Raw Crunch® Bar Ingredients

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Certified Raw Organic Sunflower, Pumpkin, Flax, Sesame Seeds
Certified Raw Organic Cashews, Pecans, Macadamia nuts
Certified Raw Organic Honey, Celtic Sea Salt
The bars contain either organic dark chocolate, or raw organic gojiberries, cranberries, blueberries, dark cherry or mango coconut.

You can reap the health benefits of nuts and seeds even if you eat as little as one ounce a day, five times weekly.

The raw nuts and seeds in Raw Crunch® Bars are rich in energy (fats), and bio-available live nutrients, and taste great. Produced to order, they are always fresh and delicious.

They are an excellent source of monounsaturated-fatty acids (MUF) such as oleic and palmitoleic acids, which help to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol.”

The seeds and nuts in Raw Crunch® Energy Bars also contain minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, fluoride selenium and other trace minerals.

Here is a breakdown of benefits from each of the ingredients, you will receive from eating Raw Crunch® products.

Raw Organic Pumpkin SeedsRaw Organic Pumpkin Seeds

Raw pumpkin seeds provide a rich source of fiber, a type of carbohydrate that prevents constipation and benefits digestive health. The seeds also boost your intake of protein — each ounce of seeds provides almost 9 grams.

The seeds contain iron, as well as potassium, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium. Because fiber, protein and minerals are not destroyed by roasting, these nutrients are found in roughly equal amounts in both raw and roasted pumpkin seeds. Source: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-raw-pumpkin-seeds-6627.html

One benefit of selecting raw pumpkin seeds over roasted seeds is that raw seed contains about 3X’s the vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin, over the roasted. Raw pumpkin seeds also contain about 2X’s more vitamin K than their roasted counterparts. Source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-health-benefits-of-pumpkin-seeds.html

Pumpkin seeds are also an excellent source of fiber which helps keep you regular and they are extremely alkalizing to the body…

Pumpkins and pumpkin seeds belong to the same family as cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumber, and squash. Long valued as a great source of zinc pumpkin seeds are becoming increasingly recognized for their diversity of antioxidants, which makes them unique in their antioxidant support, such as providing a wide variety of forms of vitamin E. Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=82

9 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/30/pumpkin-seed-benefits.aspx

Raw Organic Sunflower SeedsRaw Organic Sunflower Seeds

Phytosterols are compounds found in plants that have a chemical structure very similar to cholesterol, and when present in the diet in sufficient amounts, are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of certain cancers. Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=57

Sesame seeds had the highest total phytosterol content (400-413 mg per 100 grams) Of the nuts and seeds typically consumed as snack foods, sunflower seeds were richest in phytosterols (270-289 mg/100 g), followed by pumpkin seeds (265 mg/100 g).

Sunflower seeds contain bone-healthy minerals. Besides calcium, your bones need magnesium and copper to stay strong. Sunflower seeds have both these minerals. As a bonus, they also contain Vitamin E, which helps ease arthritic pain. Source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-super-health-benefits-of-sunflower-seeds.html

Much of sunflower seeds’ calories come from fatty acids. The seeds are especially rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acidlinoleic acid, which constitute more 50% fatty acids in them.

They are also good in mono-unsaturatedoleic acid that helps lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good-cholesterol” in the blood.

Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in monounsaturated fats help to prevent coronary artery disease, and stroke by favoring healthy blood lipid profile. Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/sunflower-seeds.html

Sunflower seeds contain natural anti-oxideants such as health benefiting poly-phenol compounds like chlorogenic acid, quinic acid, and caffeic acids. Sunflower kernels are one of the finest sources of B-complex group of vitamins.

They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), pantothenic acid, and riboflavin.

Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sunflower seeds. Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/sunflower-seeds.html

Raw Organic Flax SeedsRaw Organic Flax Seeds

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

1. Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.

2. Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.

3. Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types. Source: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed

Flax seed is a source of healthy fat, antioxidants, and fiber; modern research has found evidence to suggest that flaxseed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263405.php

Flax is a great source of fiber. Most Americans do not get enough fiber in their diet. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular. Because of all the fiber, be sure to start with little amounts, and build up gradually. Otherwise, you may experience bloating and digestive issues.

Flax is a plant source of omega-3. Once again, most Americans are short on their omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids (“essential” meaning they must be consumed because our bodies don’t make them) play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body.

Flax contains the shorter chain omega-3 called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) Source: http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/victoria-maizes-md/benefits-flax

Raw Organic Sesame SeedsRaw Organic Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are important sources of phyto-nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber with potential anti-cancer as well as health promoting properties.

In addition, sesame seeds contain many health benefiting compounds such as sesamol (3, 4-methylene-dioxyphenol), sesaminol, furyl-methanthiol, guajacol (2-methoxyphenol), phenylethanthiol and furaneol, vinylguacol, and decadienal. Sesamol and sesaminol are phenolic anti-oxidants.

Together, these compounds help stave off harmful free radicals from the human body. Sesame is among the seeds rich in quality vitamins, and minerals. They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and riboflavin.

The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sesame seeds. Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/sesame-seeds.html

Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber. Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=84

20 Huge Health Benefits of Sesame – http://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-health-benefits-of-sesame-you-wont-believe.html

Raw Organic Pecan NutsRaw Organic Pecan Nuts

With a fat content of 70+ percent, pecans contain more fat than just about any other nut. But don’t let fat content fool you; these large, buttery flavored nuts are rich in numerous vitamins and minerals known for promoting various aspects of health.

Several studies have found that nuts, including pecans should be included in your daily diet to help boost your immune system. And, pecans are in the top 15 foods known for their antioxidant activity, according to the USDA Source: http://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-pecans-7-reasons-eat-pecans/

According to Mercola.com, (http://foodfacts.mercola.com/pecans.html) Fiber rich pecans are also chock-full of minerals. Manganese, of which pecans offer a whopping 245% of the daily value per serving, is good for your heart.

Pecans contain 65% of the daily value for copper, critical for energy production in  your cells, and 33% each in magnesium (helping to maintain a healthy immune system, nerve function, heart rhythm, and muscle and bone strength) and zinc (for optimal immune function, protein synthesis, DNA synthesis, cell division, and wound healing).

The phosphorus, iron, calcium, and selenium content in pecans hold their own as nutritional assets.

Pecans, noted by scientists as being rich in monounsaturated fats, are recommended as a cholesterol-lowering food that can have cardiovascular disease-lowering effects, and can be eaten without increasing body weight. — Source: http://foodfacts.mercola.com/pecans.html

Pecan nuts contain vitamin E which is a natural antioxidant. Pecan nuts contain 19+ vitamins and minerals. Vitamins from the B group, vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, folic acid, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium are also present in pecans. — Source: http://www.seedguides.info/pecans/

Raw Organic Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are loaded with fat and high in calories. These are not traits you would generally associate with a healthy food. But, before you write macadamia nuts off, you should also know that they are a unique source of key nutrients and actually are very good for your heart.

In the context of a healthy diet, macadamia nuts are a snack alternative you can feel good about. Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/360245-are-macadamia-nuts-healthy/

Macadamias are an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc. 100 g nuts provide 3.6 µg of selenium. Selenium is a cardio-protective micro-mineral and an important anti-oxidant cofactor for glutathione peroxidase enzyme.

Furthermore, the nuts are also rich in many important B-complex vitamins that are vital for metabolic functions. 100 g of nuts provide 15% of niacin, 21% of pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), 100% of thiamin, and 12% of riboflavin.

Raw Organic Cashew NutsRaw Organic Cashew Nuts

Delicately sweet, yet crunchy and delicious cashew nut, that is packed with energy, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for healthy cells.

Cashews also contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil.

Cashew nuts contain essential minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

Cashews also contain essential B vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and thiamin (vitamin B-1).

Raw Organic Honey

Raw organic honey is honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way. The differences between raw and pasteurized honey are substantial. Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients.

raw-organic-honeyRaw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections.

