February is Heart Health Month!

When was the last time you checked your Heart Health knowledge? If you like, here is a short quiz that could help save the life of someone you know.

According to the CDC, “Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.”

SPI Group can help with a good number of functional ingredients, which fit well in heart healthy food and beverage formulas. These ingredients contribute in making foods and beverages healthier, nutritious and maintaining or improving good texture, mouthfeel and flavor. These include proteins (soy, whey, rice and pea proteins) and insoluble fibers (apple, sugarcane, cellulose, orange, soy, oat and potato) that besides helping in digestion, also help lower calories and provide increased structure and shelf life in baked items. Our fibers are also used in nutraceutical applications, consumed in fiber blends with water or juice.
The FDA states that 25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol, can decrease LDL and total cholesterol levels, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. Go here for the official regulation, or contact your SPI Group representative for more information.