What's inside The GFB products?
Everything we make starts with simple, natural, plant-based ingredients. Don’t tell anyone, but if you have the time to go to the store and buy all the ingredients on our label, you could make them at home! Inside each Bar and Bite, you’ll find a base of nut and/or seed butters, dates, organic brown rice, and complete protein from organic brown rice and pea protein, and our Oatmeal is mostly, well, just oats. No preservatives, no fillers, nothing extra, just fava bean protein and honest ingredients that taste great and keep you going.
Can you tell me more about your ingredients? Do you have a philosophy for things you will or won’t include?
All our products are non-GMO verified. We like to use ingredients that are wholesome and understandable, but you won’t find highly processed or industrial ingredients. For example, chicory root fiber is a pretty cheap ingredient that can be used to boost the amount of fiber that shows on the nutrition label. But since we’re not really sure what it is (without a lot of research), and you certainly can’t buy it at your local store, you won’t find it in our food. We also avoid sugar alcohols that can wreak havoc on your gut.
How do you make your food?
All GFB products are made in our certified gluten-free facility (which is also zero-waste and powered by 100% solar and wind power). It’s a simple process--similar to making cookies in your own home, but every batch is 125 lbs. That may sound like a lot, but we sell our products in both USA and Canada, so it’s quite small, and we keep it this way to bring out the best taste and texture every time. Want to follow along? A typical batch goes like this:
- Measure: Follow the recipe!
- Mix: Blend the ingredients for 2-3 minutes.
- Portion: Thankfully, we have a machine that cuts the Bars and Bites into smaller portions (we used to do this all by hand...which made for a long day).
- Package: Pack the food into a package and seal it, ready to share with you!
How do you ensure that your food is gluten-free?
We use only gluten-free ingredients in our dedicated gluten-free facility--no gluten. The GFB is also certified gluten-free which means that the GFCO (Gluten-Free Certification Organization) audits all our ingredients and gluten-free testing records. All batches are tested to ensure <10 ppm gluten content.
What is the shelf life of your food?
It’s 12 months for Bars and 10 months for Bites and Oatmeal. While they’re not unsafe to eat past the "best by" date, we think they taste best when they’re as fresh as possible and before they start to dry out. However, if you are ever disappointed, please let us know!
What sweeteners do you use?
Bars and Bites are sweetened with dates, fruit, organic InfantSafe® brown rice syrup and organic agave nectar. The only addition to this list is 1 gram of organic cane sugar that we add to our Oatmeal Raisin Bars. In our power breakfast, we use only dates and maple sugar.
Can you tell me more about brown rice syrup?
We use premium, organic InfantSafe® brown rice syrup, which contains essential nutrients, including potassium, iron, and calcium. Because it contains both complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates, it can be metabolized and absorbed slowly, over the course of 2-3 hours. The result is a steady and reliable energy supply instead of a spike and crash.
Why do they call it InfantSafe®?
InfantSafe® organic brown rice syrup goes through a process to remove any heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, and mercury, to undetectable levels. It’s verified to contain less than 10 ppb for arsenic and lead, which is below the FDA standard for drinking water, and safe for babies and well, everyone.
Why do you use agave nectar?
Our goal is to use simple ingredients to make ridiculously tasty, protein-packed snacks, and agave offers a blend of slow-release energy (low glycemic benefits), great taste, and less processing than many other sweeteners.
Agave contains fructose, a naturally occurring sugar also found in fruit. Many experts believe that eating too much fructose can contribute to poor health, but we use only small quantities. For example, one can of soda may contain of 30+ grams of fructose , while a GFB Bite has just 1 gram of fructose and a Bar has 2 grams. In other words, you’d need to eat 15 Bars or 30 Bites to get the same amount of fructose as one can of soda.
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Okay, so growing up gluten-intolerant, there were a lot of ingredients we couldn't have. But we found out we could have everything we wanted even without the gluten.