“Dearly Belove ‘bread’…”
“…We are gathered here today…” [someone shouts] “I object!” That’s right we need to object and take a step back when things are not quite right. Our daily bread should not bring about harm. I have no problems rocking with ancient, traditional bread that is truly made from sprouted whole grain, hand-ground whole beans, and lentils, usually nicknamed the ‘Ezekiel’ bread.
I am down with whatever Jesus did with regards to bread (eating of bread, breaking of bread, multiplying the five loaves). But bread today? I can’t even… It is made with highly-refined flour, added gluten, contains fungi such as yeast and mold and then enriched with inorganic vitamins and minerals to trick us that it is healthy. Look out for the word enrich on packaging of food items; you will be surprised how many food items are enriched. Why take out the nutrients that already exist in wheat and then enrich it with less than ideal replacements?
There is no way that the body can effectively process that. This scenario is like removing a perfectly good kidney and then replacing it with someone else’s only to have the body reject it. Not even whole wheat bread is safe. Grain foods labelled, multi-grain, wheat bread, organic flour, bran, wheat germ, unbleached wheat flour or 100% wheat are usually not a 100% whole grain product. Other concerns relating to wheat are the crossbreeding cultivation methods, gluten and methods of preparation.
|Characteristics||Whole Wheat Bread||Bammy||Whole Wheat Bread Points||Bammy Points|
|Calories per serving||81||Unprepared: 50, Prepared: 50*~100||1|
|Serving size||1 slice||1 slice||1||1|
|Amount||18 slices||16 slices||1|
|Tastes Good||Has a very light taste that easily compliments any food it is paired with||Has a very light taste that easily compliments any food it is paired with||1||1|
|Easily Prepared||No preparation required||Bammy needs to be soaked and cooked||1|
|Cost||≈ JD$400||≈ JD$250||1|
|Main Ingredients||Enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine, mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2) ) water, sugar, wheat bran, vegetable shortening, gluten, yeast, calcium propionate, dough conditioner (distilled monoglycerides, calcium silicate, enzyme and wheat starch)||Cassava, Salt, Calcium Propionate||1|
(*My preparation methods for bammy add no extra calories. Comment ‘prepare’ if you would like to see me prepare bammy)
It was hard finding bread options that I trusted. So I simply make it a point to eat well by having food as close to its natural state as possible which leads me to a great alternative, bammy.
“Your Bammy Never Looked so Good”
Why? Because there are no gimmicks, it is simply cassava (yuca or manioc) grated, dried, baked and pressed into various shapes, sometimes with preservatives added. It has no saturated fat or cholesterol. It is high in fibre, it is more of a complex carbohydrate than bread and it offers similar nutrients to bread such as calcium, iron and vitamin C. It’s mainly available in Caribbean territories but it is also available in cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York and London, just to name a few, that have a large Caribbean diaspora.
One of the biggest concerns I had with minimizing my intake of bread was the fact that I had to give up sandwiches. There is just something about sandwiches, maan; it just gets me. Bammy allows me to still have my sandwiches in cute little sliders that taste pretty good and are ten times healthier. It also is a great alternative for fritters, which is a fried flour mixture.
Cassava is a moderate source of some of the valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as folates, thiamin, and pantothenic acid. It also contains some important minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, manganese and potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Overall bammy racks up the points and wins my vote. Click the next page ↓2