What is Gluten?

Gluten is one of the most consumed proteins on earth, composed of two molecules gliadin and glutenin, it is created when they form a bond and is responsible for the elasticity or chewiness of the foods that contain it. Gluten also traps carbon dioxide, which, as it ferments, this adds volume to a loaf of bread for example. “True gluten” is generally defined as being specific to wheat but gluten it can also be found in some other cereal grains including rye, barley and various crossbreeds.

Is Gluten bad for us?

Some people are gluten-intolerant, meaning that their bodies find it difficult to break down during digestion, it is very rare for someone to actually be allergic to wheat which would generally cause skin, respiratory and / or gastrointestinal reactions to wheat allergens. The most common wheat intolerance is celiac disease, when someone with celiac disease eats gluten it triggers an immune response that damages his or her intestines. A lot of people feel that they have a sensitivity to gluten and choose not to eat it or to limit their consumption of it in their day-to-day diet.

What are the benefits of a gluten-free diet?

If you have a sensitivity, intolerance or are allergic to gluten it is important that it is avoided. On the mild end of a gluten reaction, people report feeling bloated, sluggish and tired when they have eaten it, on the most severe end the reactions can be life threatening and need urgent medical treatment. Many people believe that our bodies have come to rely too much on gluten and that to cut down consumption of it aids digestion, a side of which can be weight loss.

What are GMO and MSG?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, these are organisms that have had their DNA altered in a way that doesn’t occur naturally. GM foods are developed because they can last longer and their appearance can be made more uniform. GMO’s have not been proven safe and the health and environmental effects of producing GMO crops has not been adequately investigated.

MSG stands for Monosodium Glutamate, it is a flavour enhancer that is widely used in many foods, particularly in ready meals. Many people report to have short term reactions to MSG including headaches, swelling, flushing or sweating, heart palpitations, nausea and chest pains.

Are any chemicals used in Hunter’s Gourmet Products?

Chemicals are used in the majority of food stuffs for a number of reasons either as processing aids or as flavour enhancers, at Hunter Foods there are no chemicals used in the base product although a few of our flavors contain MSG and chemicals that act as regulators. As a company we do not add any chemicals on site and we are working with our flavour suppliers towards removing MSG totally from all our products.

Why are Hunter Foods committed to removing MSG and non-GMO?

We have always been passionate about providing our customers with good, high quality food and are committed to understanding more about the effects chemicals and ingredients have. As a company we have invested a great deal of time and money into finding natural alternatives and have managed to produce many of our foods without MSG while maintaining a great flavour profile, however there are some that we are still working on that are proving a little trickier. We make sure that they are clearly labelled so that our customers can make an educated decision on what they buy.

What is sustainable packaging and do Hunter Foods use it?

Sustainable packaging is defined as packaging that uses sustainable, raw materials in its manufacturing process and includes recycled material as a proportion of the raw materials. We have been very active in the use of sustainable packaging, for example a number of our cartons are manufactured using recycled paper, in addition and a number of our labels use FSC paper (Forest Stewardship Council certified paper that has been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner). In addition we also use vegetable oil based inks in the printing process wherever possible.

At this moment, our redesigned superfoods range packaging uses 100% recyclable plastic (#5).

At Hunter Foods we are committed to improving the environmental performance of our packaging, we aim at cutting pollution from plastic packaging waste.

And this is why we believe that the first step towards a better world is to embark on the Circular Economy journey: we make our organic superfoods packaging 100% recyclable. We believe in 100% recyclable packaging because: recycling conserves natural resources, protects ecosystems and wildlife, saves energy, cuts carbon emission, reduces landfill waste and is cheaper than waste collection and disposal.

Hunter Foods’ ambition is that 100% of our packaging will be recyclable or reusable within 3 to 5 years, without compromising on quality. We know that most packaging cannot be avoided altogether because it is essential to protect food from damage, germs or pests when being transported. We are working hard to make sure our food is packaged in a way that keeps it fresh and safe, and ensures the natural world and the animals that live in it are not harmed by plastic wastes.

Will all of Hunter Foods packaging be made from sustainable materials in the future?

At Hunter Foods we are committed to improving the environmental performance of our packaging, we aim at cutting pollution from plastic packaging waste.

And this is why we believe that the first step towards a better world is to embark on the Circular Economy journey: we make our organic superfoods packaging 100% recyclable. We believe in 100% recyclable packaging because: recycling conserves natural resources, protects ecosystems and wildlife, saves energy, cuts carbon emission, reduces landfill waste and is cheaper than waste collection and disposal.

