Nutrition Center

From the soil to your spoon, Dee's is as natural as it gets. See for yourself, here are the ingredients.

 

Almonds

A high fat food that's good for your heart? That's not a typo; that's almonds. Almonds contain loads of monounsaturated fat (the "good" kind). This type of fat has been shown to lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels and, consequently, decrease your risk for heart disease. Almonds also happen to be the number one food source for vitamin E in its most powerful and absorbable form (alpha-tocopherol). (Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant, which protects the body against daily attacks by free radicals.) Almonds are high in protein, making then the only such source to also be an excellent source of vitamin E. Topping it all off, these wonder-nuts provide calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus, all of which help your body build strong, dense bones.

Amaranth

Most species of amaranth are believed to have originated in South America and Mexico. Pre-Columbian Aztecs regarded amaranth as having supernatural powers and used it in their religious ceremonies. We can't speak to any supernatural powers but we do know that amaranth is one of the most balanced sources of proteins we have seen in a plant. In fact, amaranth contains a complete set of amino acids so you don't have to try to balance it with other foods to get the same amino acids you would get from meat. Not only does it have complete protein it also has a lot of it; up to 30% more protein than wheat, rice and oats. Amaranth is also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate and riboflavin as well as calcium, potassium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and especially manganese. Should I keep going?

Bananas

Long known to athletes for their anti-cramping properties, bananas may be your best bet if you're deficient in potassium. Potassium (K) aids "misbehaving" muscles and helps maintain normal blood pressure and heart function. Bananas are also recognized for their strong antacid effects, protecting against ulcer damage. Add high fiber content to the mix and you've seen why this fruit is an important part of Dee's Cereal.

Barley

Cursing your colon? Try barley. Barley one-twos your exit system by pairing fiber (needed to minimize the amount of time cancer-causing substances spend in contact with colon walls) with selenium (reduces the risk of colon cancer). The soluble fiber in barley promotes regularity and can be effective in lowering cholesterol levels. Barley's dietary fiber also provides food for the "friendly" bacteria in the large intestine.

Brown Rice

Brown rice might just be the perfect complex carbohydrate. It helps balance blood sugar, provides a good-dose of bone-building minerals magnesium* and phosphorus, and has a wellspring of mood-enhancing B vitamins. This flavorful grain also contains a healthy amount of fiber which, among other things, minimizes the time harmful substances are in contact with colon cells. Like barley, brown rice couples its fiber with selenium to fight the risk of colon cancer.

*In addition to strengthening your skeleton, magnesium can help asthma, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, and cut down on the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Corn

Have insulin resistance, hypoglycemia, or diabetes? Corn may help. Yellow Corn balances blood sugar and provides the steady, slow-burning energy your body was meant to process. This complex carb is packed with folate, niacin, and magnesium, all of which contribute to cardiovascular health. Corn's high fiber content benefits your heart and digestive tract.

Cranberries

Cranberries are famous for the protection they offer against urinary tract and kidney infection. A few lesser known, but equally impressive characteristics are: 1. Cranberries have strong anti-adhesion properties that help inhibit the bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers. 2. Cranberries have the highest levels of antioxidants among common fruits and have the strongest ability to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells, especially those in the liver (Several newly discovered compounds in cranberries are shown to be toxic to a variety of cancer tumor cell lines, including lung, cervical, prostate, breast and leukemia cells.) 3. Cranberries possess more phenols than red grapes and 18 other fruits. (Phenols are plant chemicals that protect against hardening of the arteries, thus lowering LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels.)

Flaxseed

High cholesterol leaving you low? Try flaxseed. Consumption of flaxseed has been shown to reduce both LDL ("bad") cholesterol and overall cholesterol. This nutty tasting seed is also among the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, a necessity many Americans are lacking. The Omega-3s in flax reduce your risk for heart disease, ease inflammation and improve your mood. In addition, the high amount of fiber in flax prevents constipation and steadies blood sugar.

