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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tried Go Raw?

There are a number of things I love about Go Raw.  I have been enjoying their flax snacks for a year now, mostly because they are so satisfying for virtually no sugar!  My personal favorite is the Spicy Flax Snacks, and I really think they're quite mild.  The kids prefer the pizza flax snacks.  One of the best things about their products is that they ensure their preparation is done in such a way that their products are not compromised nutritionally.  This is rare in the food industry, and I would like to explain a few of the methods in more detail.

All Live (Dried Under 105 F) • All Seeds Sprouted  Seeds and nuts remain dormant until they begin the sprouting and growing process. When soaked and/or sprouted in water, it begins the germination process, in which the active and readily available amounts of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids begins to be activated and multiplies. Sprouting is the term used when seeds are germinated to produce a small green or white sprout. Research from major organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society and Johns Hopkins University reinforce the benefits of sprouts, with ongoing studies showing that the nutrients in sprouts are more concentrated when compared to the seed or full grown vegetable or grain.

Gluten Free • Wheat Free • Nut Free
This is so important as the vitamins and minerals in these snacks are great for people who have nut allergies and can't eat nuts. 

No GMOs • No Trans Fat • No Cholesterol  • All Family Owned

My Favorites.......!  High in Fiber • 5 g Protein • 300 mg Omega-3 • 200 mg Omega-6

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. We need them for our bodies to work normally. Because essential fatty acids (ALA,DHA,EPA) are not made in the body or are inefficiently converted from ALA to EPA and DHA, we need to get them from our diet. The Omega-3’s include Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These act to reduce inflammation, lower the risk of blood clots, promote growth and development in infants, and support brain functions.

Another essential fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid (ALA – found in high doses in flaxseeds) can be converted to EPA and DHA once ingested. These ‘essential’ fatty acids play a vital role in maintaining the integrity and fluidity of the membranes that surrounds human cells, protecting them from free radical damage (cell attacking molecules which are believed to be one of the main causes of cellular damage and the aging process).

Researchers at the University of Pittsburg have found that people who consume high amounts of long-chain omega-3s, have more grey matter in the parts of the brain associated with mood. Previously it has been shown that people with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood, are more positive and less likely to be depressed.

What conditions or symptoms indicate a need for more high-omega-3 foods?
Depression Cardiovascular Disease Type 2 Diabetes
Joint pain Inability to concentrate
Fatigue Dry, itchy skin Brittle hair and nails

Note that the sugar grams in the organic snack bars are both under 5 grams for the Spirulina and Pumpkin Seed bars, the banana and live granola have 12, the apricot is the most at 24 grams.  

Now what exactly is Spirulina?
This tiny aquatic plant has been eaten by humans since prehistoric times and is grown worldwide. Imagine a vegetable with more protein than soy, more Vitamin A than carrots, more iron than beef (on a gram per gram basis); a profound source of protective phytochemicals, naturally low in fat, source of the essential fatty acid GLA and is easy to digest. Spirulina promotes health in many ways. It powerfully protects from oxidant stress and strongly supports the immune system and a healthy inflammatory response.
Go Raw offers tasty snacks that will stick with you. When eating foods that benefit our bodies we aren't as likely to grab the treats that will pack on pounds and leave us with a guilty aftertaste. I know for myself, my mental attentiveness really diminishes if I neglect consuming Omega-3s in some capacity during the day. Don't let the price keep you from adding these items to your grocery list, ultimately you'll enjoy the food more and avoid many health risks from not getting nutrients your body needs.  Another tip is to buy online - as has 20% off store prices (Spicy Flax Snacks for $4.23 for example).

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