Hunter Foods’ ambition is that 100% of our packaging will be recyclable or reusable within 3 to 5 years, without compromising on quality. We know that most packaging cannot be avoided altogether because it is essential to protect food from damage, germs or pests when being transported. We are working hard to make sure our food is packaged in a way that keeps it fresh and safe, and ensures the natural world and the animals that live in it are not harmed by plastic wastes.

What kind of potatoes do you use in your hand cooked chip and why?

The types of potatoes used are varieties specially grown for chipping which have the right characteristics for a good hand cooked crisp. The potatoes have to have a high dry matter, be of optimum size and with shallow eyes that make peeling easier. The natural sugar content has to be very low so when the chips are fried they remain a golden color rather than turning very dark which would be the case if the sugars were high.

How are hand-cooked chips different to regular chips?

Hand cooked chips are cooked in large fryers called kettles, the chips are stirred by our experts on a continuous basis to get them perfectly cooked, they are sliced slightly thicker than regular chips and the slow cooking method along with the manual cooking creates a crunchy, healthier chip with a lower oil content

Regular chips are manufactured using machines where the chips travel along a conveyor into a bath of oil and are held down by submerger belt to cook, the slices are much thinner and the cook time is half of the time compared to hand cooked. Regular chips tend to be crispier but are of a lesser grade and have a much higher oil content.

What is freeze-drying?

It is a dehydration process typically used to preserve a perishable material. Freeze-drying works by freezing the material and then reducing the surrounding pressure to allow the frozen water in the material to change from the solid phase to the gas phase.

What is flax?

Flax, also known as linseed, are the seeds of the Flax plant, they are a food and fibre crop predominantly grown in cooler regions of the world.

What are the benefits of eating flax and how can I use it?

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them, Omega-3 fatty acids, lignans (powerful antioxidants) and fibre. There are a number of recent studies which indicate that flax may reduce risks of certain cancers as well as cardiovascular disease and lung disease, it lowers cholesterol and improves digestive health so overall is a fantastic edition to a healthy diet.

Ground flaxseed can be sprinkled over porridge, added to bread, muffins or pancakes, mixed with fruit smoothies or protein shakes and stirred into your yogurt for a health boost.

What’s the difference between Cocoa nibs and chocolate chips?

Cacao pods are harvested by hand when they are ripe, the pods are opened and the seeds are left in barrels to ferment. Once fermented they are dried in the sun and then roasted and the outer shells are cracked (a process called winnowing), to leave the central part which is the Cocoa nib (or Cacoa nib as it is sometimes known), the nibs contain the natural acids and fats and are essentially the rawest form of chocolate before further processing and ingredients are added to sweeten them and turn them into chocolate chips or bars. Cocoa nibs have a slightly bitter, nutty flavour and are very high in antioxidants. Their main claim to fame is their high flavonoid content that has been positively linked to preventing cancer and brain ailments such as Alzheimers disease.

What is Kamut?

Also known as Khorasan wheat or Pharaoh’s wheat, Kamut (which means grain in an ancient Egyptian dialect), is a high-energy grain that was re-established in the late 1960’s by an American farmer, it has since been trademarked to protect the integrity of the grain and any products must comply with a number of strict specifications to carry the name.

Kamut looks much like regular wheat but the kernels can be more than double the size, they also contain 30% more protein, have a high Omega-3 content, elevated levels of vitamin-E, thiamin, riboflavin, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, pantothentic acid, copper and complex carbohydrates so is a very healthy grain! Kamut can generally be eaten by people with gluten sensitivities so it is a fantastic alternative to common wheat.

What is Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is a nutrient-packed member of the cereal grass family, which includes rye, barley and oats. Wheatgrass powder is made by freeze-drying (see above), oven-drying or air-drying fresh wheatgrass. Believed to have originated in ancient Egypt, wheatgrass was brought to America in the 1930’s but was not widely used, it has become a more popular supplement in recent years.

What are the benefits of using Wheatgrass Powder and how can I use it?

Wheatgrass is linked to improved digestive system function and is also used as treatment for irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux disease. Wheatgrass is a fantastic source of chlorophyll (Wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll), which is a potent molecule protecting against liver cancer, reducing damage from cancer-causing substances and combating colon cancer as well as vitamins A, C and E, all potent antioxidants; add your Hunter’s Gourmet Wheatgrass Powder to your fruit smoothies and protein shakes to give your body a serious shot of good health.

What are the main benefits of eating oats?

Wholegrain oats are naturally energising. Because wholegrain oats are not highly processed it takes a while for our digestive system to break down and absorb the carbohydrates. The result – slow release energy which can help fill you up and stop you feeling the peaks and dips of a blood sugar rush.

