General FAQ Section

Sprouted food is easier to digest and contains more nutrients than unsprouted foods.  

Some plant foods (grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and lentils) contain anti-nutrients that bind to minerals in the body, like calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron, essentially stealing them away from you. Wheat, for example, contains anti-nutrient phytic acid. Phytic acid likes to bind to calcium, so when you eat a piece of wheat bread, the phytic acid searches for calcium stores in your body and binds to it, depleting your calcium stores. 

Anti-nutrients also inhibit digestive enzymes, making it harder for our bodies to break food down into absorbable nutrients.

Sprouting foods decreases the number of anti-nutrients, making them more nutritious.

Plants naturally contain these anti-nutrients to ward off pests.

80% of our immune system is in the gut. Poor gut health means poor immune functioning. Diminished gut health is known to cause diseases such as autoimmune diseases (arthritis, irritable bowel disorder), brain disorders (Alzheimer’s, dementia), cancer, mood disorders (depression, anxiety), fatigue, learning disorders (autism, ADHD), infertility, asthma, allergies, and sensitivities.

Gut health decreases when the “bad” bacteria outnumber the “good” bacteria.

Some of the most common culprits that cause poor gut health and lower immune functioning include medications (especially antibiotics), pesticides, processed foods, stress & anxiety, environmental toxins, sedentary lifestyles, and poor sleep habits.

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There are a few reasons:

  1. Sourdough generally has cleaner ingredients. The starter culture is full of active bacteria and yeasts that are pretty sensitive to chemicals. To keep them healthy, bakers will often use spring water (instead of fluoridated tap water) and organic flours. Additionally, true sourdough doesn’t contain commercial yeast, a processed food linked to digestive issues. At Uprising Bakehouse, we use fresh well water from a drilled well, organic flours, and never use commercial yeast.
  2. Sourdough has a lower glycemic index. Sourdough undergoes a fermentation process that breaks down carbohydrates/sugar into more digestible pieces. Since the sugar is already partially broken down, it’s easier for your body to digest and doesn’t cause drastic spikes in blood sugar levels.
  3. Sourdough bread is easier to digest because the fermentation process breaks down phytic acid, a natural plant compound that can deplete nutrient stores in the body.
  4. Sourdough tastes better than conventional bread. The fermentation process gives the bread a substantial flavour boost and depth of flavour.

The bacteria and yeasts from the starter culture break down the starches/sugars during the fermentation process, resulting in its unique sourness, rich flavour, and enhanced digestibility.

Here are the most notable benefits:

  1. It eases digestive discomfort.  Many people experience bloating, gas, and digestive difficulties after consuming gluten products. Most of us get used to the feeling and don’t notice the discomfort we tolerate until we stop eating gluten. Often, gluten sensitivity is misdiagnosed as IBS.
  1. It decreases inflammation in the body.  All disease stems from inflammation in the body, and gluten is known to cause inflammation.
  1. Less Glyphosate.  Glyphosate, also known as Round Up, is an herbicide used on most conventional wheat crops but has been known to contaminate even organic crops. It is toxic to living things, causing inflammation and decreasing gut health.

Here are a few ways we try to keep our business sustainable:

  1. We minimize food waste. All fruit and vegetable waste gets composted in an organic vegetable garden, leftover sourdough becomes bread crumbs, and extra stock is donated.
  2. We use pesticide-free ingredients.
  3. We use 100% compostable packaging.
  4. We purchase as many of our ingredients as possible locally.

We could write an entire essay on this but we’ll try to keep it short!  Here are our top 3 reasons for eating a plant-based diet.

1. Personal health.  The most comprehensive longitudinal nutritional study, summarized in the book The China Study by T Colin Powell, PhD, concluded that high consumption of animal based foods correlates to higher death rates from “Western” diseases (coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer).  The study also concluded that these diseases can also be reversed by eating a plant-based diet.  If you want to see some real life proof of this, join some plant-based/vegan Facebook groups, one of our favourites is the Forks Over Knives Official Plant-Based. Most people report an improvement in their chronic health conditions and for many that means being able to stop taking their prescription medications.

