Kelly's Four Plustm Granola starts with four healthy ingredients:
- 100% whole grain rolled oats
- all natural non-gmo expeller pressed canola oil
- all natural honey
- pure maple syrup
No artificial flavors, no preservatives, no trans fats, no cholesterol, and no sodium.
And all our products are non-gmo and gluten free.
You can learn more about the nutrition facts on our Nutrition page.
Whole Grain Rolled Oats
The big benefit from whole grain oats is primarily that they are low in fats and have a high proportion of soluble fiber. Also, the fiber in oats contains beta glucans, a compound that works in the digestive system to help reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream and slow down the rate at which blood sugar rises in your body. This can help reduce risks associated with diabetes. And because oats have such a high content of complex carbohydrates, they are a great source of energy. Health professionals widely recognize the benefits of eating oats combined with a healthy lifestyle of exercise and a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol.*
Cooking oils generally have a combination of saturated and unsaturated fats. The unsaturated fats are the good ones. Canola oil is considered to be one of the healthiest cooking oils because it is so high in the good fats and low in the saturated fats. Specifically, canola oil is higher in the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) than any other commonly used cooking oil. ALA is a type of fat that your body needs but can’t produce. If you eat healthy fats instead of the saturated ones – and don’t go overboard on the calories - studies show that you might see benefits in the form of lower blood pressure and cholesterol.*
Honey has been used as a natural sweetener for thousands of years. It is high in the sugars dextrose (fructose) and levulose (glucose) which are absorbed by the body in ways that help keep blood sugar levels steady. These natural sugars provide a great source of energy in an active lifestyle. One of the other interesting properties of honey is that its chemical composition makes it act like a natural preservative. There are even some studies that indicate honey can have antiseptic and antibacterial benefits.*
Pure maple syrup is natural and organic. It is mostly sucrose and water and has been used as a natural sweetener dating back to aboriginal societies in North America and Europe. Researchers have found that maple syrup also contains small amounts of compounds that are known antioxidants, the class of molecules that have been shown to reduce the incidence of many diseases. Maple syrup is generally low in minerals, but it contains “nutritionally significant amounts” of zinc and manganese, which are necessary for muscle and neurological health.*
A Few Words About Nuts
Many people see the calories and fat content associated with nuts and forget about the health benefits. These comments selected from mayoclinic.com may help you understand why eating nuts can be good for your health.
"Can eating nuts help your heart? People who eat nuts as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower the LDL, low-density lipoprotein or "bad," cholesterol level in their blood.
The evidence for the heart-healthy benefits of nuts isn't rock solid — the Food and Drug Administration only allows food companies to say evidence "suggests but does not prove" that eating nuts reduces heart disease risk.
What's in nuts that's thought to be heart healthy? Although it varies by nut, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances:
- Unsaturated fats. It's not entirely clear why, but it's thought that the "good" fats in nuts — both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — lower bad cholesterol levels.
- Omega-3 fatty acids. Many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in many kinds of fish, but nuts are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber also makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing diabetes.
- Vitamin E. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack.
- Plant sterols. Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts.
- L-arginine. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.
* Baking can have effects on the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in food.