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Kind® Almond Cashew + Omega-3
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Kind® Almond Cashew + Omega-312 bars
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Be KIND to your body!™
At KIND we craft delicious, healthful foods from wholesome all-natural ingredients you can see and pronounce.® We believe that food should never be processed to the point that you can no longer tell what it is. That's why we use whole nuts and fruit, and bind them together with honey through a natural process that keeps them fresh, brings out their flavor, and achieves just the right amount of crunch. That's why we say: “It's not a bar - It's KIND.”™
Nuts don’t just taste delicious.
They’re full of health benefits: great source of fiber, magnesium, folic acid, protein, and Vitamin E. Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
- Supplement Facts
Serving Size 1 bar Servings Per Container 12 Amount Per Serving % DV Calories 150.00 Calories from Fat 80.00 Total Fat 9.00 g 14% Saturated Fat 1.00 g 5% Trans Fat 0.00 g Cholesterol 0.00 mg 0% Sodium 0.00 mg 0% Total Carbohydrate 18.00 g 6% Dietary Fiber 4.00 g 16% Sugars 14.00 g Protein 4.00 g 8% Potassium 190.00 mg 5% Vitamin A 0.00 0% Vitamin A 0.00 0% Vitamin C 0.00 0% Vitamin C 0.00 0% Calcium 0.00 4% Calcium 0.00 4% Iron 0.00 6% Iron 0.00 6% Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.00 2% Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.00 2% Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.00 8% Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.00 8% Vitamin B3 (niacin) 0.00 50% Vitamin B3 (niacin) 0.00 50% Vitamin B6 0.00 50% Vitamin B6 0.00 50% Vitamin B12 0.00 50% Vitamin B12 0.00 50% Phosphorus 0.00 8% Phosphorus 0.00 8% Magnesium 0.00 10% Magnesium 0.00 10% Zinc 0.00 6% Zinc 0.00 6% ** Daily Value (DV) not established † Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on
your calorie needs:
Calories: 2000 2500 Total Fat Less than 65 g 80 g Sat. Fat Less than 20 g 25 g Cholesterol Less than 300 mg 300 mg Sodium Less than 2400 mg 2400 mg Total Carbohydrate 300 g 375 g Dietary Fiber 25 g 30 g Calories per gram:
Fat 9• Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
- Health Notes
For a Healthier Heart, Think Omega-3sFor a Healthier Heart, Think Omega-3sEating fish is the preferred way to boost your omega-3 intake
Predicting the risk
By the time hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) develops, full-blown heart disease could be right around the corner. A test called flow-mediated dilation can help measure blood vessel health (endothelial function) and predict a person's heart disease risk, giving them time to make changes to head off heart disease before it takes hold.
Several studies have examined the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on blood vessel health, as measured by flow-mediated dilation. To summarize these findings, researchers from Beijing, China, looked at 16 different studies including 901 people who took omega-3 supplements made from fish or walnut oil. The people took from 0.5 to almost 5 grams per day of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), or ALA (alpha linolenic acid) for an average of 56 days. Here's what they found:
- Omega-3 fatty acids significantly increased flow-mediated dilation compared with placebo.
- Omega-3 supplementation seemed to improve flow-mediated dilation in those with poorer health (people with heart disease or with other risk factors for it) more so than in healthy people.
- Higher omega-3 consumption improved flow-mediated dilation to a greater extent than lower amounts.
Should you take an omega-3 supplement?
"Although a positive association was identified between omega-3s and endothelial function, the evidence for a clinical efficacy is not strong enough to make final recommendations concerning specific doses or the durations of intakes for different populations," concluded the researchers.
While flow-mediated dilation can help predict heart disease risk, improving it doesn't necessarily prevent heart disease. The studies included in the review showed that omega-3s improved flow-mediated dilation, but they didn't go on to follow the people to see if they actually developed heart disease. Nevertheless, this kind of information is helpful when making decisions about using omega-3 supplements.
Eating your omega-3s
Cold-water fish like salmon, halibut, mackerel, trout, sardines, and scallops are all terrific sources of omega-3 fatty acids. And walnuts have so much ALA that they've earned the right to bear a qualified health claim from the FDA for their heart health benefits.
Eating fish is the preferred way to boost your omega-3 intake, since non-fish sources of omega-3s have to go through a series of steps in the body to be converted to DHA and EPA, and the process isn't perfect. This means that the pathways leading from ALA to DHA and EPA can become maxed out, limiting the amount of DHA and EPA that's available from plant sources.
(Atherosclerosis 2012; 221:536-43)Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, received her doctoral degree from Bastyr University, the nation's premier academic institution for science-based natural medicine. She co-founded South County Naturopaths in Wakefield, RI, where she practiced whole family care with an emphasis on nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, detoxification, and food allergy identification and treatment. Her blog, Eat Happy, helps take the drama out of healthy eating with real food recipes and nutrition news that you can use. Dr. Beauchamp is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.
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