Our fabulous foods are designed to support digestive health with a plant powered 5-in-1 punch:

Fiber Omega-3 Fatty Acids Probiotics Prebiotics Antioxidants

When you eat them together these powerful substances work in synergy to support overall metabolic health1,2.

How do our ingredients
support wellness?

Our plant-powered 5-in-1 work together to support health

Fiber

fiber2,3 feeds good probiotic microbes

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

omega-3 fatty acids support probiotic bacteria establishment in the gut 1,10

Probiotics

supports gut health4, helps break down fiber and prebiotics into healthy fatty acids1, works with omega-3 fatty acid to support a healthy immune function4, may increase bioavailability of the antioxidants in the gut12, works with omega-3 fatty acid to maintain a healthy gut barrier11

Antioxidants

antioxidants support probiotic growth1

Prebiotics

prebiotics stimulate growth of probiotics4

Why are our products
high in fiber?

Why over think fiber? A single serving of our Simply Free Plant Powered Wellness Yogurt or Drink contains over half the fiber you need in one day!*

To get that much fiber you would have to eat 6 2-oz wheat bran muffins!

Soluable
+ Insoluable Fiber

= Super Health Benefits!3

Soluable Fiber: Carbohydrates which dissolve in water to form gels. Soluble fibers are found in oats, fruits and vegetables. Soluble fiber slows down the absorption of foods which can stabilize blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full longer. Recent research also suggest that consumption of soluble fiber helps support the immune system4.

Insoluable Fiber: Plant cells that do not dissolve in water. Insoluble fibers are found in the seeds and skins of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It adds bulk while sweeping out waste in the digestive tract. Insoluble fiber helps support regular bowel functioning.

Fiber feeds gut microbes while supporting gut function2

Your body cannot digest fiber (so it is calorie free) but your gut microorganisms love it. Fiber supports a healthy gut microbiome and protects colonic gastrointestinal health2.

More fiber in your diet also means your gut bacteria produce more butyrate, an anti-inflammatory fat. Butyrate helps maintain a healthy gut barrier function5. A healthy gut barrier keeps pathogens from entering the body through the gut lining.

Why are our products rich in the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)?

ALA Supports Probiotic Establishment in the Gut10.

A single serving of Simply Free Plant Powered Wellness Yogurt or Drink contains 1200 mg of omega-3 fatty acids as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) while the Simple Free Dressing contains 1000 mg ALA. It is recommended that women consume 1100 mg and men consume 1600 mg ALA daily.

Omega-3 fatty acids are unsaturated fatty acids. Your body needs omega-3 fatty acids for growth and development but it can’t make them. It must get them in foods.

Our products contain ALA which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants. We get our ALA from healthy chia oil. ALA supports cardiovascular health and brain function. Omaga-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. Eating more omega-3 fatty acids supports metabolic health12,13.

Why all the fuss over probiotics and prebiotics?

Probiotics support gut health

Probiotics are live microorganisms that promote gut health and may have health benefits. Probiotics supports digestive health and the immune system4.

Prebiotics feed probiotics

Prebiotics are substances like fiber that feed the good bacteria in your microbiome to support digestive functioning.

Why are antioxidants important?

Antioxidants help maintain gut microbe balance6

Dietary antioxidants help support intestinal health. Antioxidants maintain gut microbial balance by stimulating growth of beneficial bacteria and inhibiting harmful bacteria6.

Some scientists believe that antioxidants work synergistically with prebiotics and probiotics to maintain gut health1,2.

Antioxidants help reduce inflammation in the body by neutralizing harmful free radicals.

References

  1. Peluso I, Romanelli L, Palmery M. Interactions between prebiotics, probiotics, polyunsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols: diet or supplementation for metabolic syndrome prevention? Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2014;65(3):259-67. doi: 10.3109/09637486.2014.880670.
  2. Dreher ML. Whole Fruits and Fruit Fiber Emerging Health Effects. Nutrients. 2018;10(12):1833. doi:10.3390/nu10121833
  3. Anderson JW, Baird P, Davis RH, Ferreri S, Knudtson M, Koraym A., et al. Health benefits of dietary fiber. Nutrition Reviews. 2009;67(4), 188-205. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2009.00189.x
  4. Markowiak P, Śliżewska K. Effects of Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics on Human Health. Nutrients. 2017;9(9):1021. doi:10.3390/nu9091021
  5. Bach Knudsen KE, Lærke HN, Hedemann MS, et al. Impact of Diet-Modulated Butyrate Production on Intestinal Barrier Function and Inflammation. Nutrients. 2018;10(10):1499. doi:10.3390/nu10101499
  6. Dueñas M, Muñoz-González I, Cueva C, et al. A survey of modulation of gut microbiota by dietary polyphenols. Biomed Res Int. 2015; 2015:850902.
  7. Rebello CJ, O'Neil CE, Greenway FL. Dietary fiber and satiety: the effects of oats on satiety. Nutr Rev. 2015;74(2):131-47. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuv063
  8. Scazzina F, Siebenhandl-Ehn S, Pellegrini, N. The effect of dietary fibre on reducing the glycaemic index of bread. British Journal of Nutrition 2013;109(7), 1163-1174. doi:10.1017/S0007114513000032
  9. Uebelhack R, Busch R, Alt F, Beah ZM, Chong PW. Effects of cactus fiber on the excretion of dietary fat in healthy subjects: a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover clinical investigation. Curr Ther Res Clin Exp. 2014;76:39-44. doi:10.1016/j.curtheres.2014.02.001
  10. Jonecova Z, Toth S, Ciccocioppo R, Rodrigo L, Kruzliak P, Nemcova R. Influence of dietary supplementation with flaxseed and lactobacilli on the mucosal morphology and proliferative cell rate in the jejunal mucosa of piglets after weaning. Int J Exp Pathol. 2015;96(3):163-71. doi: 10.1111/iep.12129
  11. Costantini L, Molinari R, Farinon B, Merendino N. Impact of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on the Gut Microbiota. Int J Mol Sci. 2017;18(12):2645. Published 2017 Dec 7. doi:10.3390/ijms18122645
  12. Torres-Castillo N, Silva-Gómez JA, Campos-Perez W, et al. High Dietary ω-6:ω-3 PUFA Ratio Is Positively Associated with Excessive Adiposity and Waist Circumference. Obes Facts. 2018;11(4):344-353. doi: 10.1159/000492116
  13. Saito S, Mori A, Osaki N, Katsuragi Y. Diacylglycerol Enhances the Effects of Alpha-Linolenic Acid Against Visceral Fat: A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2017;25(10):1667-1675. doi: 10.1002/oby.21938

Copy by Susan M Fluegel, PHD Nutritional Biochemist. Knowledge gives you the power to make healthy choices. Food gives you the energy for life.