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FAQ: GlucaChol™ with Oatwell™

1. What is GlucaChol-22?

  • GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ is a 100% concentrated oat bran powder.
  • GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ contains high concentrations of valuable beta-glucan (soluble dietary fibre) which is the active ingredient of oats that may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by reducing blood cholesterol levels.

2. What is oat beta-glucan?

  • Oats are grass-like cereal grains. Oats have a soft kernel. The protective hull is not edible and makes up 25% of the grain (diagram 1). The hull is removed before processing. The remaining oat kernel contains large quantities of protein, soluble dietary fibres (oat beta-glucan) and unsaturated fatty acids, as well as several vitamins and minerals.
  • Diagram 1: Oat kernel

1: Hull


2: Bran


3: Endosperm


4: Germ


A: Beta-glucan

  • In an oat grain, these soluble dietary fibres are present naturally at a particularly high level.

3. How does GlucaChol-22™ with Oatwell™ differ from oats & oat bran?

  • The beneficial properties of oats are largely attributed to the soluble fibres found in oats, which are called beta-glucan.
  • Oats contain 3% beta-glucan and oat bran contains 5.5%.
  • In GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ these natural viscous fibres are present in high amounts due to a careful milling and sieving process of the oats.
  • GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ contains 22% beta-glucan.
   
   

4. Who can use GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™?

  • GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ is suitable for the entire family and for all health-conscious people who want to positively influence their blood cholesterol level.
  • It's completely natural and has no side-effects, so it is suitable for everyone.
  • It is also safe for children, diabetics, pregnant and breastfeeding women.

5. What is cholesterol?

  • Cholesterol is a natural part of our body. It is a waxy fat-like substance which is largely produced by the body itself. There are 2 sources of cholesterol:
    1) the liver, which produces around 1 gram of cholesterol per day and
    2) the diet.
  • Cholesterol is used to form cell membranes, important hormones, bile acid and vitamin D, which is important for the bones.
  • Too much cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of heart and circulatory disease.
  • Cholesterol is carried in the blood attached to proteins called lipoproteins. There are two main forms:
    - LDL (Low density lipoprotein) often referred to as “bad” cholesterol because too much is unhealthy.
    - HDL (High density lipoprotein) often referred to as “good” cholesterol because it’s protective (see diagram 2).
  • Diagram 2: Healthy vs narrowing coronary artery due to cholesterol accumulation

6. What is a normal cholesterol level?

  • According to current recommendations, your total cholesterol level should not exceed 5.0 mmol/l.
  • Methods of lowering blood cholesterol include a change in diet, lifestyle and activity levels and in some cases a medical intervention including cholesterol lowering medication.

7. How much GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ must I consume to lower my cholesterol?

  • 3g of oat beta-glucan as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by reducing blood cholesterol levels.
  • 1 ½ scoops of GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ provides 3g oat beta-glucan. Oat beta-glucan is a naturally occurring dietary fibre contained in oats. Dietary fibres are valuable plant-based ingredients which should be part of every balanced diet.

8. How does GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ work to lower cholesterol levels?

  • GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ supplies oat beta-glucan.
  • Oat beta-glucan is a soluble dietary fibre which has been proven to assist with lowering blood cholesterol.
  • The method of function can be described as illustrated in diagram 3:
    Beta-glucans, soluble dietary fibres, of the oats split once in the digestive system, thus creating a gel which binds with cholesterol-rich bile acids in the gut. The production of new bile acids from cholesterol is promoted and thus the uptake of cholesterol into the blood stream is reduced. The bad cholesterol (LDL) is “caught” without affecting the good cholesterol (HDL).
  • Diagram 3: Oat beta-glucan mechanism of action - cholesterol lowering

9. How long does it take until the cholesterol level changes?

  • Daily intake of GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by reducing blood cholesterol levels. This may occur within a few weeks.
  • In order to achieve the best results, a regular intake over a longer period of time is recommended.

10. To what extent does GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ affect the LDL cholesterol level?

  • More than 100 scientific studies have been carried out and published in well-known scientific journals regarding the effect of oat beta-glucan on the cholesterol level in the blood.
  • Studies involving various foodstuffs (breakfast cereals, bread, cakes and pastries, drinks, pasta, snacks, etc.) have shown that beta-glucan can reduce the unwanted LDL cholesterol level by up to 10%. The HDL cholesterol level remains unaffected.

11. Can GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ be used in combination with, or replace, current cholesterol-lowering medication?

  • You should consult your doctor or a registered dietitian before consuming cholesterol-reducing foodstuffs if you are taking drugs to lower your cholesterol level.

12. What happens when I stop eating GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™?

  • The positive effects on the cholesterol level are only effective for as long as the product is consumed.
  • If GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ is no longer consumed the cholesterol levels return to the original value.

13. What should I also pay attention to?

  • An increased cholesterol level is just one of the risk factors of coronary heart disease.
  • The effects of oat beta-glucan on the cholesterol level can be supported through a balanced and varied diet, not smoking, sufficient exercise and bodyweight control.
  • Your meals:
    1. Enjoy a variety of foods
    2. Be active
    3. Drink lots of safe, clean water
    4. Make starchy foods the basis of most meals
    5. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day
    6. Eat dry beans, peas, lentils and soya regularly
    7. Chicken, fish, meat, milk or eggs can be eaten daily
    8. Eat fats sparingly
    9. Use salt sparingly
    10. Use food and drinks containing sugar sparingly and not between meals
    11. If you drink alcohol, drink sensibly.
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle. Your heart will love you!

