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continues to gain popularity and is now spreading to the
masses. Basically, foods within the Paleo parameters include
fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and nuts. And that's pretty much it.
of Paleo claim increased overall health and higher
energy while decreasing dangerous inflammation.
searches for "Paleo" have been at an all-time high over the past 3 years.
on a Paleo diet.
to an NPD Group poll taken in January 2013, one third of American adults are
actively decreasing their gluten intake. Over 100 Million Americans!
According to GrubHub food
services article of May 11, 2017:
"Eating Paleo is the most
popular healthy eating choice across the nation. Paleo orders increased
by 370 percent in 2016."
Here are the popular ways of eating
ranked by order growth in 2016 vs. 2015.
370 percent. ZEST
cleanse: 89 percent.
58 percent. ZEST
35 percent. ZEST
P A L E O D E F I N E D
at Wikipedia define the paleo diet,
also popularly referred to as the caveman
diet, Stone Age diet—and,
our favorite, the hunter-gatherer diet—as
“a modern nutritional
plan based on a presumed ancient diet
of wild plants and animals in which various hominid species habitually consumed
during the Paleolithic
era—a period of about 2.5 million years which ended around
10,000 years ago—with the development of agriculture and grain-based
further explains that “centered on commonly available modern foods, the
contemporary Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised
meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts.” The diet
decidedly excludes grains (whole or otherwise), legumes, dairy products, potatoes,
refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.
Zest Brands’ Gluten Free Almond Cakes and
Cookies are Paleo PerfectTM — because
Zest’s line of products’ ultra short ingredients list falls well within the
parameters maintained by Paleo diet pundits — such as the people at The Paleo
Let’s review Zest’s
Zest products are made with all natural, non-GMO,
preservative-free ingredients and contain approximately 80% almonds by volume.
That means that 80% of the products’ super-low sugar-content (4 grams on
average) comes from the almonds themselves—in the form of fructose—or fruit
As is customary in the reporting of ingredients on
the labels of all consumer packaged goods, our list is published in the order
of highest volume to smallest amount per serving size.
By example, the following is the ingredients list
for Zest’s Shortbread Sandie Cookie: Almonds, virgin unrefined organic
coconut oil, organic agave, walnuts, organic coconut, organic cocoa nibs,
organic vanilla extract, baking soda, sea salt.
starters, whether you recognize them as fruits or tree nuts, almonds are Paleo
Perfect. Zest cakes and cookies are 80% almonds. We’re almost there, already.
comes Zest’s organic coconut and Zest’s virgin, unrefined, organic coconut oil.
Both, unquestionably, Paleo Perfect.
cage-free eggs in their coffee cakes and gourmet cake offerings. Imagine Fred
Flintstone trying to rescue a Paleolithic hen from a saber-toothed fox. Sooo
between 0.6 to 2.0 grams of organic agave is added to Zest cookies and cakes. The agave plant has long been part of
human culture. In fact, human remains dating back at least 10,000 years show
the early uses of agave as food and fiber. Agave is Paleo Perfect.
are Paleo Perfect. As are cherries. And ginger. And walnuts. And, lovely
vanilla, which hails from the heavenly orchid flower, has got to be Paleo
there’s the organic cacao and cocoa nibs that add rich and magical flavor to
Zest’s Chocolate Coconut Cakes and both the Ginger Chocolate and Shortbread
Sandie Cookies. First
cultivated by the Olmec peoples of pre-Columbian Mexico sometime around 1500 BC,
cacao clearly must have been in their ancestors’ diets long before that dating.
Long before its formal cultivation by the indigenous natives to the north, it’s
quite possible the ancient hunter-gatherers living in the Andean foothills of
the Amazon and Orinoco river valleys munched on the sweet pulp and seeds of the
cacao bean, as these lands are the aboriginal habitat where the cacao trees
originated in nature so many millennia ago.
That leaves Zest’s second-to-the-last ingredient,
baking soda—and a teensy little bit of sea salt (these last two ingredients
make up approximately one-third of one percent of Zest baked goods by volume).
Sodium bicarbonate is a nutritionally benign chemical
compound. Also known as sodium hydrogen carbonate—with the formula, NaHCO3. Sodium bicarbonate typically occurs
as a white solid that is crystalline in nature, but also appears as a fine
powder as well. History has it that the ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of natron, a mixture consisting mostly of sodium carbonate decahydrate, and sodium bicarbonate, each and every day. Clearly, the
Egyptians must have learned about natron from
their more shaggy predecessors, the cave dwellers.
Lastly, Zest uses unrefined sea salt as its
smallest and last ingredient on its super short list. Evidence indicates that Neolithic (traditionally considered the last
part of the Stone Age) people of the Precucuteni Culture were boiling salt-laden spring water through the
process of briquetage to extract the salt as far back as
In addition to being Paleo Perfect, Zest artisan-crafted,
super premium baked goods feature the following nutritional attributes: high
protein, high fiber, nutrient dense, antioxidant rich, zero trans fat, low
glycemic load, low carbohydrate, gluten free, dairy free, soy free corn free,
grain free, low in sugar, all natural, sweetened with organic agave, non-GMO.
And, besides all of the above noted nutritional attributes,
our gourmet Zest Cookie lineup is also Vegan, low sodium and contains no
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