Raw honey’s benefits don’t stop there. Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers.

Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma. Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/035493_raw_honey_health_benefits_antibacterial.html

Raw honey comes straight from the honeycomb, and is honey in its purest form. Here are just some of the health benefits of raw honey:
Anti-viral and anti-fungal properties
Contains polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant
Helps ward off allergies
Soothes sore throats and is a natural expectorant (i.e. is great to eat when you have a cold)
Stabilizes blood pressure and balances blood sugar levels
Boosts immune function
Promotes digestive health
Source: http://bodyunburdened.com/health-benefits-raw-honey/

“The therapeutic potential benefits of pure, raw honey is grossly underutilized. It is widely available in most communities and although we don’t totally understand why it can heal various health conditions we know that from studies it has many benefits.  The time has now come for conventional medicine to lift the blinds off this ‘traditional remedy’ and give it its due recognition.” — says a report in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Honey is far more than a natural sweetener. It is a “functional food”, which means it is a natural food with health benefits. It contains natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium.Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.

In addition, the nutraceuticals contained in honey help neutralize damaging free radical activity.
One tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, yet it has a healthy glycemic load around 10 for 1 Tbsp, which is a little less than a banana. and does not cause a sugar spike and elevated insulin release like white sugar. Raw honey is a concentrated source of natural goodness. Source: http://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/

sea-saltOrganic Celtic Sea Salt

Refers to naturally moist salt harvested from the Atlantic seawater off the coast of Brittany, France.

This type of salt are harvested using the Celtic method of wooden rakes allowing no metal to touch the salt.

It is naturally air and sun-dried in clay ponds and gathered with wooden tools to preserve its living enzymes.

Because it is unrefined, it contains all of the 84 beneficial live elements found in sea water, with no chemical and preservatives nor any other additives.

Source: Celtic Sea Salt: Health Benefits – http://juicing-for-health.com/sea-salt-health-benefits.html

10 Key Health Benefits of Celtic Sea Salt — http://www.waterbenefitshealth.com/celtic-sea-salt.html

Sea Salt vs Table Salt – http://draxe.com/10-benefits-celtic-sea-salt-himalayan-salt/

raw-organic-berriesRaw Organic Berries – Depending on the variety of Raw Crunch® Bar (Goji, Blueberry, Cranberry)

Everyone knows how good berries are for our health. I don’t need to go over it again here.

With their anti-oxident properties, vitamins, minerals, and living enzymes, they should be a staple in everyone’s diet.

Whether fresh or dehydrated, all of their nutrients are still bio-available for the health if our body’s cells.

Here are some articles on berries if you want to read further.

Health Benefits of Berries

blueberries-184448_12809 Amazing Health Benefits of Berries

Dark Chocolate (This ingredient is organic, but not raw.)

Evidence is building that products of the cacao plant, especially dark chocolate, are good for your heart. Medical studies show that people who eat dark chocolate have healthier cardiovascular systems, boasting better blood circulation and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. — Jennifer J. Brown

Dark chocolate is good for your heart. A small bar of it everyday can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well.

organic-dark-chocolateTwo heart health benefits of dark chocolate are: 1. Lower Blood Pressure: Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate everyday can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure. 2. Lower Cholesterol: Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent. –– Mark Stibich, Ph.D.

7 Heart-Healthy Perks of Dark Chocolate –

Health Benefits of Chocolate —

The Organic chocolate in the “Chocolate” flavor Raw Crunch® Bars is not raw, and contains organic sugar, organic unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, organic vanilla beans, and a trace amount of organic soy lecithin.

Well, there you have it. All the ingredients of a high quality, premium energy bar that tastes unbelivably great! All Raw Crunch® bars are Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free & GMO-free. Most fresh if consumed within 5 months of purchase.

And, this Raw Crunch Bar is a winner… I love these bars.

Try them. You will be pleasantly surprised at how tasty they are. And, of course, you get all of the health benefits that go along with this high quality, premium energy bar. Four varieties to choose from… but they are all great!

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