What goes into our Granola?
We create products that are nutritious, wholesome and flavoursome, using a variety of natural ingredients, which deliver on taste as well as health benefits. When it comes to flavours, we are passionate about natural flavours derived from natural ingredients.
Below are the natural ingredients in our granola and the role they play in making our bodies feel a whole lot better.
Oats are one of the most important ingredients in our granola. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibre, which promotes slow digestion within the body. This helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer and prevents spikes and dips in your sugar levels.
The soluble fibre, Beta Glucan, also works to reduce the levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol in the body.
Other essential vitamins and minerals found in oats include magnesium, potassium, zinc, thiamine and Vitamin E.
Almonds are incredibly healthy, and a great source of fibre, protein, calcium and Vitamin E.
Almonds contain zinc, which contributes to the function of the immune system, increasing cell activation and attacking viruses and bacteria, while magnesium and potassium help maintain a normal blood pressure.
Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which plays a role in the health of our heart and skin. These fatty acids are thought to reduce inflammation in the heart and blood vessels, whilst they are responsible for maintaining healthy membranes and improving hydration in the skin.
Rich in B vitamins, iron, magnesium, manganese and selenium.
A trace mineral and powerful antioxidant, selenium contributes to healthy, glowing skin by protecting it from UV rays and strong, shiny hair, by aiding the thyroid in functioning properly. The thyroid is responsible for the hormones that regulate hair loss. Selenium also activates an enzyme that is crucial in regenerating other antioxidants, promoting hair growth.
It also plays a role in boosting immunity and promoting cardiovascular health.
Hazelnuts are abundant in unsaturated fats and boast a great nutrient profile. Concentrated in antioxidants, they are thought to contribute to heart health and decreased cholesterol levels.
Like oats, they play a role in lowering blood sugar levels, too. They also provide us with a source of fibre, protein and B vitamins.
Hailing from the hickory family, pecans are an important source of phytonutrients that contain powerful antioxidants.
Like other nuts, the fats in pecans have been shown to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol and contribute to improved cardiovascular health. They also contain essential vitamins and minerals including zinc, B vitamins and vitamin E.
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 (essential fatty acids – EFAs), which promote healthy skin and hair.
Further to this, EFA’s play an important role in brain development and mental health. They support the immune system through contributing to cellular processes and regulating inflammation in the body to help prevent disease.
Pumpkin seeds also contain calcium and magnesium that serve to support bones, muscles and nerves.
Sunflower seeds contain high levels of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant.
Vitamin E neutralises free-radicals in the body, protecting structures that contain fat, such as cell membranes, brain cells and healthy cholesterol. In doing so, Vitamin E reduces inflammation in the body to create an all-round healthy environment.
With its natural sweetness, not only does coconut satisfy a sweet tooth, it also offers a range of health benefits.
Coconuts are high in manganese, an essential mineral with dual benefits. Manganese is essential for healthy bones as it is thought to improve bone mass, (in conjunction with other vitamins and minerals.) Manganese plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins.
Coconut is high in fibre and fats, and contains arginine, and important amino acid. Arginine contributes to the function of pancreatic cells and, in turn, blood sugar regulation.
Black treacle is produced from molasses, the bitter end product of sugar production. This means that it is sweeter than refined sugar, contains less sugar than any other sugar cane product and is a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
Black treacle contains iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium and B vitamins.
Agave Syrup is a natural source of fructose, and it is the lowest GI natural syrup available. Derived from agave tequila, the blue agave plant, the syrup is plant-based, allowing us to cater to those following a vegan diet.
Concentrated Apple Juice
Apple juice adds a sweet, crisp flavour to our cereals, and retains the rustic, countryside heritage of Lizi’s products.
Ginger is considered to be one of the healthiest spices. It packs a strong flavour, along with medicinal properties.
Ginger contains trace amounts of B vitamins, iron, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium. Phosphorus works with calcium and contributes to the formation of bones and teeth. It is also required for the synthesis of protein for the growth and repair of cells and tissues.
A warm, aromatic bean of tropical origin, vanilla is used in our products to give a smooth and sweet taste.
Research suggests that vanilla works to lower cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation in the digestive tract and improve the body’s metabolic system.
Rich in antioxidants, vanilla can help the body to prevent the deterioration of cells and tissues, as well as stimulating regeneration.
It is important for us to use natural ingredients in our products, and that is why our rapeseed oil is sourced from European production. European oil is uncontaminated with GMO varieties, so we can be confident including it in our recipe, and keeping our wholesome, natural food ingredients.
Rich in monounsaturated fat (60%), rapeseed is second only to linseed oil as a source of the omega-3 essential fatty acid.