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Ingredient Glossary

Walnuts

Products that contain this ingredient: Anytime Sprinkles, Apple Cinnamon Bars, Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal, Cranberry Pecan Bars, Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars, Dark Chocolate Walnut Bars, Peanut Butter Bars, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Mix and Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Rich source of ALA's (plant source of omega 3 fatty acids) and antioxidants both of which help with inflammation ( CRP is inflammation marker and walnut consumption helps to lower CRP levels). The beneficial fat composition of walnuts has been shown to help lower total cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) when eaten every day.  Walnuts are also an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals. These include copper, folic acid, phosphorus, vitamin B6, manganese, and vitamin E.

Almonds

Products that contain this ingredient: Anytime Sprinkles, Apple Cinnamon Bars, Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal, Cranberry Pecan Bars, Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars; Peanut Butter Bars, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Mix and Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Contain healthy fats (mono and polyunsaturated), fiber, antioxidants and plant sterols ie. all 4 building blocks for heart health. Note that it’s the brown skin which contains the antioxidants which is why we use whole raw almonds exclusively. Almonds are nutrient dense (high amounts of Vitamin E, Manganese and Magnesium).  See general notes on nuts as a category below. Our almonds come from California.

Pecans

Products that contain this ingredient: Cranberry Pecan Bars.

Contain a lot of fiber, antioxidants and both polyunsaturated (like those omega 3’s) and monounsaturated fats.  Pecans have been shown to lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar control.

Peanuts

Products that contain this ingredient: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.

Scientists have demonstrated that regularly eating peanuts is associated with about a 20% lower death rate from heart disease over a 5 year period. In fact, the Harvard Health Blog reports that eating peanuts appears to be just as potent for preventing heart disease as eating other nuts.

Flax Seeds

Products that contain this ingredient: Anytime Sprinkles, Apple Cinnamon Bars, Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal, Cranberry Pecan Bars, Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars, Dark Chocolate Walnut, Peanut Butter Bars, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Mix and Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

High in omega 3 fatty acids and fiber; improve blood vessel function and have been shown to significantly reduce blood pressure. Daily consumption of flaxseed has also shown to reduce blood glucose levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Like chia seeds, flaxseeds are rich in alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid that can also act as an antioxidant and reduce lipid oxidation (lipid oxidation is important in atherosclerosis which is the build up of plaque in an artery).

White Chia Seeds

Products that contain this ingredient: Anytime Sprinkles, Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal, Cranberry Pecan Bars, Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars, Dark Chocolate Walnut, Peanut Butter Bars, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Mix and Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

High in omega 3 fatty acids, protein and soluble fiber; chia seeds have been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve blood sugar levels, and help lower cholesterol (including lowering LDL, “bad cholesterol”) when consumed daily.  Daily consumption of chia seeds has also been found to reduce the rate of heart attack and strokes by inhibiting platelet aggregation. Because they avidly absorb and expand with water, chia can help keep you fuller longer.

Oat Bran

Products that contain this ingredient: Anytime Sprinkles, Apple Cinnamon Bars, Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal, Cranberry Pecan Bars, Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars, Dark Chocolate Walnut, Peanut Butter Bars, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Mix and Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Oat bran is the outer layer of the kernel. This contains more soluble fiber than whole oats.  Soluble fiber reduces the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream and therefore reduces cholesterol levels. Also contains more protein and B vitamins than whole oats (note – our oatmeal has high levels of whole oats so there’s also oat bran as part of that – basically equivalent in amount of oat bran found in the other products we make.

Whole Oats

Products that contain this ingredient: Apple Cinnamon Bars, Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal, and Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Contain antioxidants and soluble fiber. Soluble fiber reduces the absorption of cholesterol into blood stream helping reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.

Saskatoon Berries

Products that contain this ingredient: All.

You can think of these as super blueberries. High in antioxidants and fiber; High in nutrients like manganese, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, copper and carotene and Vitamin C. Antioxidants are important for cholesterol management as LDL has to be oxidized to be incorporated into artery walls.  Antioxidants reduce the proportion of LDL which becomes oxidized. The Saskatoon berries in our products are manufactured to our specifications in Manitoba, Canada.

Dried Cranberries (with apple juice concentrate and sunflower oil)

Products that contain this ingredient: Anytime Sprinkles, Apple Cinnamon Bars, Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal, Cranberry Pecan Bars, Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars, Dark Chocolate Walnut Bars, Peanut Butter Bars, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Mix and Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

High antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory properties; Antioxidants are important for cholesterol management as LDL has to be oxidized to be incorporated into artery walls.  Antioxidants reduce the proportion of LDL which becomes oxidized. Sunflower oil is used to coat fruit so it doesn't stick together, a very minimal amount is used. Apple juice concentrate used primarily as a moisture retainer since dried cranberries would otherwise be little hard rocks that would be difficult to chew. Adding apple juice also helps sweeten the otherwise very tart fruits.

Raisins

Products that contain this ingredient: Anytime Sprinkles, Apple Cinnamon Bars, Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal, Cranberry Pecan Bars, Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars, Peanut Butter Bars, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Mix and Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Contain fiber and potassium and antioxidants; can help with lowering blood pressure, improving blood sugar levels, and improving heart health.

Dates

Products that contain this ingredient: Apple Cinnamon Bars, Cranberry Pecan Bars, Dark Chocolate Walnut and Peanut Butter Bars.

