids particularly butyrate, which is a substance that maintains the bowel lining and is believed to assist with the prevention of bowel cancer.

• Creates a feeling of fullness and lessens the number of kilojoules absorbed from carbohydrates. This could assist in weight management.

• Can help to maintain a steady GI after eating. This allows the body to demand less insulin, which is particularly important for people with diabetes.

• Works as a mild laxative – the bowel is full of bacteria that use the starch as food. This increases the mass of bacteria, which adds to faecal bulk.

• Being impervious to fermentation by bacteria in the mouth, resistant starch can help prevent tooth decay.

 

FOODS THAT HAVE RESISTANT STARCH
There’s up to 5 percent resistant starch present in most starchy foods, but these levels rise significantly in particular foods. Foods naturally high in the starch include legumes and unripe bananas (54%).

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WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED INTAKE?
To promote good bowel health, nutritionists suggest that 20 grams of resistant starch should be consumed daily. Currently Australians only consume approximately 6 grams per day from cereals and bread (36%), vegetables (26%) and fruit (22%).

 

A CLOSER LOOK INTO RESISTANT STARCH
Made of numerous glucose units fused together, starch is certainly a complex molecule. Starch occurs as either an amylose form or an amylopectin form. Amylopectin is readily digested, but amylose is ‘resistant’ to digestion in the
small intestines.

There are four different categories that resistant starch can be divided into.

• RS1 – Found in whole or kibbled grains, legumes and seeds where the granules of starch are inaccessible, preventing digestive enzymes accessing the starch.

• RS2 – Found in unripe banana, raw potato, some legumes and Hi-maize, this starch is an amylose form starch, making it naturally resistant.

• RS3 – Found in cooked-then-cooled potato, corn flakes and bread, this starch is a result of the crystalline form being altered from cooking or processing.

• RS4 – These are chemically modified and used to thicken foods. Unlike natural starch, these starch are less likely to breakdown during processing.

 

Resistant starch from green bananas (which is one of the highest natural sources) can be found in Natural Evolution products. They offer a pure green banana resistant starch as well as a large range of products that contain the starch, from gluten free baking flour to banana ointment.

Monica’s Mixes also offer products made with green banana flour (containing resistant starch); paleo flour, muffin mix, pizza base mix and wrap mix.

You can read more in The Resistant Starch Report.

Source: The Resistant Starch Report, 2012.

Paleo Baking with Banana Flour

THANKS TO GLUTEN AND GRAIN FREE FLOURS, IT’S NOW SUPER EASY FOR CONSUMERS FOLLOWING THE PALEO DIET TO ENJOY FRESH, HOME-MADE BAKED GOODS.

Natural Evolution’s Ultimate Gluten Free Baking Flour (made from green Cavendish bananas) is an innovative wheat flour substitute. Using it in cakes, bread or in nearly every baking recipe is a healthy alternative to satisfy a carb craving.

Green banana flour is not just paleo friendly
and gluten free, but also offers
great health benefits due to the
green banana resistant starch found
in the product.

Not bananas about the flavour of banana? Not a problem! Natural Evolution’s banana flour doesn’t actually taste of bananas, instead it’s almost flavourless, with a slightly nutty, clean taste.

To harness the flours nutritional benefits, it’s easy, just choose a wheat flour recipe and simply add 25-30% less banana flour than wheat flour, try a recipe from the Natural Evolution recipe page, or share the below recipe! We were lucky enough to have this delicious date loaf made for us by Natural Evolutions lovely owners Rob and Krista Watkins – it disappeared off the plate faster than a cave man running from a t-rex!

 

PALEO BANANA FLOUR DATE LOAF RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
1 cup Natural Evolution Ultimate Gluten Free Baking Flour (Green Banana Flour)
300g pitted dates
200g water
2 tsp of bi-carb soda
1/4 cup coconut sugar (optional)
80g coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly grease or line bread tin.
2. Chop dates finely or Thermomix chop for 8 seconds on speed 7.
3. Add water and gently simmer on stove for 5 minutes constantly stirring.
TM users 5 minutes, 100C, on Speed 1.
4. Add bi-carb soda and mix well. TM users 3 seconds, speed 2.
5. Set mixture aside.
6. In a bowl beat sugar and oil. TM users 20 seconds speed 9, then insert butterfly and mix 1 minute on speed 4.
7. Continue mixing and add 1 egg at a time along with vanilla bean paste. TM users continue mixing in ingredients.
8. Add date mixture and flour and ensure is mix combined. TM users remove butterfly and add flour and date mixture, mix 5 second speed 4.
9. Pour cake mixture into prepared tin and place in preheated over. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.
10. Leave in tin 10 minutes before turning out onto a cake plate.
11. Enjoy!