Tips For Living Gluten Free And Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women.1  The disease is usually accompanied by atherosclerosis, or the build-up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other materials (called plaque) in the arteries that bring blood and oxygen to your heart.2  As the build-up compounds, the heart is forced to work harder.

Ninety percent of people diagnosed with heart disease have at least one of these risk factors: 1

  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Poor Diet
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Alcohol Use

Though these stats are not too pleasant to ponder, there is some good news: many heart disease risk factors can be avoided by making healthy lifestyle choices. One of the major weapons to warding off heart disease is a healthy diet.3

USDA MyPlateIntroducing the Balanced Plate…..

The UDSA recently revamped the former food pyramid with a fresh, relatable icon – the dinner plate.  The symbolization of the plate stresses the importance of portion sizes within food groups and for an entire meal.

Grains should make up one quarter of our ‘plates’ at any particular meal.  The USDA recommends that at least half the grains we consume daily are whole grains.4  The dietary fiber found in whole grains can lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the incidences of heart disease.5  In addition, fiber has the added benefit of making us feel full on fewer calories, which helps with weight management, thereby helping to elude one of the risk factors associated with heart disease.

For those who eat a gluten free diet, it is important to make strategic grain choices to ensure adequate consumption of whole grains and fiber for a balanced, heart-healthy diet.

Gluten free whole grain options include:7

  • Brown Rice
  • Wild Rice
  • Millet
  • Corn
  • Oatmeal (certified GF)
  • Teff
  • Quinoa
  • Sorghum

Research has found that few gluten free products are enriched  with micro-nutrients or heart-healthy fiber. Often, those newly diagnosed Celiac Disease have micro-nutrient and fiber deficiencies.6

Introducing Udi’s Millet-Chia Bread, Blueberry Oat Muffin Tops,  and Omega, Flax & Fiber Bread…..

Udi’s product offerings include a variety of meal and snack options that are packed with heart healthy fiber, whole grains, omega 3/6/9 fatty acids, and essential vitamins and minerals.  Take a look at three of Udi’s newer additions, the Millet-Chia Bread, Blueberry Oat Muffin Tops, and Omega, Flax & Fiber Bread below:

Udi's Gluten Free Products

Here’s an added bonus; not only are these products nutritious, they taste great too!  We are happy to continue to provide great tasting, gluten free, and nutritious products that can fit into your heart healthy diet.  Check them out and let us know what you think!

1http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_heart_disease.htm
2
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/atherosclerosis/
3
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002436.htm
4
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/print-materials-ordering/selected-messages.html
5
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/Whole-Grains-and-Fiber_UCM_303249_Article.jsp
6
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15825119
7
http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/node/27/print

 

5 Responses to “Tips For Living Gluten Free And Heart Healthy”

  1. Michelle says:

    I am new to a gluten free diet… in fact starting tomorrow i will be grocery shopping for gluten free product.
    My purpose is to loose weight and eat better to feel better…
    I have zero knowledge embarking on this mission and wondered if there was any menu or dishes you could recommend…
    and i am assuming Udi products are in Canada too?
    okay wish me luck!

  2. jane redford says:

    are there any other choices for grains along with these? I use a lot of grains.

  3. Carole says:

    I’m happy to see your newest bread choices. Please consider making a grainy organic variety.

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