Frequently Asked Questions
Are all your products gluten free?
Yes. The Real Coconut product line is completely gluten free and doesn’t contain wheat or gluten in any of the products. Our tortilla chips and cookies are certified gluten free by GFCO. Our tortillas are made in a dedicated gluten free area of a facility that also manufactures products containing gluten, but they are labeled gluten free and tested to adhere to the FDA regulations.
Are all of your products grain-free?
Yes. All our products are grain-free.
Are all of your products dairyfree?
Yes. No dairy is used in any of our products. Instead, we use sustainable dairy alternatives such as coconut milk.
Are all of your products organic?
Our tortillas and tortilla chips are USDA Certified Organic. Our cookies are made with plantain flour that has been sourced from small farms, which use organic farming practices, but have not been certified organic. We are continuing to work with farming cooperatives to help our farmers receive the organic certification.
Are all of your products Non-GMO Verified?
Yes. All of our products are verified by the Non-GMO Project.
What is xanthan gum?
Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, which is a carbohydrate molecule. It is the product of bacterial fermentation. When bacteria ferments in a liquid made of glucose, sucrose or lactose, it is then dried and turned into a fine powder, which can then be added to foods to act as a binding agent.
Why do you use xanthan gum in your products?
As we do not use any gluten or grain in our recipes, we need something to help bind our dough together. Gluten is a sticky protein which is gloriously stretchy (think of the pizza dough chefs who toss and stretch their pizzas in the air before it’s cooked).
Xanthan gum is a grain and gluten free ingredient that we use as a binder in a few of our recipes, which helps our tortilla and chip ingredients combine together well. Products and recipes that do not contain grains or gluten don’t naturally bind together and require a substance to replace the binding qualities of gluten.
We use the minimal amount necessary in our recipes and we use no other gums. We are however continuing to research and develop new innovative ways to formulate our products without the need for gums at all.
The Real Coconut Plantain Flour Cookies do not contain any gums, starches, fillers or preservatives.
The Real Coconut Superfood Tortillas contain ground chia as a replacement for xanthan gum.
What is the origin of your xanthan gum?
We use a food grade xanthan gum that is particularly useful for thickening and stabilising products. Soy and wheat derivatives are used as bases for the fermenting process, however these are consumed during the fermentation and testing confirms that there are less than 10 ppm soy and 5 ppm wheat after this process, which is negligible. 20 ppm (parts per million) is the industry standard for wheat/gluten and less than 20ppm is considered completely gluten free.
Why do you use maltodextrin?
Rice starch is a common carrier for seasonings, however as we are a grain free brand, this cannot be used as a carrier for the seasoning and maltodextrin is the only appropriate alternative at this moment. We are continuing to research other options for our seasoning.
What is the origin of your maltodextrin?
The maltodextrin used in our chip seasonings is derived from tapioca starch.
Why do you use cane sugar?
We only use a tiny amount of organic raw cane sugar in our Beach Barbecue and Golden Curry tortilla chip flavors. Rather than using a highly refined white sugar, we opt to use raw cane sugar. It is essentially sugar cane juice that has been evaporated to produce sugar cane crystals.
We sweeten our plantain flour cookies with a combination of coconut sugar, ginger molasses and maple syrup.
Why do you use cassava starch?
Grain- free ingredients such as coconut, plantain and cassava flour do not have inherent binding abilities so you need to use another ingredient (such as cassava starch or almond butter) to bind the products together. Starches have some binding properties. Our chips and tortillas use a small percentage of cassava starch (also known as yuca or tapioca) to give the tortillas their form.
Cassava starch is generally safe for most people on a gut friendly diet. It may only be problematic if someone has very depleted gut flora and therefore finds it difficult to digest starches in general.
Is coconut oil healthy?
We believe coconut oil to be one of the healthiest oils to cook with due to its stable molecular structure. We use it to fry the tortilla chips as it is resistant to oxidation at high temperatures and therefore resists being damaged by cooking. Vegetable oils oxidize when exposed to heat, which damages their cellular structure, making them a poor choice of cooking oil.
Long term evidence of coconut oil being used in cooking can be found by reviewing Asian cultures who have relied on this oil for centuries and have some of the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease.
Why do you use coconut flour?
Coconut flour is grain and gluten free, making it easy for most people to digest. It is a high fiber flourandhasnoinherentpropertiesthataredamagingtothedigestivetractandissafeformost people toeat.
What is tapioca starch?
Tapioca starch, also known as cassava starch, is an extracted starch from the whole cassava root. Cassava is a carbohydrate rich, root vegetable that is also gluten and grain free. This starch is mechanically extracted from the whole root and can then be used as a thickening and binding agent in gluten free products.
Is plantain flour, grain and gluten free?
Plantain flour is completely grain and gluten free, because it is a pure flour made from dehydrated and ground whole plantains. Plantains are a more starchy version of bananas which are usually cooked before eating. They are a great source of fiber, carbohydrates and resistant starch. They are also gentle on the digestive tract, and usually tolerated well by people with sensitive digestion.
What is blackstrap molasses?
Molasses is a nutrient rich liquid which is produced during sugar cane production. It has a relatively low glycemic index of 55, similar to maple syrup and honey. It is rich in iron, calcium, copper, manganese, B vitamins, magnesium, selenium and potassium and has even historically been used to treat anemia. It adds depth of flavor, sweetness as well as a gentle dose of vitamins and minerals.
What are chia seeds?
Chia seeds are a tiny, nutrient dense seeds that originate from Central America. They act as a great binding ingredient, especially in baking, and we use them to give our cookies their form. Chia is one of the most gut friendly of the seed varieties and can often be tolerated by people with sensitive digestion. Only a small amount is used for each cookie, making our cookies gentle on the digestive tract.
What is in your almond butter?
Our almond butter is made from pure ground almonds, nothing else.