Wholegrain oats contain natural vitamins and minerals.  Flours can be stripped of their nutrients as part of the refining process, but this doesn’t happen to the oats in our recipes, which are unrefined and minimally processed. Wholegrain oats naturally contain manganese**, phosphorus**, magnesium, zinc, iron, folate, vitamin B6 and thiamine**. These nutrients** are known to efficiently transform the carbohydrates in your food into usable energy. Keeping our oats in their simple, natural form means these vital nutrients are not lost.

Wholegrain oats are high in fibre. Oats are an easy and delicious way to add fibre to your day. Eating your recommended daily intake of fibre can help you maintain a healthy digestive system.

Wholegrain oats are good for your heart. Oats are a rich source of beta-glucans, a rich source of soluble fibre, proven to help reduce cholesterol as part of a healthy, balanced diet. As well as reducing cholesterol, oats can help lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Wholegrain oats are naturally gluten free. Oats are naturally gluten free, so if you have a wheat allergy or intolerance, then our oatcakes and biscuits make a wholesome alternative to bread and biscuits made with flour. If you are following a strict gluten free diet, for example if you are a diagnosed coeliac, then our dedicated gluten free range is best. Our gluten free range is made under strict conditions where the oats are kept separate and every batch is tested, to ensure that no other grains have slipped into the production process at any point.

What kind of oil do you use?

We have been using internationally certified sustainable palm oil for the last few years; and from the year 2019, we have started the transition process of using sunflower oil to make all our newly launched snacks in Dubai.  Our goal is to transition all our snacks made at our own factory here to sunflower oil by 2020.

True to its 2019 commitment, Hunter Foods continues its transition to use 100% sunflower oil to cook all its snacks. A testament to our Better for You promise we would like to give our consumers ever more natural, wholesome and eco-friendly snacks and foods. In addition to many positive functional benefits, sunflower oil has many health benefits: it is rich in Vitamin E and low in saturated fat and contains selenium that is beneficial in reducing the cardiac risk.

We see our customers constantly demanding innovation whether in products or flavours, wanting both health and taste, and with packaging to be environmentally friendly. We are doing all these at Hunter Foods!

When and how do you deliver my hampers?

We deliver only within the United Arab Emirates. For the city of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, orders will be dispatched within 5 working days; for other emirates, within 10 working days. All orders are dispatched from our UAE warehouse to your door by land transport. Please contact hampers@hunterfoods.com for additional assistance.

How do I pay for my order?

Cash on delivery only, for now, and soon credit cards will be accepted. For any additional questions, please contact hampers@hunterfoods.com

How do I cancel my order?

A request for cancellation needs to be sent to hampers@hunterfoods.com 3 days (THREE working days) prior to the date of dispatch of the order. Any hampers sent after these 3 days will be charged as per the purchase agreement.

For any additional questions, please contact hampers@hunterfoods.com

What is quinoa?

Naturally gluten-free and containing iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber, Quinoa, also called “Gold of the Incas”, is an excellent healthy source of protein and essential amino acids. A delicious and quick-cook option for salads and sides, quinoa can be combined with any ingredients to make a nutritious and tasty dish.

Hunter’s Gourmet Organic Quinoa from Peru comes in red, white, black and tri-colour, so you can get creative with the quick-cooking ingredient.

What are Black Seeds?
Black seeds have many other names, such as black cumin or nigella seeds (English), habba al sawda (Arabic) and kalonji (Hindi/Urdu).  These seeds have long and widely been used as a spice and flavouring agent in various food preparations in many parts of the world.  Known for boosting one’s immune system and lowering blood pressure, Black Seeds are another delightful addition to our Better for You range of wellness snacks!
What is Maca Powder?

Cultivated for thousands of years for use in battles, Maca is a superfood, a root ground into powder, that is packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, riboflavin and iron, which helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue and also boosts your immune system. It is a perfect dietary healthy addition for today’s busy lifestyles. Subtle, sweet and malty in flavour, it goes perfectly with cinnamon and chocolate! Simply add them to smoothies, shakes, juices, cereals, nut butter, desserts, baked goods, pancake batter, etc, for their super nutritional content.

What is Chia?

Chia, “The Strength”, is a good source of omega-3, fibre & protein. Chia Seeds are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, known to lower the risk of coronary heart disease and improve cholesterol. They have no flavour, but magnify the taste of what they’re added to. Add the whole seeds or ground them into smoothies and juices, mix into yogurt or oatmeal, or sprinkle on top of a salad to give yourself a super health boost!

 

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