OATS, SEEDS, NUTS & SUCH
ALL THE RIGHT STUFF
Granola is more than just oats. At Shia’s Granola, our granola are filled with healthy nuts and seeds to give you nature’s wholesome goodness. Here are just some of the reasons why seeds and nuts are a must!
- Nuts and seeds are rich in energy and nutrients, and are loaded with excellent source of monounsaturated-fatty acids such as oleic and palmitoleic acids, which help to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol”. They are also rich source of all important omega-3 essential fatty acids that help to lower the risk of blood pressure, coronary artery disease, strokes and breast, colon and prostate cancers.
- Nuts and seeds are the storehouse of health benefiting poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidants found to offer protection against cancers, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and viral/fungal infections.
- Nuts nutrition is complete in the sense that in addition to calories, and vitamins, they are rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, fluoride and selenium.
- They contain very good levels of vitamin-E, which is required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin; protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
- Nuts nutrition provides many vital B-complex groups of vitamins, essential for optimum health and well-being.
Oats are the main ingredients in our granolas. The potential health benefits of oats include reducing the risk of coronary artery disease, lowering levels of cholesterol, and reducing one’s risk of colorectal cancer. It is often advised people with diabetes to eat oats, to help steady glucose levels in the blood.
Rolled oats nutrition contains vitamin E, B1, B2, zinc, selenium, copper, silicon, manganese and phytochemicals. They are very high in calcium, potassium and magnesium, and have one of the highest protein content of all grains. From one bowl, you get calcium for strong bones, vitamin A for a healthy immune system, iron and phosphorous for muscles and oxygen. They give you Low GI carbohydrates for energy and the best reason of all to eat rolled oats, dietary fibre to fill you up for longer so you eat less throughout the day. They are low in saturated fat; contain no sugar, cholesterol or sodium.
It’s an excellent source of vegetable proteins, along with fiber and healthy fats. It’s also a good source of magnesium, zinc, thiamin, folate, potassium, and phosphorus. Wheat germ is also high in vitamin E, an essential nutrient with antioxidant properties. Wheat germ and flaxseed have both been used to maintain heart health in menopausal women. Some research suggests that wheat germ can also help treat menopausal symptoms.
Delicious, nutty, and crunchy sunflower seeds are packed with vitamins, including B1, B5 and Vitamin E. They also provide a healthy dose of magnesium and selenium. Sunflowers seeds are also incredible sources of folic acid which is essential for DNA synthesis. The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sunflower seeds. Many of these minerals play a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme secretion, hormone production, as well as in the regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.
Almonds are one of the complete sources of energy as well as nutrients. A handful of almonds a day provides much of recommended levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein. Besides, almond oil extracted from the nuts has been used in cooking, and medicine.
Crunchy, delicious pumpkin seeds are packed with fibre, vitamins, minerals, and numerous health promoting antioxidants. The kernels are especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids helps lower bad LDL cholesterol and increases good HDL cholesterol in the blood. They are very good source of anti-oxidant vitamin E to prevent tissue cells from free radical and is also rich in Vitamin B-Complex. Furthermore, its seeds contain good amounts of essential minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Consumption of pumpkin seeds help boosts immune and skin health and magnesium helps relax muscles and any nervous tension.
Walnuts are rich source of energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Walnuts have highest levels of popyphenolic antioxidants than any other common edible nuts. Eating as few as six to seven walnuts a day could help scavenge almost all the disease causing free radicals from the human body.
Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. Like other nuts, cashew nuts also contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
Pecan nuts are rich source of energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness. Pecans are an excellent source of vitamin-E, a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals. The nuts are very rich sources of several important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Together, these vitamins work as co-factors for the enzyme metabolism inside the human body. The nuts are also rich source of minerals.
Melon seeds are very high in protein. The protein in melon seeds consists of several amino acids. Some of the health benefits of arginine include regulating blood pressure and treating coronary heart disease. It’s also packed with vitamin B, and other important minerals such as phosphorous, iron, potassium, sodium, copper, manganese and zinc. Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and the metabolism of carbohydrates, which has a beneficial effect on blood sugar as well.
Cinnamon is known as an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial food. Cinnamon has also been studied for its ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi. Its antimicrobial properties are so effective that recent research demonstrates this spice can be used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives. Seasoning a high carb food with cinnamon can help lessen its impact on your blood sugar levels. Cinnamon slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating. It may also significantly help people with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to respond to insulin, thus normalizing their blood sugar levels. This spicy bark is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Iron is required for cellular metabolism as a co-factor and in RBC’s production. It also contains very good amounts of vitamin A, niacin, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine.
The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar.