If you’re new to superfoods and holistic, plant-based nutrition, we understand that you may have questions. At Soaring Free Superfoods, we’re all about sharing our passion for nutrition and health, so questions are always welcome! Here are answers to some of the ones we receive most often, or feel free to contact us with your own queries.
Can children eat superfoods?
Yes, children can safely enjoy superfoods. We recommend you start with small amounts to see what works for your child and then build up from there.
What is the difference between yellow maca and black maca?
The different types of maca are distinguished by the colour of the root skin (the actual flesh is very similar in colour). Black maca is slightly smoother in taste and offers additional benefits including improved memory, concentration, and focus, as well as increased fertility in men. Yellow maca is particularly recommended for women as it improves thyroid function, which is a concern that more women have.
Is it true that raw cacao can be toxic for you?
As a natural, preservative-free product, cacao can be prone to bacterial and fungal contamination. We only know of two suppliers of micro-clean, truly raw cacao. For credible science on cacao please visit this website
Do your chocolate bars contain cadmium or lead?
Our raw cacao is tested and shown to have only tiny amounts of these elements – well within the acceptable limits specified by the FDA.
There are other superfood products on the market, so what makes yours special?
We go to great lengths to make sure that we only use ingredients that we’d be happy to eat too. We have met with the farmers, scrutinised the certifications and worked out the transportation so that the natural levels of nutrients are still intact when each of our products reaches you. Our strict independent testing ensures that what’s on your plate or in your hand is exactly what grew in the field and is described on the box.
Our packaging is also 100% compostable and biodegradable so that you can rest assured that your footprint on the Earth is minimised when you choose our brand.
How do I correctly recycle and compost your new packaging?
Our boxes are fully recyclable and compostable, including the ink (which is vegetable-based). The inner sleeve is not recyclable but is totally biodegradable and even earthworm-friendly.
How does cacao butter affect cholesterol levels?
Cacao butter contains 24 -37% of stearic acid, a healthier saturated fat that is associated with lowered LDL cholesterol levels. The rest of the percentage is also healthy, beneficial fats.
Are superfoods safe to consume during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Generally, the answer is yes, with a few points to be aware of.
Cacao is stimulating and if you are not used to consuming raw cacao, or other stimulating drinks like black or green tea, yerba mate and coffee, then you may want to start with a very small amount.
Greens are detoxifying and if you are not accustomed to eating greens you could have a strong detox reaction if you start off with too much. We recommend you rather start slowly with small amounts of any of our green superfoods - Lean Superfood Protein Shake, Spirulina, Chlorella, Moringa, Wheatgrass and Barleygrass. Half to one teaspoon is a good start with just one of them, and then you can build up slowly from there. Greens provide a fantastic array of nutritional elements which is highly beneficial for mother and child.
Maca (yellow and black) adjust the hormones. In some of the trimesters during pregnancy, you need your hormone levels to be higher in some aspects, so maca is not recommended. Consult with your health practitioner if you are not sure, and if you don't like the smell of maca then rather leave it out and do the 'smell test' again in a few months.
Kratom we don't recommend for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. It has, however, been safely used by mothers who are breastfeeding and have given us this feedback. If you are not well acquainted with it from before your pregnancy then rather leave it out.
Mucuna we don't recommend for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
Superfoods are highly nutritious and are a great nutritional support during a time when you and your child need it the most.
Is your spirulina tested for bacteria and toxins?
Our Spirulina is cultivated in fresh-water chambers with strict controls and testing to ensure quality.
We only provide Spirulina which is certified organic to EU standard,i.e. pesticide free, non-GMO and non-irradiated. We also receive a certificate of analysis with each batch, specifically testing for heavy metals and microbial analysis. The product is completely free from algal toxins like microcystins and meets all stringent requirements of pheophorbides levels and microbiological levels.
We hope that we’ve piqued your curiosity about superfoods and their beneficial nutritional and health effects. We’re still asking questions ourselves – it’s how we learn more, and lets us share our knowledge with more and more people. If you have any comments or queries, we’d love to hear from you.