Kardea Nutrition Natural Nutrition Bar Banana Nut - 1.4 oz. (40g)
Kardea Nutrition Natural Nutrition Bar Banana Nut provide naturally delicious nutrition to support heart health. With fiber and protein to help you control hunger, manage your weight, and reduce the glycemic load, and added plant sterols to reduce cholesterol, these bars taste delicious while packing a nutrition punch.
Evoking the warmth of home baked banana bread, these bars have a wonderful smooth and chewy texture with crunch from the oats and nuts, and a lasting finish. The contrasting textures and flavors are unusual, delicious and sophisticated.
- 7g of fiber, 7g of protein
- No transfats, no cholesterol, very low saturated fat
- Low sodium
- Lower sugar than most natural nutrition bars
- Kosher-certified and vegan
Heart Healthy for Cholesterol Management
- FDA-approved ingredients for cholesterol management
- 1g of plant sterols
- Oats, psyllium, vegan protein
Diverse Paths to a Health Heart
Eating for a healthy heart does not mean following the diet your sister-in-law raves about. Her diet may not help you lose weight or help you get the nutrients you need. For you, it may not be a healthy path. Eating for a healthy heart is an individual journey based on your food preferences, daily routines, and your individual health profile. Everyone has different tastes, risks, and lifestyle preferences. So how do you find your own path to heart healthy eating?
Start by recognizing that the heart healthiest eating styles are plant-based. Next, ask the right questions. Whether you should be following a low-fat or a low carbohydrate or a high protein diet is categorically the wrong question. Following one of these diets rather than focusing on heart healthy nutrition that fits your personal preferences and lifestyle may result in heart harmful eating. Asking about the quickest way to lose weight can be just as counterproductive. So what are the right questions? By uncovering the right questions, you will discover which issues need to be addressed first to most effectively advance your health, today and over time.
- How does food and nutrition help or harm your heart and arteries?
- How can nutrition affect your key risk factors such as inflammation, diabetes and metabolic syndrome and help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels and normal blood pressure?
- What are your risk factors? Do you have a family history of heart disease? Do you already have heart disease? Do you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or are your cholesterol numbers too high?
By answering these questions, you begin your journey -- focusing on changing the eating patterns that are most critical for your unique health risks. It is has taken years to define your preferences and establish cravings for specific foods, so it will take time to reprogram your tastes. With your knowledge of the power of nutrition and an understanding of your personal risks, you can continue this journey. And in time, you will find yourself preferring the better-for-you foods which are rich in heart healthy nutrients.
The Micronutrients: A Framework for a Healthy Heart
Antioxidants help reduce inflammation in our bodies. High inflammation levels increase development of plaque in our blood vessels. The human body naturally produces its own antioxidants, but we can help keep inflammation in check by consuming foods rich in antioxidants as well. Green teas, cocoa, blueberries, pomegranates, red wine, and more unusual fruits like acai, mangostein and goji berries -- as well as traditional spices like cinnamon, clove, turmeric, oregano, and cumin -- are all powerful antioxidants.
Plant sterols (also known as phytosterols), are proven natural cholesterol lowering foods. They lower total cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol levels by as much as 10 to 15 percent. In nature, small quantities of natural plant sterols can be found in a range of foods, particularly vegetable oils. On average, Americans consume about 250mg of plant sterols per day. While vegetarians typically consume in the range of 400-750 mg daily, even they consume levels significantly below the recommendations of the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association: 2-3g (2000-3000mg) of plant sterols daily to lower cholesterol. Kardea Nutrition offers both foods with plant sterols and dietary supplements with plant sterols.
Plants provide two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers absorb and dissolve in water, while insoluble fiber cannot. Certain soluble fibers play a direct role in natural cholesterol reduction by preventing its absorption in the intestines. Not all soluble fibers work to reduce cholesterol. Those found in oats, barley, fruits, beans and psyllium do.
Sodium restriction is only part of the equation for healthy, normal blood pressure. High levels of sodium found in salt can raise blood pressure. For about one third of the population, small increases in salt intake can result in a large increase in blood pressure, but for others, the effect of salt may be sufficient to create heart disease risks that require drugs. Even a small increase in blood pressure can accelerate development of plaque in the arteries.
Increasing potassium levels can dramatically lower salt sensitivity, making you crave less salt. Adequate levels of potassium have been shown to offset the impact of sodium and maintain healthy blood pressure. In the American diet, however, our relative intake of sodium and potassium is seriously out of balance. A diet emphasizing fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts offers more than twice the potassium found in the typical American diet.
Omega-3s are a polyunsaturated fat. Considered essential fatty acids, they occur as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), primarily in flax, soy, canola oil, and walnuts and as eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in fish oils. In terms of cardiovascular health, the most beneficial Omega-3s are EPA and DHA. While not found to lower LDL cholesterol levels per se, they reduce triglycerides and make LDLs less harmful. These Omega-3s also have anti-inflammatory benefits.
Niacin, also known as Vitamin B3, is vital for good health. Niacin helps convert food into energy, build red blood cell counts, and synthesize hormones. Although your body manufactures niacin, you can also obtain it from foods. At substantially higher levels - 1000-3000mg/day - niacin in the form of nicotinic acid can significantly improve cholesterol levels. Nicotinic acid can lower LDL cholesterol by up to 15 percent, raise HDL cholesterol by as much as 35 percent, and lower triglyceride levels by 20-50 percent.
We start our journey toward healthy living with two basic beliefs. Healthy eating is the foundation for long term health and vital living. Enjoying the foods we eat, each and every day, enriches our lives immeasurably. If we must eat foods that we do not enjoy to achieve and preserve good health, maintaining a healthy eating approach will be a daily struggle. At Kardea, they share knowledge to help you understand how to integrate heart healthy nutrition with delicious eating.
What is heart healthy eating? The experts agree that heart healthy eating starts with a minimally processed, natural plant-based foundation -- lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Many diets, including the Mediterranean diet, the DASH diet,and the NCEP diet, build on this foundation, also allowing you room for good oils, lean meats, dairy, fish, eggs, and sweets. More restrictive plant-based diets offer less choice. These diets may well optimize heart health and are used to treat people with serious heart conditions. Variations on these heart healthy diets are endorsed by pioneering MDs and academic researchers including Dean Ornish, T. Collin Campbell, Joel Fuhrman, Caldwell Esselstyn, John McDougall and others. Allowing few, if any, animal-based products, and very limited amounts of fats -- even “good” fats -- these therapeutic plant-based diets permit only whole, unprocessed foods.
An unfortunate truth is that while the benefits of a plant-based diet are increasingly clear, as Americans we are moving further away from this approach to eating. Heart disease and stroke remain the leading causes of death and disability in the United States and only dramatic improvements in medical therapies have averted an epidemic. Diabetes and obesity rates continue to rise, and the costs of treatment continue to escalate unsustainably. At Kardea, they provide a framework to help you identify where on the plant-based continuum -- from the Mediterranean diet to the most therapeutic of the plant-based diets -- you might find your balance between the daily celebration of wonderful foods and the mission to enhance your heart health. Upon this foundation, they offer tools and strategies as well as some foods and supplements to support you on this journey. They want to help you achieve an enjoyable heart healthy lifestyle that is natural, effective, sustainable and leads to enhanced longevity and vitality.
About Kardea Nutrition
At Kardea, which means ‘heart’ in Greek, their goal is to support your continuing education around heart healthy nutrition to help you enjoy heart healthy eating, each and every day. Kardea Nutrition provides natural gourmet foods to support cardiovascular health, within a framework of educational resources to enable a sustainable lifestyle.