2.  Factory farming is an unarguably cruel industry, plain and simple.  Animals are forcibly impregnated, stolen away from their mothers at birth, kept in tiny quarters full of animal waste, fed genetically modified pesticide ridden food, regularly dosed with medications/antibiotics to help resist the chronic infections that occur from living in such poor conditions and then finally slaughtered.  All of this plus regular abuse many of these animals suffer at the hands of disrespectful factory farm workers, which is widely under-reported thanks to Ag-Gag.   

3.  It’s better for the environment.  Do you know how much of our land and water are being used to raise animals for human consumption?  Approximately 30% of the earth’s land mass is being used to raise animals for food or grow food to feed the animals we will use for food. In the US, 80% of ALL agricultural land is used for this purpose!   As for water, nearly half of all water used in the United States is used for the sole purpose of raising animals for food.  Then once all of these animals are fed and watered, they produce 130 times the amount of waste as the entire human population, waste which ends up in our waterways, causing more pollution than all other industrial sources combined.  And we haven’t even discussed the effects of all the toxic gases that are created from the plethora animal excrement!  Most of us still believe the fallacy that transportation exhaust is causing most of the greenhouse gas emissions.  Nope.  Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gases, which is more than all cars, trucks, planes and ships combined.  Oh, and let’s not forget to mention that clearing land for cattle is a major contributor to world deforestation.

Sources
http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a0701e/a0701e00.HTM)
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/31/avoiding-meat-and-dairy-is-single-biggest-way-to-reduce-your-impact-on-earth
https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/facts-on-animal-farming-and-the-environment/

There are loads of documentaries that discuss these themes in more detail, some of our favourites include:

Cowspiracy (2014)

Earthlings  (2005)

What The Health (2017)

Forks Over Knives  (2011)

Food Inc.  (2008) 

We could write an entire essay on this but we’ll try to keep it short!  Here are our top 3 reasons for eating a plant-based diet.

1. Personal health.  The most comprehensive longitudinal nutritional study, summarized in the book The China Study by T Colin Powell, PhD, concluded that high consumption of animal based foods correlates to higher death rates from “Western” diseases (coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer).  The study also concluded that these diseases can also be reversed by eating a plant-based diet.  If you want to see some real life proof of this, join some plant-based/vegan Facebook groups, one of our favourites is the Forks Over Knives Official Plant-Based. Most people report an improvement in their chronic health conditions and for many that means being able to stop taking their prescription medications.

2.  Factory farming is an unarguably cruel industry, plain and simple.  Animals are forcibly impregnated, stolen away from their mothers at birth, kept in tiny quarters full of animal waste, fed genetically modified pesticide ridden food, regularly dosed with medications/antibiotics to help resist the chronic infections that occur from living in such poor conditions and then finally slaughtered.  All of this plus regular abuse many of these animals suffer at the hands of disrespectful factory farm workers, which is widely under-reported thanks to Ag-Gag.   

3.  It’s better for the environment.  Do you know how much of our land and water are being used to raise animals for human consumption?  Approximately 30% of the earth’s land mass is being used to raise animals for food or grow food to feed the animals we will use for food. In the US, 80% of ALL agricultural land is used for this purpose!   As for water, nearly half of all water used in the United States is used for the sole purpose of raising animals for food.  Then once all of these animals are fed and watered, they produce 130 times the amount of waste as the entire human population, waste which ends up in our waterways, causing more pollution than all other industrial sources combined.  And we haven’t even discussed the effects of all the toxic gases that are created from the plethora animal excrement!  Most of us still believe the fallacy that transportation exhaust is causing most of the greenhouse gas emissions.  Nope.  Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gases, which is more than all cars, trucks, planes and ships combined.  Oh, and let’s not forget to mention that clearing land for cattle is a major contributor to world deforestation.

