By Kimberly Mueller, MS, RD, CSSD
WHY GRASS FED?
Compared to grain-fed cows, grass-fed cows produce whey that is nutritionally superior to grain fed, containing 2-6x more health-beneficial omega-3 fatty acids as well as being richer in key antioxidants like vitamins A and E. Grass-fed cows also contain more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which research suggests may help facilitate favorable body composition changes.
Studies have demonstrated that higher protein diets may spare lean body mass during weight loss and help to maintain favorable body composition changes over the long haul. The complete amino acid profile and fast digestive and absorptive properties make dairy proteins, like whey, particularly advantageous. FITtrition is proud to offer a whey protein derived from grass-fed cows.
Prebiotics are plant-based fibers that that help feed the healthy bacteria, aka “probiotics”, within our intestines, which, in turn, enhances the health of our gut as well as provides a boost to immune functionality and overall wellbeing.
Consumption of at least ¼ ounce tree nuts, including cashews who are particularly rich in protein, iron, magnesium, vitamin K and zinc, has been associated with a lower body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, systolic blood pressure, insulin resistance, and higher high density (highly desirable) lipoprotein cholesterol compared to non-consumers.
Simply chocolate in its purest form before anything is added, cacoa is a great source of disease-hindering antioxidants and plant-based nutrients called polyphenols AND kick in 9 grams of satiating fiber per ounce making them a smart way to support body composition goals and overall health.
Derived from the cocoa bean, cocoa butter contains a cocktail of nutrients are beneficial to health including compounds known as polyphenols that may protect against cancer and heart disease as well as ease the pain associated with inflammatory-based conditions like arthritis. Cocoa butter is also a good source of the monounsaturated fat , oleic acid, which has been shown to be cardio-protective.
Produced from plant oils such as soy, palm or coconut oil, vegetable glycerin is a carbohydrate compound that offers strong humectant properties, meaning it is able to retain water/moisture, and offers a sweet taste making it a popular additive in wide range of food products.
Obtained naturally from the evaporation of sea water, sea salt provides trace levels of minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium which are stripped in the processing of table salt.
Derived from the leaves of a stevia plant, stevia offers nearly 300x the sweetness as table sugar without the calories making it a viable option for those looking to control weight or better manage blood sugars. Unlike sugar, stevia also provides a cocktail of vitamins (A, B, C), minerals (iron, zinc, calcium) that are important to overall health.