We take a close look at the superpowers of plantery and how powerful they can be on our body. Bitten Goodfoods has partnered with renowned Temporada Chef, Dave Young, who will be utilising all the below ingredients in a one off Bitten X Futurefoods event Thursday 24 October from 7.30pm. He says from the evening you can expect “familiar dishes and flavours created from very unfamiliar ingredients.”

Think tortellini filled with medicinal mushrooms, oysters with blue algae and ginger caviar, banana resistant starch crepes with kale and tigernuts.

Dave will be experimenting with a wealth of ingredients from Bitten Goodfoods, categorised at ‘Futurefoods’ as they are great for the body.

“Feels more like ‘back to the future’ – many ingredients that have either fallen out of the food supply, or that we no longer use in our diet.These are ingredients that I honestly had little to no knowledge of. I really wanted to understand what they are, how they taste, and how they can be used. It’s always fun trying new things, right?”

Modbiotics

Modbiotics don’t inadvertently kill off bacteria like antibiotics, nor do they feed bad bacteria like some probiotics can do. Instead, they contain polyphenols, which are a type of micronutrient packed with antioxidants. The benefits to gut health are that polyphenols are toxic to bad microorganisms within the gut flora and help starve the bad microbes. Modbiotics are made up of compounds found in the seeds, skins and seeds of plant.

Adaptogens

Adaptogens know our bodies better than we do and adapt to what we need, supporting our bodies to intuitively regulate themselves.

Lion’s Mane: has been dubbed a ‘smart drug’, and has become widely popular in ‘biohacking’ circles for its positive effects on cognitive function and nerve restoration. Grown on sustainably-harvested oak wood, in its whole natural form this incredible mushroom actually resembles a human brain.

Chaga: has one of the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scores of any food! The higher the ORAC value, the better a food’s ability to protect from disease.

Cordyceps: increase the body’s production of the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP) by up to 18%, which is essential for delivering energy to the muscles.

Hemp

Hemp seed oil is extracted from hemp seeds which come from the highly sustainable strain of the Cannabis sativa plant. It boasts more protein per gram than animal proteins and a remarkable fatty acid profile including all 9 of the “essential” amino acids.

Algae

One of the most nutrient-rich foods created by nature, blue green algae is one of the earliest organisms on earth to use the energy of the sun to make food for itself (photosynthesize).
Blue Majik is an extract of spirulina microalgae, and is the only certified organic blue spirulina in the world.

MCT Oil

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are a type of saturated fat that pass directly to the liver where they are converted straight into energy that our body and brain can use immediately, making it unnecessary to store them as fat. Derived from organic coconut oil, our MCT Oil is from sustainable farms and is free from palm oil.

Resistant Starch

Resistant Starch has been shown to exert a “second meal effect.” This means that not only does it beneficially decrease the blood glucose response at the time a meal is consumed, but blood glucose and insulin levels also rise less than would otherwise be expected with the subsequent meal.

Two sources of resistant starch include,

Green Banana: resistant starch is a flour made from grinding up green (unripe) bananas.

Tigernuts: despite their name, are not nuts but are the edible tuber of a grass-like plant called ‘sedge’.

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