Choosing the right bar for your diet and lifestyle can be confusing. Below are some of the basic terms and nutritional principles about fat and cholesterol that we use when creating NuGo bars. Our bars do not contain hydrogenated fats, trans fatty acids, or cholesterol.
What Do I Need To Know About Fat?
A healthy body does needs some amount of fat. Fat is required to maintain cardiovascular health, provide extended endurance, maintain healthy skin, and improve hormone balance. Understanding which fats and how much to consume can cause confusion. To help you make healthier choices for yourself and your family, NuGo offers a brief explanation of commonly used terms.
In one NuGo bar, there is less than 3g of total fat. NuGo bars contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. Bars contain just 1.5g of saturated fat. NuGo bars do NOT contain hydrogenated fats or trans fatty acids.
Monounsaturated fat is currently considered to be a healthier type of fat. It tends to lower blood cholesterol and may assist in reducing heart disease. Both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats provides essential fatty acids for health skin and development of body cells. Olive oil, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and avocados are some examples of foods containing monounsaturated fats.
These fats are usually in a liquid form at room temperature. Polyunsaturated fats are found in fish, fish oils and vegetables oils such as soybean oil, corn oil, and sunflower oil. Polyunsaturated fats have more health benefits than saturated, hydrogenated or trans fats. These fats have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol levels and total blood cholesterol.
This fat is usually solid or almost solid at room temperature. Animal fats, poultry and dairy products are saturated. Some vegetable oils can be saturated. Saturated fat is the one of the most important factors for determining blood cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that consuming products high in saturated fat can raise LDL (bad) cholesterol. High levels of LDL are linked to heart disease, arteriosclerosis, cancer and diabetes.
In the hydrogenation process, hydrogen is added to unsaturated fat to give it more density. This process turns liquid oil into a solid fat or solid vegetable shortening. This process, however, takes away the healthy benefits of the unsaturated fat.
Trans Fatty Acids:
These fats are a by-product of the hydrogenation process where hydrogen is added to make the fat more saturated. Trans fats are created when oils are partially hydrogenated. Although this process increases a product’s shelf life, trans fats can elevate blood cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease.
What About Cholesterol?
NuGo bars do not contain cholesterol. We use ingredients intended to lower LDL cholesterol.
Cholesterol is part of every healthy body. It’s a waxy like substance found in the bloodstream and is necessary for good cell production. Some cholesterol is made in the body and the rest comes from the cholesterol found in foods you eat, i.e. meat, fish, eggs, butter and cheese.
Cholesterol is carried to and from the cells by carriers called lipoproteins. Basically there are two kinds: low-density lipoproteins (LDL or bad cholesterol). Too much LDL can clog your arteries; and high-density lipoproteins (HDL or good cholesterol) carry cholesterol away from the heart. Studies indicate that high levels of HDL reduce your risk of heart attack.
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