Despite being high in sugar dates don't significantly impact blood sugar levels. They contain high amounts of fiber and potassium and can help with inflammation.

Blueberries*

*with apple juice concentrate and sunflower oil.

Products that contain this ingredient: Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal.

Increases insulin sensitivity in people who are obese.  This is important because as weight goes up, tissue sensitivity to insulin goes down leading to higher and higher blood sugar readings eventually culminating in the development of diabetes.

Sunflower oil is used to coat fruit so it doesn't stick together, minimal amount

Apple juice concentrate used primarily as a moisture retainer since dried blueberries would otherwise be little hard rocks that would be difficult to chew.

Apples

Products that contain this ingredient: Apple Cinnamon Bars.

Filled with whole food fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.

Strawberries

Products that contain this ingredient: Strawberry & Banana Smoothie Mix.

Full of antioxidants, strawberries also have anti-inflammatory properties. Other beneficial characteristics include low glycemic index and good source of fiber. High in vitamin C.

Bananas

Products that contain this ingredient: Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Mix and Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Filled with potassium which is important for heart health and blood pressure control; also contain a lot of fiber and can help improve digestion. Pectins and resistant starches found in bananas can help improve blood sugar control after a meal.

Carrot Powder

Products that contain this ingredient: Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Made from dehydrated carrots; excellent source of Vitamin A, contributes to fiber content.

Bittersweet Chocolate*

*Unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin (emulsifier) and vanilla

Products that contain this ingredient: Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Walnut and Peanut Butter Bars

Rich in flavanols, which are antioxidants. Flavanols are responsible for the bitter taste – so the more bitter a chocolate, the better it is for you. Flavanols come from cacao. Over 70% cacao content is ideal in order to reap the health benefits associated with chocolate consumption. Our chocolate is contains 72%. Flavanols in chocolate have been shown to help reduce blood pressure. Soy lecithin is extracted from soy beans but has no estrogenic properties. Lecithins are used in chocolate production to help bind the cocoa solids, sugar and other solid ingredients to the cocoa butter. This allows chocolate to flow when it melts and solidify smoothly when it cools.

Whole Pinto Bean Flour

Products that contain this ingredient: Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Walnut Bars.

High in fiber and antioxidants and can help lower LDL; low glycemic index so they can also help with blood sugar regulation.

Pea Fiber

Products that contain this ingredient: Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Helps improve texture and retain moisture in baked goods. Contains fiber, numerous B vitamins, potassium, magnesium and iron. May have benefits for reducing insulin resistance and improving gut microbiome health.

Vanilla Bean

Products that contain this ingredient: Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Sourced from Madagascar. Real vanilla beans can help lower cholesterol and are rich in antioxidants.

Cinnamon

Products that contain this ingredient: Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal, Apple Cinnamon Bars and Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Cinnamon contains high levels of antioxidants and has been proven to help with LDL cholesterol and blood pressure control. Also shown to help improve blood sugar levels.

Plant Sterols

Products that contain this ingredient: All.

Natural plant components that block dietary and bile cholesterol absorption from the intestinal tract. In patients with high cholesterol, adding plant sterols to the diet can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol by up to 14% without any adverse effects.

Dried Egg Whites

Products that contain this ingredient: Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Necessary for pancake texture; high in protein. Read Dr. Klodas' thoughts on eggs. Note that the major concern regarding eggs is saturated fat and cholesterol content. Saturated fat and cholesterol are only found in egg yolks, so these are not an issue when using egg whites.

Arrowroot Flour

Products that contain this ingredient: Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Used to hold together a gluten free pancake. Contains potassium, iron and B vitamins.

Aluminum-Free Baking Powder

Products that contain this ingredient: Whole Oats Pancake Mix.

Necessary for creating a rise in the dough for  pancakes. This does contain sodium but is the only source of sodium in this product.

General notes on nuts

Nuts are good sources of several micronutrients, as well as healthy fats (mono and poly-unsaturated fatty acids), protein, fiber, and various phytochemicals.

There is strong evidence that nut consumption lowers blood cholesterol and is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

There is some evidence suggesting that nut consumption can improve blood sugar control in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Data indicates that higher nut consumption does not result in greater weight gain; rather, incorporating nuts into the diet may benefit weight control. Therefore substituting nuts for unhealthy snacks is a good strategy to avoid weight gain and improve the nutritional quality of one’s diet.

Discover the four building blocks of heart health.

Fiber

Found in foods like oat bran, flaxseed and dried fruit, fiber binds to cholesterol particles in the intestine and moves them out of the body.

Plant Sterols

Plant sterols - a group of substances made in plants such as nuts and seeds - block cholesterol absorption in the digestive tract.

Antioxidants

Found in foods like dark chocolate, berries and pecans, antioxidants help prevent the build-up of plaque in the blood vessels.

Omega-3

Omega-3s - essential fatty acids present in foods such as chia seeds, walnuts and flaxseed - reduce inflammation and help lower triglycerides while raising HDL (good) cholesterol.

Discover the Power of Food

What you eat is critical to your health - no drug can even compare! And when it comes to heart health, studies have even found food to be more effective than drugs in reducing cardiovascular events in patients with heart disease. About 1.5 times as effective, actually! When you embrace diet as a cornerstone of your cardiovascular prevention and treatment strategy, you can reduce your dependence on medications for cholesterol management and gain power over your own health outcomes.
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