WHOLEGRAIN OATS

For years oats have been viewed as nothing more than a humble grain.  They popped up in a few Egyptian tombs dating back 4000 years, but they weren’t really domesticated and cultivated until around 1000 BC.

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Nutrition-wise, they’re extremely generous!  You get carbohydrate for sustained energy, they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals & phytochemicals and to top it off, they’re an excellent source of fibre.  Not really that humble after all!

Feel the benefits:

  • Lower your cholesterol –  soluble fibre, Beta-Glucan, acts like a sponge in the small intestine, binding cholesterol-rich bile acids so they can’t be reabsorbed and instead move towards your exit.  These beneficial effects have been found with an intake of 3g per day of Beta-Glucan.  Each 200g serving of pucka contains over 50% of the daily Beta-Glucan intake recommended to help lower cholesterol
  • Fuller for longer – low glycaemic index, so they’re great for slow release energy and for weight control
  • Source of selenium – an important part of antioxidant function, as well as the healthy operation of the immune system and thyroid gland
  • Improve bowel regularity and digestive health

A note about Cholesterol:

Cholesterol is a lipid (fat) produced in the liver and found in various foods.  The body needs cholesterol to breakdown fat and to merely function.  The body makes 80%, so consumption needs to be limited.  It is carried in the blood stream and any excess is deposited in arteries as plaque.

Read this article for a quick run down on Gluten.

ACIDOPHILUS YOGHURT

Yoghurt is simply a fermented dairy product made by adding good bacteria cultures to milk.  This process causes the milk’s sugar (lactose) to transform into lactic acid.  How milk was first cultured into yoghurt remains a mystery.

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It is generally agreed that yoghurt was discovered accidentally as a result of milk being stored by primitive methods in warm climates.  Acidophilus yoghurt is nutrient-packed and its digestive health benefits have been well-known for centuries.

Feel the benefits:

  • Gain a natural digestive balance
  • Low-fat
  • Replenish B Vitamins and lactic acid in the gut – bad bacteria do not develop in acidic environments
  • Building & maintaining bones & teeth – rich in calcium
  • Grow, maintain and repair cells – rich in protein

GLYCEMIC INDEX

The Glycemic Index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale that runs from 0 to 100 and is based on the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating.

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High GI foods

  • rapidly digested and absorbed
  • short sharp impact on blood sugar
  • leads to an energy lull

Examples: white bread, white rice, donuts, pretzels, water crackers and fresh mashed potato.

Low GI foods

  • slow digestion and absorption
  • produce gradual rises in blood sugar levels
  • proven health benefits
  • sustained energy – energy at the right levels for a longer period of time
  • weight management – feel fuller for longer, so these foods help to control your appetite

Examples: most fruit & vegetables, wholegrain oats, nuts & raisins, yoghurt and brown rice.

NATIVE NEW ZEALAND BUSH HONEY

Honey is nature’s natural source of carbohydrate, which gives you strength and energy.  The glucose in honey is absorbed rapidly giving an immediate energy boost; while the fructose in honey gives you sustained energy over time.

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Feel the benefits:

  • Fuelling body and mind
  • Prebiotic sugars that only the good bacteria can digest
  • Natural sweetener that has a lower glycemic index than sugar

FRUIT

Well not much needs to be said about fruit!  Fruit contains a range of nutrients and other beneficial substances such as fibre, anti-oxidants, minerals and phytochemicals (fight-o-chemicals) that the body needs to maintain good health and energy.

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Feel the benefits:

  • Hydrate – fruit contains an abundance of pure water
  • Healthier digestive system
  • Nutrients to keep the body going – packed full of vitamins and minerals
  • Weight management – substituting fruits and vegetables for higher-calorie foods can be part of a weight loss strategy
  • High in soluble dietary fibre – wards off cholesterol and fats

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