Sunday, March 12, 2006

Whole Grain Breakfast Products Made Healthier Without The Sugar

Eat Well Be Well
-- their company name says it all!

This Washington Post column about the benefits of eating more whole grains gives me an opportunity to introduce you to a new company dedicated to making a much healthier line of whole grain breakfast products than what is on the market today.

The story notes that more and more people are becoming aware of the healthy benefits of eating more whole grains in their diet. Cereal companies especially are getting on the bandwagon now and are even using the fact that their product contain "healthy whole grains" in their advertising now that the government-recommended Food Pyramid recommends people get more of this stuff in their bodies.

So what's the point about whole grains anyway? For one thing they are better for you than refined grains because they don't give you that sugar rush and the effect on your blood sugar is a much more methodical and slow release of energy over a calculated period of time. And yet people have avoided eating these whole grains because frankly they have historically tasted terrible. That's not a very motivating factor in getting people to increase their whole grain intake!

But with the whole grain craze in full swing now, food companies everywhere are trying to make them taste better in a variety of ways, many of which are decidedly unhealthy for your body. One of the worst things these companies are doing is adding MORE SUGAR to their whole grain breakfast products like cereal, oatmeal, and breakfast bars.

Why are they doing this? Don't they know adding sugar to whole grains is like adding water to gasoline in your car? Eventually, it's gonna cause problems, including weight gain which can lead to other health issues that will offset any supposed benefits to eating whole grains.

It seems like a no-win situation, doesn't it? We need to eat more whole grain products, but they need to be palatable enough without adding extra sugars in them for people to WANT to eat them often enough to make a difference.

AAAAAAAAAACK! Is there any hope for us when it comes to whole grain consumption? If whole grains are a part of a healthy lifestyle, then isn't there just ONE company out there that cares enough about your health to not add all the unnecessary sugars to their products that your body doesn't need?

Yep, there sure is and their healthy, sugar-free product line is called Eat Well Be Well.

Whole grains can be made healthier by removing the sugar from the products and yet keeping the great taste that people want and desire. After personally trying all of the Eat Well Be Well products over the past few weeks, I can honestly say they have succeeded on that front.

The product line from Eat Well Be Well includes delicious whole grain cereals, out-of-this-world instant oatmeal, filling whole grain cereal bars, and for all you chocolate lovers they've got that, too!

One of the unique aspects of the Eat Well Be Well line of products is that they are not sweetened with sugar alcohols which can cause some people to experience gastric distress. Instead, they use better artificial sweeteners such as Ace-K, Splenda, and a soluble fiber called Polydextrose. You will find these ingredients to be a healthier option than both sugar and sugar alcohols.

While limiting your sugar intake is an important aspect of livin' la vida low-carb, it can be life or death for the 20 percent of the population who are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. That's why products like Eat Well Be Well are so sorely needed to help them limit their sugar intake while enjoying great-tasting products as part of their healthy lifestyle.

As much as I enjoyed the Eat Well Be Well product line, let me encourage my low-carb friends who are still losing weight to use these products sparingly because they are not low enough in carbs for you to eat very often and stay within your decreased carb requirements. But these products are an excellent way to reintroduce healthy whole grain carbs back into your body once your weight loss phase has ceased and you are maintaining.

The Eat Well Be Well Instant Oatmeal (which comes in Golden Maple and Cinnamon Swirl) is unbelievably good! In fact, I don't remember those sugary oatmeals I used to eat tasting this incredible! By far, this was my favorite product.

The Whole Grain Cereals are GREAT, too, with wheat flakes, crisp brown rice and almonds to help you get your day started off right. The Whole Grain & Almonds Cereal Crunch tastes like Chex, the Vanilla Almond Cereal Crunch tastes like Sugar Pops, and the Apple Cinnamon Cereal Crunch is exactly like Apple Jacks. Again, there is NO SUGAR in these cereals. WOO HOO!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Eat Well Be Well products at their web site. They even offer this coupon to encourage you to try their outstanding products which may be available at a retailer near you.

If you order something from Eat Well Be Well, tell them you heard about them from the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog. And be sure to come back here and leave your feedback about the products you decide to try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

So the next time you see a television commercial touting the "healthy" benefits of whole grains, remember these products are made healthier without the sugar!


Blogger Newbirth said...

Even "whole grain" isn't that great unless it is 100%. Otherwise they can throw a few whole grain things in, still use tons of white flour, and say, "Now with whole grain," like it's better or something, and it's not.

Look for 100% whole grains. When I buy bread it is only 100% whole wheat. The regular "whole wheat" bread usually has tons on white flour disguised with schnazzy names like "unbleached enriched wheat flour." When you see that, run!

3/12/2006 10:46 PM  
Blogger Lowcarb_dave said...

I'm not sold on the whole grain idea.

Give me vegetables, fruit an dmeat any ol day!

I had scarmbled eggs with mushrooms this morning topped off with a sliced fresh tomatoe!

*drool* You guys can keep the whole grains!

3/12/2006 11:31 PM  
Blogger Newbirth said...

I'd take bread over fruit any day. :) Except for tomatoes and avocados. I don't think of them as fruits and they are low carb enough to be veggies. :)

3/13/2006 10:15 PM  

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