Being Heart Healthy

Being Heart Healthy

One clue that a food has some trans fat in it is the phrase “partially hydrogenated” in the ingredient list. When you do use fats, choose monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil or canola oil. Polyunsaturated fats, found in certain fish, avocados, nuts and seeds, also are good choices for a heart-healthy diet.

In 2011, the American Heart (AHA) emphasized in a scientific statement that diet and lifestyle changes are essential for patients with high triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are blood fats associated with unhealthy cholesterol levels and increased risk for heart disease. In addition to the standard advice on limiting saturated and trans fats, the AHA recommends that people with unhealthy triglyceride levels should:

  • Limit fructose intake by consuming fruits that are relatively lower in fructose (cantaloupe, grapefruit, strawberries, peaches, bananas) and avoiding added sugars. Fructose is metabolized differently than other sugars and can significanty raise triglycerides.
  • Avoid processed foods with added sugars of any kind. Pay attention to ingredients in food labels that indicate the presence of added sugars. These include terms such as sweeteners, syrups, fruit juice concentrates, molasses, and sugar molecules ending in “ose” (like dextrose and sucrose).
  • Limit or avoid alcohol, especially if triglyceride levels exceed 500 mg/dL.
  • Try to achieve a healthy weight! Weight loss has an enormous impact on decreasing triglycerides. A 5 – 10% weight loss can produce a 20% drop in triglyceride levels.

Gerbs Roasted and/or seasoned lines are Made, Packaged, Processed, and Shipped in our facility in the historic PK Foundry building in Johnston, Rhode Island. We do not use any cooking oils, thus everything is dry roasted at low temperatures to lock in the natural vitamins, minerals, & omega fatty acids, because we feel baking in a pool of oil is just as unhealthy as frying! We maybe a small business located in the smallest state, but we THINK BIG – Gerbs is unique compared to any of our competition, in that we handle all aspects of operation – from purchasing, production, storage, and distribution/shipping on our 100% dedicated packaging equipment by our specially trained and caring staff.

Gerbs is All Natural

  • Non-GMO
  • Chemical Free
  • Preservative Free
  • Nothing Artificial
  • Nitrates/Nitrite Free
  • Trans-Fat Free
  • MSG Free

Recognized Allergens

Our entire product line is FREE from the Top 11 Recognized Allergen’s. We inspect, roast, package, store, and ship all our lines to ensure Gerbs are: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Legume Free (which includes beans, peas, lentils, chick peas, lupine), Soy Free, Egg Free, Sesame Free, Milk/Dairy Free, Fish Free, Crustacean Free, Shellfish Free, and Mustard Free.

Testimonial by Tara M.

Okay, I don't often go crazy over products, but I am so in love with Gerbs!! I had only found the in-shell variety at my local stores, which are fine, but yesterday I found the shelled seeds and I cannot express how THRILLED I am!! One thing I have wanted to do is use them in baking and candy making...and the in shell variety aren't conducive to that. But also Gerbs has a distincitive taste that is better than the other brand of pumpkin seeds I buy. You should consider putting up a fan site on Facebook . Just wanted to say THANK YOU!