14. Can I also eat GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ products when my cholesterol level is normal?

  • Yes - GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ contains dietary fibres – such as oat beta-glucan – which play an important role in a balanced diet.
  • The South African Guidelines for Healthy Eating recommend that everyone should have a fibre intake of at least 25g per day to ensure healthy functioning of the gut, as well as decreased risk for lifestyle associated chronic diseases.

15. Is it safe to use and are there any side effects when taking GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™?

  • Gut discomfort / bloating due to increased fibre intake when starting with GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ may be experienced.
  • It’s completely natural and has no side-effects, so it is suitable for everyone.
  • GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ has a minor gluten content due to the cross contamination of oats with wheat, barley and/or rye in the cultivation process. Thus GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ is NOT safe for individuals suffering from coeliac disease or a severe gluten intolerance.

16. Can I claim from my Medical Aid when I am using GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™?

  • GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ has a NAPPI code which can be used to claim from your Medical Aid if you have funds available.

17. What does GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ taste like?

  • GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ is a 100% concentrated oat bran powder especially high in oat beta-glucan.
  • It is much more refined than oats and has a powder consistency.
  • It has a starchy, malty taste similar to that of oats.
   
 


18. When is the best time to use GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™?

  • GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ can be used anytime of the day by adding it to:
    - Meals
    - Porridge e.g. oats
    - Cereals and muesli
    - Instant powders, gravies, soup and sauces
    - Yogurt
    - Smoothies & Drinks, including milk
    - Biscuits, bread and baked goods
  • For healthy and tasty GlucaChol-22™ with Oatwell™ recipe ideas visit:
    http://www.atlife.co.za/content/products_GlucaChol-22_300g.html
   
 

19. Is GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ low GI?

  • Blood sugar rises after eating a meal and drops shortly thereafter.
  • Oat beta-glucan regulates this rise and fall of glucose, lowering the GI of that particular meal.
  • The method of function can be described as illustrated in Diagram 4:
    Beta-glucans, soluble dietary fibres of the oats, are digested, a gel forms which makes the contents of the stomach and the small intestine more viscous (gummy / sticky). Digestion is thus slowed, the uptake of carbohydrates into the blood stream takes longer, and sudden fluctuations in the blood sugar levels are prevented.
  • Diagram 4: Oat beta-glucan mechanism of action – blood sugar control
  • Proven reduction of the glycemic response after eating – reduction of the sugar level.
  • In order to benefit from the blood sugar level lowering property of beta-glucan, a product must contain at least 4g of bioactive oat beta-glucan per 30g of carbohydrate consumed in the meal. GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ contains 30g bioactive oat beta-glucan per 30g of carbohydrate serving.

20. How does GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ help to improve Gut Health?

  • GlucaChol-22™ with Oatwell™ contains soluble and insoluble dietary fibre.
  • These different fibres in GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ powder increases stool bulking and improves stool consistency that results in healthy digestion.

21. Can I mix GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ long before taking it?

  • Due to the high concentration of soluble fibre in GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™, it absorbs liquid from the food or drink, a gel forms which makes the food or drink more viscous (gummy / sticky).
  • Consume immediately. Product will thicken if left to stand.

22. What is the difference between GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™ and GlucaChol-22™ Instant Flavoured drinks?

  • GlucaChol-22™ Instant flavoured drinks contain the original GlucaChol-22™ with Oatwell™.
  • All of the health benefits are now available in 3 NEW flavoured instant drink applications with added Tolerase® L.

23. What is Tolerase® L?

  • Tolerase® L is a lactase enzyme that contributes in the breaking down of lactose in milk.
  • GlucaChol-22™ Instant Flavoured drinks have been formulated to be mixed with milk. People with lactose intolerance can still use the product as the Tolerase® L (lactase enzyme) will break down the lactose sugar in the milk.

24. How much GlucaChol-22™ Instant flavoured drink must I consume to lower my cholesterol?

  • 3g of oat beta-glucan as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by reducing blood cholesterol levels.
  • 2 scoops of GlucaChol-22™ Instant Flavoured drink provides 3g oat beta-glucan. Oat beta-glucan is a naturally occurring dietary fibre contained in oats. Dietary fibres are valuable plant-based ingredients which should be part of every balanced diet.

25. To what can I add GlucaChol-22™ Instant flavoured drinks?

  • GlucaChol-22™ Instant Flavoured drinks are formulated to be mixed to 200-250ml Low fat or fat free milk.

  • It can also be added to smoothies with yoghurt, fruit and nuts (See the recipes on the GlucaChol-22™ Instant Flavoured drink product page).
  • Consume immediately. Product will thicken if left to stand.

26. Can GlucaChol-22™ with OatWell™and
GlucaChol-22™ Instant flavoured drinks cause constipation?

  • GlucaChol-22™ with Oatwell™ supplies oat beta-glucan.
  • Oat beta-glucan is a soluble dietary fibre.
  • Due to the high concentration of soluble fibre in GlucaChol-22™ with Oatwell™, it absorbs liquid from the food or drink, a gel forms which makes the food or drink more viscous (gummy / sticky).
  • When fibre intake in the diet is increased you must remember to drink enough water and fluids to ensure the maximum benefit for the gut.
  • The recommended intake is 6 – 8 glasses of water a day.

 

 
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