choc o’ nutty oats
dark chocolate chip cookies
made with lots of nuts,
unfiltered honey and
unrefined muscovado sugar
choc o’ nutty oats are indulgent and wholesome treats. They bring the health benefits of dark chocolate, nuts, seeds and oats in every bite.
choc o’ The sweet truth about chocolate is that it is made from plants and contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. Chocolate is a plant-based food rich in flavonoids, naturally-occurring compounds that help protect plants by shielding them from environmental toxins and helping repair damage. Flavanols are a type of flavonoid specifically found in cocoa and chocolate. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries) and has far more antioxidants than milk or white chocolate.
The biggest benefits of dark chocolate are they are delicious and good for your heart.
oats Oats, like other cereal grains, are valued primarily as a source of carbohydrates which provide calories for energy needs.
Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan. Since 1963, study after study has proven the beneficial effects of this special fiber on cholesterol levels. Studies also show that beta-glucan has beneficial effects in diabetes as well. Type 2 diabetes patients given foods high in this type of oat fiber or given oatmeal or oat bran rich foods experienced much lower rises in blood sugar compared to those who were given white rice or bread.
Oats have a higher concentration of well-balanced protein than other cereals. Oats contain phytochemicals (plant chemicals) which have been associated with protection from chronic disease such as cancer. They contain a good balance of essential fatty acids, which have been linked with longevity and general good health. Oats have one of the best amino acid profiles of any grain.
Chocolate comes from cacao beans (or cocoa beans), which grow on the cacao tree and are full of natural plant nutrients. Most of the studies to date highlight dark chocolate because it has the highest percentage of cocoa solids, therefore delivering more flavanol antioxidants.
Flavanol antioxidants like those found in dark chocolate and cocoa have also been linked to some of the hallmarks of good cardiovascular health such as enhanced blood flow, healthy cholesterol levels and, in some cases, reduced blood pressure. Dark chocolate also contains minerals and dietary fiber.
nutty Like fruits and vegetables nuts are so important to overall diet. The heart health benefits of nuts have been recently reaffirmed with new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study found that a diet containing nuts significantly lowered LDL (bad) and total cholesterol levels, as well as triglycerides.
Cholesterol levels were reduced in a dose-dependent manner, meaning that the more nuts eaten, the greater the cholesterol-lowering effects. The optimal heart health benefits were present when 20% of calories were consumed daily from nuts. For the typical 2,000-calorie diet, 20% equals 400 calories of nuts (or more than two ounces of most nuts).
Tree nuts are often good sources of protein and fiber and are high in healthy fats. They also contain several vitamins and minerals. Peanuts are often included with nuts, though they are really a legume. Like all plants, nuts and legumes contain no cholesterol.
The more nuts eaten, the greater the cholesterol-lowering effects.
Oats, via their high fiber content, are already known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise
end up in the bloodstream.