Banana Nut Butter Breakfast Pouch

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Toasted whole grain and fruit round or pita pocket filled with almond butter and sliced bananas.

Perfect for an easy on-the-go healthy breakfast packed with potassium, protein and fiber.

The Facts

Bananas

Bananas make you happy. They contain tryptophan which the body converts to serotonin—the happy chemical—which makes you feel more relaxed and jolly. Serotonin also regulates appetite. Bananas, specifically potassium, help you maintain a steady heartbeat, fluid and electrolyte balance, and help reduce high blood pressure. Bananas can aid in digestive problems and diarrhea. Bananas are thought to be cleansing and rejuvenating.

Heard about the importance of probiotics? Well, bananas are actually high in fructooligosaccharides which feed and maintain the gut’s healthy bacteria.

FOS serves as a substrate for microflora in the large intestine, increasing the overall gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract) health. It has also been touted as a supplement for preventing yeast infections.

Several studies have found that FOS and inulin promote calcium absorption in both the animal and the human gut. The intestinal microflora in the lower gut can ferment FOS, which results in a reduced pH. Calcium is more soluble in acid, and, therefore, more of it comes out of food and is available to move from the gut into the bloodstream.

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Almond Butter

Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fat, the good fat, and are high in protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin E. Almonds are also the only nut that can alkalinize an overly acidic body pH. Unfortunately, since 2007, the FDA has inacted a mandatory pasturization of Almonds rule even though they can still be labeled “raw.” Be careful to read the packaging thoroughly. Organic is always best. For the full scoop, read “Pasteurizing Almonds-Devaluating Our Health Food.”

Whole Grains verse Refined Grains

Wholes grains contain the entire grain kernel—the bran, germ and endosperm. People who eat whole grains have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases and a 30% decreased risk of heart attack with higher fiber from grain. Whole grains provide more nutritional value: the germ contains fat soluble nutrients, the bran contains fiber, vitamins and minerals, and the endosperm contains the starch. If a grain is refined, meaning the parts are split up in the milling process—the germ and bran are fed to animals to bulk them up, and the endosperm is made into white flour. Refined grains are rapidly absorbed in the body as blood sugar which causes a spike in both blood glucose and insulin, then crash, leaving you hungry, again, and weight gain. Unfortunately, most people eat refined grains.

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