Health Benefits

The M-M-M Diet

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

 

So, we are well into the new year. It’s at about this point where that healthy eating resolution is REALLY being put to the test. The truth is, the obvious healthy food options aren’t nearly as enticing if they haven’t been deep-fried, covered in ranch dressing and topped with cheese or melted chocolate. Our will power needs a support system. We need some tasty healthy items to eat and a network of other “battle of the buldge” soldiers to cheer us on. That’s why we’ve had our nutritionists create a list of 7 Tips to Eating Healthy at Garbanzo. We want to share with everyone the great benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Visit our Facebook page and see the amazing success stories that some of our customers are already sharing with us. Be one of those success stories, share your own personal healthy eating tips with us. Let’s support eachother and M-M-Make an impact!

Today we pay tribute to the Garbanzo Bean

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Today is Garbanzo Bean Day, a day that we celebrate the garbanzo bean and its many achievements. We are proud to offer the garbanzo bean as a part of our healthy, nutritious menu offerings. Today , let’s refelct on what the garbanzo bean can do  for us (* everynutrient.com):

  • helps lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels*
  • it is good for diabetics and insulin-resistant individuals*
  • it is an extremely low fat, complete protein food *
  • it is a good source of fiber*

It was also a year a go today that we introduced our very own Mr. Bean – a light-hearted, whitty, humourous bean with a personality all his own. If you never got a chance to check out his series of videos, check them out today…. on Garbanzo Bean Day!

Mediterranean Diet Benefits Heart Health!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Check out the recent release from the American Heart Association!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

CONTACT: Local Colorado Contact: Sara Tobin, 303-996-8057, sara.tobin@heart.org

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report:
Twin study shows Mediterranean-style diet improves heart function

DALLAS, June 15, 2010 – A study of twins shows that even with genes that put them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, eating a Mediterranean-style diet can improve heart function, according to research reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.
Using data from the Emory Twins Heart Study, researchers found that men eating a Mediterranean-style diet had greater heart rate variability (HRV) than those eating a Western-type diet. Heart rate variability refers to variation in the time interval between heart beats during everyday life – reduced HRV is a risk factor for coronary artery disease and sudden death.
“This means that the autonomic system controlling someone’s heart rate works better in people who eat a diet similar to a Mediterranean diet,” said Jun Dai, M.D., Ph.D., study author and assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet — one characterized by low saturated fats and high in fish, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil, cereals and moderate alcohol consumption — reduces a person’s heart disease risk. But until now, the way the diet helps reduce the risk of coronary disease remains unknown.
Dai and her colleagues analyzed dietary data obtained from a food frequency questionnaire and cardiac data results from 276 identical and fraternal male twins. They scored each participant on how closely his food intake correlated with the Mediterranean diet; the higher the score, the greater the similarity to a Mediterranean-style diet.
To measure HRV, participants had their heart’s electrical activity continuously measured and recorded with a Holter Monitor, a portable, battery operated electrocardiogram device.
Using twins allowed team members to assess the influence of the diet on HRV while controlling for genetic and other familial influence.
Among the study’s key findings:
• Measurements of HRV showed that the higher a person’s diet score, the more variable the heart beat-to-beat time interval — 10 percent to 58 percent (depending on the HRV measure considered) for men in the top Mediterranean diet score quarter compared to those in the lowest quarter; this equates to a 9 percent to 14 percent reduction in heart-related death.
• Genetic influence on HRV frequency ranged from 20 percent – 95 percent, depending on the HRV measure considered.
The study cannot be generalized to women or other ethnic groups because 94 percent of participants were non-Hispanic white males.
Co-authors are Rachel Lampert, M.D.; Peter W. Wilson, M.D.; Jack Goldberg, Ph.D.; Thomas R. Ziegler, M.D. and Viola Vaccarino, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator of the Emory Twins Heart Study.
Individual author disclosures and funding sources are on the manuscript.
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Statements and conclusions of study authors published in American Heart Association scientific journals are solely those of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect the association’s policy or position. The association makes no representation or guarantee as to their accuracy or reliability. The association receives funding primarily from individuals; foundations and corporations (including pharmaceutical, device manufacturers and other companies) also make donations and fund specific association programs and events. The association has strict policies to prevent these relationships from influencing the science content. Revenues from pharmaceutical and device corporations are available at www.americanheart.org/corporatefunding.

NR10 – 1091 (Circ Q&O/Dai)

Contact information: Dr. Dai can be reached at (812) 855-8461 or jdai@indiana.edu. (Please do not publish contact information.)

Resources:
• American Heart Association Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=851

• Mediterranean Diet, Heart and Stroke Encyclopedia

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4644

Couting Calories just got Tastier (and Easier)!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Garbanzo Greens

Garbanzo Greens - Mediterranean Salad that YOU customize

The benefits of a Mediterranean diet are countless as many studies continue to show. And, we wanted to continue to make it easy for everyone to enjoy the health benefits while providing our customers with the opportunity to make informed choices about what they eat. With our new salad options and calorie ranges on the menu boards we are making food tastier and easier to keep within your diet.

We are proud to introduce our new, create – your – own, salad choices. Ranging between 150-430 calories, these salads start with chopped romaine lettuce, our signature vegetable salad, feta and rred onions and can be customized with toppings that  you choose and three dressing options; Zesty Lemon Vinaigrette, Greek Vinaigrette and Creamy Mediterranean Garlic.

Being able to provide the calorie ranges on the menu boards allows us to communicate to you just how healthy a Mediterranean diet can be. We want to make your meal decision as easy as possible by providing you with as much information as we can so that you can make an informed decision for the wellness of your body. But, the question does arise as to how you should use these calorie ranges to benefit your specific needs. Rebekah Spetnagel, MSS, RD explains how to interpret these numbers a bit further “Knowing what these numbers mean is the tricky part. Caloric and nutrient needs vary from person to person. However, the USDA has determined guidelines and explanations on how to incorporate them into each individual lifestyle. Even if you’re not counting calories, you can use this as a general rule of thumb. Restaraunts who provide the public with their caloric and nutrient information make it possible for people to eat out and make choices that fit within their dietary needs.” Check out our menu to see what tasty (and healthy) meal combination you can make.

Garbanzo beans don't give you gas. Know why?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

You might know that these meaty, delicious, sweet beans have been used for thousands of years in the Mediterranean and are the main ingredient in humus and falafel. But do you know why they won’t bloat you and embarrass you? If so, share what you know here!