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Start managing your eating habits the smart way. At Baagan, we make sure that every dish we serve is not only appetizing but also good for your health. Feel free to read some of the nutritional values of our products below. For further details, call us in San Ramon, California or send an inquiry via email.

The Types of Sugar We Use

Fresh Vegetables

  • Coconut Palm Sugar

  • Agave Nectar

  • Stevia

These ingredients come from indigenous cultures that have contributed many curative food and herbs. Compared to other high-fructose sweeteners, agave and coconut palm sugar break down slowly during digestion to release glucose gradually into your bloodstream. As a result, you can prevent sugar spike that might cause diabetes.


They also have low glycemic index: palm sugar is 35, agave nectar is 27, and stevia is zero. On the other hand, most food contains more than that – honey has 55 to 60, sugar or pure glucose has 100, and high-fructose corn syrup has 62.


In addition, the ingredients we use have lower sugar than most fruits. These include grape (47), orange (42), and papaya (59).


Agave and palm sugar are definitely healthy and good for the planet. They’re perfect for health-conscious and environmentally responsible individuals compared to other highly processed sweeteners in the market today.

Coconut Palm Sugar

Local populations can easily turn the nectar into coconut blossom sugar. It is a way to solve the world's poverty. It is also an antidote against misery.

- Gandhi, 1939

Coconut palm sugar or Cocos nucifera is a staple of the Southeast Asian culinarty heritage and herbal medicine. It became a well-known sweetener around the world due to its healthy and nutritional benefits. This type of sugar is rich in calcium, protein, potassium, vitamin B, minerals, phosphorus, and magnesium.


Upon growing, coconut trees yield 50% to 75% more sugar per acre than sugar cane. They use at least one fifth of the soil nutrients and water. In addition, the “tree of life” produces its own nectar, fruit, and meat, making it a sustainable crop.


Coconut palm sugar has been recognized as the world’s most sustainable sweetener by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization. It was also featured and recommended by the health expert, Dr. Oz.

Agave Nectar

In traditional Mexican medicine, agave nectar is an effective antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory medication. It also helps in lowering blood pressure.


This type of sweetener came from the agave tequilana, or most commonly known as the “blue agave” plant. It’s a plant that mostly grows in the lands of Mexico.


Just like coconut, agave is rich in iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, as well as vitamins C, D, and E. It is also sweeter than sugar cane.

To learn more details about the agave-making process, kindly visit Gnosis Chocolate.

Stevia Sugar

Stevia sweetener has been used in South America for more than 1,500 years. Most people treat it as an alternative to sugar which they use for their teas and medicines. Since 2008, its growth rate had increased to 28%.


Despite having no calories, carbohydrates, and zero glycemic index rate, stevia is packed with various nutrients. These are magnesium, manganese, selenium, zinc, chromium, and niacin. With these nutrients, stevia can help regulate your blood sugar and blood pressure more effectively.


Stevia’s leaves are also 30-45 times sweeter than ordinary table sugar. Although it’s low in glucose, you must use it in moderation as it may leave a bitter taste in your food. Stevia comes in a powder or concentrated liquid consistency.

What and Why Organic?

What Exactly Is Organic Food? And Why Are Organic Products Better?

In organic farming, farmers allow their plants to grow in a healthy environment as they were intended. There will be no use of any synthetic or harmful fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. As a result, all the vegetables and plants that will be harvested are the organic food.


In the US, conventional farmers spray approximately two billion pounds of pesticides per year. Thus, those chemically formulated fertilizers and pesticides will end up in our food supply.


Here at Baagan, we believe that every  vegetable can be as good and healthy if they were grown in an organic way. That is why we strive to provide GMO- and oil-free products and dishes. We want you to be as healthy as the food you eat.


In addition, anything that is toxic to the body can affect your liver since it’s responsible for your food digestion. Pesticide residues can build up around your intestinal wall and may cause a clog, inhabiting food absorption and digestion.

