Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Kosher Product Spotlight: Food for Life Ezekial Bread

In honor of today being a minor fast day in Judaism, I present JProj's first Kosher Food Spotlight. By now, if you shop at any market in Santa Cruz, you've probably seen Food for Life's Ezekial 4:9 Certified Organic Sprouted Grain Bread. Why is this "bread" different from all other breads? Mainly, it is made from sprouted grains, without flour, which has special significance for Jewish people. As I've said before, my mom always taught me to say 'thank you' when people did favors for me. Who do I thank for bread? G-d.

Usually for bread, Jews ritually wash their hands and recite the blessing "hamotzei lechem min ha'aretz" over bread ("Thank you G-d, the One who brings forth bread from the earth"), but since there is no flour in Ezekial "bread," one need not wash, and the blessing is instead "she'hakol ne'yah bidvaroh" ("Thank you G-d, by whose word everything comes into being"), as was explained by Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz in KosherQuest's December 31, 2000 Kosher Alerts:

3. Alert: Food For Life makes an Ezekiel bread certified by the Kof k which uses only sprouted grains. Since no actual grain is being used, only the sprouts, a Shehakol and Borei Nefashos should be said. We do not wash over this "bread" as well.

But the bread is also supposed to be super healthy. According to Food for Life,

"Ezekial 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread is inspired by the Holy Scripture verse: 'Take also unto thee Wheat, and Barley and Beans, and Lentils, and Millet, and Spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it...' Ez. 4:9.

"We discovered when these six grains and legumes are sprouted and combined, an amazing thing happens. A complete protein is created that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs. In fact, the protein quality is so high, that it is 84.3% as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein, containing essential amino acids. There are 18 amino acids present in this unique bread - from all vegetable sources - naturally balanced in nature.

"Ezekial 4:9 Bread, made from freshly sprouted organically grown grains, is naturally flavorful and bursting with nutrients. Rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and natural fiber with no added fat. Try it served warm to release its exceptionally rich natural sesame taste.

"This Biblical Bread is Truly the Staff of Life."


Food for life also produces English muffins, tortillas, cereal, pasta, buns. Their products are available in town at the Food Bin, Staff of Life, New Leaf, Trader Joe's, and Shopper's Corner.

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