Flax

 

Everyone knows that flax is one of the most famous functional foods on the market today. Flax oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which is an Omega-3 fat. Omega-3 fats are on the forefront of countless studies and news headlines, from eggs to beef to poultry, and everyone is trying to find a way to get this healthy superstar into their products and diets. Companies know that finding a way to make the Omega-3 health claim is a big deal, and for good reason too. Omega-3 provides protection against heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease kills more people than any other disease in North America. We formulated GORP Bar with this particular issue in mind. We wanted not only to be able to make the Omega-3 health claim, but we wanted to be AN EXCELLENT KICK-BUTT SOURCE OF OMEGA-3. This is why we didn’t just add a sprinkle of flax and hemp to this bar so our label would look “nice” – we made sure you would get 1 full gram of Omega-3 goodness! According to Health Canada, the daily recommended level of Omega-3 fatty acids for adult women is 1.1 grams and 1.6 grams for adult men. So, 1 GORP bar contains almost your full RDI of Omega-3 if you are a woman, and over half your RDI if you are a man! Our goal was to provide you with serious bang for your buck when it came to protein, fiber, and Omega-3…and we deliver it all in one tasty bar! 

Women’s Health
Flax has also been studied for its specific benefit to women. The lignans found in flax seeds, which are compounds that are converted into hormone-like substances in the gut, have been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer, and they also promote normal ovulation. So eating about an ounce of ground flaxseed each day can offer women protection against breast cancer. Score.

DISCLAIMER!!! Now, we aren't going to get all crazy and tell you that GORP bars can cure every ailment known to man and provide every single health benefit listed below... because that's SO not allowed :) We just want to give a shout out to our awesome ingredients for YOUR education... so you can see all the awesomeness we INTENTIONALLY pack into our bar and perhaps inspire you to incorporate some of them into your diet more often :) 

Suggested Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • Produces flexible cell membranes
  • Improves heart health
  • Reduces hypertension
  • Improves depression and symptoms of other mental health problems
  • Prevents cancer cell growth
  • Improves asthma, autoimmune diseases, and acne
  • Helps dry, itchy skin, and brittle hair and nails
  • Improves ability to concentrate
  • Reduces joint pain
  • Stimulates the secretion of leptin, a hormone that regulates your metabolism
  • Reduces inflammation, which is a contributor to conditions like asthma, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis

Remember! Flax must be ground in order for you to reap the full benefits. Otherwise it can pass through your system undigested!

In order for your body to benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of flax, it must convert the alpha-linolenic acid to EPA and DHA. To do this you need a sufficient amount of vitamin B6, B3, C, magnesium, and zinc in your diet. So make sure you are taking a high-quality multivitamin everyday!

Omega-3-rich foods can be volatile when it comes to storage, so be sure to store your seeds and oils out of direct light and in a cool area. We don’t add any artificial preservatives to GORP bars, so if you plan on hanging onto a bar for longer than a few weeks, throw it in the freezer. They can take the cold! It’s all part of our QUEST FOR FRESH…we don’t want to be eating year-old food, and neither do you!