So …….what exactly goes into THE MIX?
Chickpeas are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fibre. The high fibre content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycaemia. Chickpeas are low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Protein and Copper, and a very good source of Folate and Manganese, phosphorus, iron and zinc.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol. Sunflower seeds are a unique food, rich in many types of essential, and sometimes hard to get, nutrients. Sunflower seeds make the top 10 list for foods rich in Vitamin E, copper, B Vitamins like thiamine, phosphorus, selenium, and more. They provide a healthy source of essential fatty acids. The specific fatty acids are in the form of linoleic acid. Sunflower seeds are also an excellent source of fibre, amino acids (especially tryptophan) which make up the building blocks of proteins, B Vitamins, phytosterols and more. They are also rich in Vit E, B1, B6, B3 Folate , Selenium, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus.
Sesame seeds are a very good source of manganese and copper, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fibre. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibres called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans. Sesame is rich in linoleic and oleic acids, the majority of which are gamma-tocopherol and other isomers of vitamin. Sesame proteins (amino acids) include lysine, tryptophan and methionine. Studies investigating phytonutrients (specifically fatty acids and antioxidants found in Sesame seeds), have shown that sesame seeds and sesame oil have phytoestrogen activity and powerful cholesterol-lowering effects.
Linseeds aka Flax seeds are a rich source of energy and contain many health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. The seeds are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and an excellent source of all important omega-3 essential fatty acids like linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and arachidonic acids. Regular intake of small portions of flax seeds in the diet help to lower total cholesterol as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood. Linseeds have been consumed as a food for around 6,000 years and may have very well been the worlds first cultivated super food! They improve digestion, give you clear skin, lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, balance hormones, fight cancer and promote weight loss.
Rolled Oats, via their high fibre content, are already known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream. Now, the latest research suggests they may have another cardio-protective mechanism. Antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests a study conducted at Tufts University and published in The Journal of Nutrition. Oats are one of the most popular whole grains worldwide, and for good reason: They’re a good source of fibre, trace minerals and even plant-based protein. Like all whole grains, oats also contain some healthy fatty acids since they retain their entire germ, endosperm and bran, which is where not only nutrients are stored, but also small amounts of essential fats. Oats are rich in manganese, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium thiamine, iron, zinc , copper, pantothenic acid/vitamin B5.
Pea flour may help prevent and manage type 2 diabetes by replacing whole wheat flour as an ingredient in creating low glycemic index foods. A new study suggests that pea flour may be an inexpensive substitute for wheat flour to create healthier, low glycemic index versions of typically high glycemic index foods, such as cookies, breads, and pasta. The glycemic index (GI) of a food refers to the spike in blood sugar (glucose) levels produced after eating it. High glycemic index foods produce a more rapid spike in blood sugar levels, which can be dangerous for people with type 2 diabetes who need to keep their blood sugar levels under control to prevent complications. Pea flour has a high proportion of fibre, is gluten free and high protein alternative to wheat flour. See chickpeas above for nutritional info.
A sprig of parsley can provide much more than decoration on your plate. Parsley contains two types of unusual components that provide unique health benefits. The first type is volatile oil components-including myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. The second type is flavonoids-including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin. Parsley’s volatile oils-particularly myristicin-have been shown to inhibit tumor formation in animal studies, and particularly, tumor formation in the lungs.
So there you have it …… all of these ingredients add up to an awesome powerhouse of nutrition and taste, Eat to Live’s Vegetarian mix is well loved by Vegans and Vegetarians alike. (Most meat eaters enjoy it too!)