Cholesterol Free Snacks

Eating pretzels made with whole grains can provide important health benefits. If you’re looking for cholesterol free snacks that are also low in fat and calories and high in fiber, try Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells by Unique Pretzel Bakery.

To provide customers with the most nutritious whole grain pretzels on the market, Unique Pretzel’s Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells are made with a revolutionary new sprouted whole wheat flour from Essential Eating® Sprouted Foods. The flour has exceptionally good baking characteristics, excellent flavor, and is kosher certified and USDA Certified Organic.

If you have risk factors for heart disease, you know you should be limiting your cholesterol intake. Fortunately, cholesterol is only found in animal products. Grains, vegetables, fruits and all other plant foods do not have any cholesterol at all. But some grains are better for your diet than others.

According to the American Heart Association, studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains lowers the risk of:

  • stroke by 30% to 36%
  • type 2 diabetes by 21% to 30%
  • heart disease by 25%to 28%
  • Helps you maintain a healthy weight

Sprouted Grains Add More Benefits

Whole grains are seeds that have not yet germinated (sprouted).  Their protective outer layer, known as the bran, lays dormant until the time is right to sprout. When subjected to the right amount of moisture and warmth, the bran cracks open and a new plant begins to form.  At this stage, it is called a “sprouted” grain.

The sprouting process breaks down the starches in the grain into simple sugars. They are classified by the USDA as vegetables, and are easier to digest and metabolize. Instead of storing them as fat, the body uses them for energy, and they’re packed full of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.

Heart Healthy Pretzels

In addition to reducing cholesterol, fat is another important factor. Pretzels are an excellent snack choice because each 1-ounce serving of Sprouted “Splits” (about 3 pretzels) or of Sprouted Shells (about 10 pretzels), has just two grams of total fat.  And the fat comes from extra-virgin olive oil, a healthy unsaturated fat that helps lower cholesterol. Choosing a 1-ounce portion of salted potato chips or tortilla chips instead would give you over 10 grams of fat.

Our pretzels are also an excellent source of fiber.  There are 4 grams of fiber in each 1-ounce serving of Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells, compared to only 1.2 grams in an average 1-ounce serving of potato chips or tortilla chips. According to nutrition guidelines, one serving of our sprouted grain pretzels provides 10% of the recommended daily fiber intake for men and 16% for women.

Last, but not least, our pretzels also contain fewer calories than potato chips or tortilla chips. You’ll get 100 calories from a 1-ounce serving of Unique Pretzels Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells.  An equal serving of potato chips contains 155 calories and, depending on how they are seasoned or flavored, tortilla chips have 146.

When you’re craving snacks that are heart-healthy and cholesterol free, try Unique Pretzels Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells. They’re also lactose-free, sugar-free, trans fat-free, and contain only non-GMO ingredients. Snacks can’t get much healthier than this! Look for them at your local Fresh Market, Wegmans, Whole Foods and Giant stores, or visit our online store.

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