Garbanzo Beans

The garbanzo bean is among nature's truly perfect foods. These legumes contain a hefty dose of protein (but very little fat), slow-burning complex carbohydrates (which stabilizes blood sugar for energy that stays with you all day), fiber (including the soluble, cholesterol-lowering kind), and B vitamins (the original Prozac). They contain nearly double the iron and more vitamin C than other legumes and are extra heart healthy, coupling fiber with significant amounts of folate and magnesium. Add all this to the disease fighting qualities all beans are known for, and you've got a sincerely remarkable food.

Ginger Root

Ginger is no longer just for making fantastic Asian dishes or adding zest to your tea. Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects. Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). According to data presented at the Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in 2003, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavor, gingerols may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells.

Millet

Because it is a good source of magnesium, millet can be included with oats as one of the heart-healthy grains. Magnesium has been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack. Millet is also a good source of phosphorous (an essential component in ATP, the molecule that gives your body energy). Studies have shown that grains such as millet that are high in insoluble fiber can help women avoid gallstones as well as reduce the risk of breast cancer. On top of these benefits millet is also a very good source of manganese, an important mineral for many functions in the body.

Quinoa

Quinoa is usually considered a grain but it is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables such as spinach and Swiss chard. This recently rediscovered ancient "grain" was once called "the gold of the Incas," who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Quinoa is a great protein source because it is high in protein but especially because it is a complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is especially high in the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. Protein is not the only benefit quinoa provides. It is also a good source of a number of nutrients such as manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous. Because of these nutrients quinoa may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Raisins

Raisins are a sweet, concentrated source of nutrients such as iron, potassium, (which has been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease), and the anti-stress B vitamins. Raisins also rank among the top antioxidant foods. (Antioxidants are protective substances naturally found in concentrated amounts from fruit, vegetables and grains. They may help protect healthy cells from free radicals [unstable oxygen molecules formed in the body when cells use oxygen to produce energy,] that lead to health problems like heart disease, cancer and other aging-related effects.) Raisins have also been shown to improve the ph of the colon, inhibiting abnormal cell growth, which can lead to cancer. These delicious dried grapes are also one of the top sources of the trace mineral, boron. In addition, raisins supply a healthy amount of dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble). The type of fiber found in raisins has been shown to be helpful in lowering high cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of colon cancer, and alleviating some of the uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds contain two unique substances, sesamin and sesamolin, which belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans. Both sesamin and sesamolin have been shown to lower cholesterol in humans and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage. Just 1/4 cup of sesame seeds provides 74% of the daily value of copper. Copper is known for its use in reducing some of the pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis due to the fact that this trace mineral is important in a number of antiinflammatory and antioxidant enzyme systems.

Sunflower Seeds

Vitamin E anyone? Sunflower seeds are an outstanding source of this vitamin, which is the body's main fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol. Vitamin E has significant anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Tack on a reduction for the risk of colon cancer, the severity and frequency of hot flashes in women going through menopause, and the development of diabetic complications and you've got one mean nutrient. Sunflower seeds also pack a good dose of the magnesium, which calms nerves, helps reduce the severity of asthma, lowers high blood pressure, prevents migraine headaches, and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. The magnesium found in these seeds is also a key component in maintaining healthy bones and promoting energy production.

Oats (oat groats, rolled oats)

Sick of the daily roller coaster your energy levels take you on? Keep your energy and blood sugar steady by starting your day with oats. If you eat a variety of whole-oat products you'll get the nutritional benefits of the entire grain. Oat products are a dietary source of the cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber b-glucan. There is now significant scientific agreement that consumption of this particular plant can reduce total and LDL cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Because of this, oats have the distinction of being the first food to be awarded this food-specific health claim in 1997 by the FDA. Oats are also a very good source of selenium, which works with vitamin E in numerous vital antioxidant systems throughout the body. These powerful antioxidant actions make selenium helpful in decreasing asthma symptoms and in the prevention of heart disease. In addition, selenium is involved in DNA repair and is associated with a reduced risk for cancer, especially colon cancer.

Whole Wheat

The familiar friend. Whole wheat, (not the nutrient-void white stuff), packs a large amount of protein, fiber, manganese, magnesium, B3, B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, and iron. Known for its anti-cancer powers, wheat remains one of the most popular and potent grains available.

…compared to Dee's Cereal, all other cereals must be considered junk food.

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