Sources
http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a0701e/a0701e00.HTM)
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/31/avoiding-meat-and-dairy-is-single-biggest-way-to-reduce-your-impact-on-earth
https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/facts-on-animal-farming-and-the-environment/

There are loads of documentaries that discuss these themes in more detail, some of our favourites include:

Cowspiracy (2014)

Earthlings  (2005)

What The Health (2017)

Forks Over Knives  (2011)

Food Inc.  (2008) 

Firstly, almost all disease stems from and overload of toxins in the body.  Therefore choosing foods with less toxins will help reduce your body’s overall chemical load and help you stay healthier. 
 
Secondly, organic food contains the most nutrients.  When crops are sprayed with chemicals to kill weeds and insects, this decreases the quality of the soil and in turn, the nutrient quality of the plant.
 
Thirdly, organic farms are better for the earth.  About 5 billion pounds of pesticide are sprayed each year world-wide.  These chemicals accumulate in the air, earth and soil creating a toxic environment for all living things.
 
All of that and it tastes better too!  If you don’t believe us, try it out yourself.  Taste test a conventional carrot (grown in pesticide and herbicide treated soil) versus an organic carrot (grown in organic matter rich soil) and you’ll see what we mean 🙂 

Fair trade is a certification which means that farmers and producers have been treated ethically.
 
Often in underdeveloped countries, workers are forced to work long hours for minimal pay in less than ideal conditions.  Furthermore, farmers are then underpaid for the product because they aren’t in a good position to barter for the best prices.  When you purchase a Fair Trade product, you know that the product was made and sold ethically and without exploitation.  You can identify whether a product is Fair Trade certified by the presence of the logo on the packaging. 
 
Coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar and chocolate are some of the most ethically challenged industries.

Shipping FAQ Section

‘Available Locally’ means items available for local delivery within Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Waterdown, and Carlisle, Ontario.

‘Available Canada-wide’ means items in the Shop which are available for Overnight Courier Shipping! Canada-side is the area outside of the above Local area.

For local delivery within Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Waterdown, and Carlisle, orders are placed by Monday at 11 am; your order will arrive on the indicated Wednesday as chosen in the checkout process and documented in your order confirmation email, between 3:30 and 6:30 pm.

For pick-ups at our Burlington Ontario location, orders are placed by Monday at 11 am. Your order will be ready for pick-up between the hours of 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm on the indicated Wednesday as chosen in the checkout process and recorded in your order confirmation email. Upon placing a pick-up order, we will email you the pick-up address.

For UPS or Purolator Overnight shipping, orders are placed by Monday at 11 am for Wednesday Delivery or Monday at Noon for Thursday delivery. Please make sure you check your tracking information once you receive it via email to know better when you can expect your package; you may like to sign up for notifications from the link sent from Netparcel (our shipping integrator).

We only use overnight delivery methods to ensure you receive your order fresh! We will indicate to the courier that you want your order left safely at your delivery address to eliminate contact and trips to the post office.

Our couriers (UPS & Purolator) provide shipping updates in real-time. You’ll receive a shipping email to the email address you entered in your order titled, ‘Your Uprising Bakehouse order will ship soon.’ If you’d like to track this ‘bundle of yummy’ closer, click on the ‘Track Package’ button, where you may choose to subscribe for SMS notifications or ‘Email notifications’.

If you’re located outside the local delivery area and have placed an item not intended to ship, we have forced the cart to pick-up only.

You may remove any non-shippable products from the cart (indicated with the words, ‘Locally Available’.  We will ship out the remaining items overnight Canada-wide, or feel free to contact us, and we’ll see what we make another arrangement.

Uprising Bakehouse is not responsible for a delayed shipment if the address is deemed incomplete by one of our couriers.  Depending on the carrier, the package will be held or immediately shipped back to us, which will lead to additional costs and delays.  Please make sure to include the unit number and a buzzer code/access code if it is needed to gain access to the building.