Ever wonder why Step One Foods are so good for you?
First and foremost, these are foods. But they’re not fortified like so many foods you’ll find on the grocery shelf. These are real foods, made exclusively with food ingredients that have a health promoting effect.
Second, they are scientifically formulated to address cardiovascular disease and to measurably impact that condition – just like you’d expect from medications.
Step One Foods are multifaceted in their effects because chronic disease is multifaceted. For heart disease, it’s not just about achieving a certain cholesterol number. It’s also about reducing inflammation and improving blood vessel function, and actually impacting risk.
That’s why you can’t just add some fiber to something and call it a day. Because if you just add fiber to your diet, you’re still leaving a lot of heart disease unaddressed.
Third, Step One Foods contain exceptionally high levels of essential nutrients that are all derived from whole real food ingredients. Because the data is clear that whole, real foods improve health – supplements and fortifications don’t.
If you have or are trying to prevent heart disease, what’s really impactful is high intakes of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, plant sterols and antioxidants.
- Regularly taking in 10 additional grams of whole food fiber gets you an amazing health benefit, a 24% reduction in death from heart disease.
- Omega 3 fatty acids improve vascular reactivity and help prevent blood from clotting, a really useful thing if you want to prevent heart attacks.
- 2 grams of plant sterols consumed in two separate servings per day can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol by 15%.
- Antioxidants can help make any circulating cholesterol less toxic to the blood vessel lining. Pretty important if you want to avoid building up blockages.
These data are not from small studies or animal experiments. These are consistent findings from voluminous population and dietary intervention studies.
Here’s a bar graph that shows the nutritional heft of our foods.
The bar on the left represents the levels of critical nutrients in two servings of Step One Foods. The bar on the right represents the levels of critical nutrients found in two servings of like products available on grocery shelves.
No wonder you can see measurable health effects in 30 days!