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The sweetness in Miras Homemade blueberry banana granola is derived primarily from dates making it mild yet satisfying. Children as well as adults appreciate the Blueberry-Banana granola‚ probably because they pack it with an abundance of fresh‚ organic bananas and sumptuous‚ ripe organic blueberries.
So‚ what's not to love? Well‚ for starters‚ no refined sugar‚ no-GMOs‚ no gluten‚ no soy‚ no unnecessary additives‚ and no worries about what you or your children are eating!
Miras Homemade Blueberry Banana granola is lovingly homemade using purified water and the following four organic‚ raw ingredients: - Sprouted buckwheat. - Dates. - Blueberries. - Bananas.
Health Benefits of Blueberries: In the popular press‚ blueberries have reached superstar status in terms of their unique health benefits. While we prefer to think of all 130 World's Healthiest Foods as rightful superstars‚ we can understand many of the special accolades being given to this wonderful berry. Most health research on blueberries involves their phytonutrient content. Anthocyanins - the colorful antioxidant pigments that give many foods their wonderful shades of blue‚ purple‚ and red - are usually the first phytonutrients to be mentioned in descriptions of blueberries and their amazing health-supportive properties.
Whole Body Antioxidant Support: Given the wide variety of antioxidant nutrients present in blueberries‚ it is not surprising to find research studies showing improved antioxidant defenses in body systems that need special protection from oxidation stress‚ like the cardiovascular system. But what is surprising about the blueberry research is its whole body relevance. It is not only the cardiovascular system that has been shown to have strengthened antioxidant status following consumption of blueberries. It is virtually every body system studied to date!
For example‚ there is new evidence that damage to muscles following overly taxing exercise can be reduced through consumption of blueberries. There is also evidence that protection of the nervous system from oxidation stress can be accomplished by regular consumption of blueberries. These antioxidant-based protective effects have been shown in older adults at risk of neurodegenerative diseases‚ as well as in younger healthy adults and middle-aged obese adults.
Antioxidant protection of the blood sugar regulatory system has also been demonstrated in blueberry intake studies‚ as has antioxidant protection of the digestive tract (especially with respect to the colon and its risk of cancer). It's this whole body antioxidant support that helps blueberries stand out as an amazing antioxidant fruit.
Cardiovascular Benefits: Blueberry support of antioxidant defenses has been especially well documented with respect to the cardiovascular system. It's the many different pathways for cardio support that are so striking in the blueberry research. In repeated studies of blood composition‚ blueberry intake (usually in the amount of 1-2 cups per day and over the course of 1-3 months) has been shown to improve blood fat balances‚ including reduction in total cholesterol‚ raising of HDL cholesterol‚ and lowering of triglycerides. At the same time‚ blueberry intake has been shown to help protect the blood components (like LDL cholesterol) from oxygen damage that could lead to eventual clogging of the blood vessels. Protection has also been shown for the cells lining the blood vessel walls. Connected with this antioxidant protection of blood vessel structures and blood fats is an improved overall antioxidant capacity in the blood itself. Interestingly‚ the ability of blueberries to increase plasma antioxidant capacity seems to continue as blueberry intake goes up above everyday levels. For example‚ some studies have shown better total antioxidant capacity when 3 or more cups of blueberries were consumed per day as compared to a daily intake of 1-2 cups.
Recent research has added yet another factor to our understanding of blueberries and cardioprotection. That factor involves an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase (NOS). Most studies on NOS have focused on a form of NOS called inducible NOS‚ or iNOS. Excess formation of iNOS is generally associated with increased risk of inflammation. However‚ there is a second form of NOS called endogenous NOS‚ or eNOS. Increased activity of eNOS is usually associated with better balance in cardiovascular function. Recent studies have shown that daily blueberry intake can result in increased eNOS activity‚ and this result is viewed as helping to explain some of the unique health benefits of blueberries for the cardiovascular system.
It would be wrong to end a discussion of blueberries and cardiovascular health without talking about blood pressure. In both men and women‚ and in study participants of many different ages‚ routine blueberry intake has been shown to support healthy blood pressure. In individuals with high blood pressure‚ blueberry intake has significantly reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressures . In individuals with health blood pressure‚ blueberry intake has been shown to help maintain these healthy pressures.
Cognitive Benefits: One of the most exciting new areas of research on blueberries is the area of cognitive benefits. In one study involving older adults (with an average age of 76 years)‚ 12 weeks of daily blueberry consumption was enough to improve scores on two different tests of cognitive function including memory. While participants in the study consumed blueberries in the form of juice‚ three-quarters of a pound of blueberries were used to make each cup of juice. As participants consumed between 2 and 2-1/2 cups per day‚ they actually received a very plentiful amount of berries. The authors of this study were encouraged by the results and suggested that blueberries might turn out to be beneficial not only for improvement of memory‚ but for slowing down or postponing the onset of other cognitive problems frequently associated with aging.
Lab research studies on blueberry intake suggest that a large part of this cognitive protection is most likely due to nerve cell protection from oxygen damage by blueberries' vast array of antioxidant nutrients. Nerve cells have a naturally high risk of oxygen damage and they require special antioxidant protection at all times in life. Their ability to send information throughout the body depends on the presence of balanced oxygen metabolism‚ and that balance cannot be achieved without ample intake of antioxidant nutrients. By lowering the risk of oxidation stress in our nerve cells‚ blueberries help us maintain smoothly working nerve cells and healthy cognitive function.