Value of Going Organic

Most people ask if organic food is worth the money. However, the question that is more important to answer is “Is my health worth the money?”


Organic food can be expensive but for good reasons. Firstly, organic farmers have higher production cost and lower yields. This is because they don’t use any pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides.


Secondly, organic farming is more time-consuming and labor-intensive. Some crops were usually weeded only by hand. Lastly, organic farmers don’t receive proper agricultural subsidies and other perks.


Nevertheless, you must consider the long-term benefit of eating organic food: the lesser chemicals and toxins we take, the healthier we become. Changing your eating habits can improve your overall well-being, help you lose weight, and prevent you from any illness.


In addition, when you avoid buying packed and frozen goods, you can save money on your grocery bill. Organic food is also more delicious than conventionally farmed ones.


Summing it up, the value of organic food is an investment in your health.

Buying Organic Foods "Selectively"

Below is the list of vegetables and fruits that have the highest level of pesticide residue.

Fruits

  • Apple
  • Strawberry

  • Peach
  • Nectarine

  • Grape (Imported)
  • Blueberry (Domestic)

Vegetables

  • Celery
  • Spinach

  • Sweet Bell Pepper
  • Potato

  • Lettuce
  • Kale or Collard Greens

*Please note that this information is from EWG.org's 2011 Shopper's Guide.

The Clean 15

Below is a list of vegetables and fruits that tend to have a lower pesticide level. They can also be purchased conventional if necessary.

Fruits

  • Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • Mango

  • Cantaloupe (Domestic)
  • Kiwi

  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit

Vegetables

  • Onion
  • Sweet Corn
  • Asparagus

  • Sweet Pea
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage

  • Sweet Potato
  • Mushroom

*Please note that this information is from EWG.org's 2011 Shopper's Guide.

At Bagaan, we value your health. This is why we always see to it that the ingredients we use for our meals and products are all natural and organic.

What Is ORAC Plus ORAC Values?

What Does ORAC Mean?

ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This procedure has been used in measuring the oxygen radical or total antioxidant capacity of most food. After a test, the experts will analyze if the sample fruit or vegetable is vulnerable to oxidation.


If the food can absorb more oxygen radicals, it will have a higher ORAC score. That means the food you will eat is healthy for your body.

What Is Oxidation?

Oxidation is a natural phenomenon that happens in our body and in the environment. An example of oxidation is rusting. When metal rusts, red oxide will form due to the chemical reaction of iron and oxygen when exposed to water or air moisture. As a result, the metal will become weak and flaky.


This is also what happens to us. If there is a formation of chemicals or oxygen radicals in our body, it may cause damage to our macromolecules or cells. This can lead to various medical conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Stop Oxidation From Damaging My Body?

Yes. The best way to stop oxidation is by choosing the right food to eat. In addition, you can prevent it by taking fewer meals or drinks that are high in antioxidants.

At our restaurant, we use ingredients that have high ORAC values. These include:

  • Cumin Seed – 503 (1g)
  • Ginger, Ground - 390 (1g)
  • Cloves, Ground - 2902 (1g)
  • Cinnamon, Ground - 1314 (1g)
  • Turmeric, Ground - 1270 (1g)
  • Black Pepper - 340 (1g)
  • Mustard Seed, Yellow - 292 (1g)

  • Raw Cacao Powder - 28,000 (100g)
  • Golden Raisins - 10,450 (100g)
  • Goji Berries - 3290 (100g)
  • Kale – 1, 770 (100g)
  • Blueberries – 2, 400 (100g)
  • Beans, Red Kidney – 8, 606 (100g)

  • Beans, Black – 8, 494 (100g)
  • Lentils – 7, 282 (100g)
  • Cilantro, Raw – 5, 141 (100g)
  • Pomegranate, Raw – 4, 479 (100g)
  • Almonds, Raw – 4, 454 (100g)
  • Medjool Dates – 2, 387 (100g)