Why are berries called super foods?
Berries are considered super foods because they contain high concentrations of various antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber. Berries have been well verified by many scientific studies to have a host of nutritional benefits.
What are antioxidants?
They are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals. Many experts believe this damage plays a part in a number of chronic diseases, including hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), cancer, and arthritis. Free radicals can also interfere with your immune system. Fighting off damage with antioxidants helps keep your immune system strong, making you better able to ward off colds, flu, and other infections.
What are Net Carbs?
A food's total carbohydrate count (in grams) is arrived at by subtracting the grams of protein, fat, moisture, and ash from the food's total weight. What is left is the total carbs. With only 4 Net Carbs, Fruitivia® is a healthy choice that will help keep blood glucose levels from spiking.
What are Sugar Alcohols?
A sugar alcohol is a carbohydrate that has a hybrid structure between a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule. These molecules occur naturally in plants and are extracted to be used as a sweetener in food. Sugar alcohols are not completely absorbed by the body and thus have lower impact on blood sugar and have fewer calories per gram.
What is Stevia?
Stevia is a plant that is widely grown for its sweet leaves that have been used for centuries to provide natural sweeteners. These leaves provide all natural sweeteners that are low in carbohydrates and have less effect on blood glucose than regular table sugar. This makes it a healthy choice for diabetics and others on carbohydrate controlled diets. One of the best sweeteners that is extracted from the Stevia leaves is Reb-A.
What is Reb-A from Stevia?
The scientific name is Rebaudioside A, but most people simply call it Reb-A. Of all the sweeteners extracted from the Stevia plant, Reb-A is the best. Reb-A is removed from the leaves through a water extraction process after the plants have been dried. Because Reb-A is around 250 times sweeter than table sugar, we only need to add a small amount to give Fruitivia® a quality taste.
What is Erythritol?
Erythritol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that is used as a food additive as a sweetener. It is 60 – 70% as sweet as table sugar, yet it is almost non-caloric, does not affect blood sugar, does not cause tooth decay, and is partially absorbed by the body. It is less likely to cause gastric side effects than other sugar alcohols because of its unique digestive pathway.
What is the Glycemic Index?
The glycemic index, glycaemic index, or GI is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream have a high GI. Carbohydrates that break down more slowly, releasing glucose more gradually into the bloodstream, have a low GI. A lower glycemic response usually equates to a lower insulin demand, and may improve long-term blood glucose control. The berries used to make Fruitivia® have a low glycemic index (,) and the Stevia and erythritol have a zero glycemic index, helping make Fruitivia® a healthy snack.