What makes Heartbar products good for you?
Heartbar oatmeal squares are full of oats, fiber, and plant-sterols. They also are low in saturated fat. All of Heartbar products are infused with plant sterols, which are proven to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol when eaten as part of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
What are plant sterols?
Plant sterols, also known as phytosterols, are plant-based compounds that can help lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, a.k.a. "bad cholesterol."Learn more about Plant sterols here.
What clinical studies have been conducted to validate your cholesterol-lowering claim?
Heartbars' cholesterol-lowering efficacy in humans was established by a Brandeis University clinical trial. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Nutrition in March 2004 and showed a significant LDL ("bad") cholesterol reduction of phytosterol-enriched snacks without affecting HDL ('good") cholesterol.
The science supporting the ability of plant sterols to reduce cholesterol is overwhelming and has been endorsed by the American Heart Association for individuals who have high cholesterol. Additionally, there is substantial science behind the ability of oats to reduce cholesterol. However, the plant sterols in Heartbar are the primary cholesterol-lowering ingredient in our products. Further studies from the University of Toronto show that cholesterol-lowering foods are most effective when combined, supporting the use of plant sterols with oats and fiber in Heartbar products. For more information, please see the Heart Health section of our website for a summary of the research that has been conducted on the cholesterol-lowering properties of plant sterols.
What type of fiber does Heartbar contain?
Heartbar contains soluble and insoluble fiber which can further lower blood cholesterol and stabilize blood-sugar.
What is the shelf life of Heartbar?
All of our products are best when consumed before the expiration date on the front bottom left hand corner of the package.
Are Heartbar snacks Vegetarian, Kosher?
Our bars are vegetarian and are Kosher certified by Kosher.
Is your product Organic?
Our product is not organic.
Is your product Gluten Free?
No. While our bars have no gluten containing ingredients, our bars are manufactured in a facility that processes wheat.
Is your product Non-GMO?
Our ingredients are Non GMO.