Blood Sugar Benefits: Persons diagnosed with type 2 diabetes‚ metabolic syndrome‚ and insulin resistance have a special challenge with respect to blood sugar balance. In many cases‚ persons diagnosed with obesity also have special challenge maintaining a balanced blood sugar level. It's simply more difficult for these individuals to keep their blood sugar levels from spiking too high (or sometimes also from dropping down too low). Research on blood sugar balance and blueberry intake has been conducted on individuals who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes‚ metabolic syndrome‚ or insulin resistance‚ and the results of this research have been consistent. They have shown that blueberries (along with other berries) have a favorable impact on blood sugar regulation in persons already diagnosed with blood sugar problems.
When compared to other berries‚ blueberries are not particularly low in terms of their glycemic index (GI) value. Studies show the GI for blueberries falling somewhere in the range of 40-53‚ with berries like blackberries‚ raspberries‚ and strawberries repeatedly scoring closer to 30 than to 40. However‚ recent studies have shown that blueberries definitely function as a low-GI fruit in terms of their blood sugar impact. In one study on individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes‚ study participants who consumed at last 3 servings of low-GI fruits per day (including blueberries) saw significant improvement in their regulation of blood sugar over a three-month period of time. Their blood levels of glycosylated hemoglobin‚ or HgA1C were used as the standard of measurement in this study.
The blood sugar benefits of blueberries should not be surprising. Even at 40-53 in terms of glycemic index‚ blueberries typically fall into the "low-GI" category of foods (usually defined as any food with a GI of 50 or below). They also provide a very good amount of fiber (nearly 4 grams per cup). Most low-GI foods with strong fiber content are foods we can count on to be helpful in blood sugar regulation.
Eye Health Benefits: The retina of the eye is a unique place in our body and it is also a place that is at higher than normal risk of oxidation stress. Foods unique in phytonutrient antioxidants are often investigated for their ability to help protect the retina from oxygen damage‚ and blueberries are no exception! In preliminary studies the anthocyanins in blueberry protected the retina from unwanted oxygen damage. Interestingly‚ they have also been determined to help protect the retina from damage from sunlight. Like the area of cancer protection‚ we look forward to future research on human eye health and the potential for blueberry intake to help protect the human eye from damage by sunlight and oxidation stress.
Anti-Cancer Benefits: While almost exclusively coming in the form of laboratory studies on human cells‚ an increasing percentage of the blueberry research is being focused on anti-cancer benefits. Types of cancer already studied with respect to blueberry intake include breast cancer‚ colon cancer‚ esophageal cancer‚ and cancers of the small intestine. We look forward to the results of large-scale human studies on the potential ability of blueberry intake to lower risk of these cancer types.
Health Benefits of Bananas: You’ll never look at a banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. Bananas are high in fiber and three natural sugars — glucose‚ sucrose and fructose — giving them almost magical powers to provide a huge energy boost. Bananas combat depression‚ make you smarter‚ cure hangovers‚ relieve morning sickness‚ protect against kidney cancer‚ diabetes‚ osteoporosis and blindness. They can cure the itch of a mosquito bite and put a great shine on your shoes. If you think bananas are just for monkeys‚ think again.
- Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan‚ which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter. Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar.
- Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and night time leg cramps by eating a banana.
- Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
- Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana‚ which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.
- Bananas reduce swelling‚ protect against type II diabetes‚ aid weight loss‚ strengthen the nervous system‚ and help with the production of white blood cells‚ all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
- Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.
- High in potassium and low in salt‚ bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure‚ and protect against heart attack and stroke.
Eating Bananas aids Digestion: - Rich in pectin‚ bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.
- Bananas act as a prebiotic‚ stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
- Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
- Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhea.
- Bananas are a natural antacid‚ providing relief from acid reflux‚ heartburn and GERD.
- Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.
Natural cures from a simple banana: - Eating bananas helps prevent kidney cancer‚ protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
- Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
- Bananas are high in antioxidants‚ providing free radicals and protection from chronic disease.
- Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.
- Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.
- Control blood sugar and avoid bingeing between meals by eating a banana.
- Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.
- The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan‚ helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
- Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
- Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.
Oh‚ and remember — bananas make great snacks and delicious smoothies. Now you know why monkeys are so happy. Eat a banana!
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.
Serving Size: 1/2 Cup (51 Grams) Servings Per Container: About 4
Amount Per Serving / % DV*
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 10 Total Fat 1g / 2% Saturated Fat 0g / 0% Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg / 0% Sodium 10mg / 0% Total Carbohydrate 40g / 13% Dietary Fiber 3g / 12% Sugars 14g Protein 4g Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 6% Calcium 2% Iron 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2‚000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
Calories / 2‚000 / 2‚500
Total Fat Less than 65g / 80g Saturated Fat Less than 20g / 25g Cholesterol Less than / 300mg / 300mg Sodium Less than / 2‚400mg / 2‚400mg Total Carbohydrate 300g / 375g Dietary Fiber 25g / 30g
Calories Per Gram: Fat 9 - Carbohydrate 4 - Protein 4
No refined sugar‚ no GMO's‚ low glycemic‚ low sodium. High Protein / Fiber.
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Excludes all orders placed during weekends and on major US holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).