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Muesli Stockists

 

Bedfordview Spar

cnr Nicol & van Buuren Roads

Bedfordview

011 450 1474

 

Bryanston Organic Market

Culross Road (off Main Road)

Bryanston

Thursdays & Saturdays 09h00 - 15h00


Casalinga

Green Bean Coffee Roastery

Beyers Naude Drive

Muldersdrift

082 889 9987

 

Cheese Gourmet

3rd Avenue Linden

011 888 5384


Country Meat Pineslopes

cnr Forest Road & Sunset Avenue

Fourways

011 465 0664


Country Meat Linden

Cnr 1st & 6th Roads

Linden

 

Craighall Spar

Lancaster Road

Craighall

011 788 1510

 

Doppio Zero Greenside

cnr Barry Hertzog & Gleneagles Stree

Greenside

011 646 8740


Down to Earth Deli

2 Riviera Lane

Featherbrooke Ext 8

Krugersdorp

 

Eagle Canyon Spar

cnr Scott & Frederik Streets

Randpark Ridge

Honeydew

011 794 6478


Fresh2U Farmers Market

Franz Hoenig Grounds

Modderfontein

1st & 4th Saturday of each month from 09h00 - 13h00


Fuel Foods

Shop UM 8

Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre

Cnr Jan Smuts & Sixth

011 442 2003

 

Fruits and Roots

Hobart Shopping Centre

Bryanston

011 463 2928

 

Groenvoer

Olifantsfontein

011 314 1211


Hout Bay Spar

Victoria Road

Hout Bay 

Cape Town

021 790 2683

 

Jackson's Real Food Market

Riverside Shopping Centre

Bryanston Drive

011 463 1598

 

Jozi Market

Pirates Country Club

Parktown North/Greenside

Saturdays 08h30 - 13h30

 

Nutri Balance

Shop L57(by the food court)

Sandton City

011 784 9249


Nuts About Snacks

Shop # 1 Northmead Mall

First Street

Benoni


Nuts About You

Shop # 3 Douglasdale Shopping Centre

Cnr Leslie & Douglas Drive

Douglasdale

011 462 2887

 

Organic Living

Constantia Village Shopping Centre

Cape Town

021 794 1888


Stelkor Pharmacy

34 Piet Retief Street

Stellebosch

021 883 3162

 

Steve's Spar

Beyer's Naude Drive

Blackheath

011 476 1000


Super Spar Broadacres

Broadacres Shopping Centre

Cedar Road

Fourways

011 540 1500

 

Super Spar Hobart

Hobart Shopping Centre

Grosvenor Road

Bryanston

011 463 2194

  

Super Spar Monument Park

73 Skilpad Road

Monument Park

Pretoria

012 460 8161


The Good Health Shop

Marine Drive

1 Surf Bay Centre

Shelly Beach

 

Weleda Pharmacy

Naturally Yours Centre

Bryanston

011 463 3604

www.naturally-yours.co.za

 

Weleda Pharmacy

Pineslopes Shopping Centre

011 467 2430

www.naturally-yours.co.za


Wellness Warehouse

Brooklyn Mall

Shop 309 Brooklyn Mall

cnr Fehrson & Lange Streets

New Muckleneuk

Pretoria

012 460 2154


Cavendish 

Shop C13 Cavendish Square

C/O Dreyer & Main Road

Claremont

Cape Town

021 673 7200

 

Gardens

Shop 39A

Gardens Shopping Centre

Cnr Mill & Buitenkant Streets

Cape Town 

 

Lifestyle on Kloof

50 Kloof Street 

C/O Kloof & Park Road

Cape Town CBD

021 487 5420

 

Thrupps Illovo

Shop G12

Thrupps Illovo Centre

204 Oxford Road

illovo

 

Wheelers Pharmacy

The Passageway

Main Road

Hout Bay

021 790 3136

 

 

A Brief History of Muesli PDF Print E-mail

Muesli was introduced around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy. It was inspired by a similar "strange dish" that he and his wife had been served on a hike in the Swiss Alps. Muesli in its modern form became popular in western countries starting in the 1960s as part of increased interest in Health food and vegetarian diets.

Muesli is a generally a loose mixture of mainly rolled oats together with various pieces of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. It commonly also contains other rolled cereal grains such as barley or rye flakes. There are many varieties, some of which may also contain honey, spices, or chocolate. This dry packaged muesli can be stored for many months. It can be served quickly after mixing it with milk, yoghurt, fruit juice, or even just plain water. If desired pieces of fresh fruit may be added. Alternatively, the mix may be soaked overnight in milk and then served with fresh fruit or compote to taste.

What makes All About Health’s muesli different?
 We have decided to take muesli back to its roots; that of being a cereal intended to promote health and wellness. Our flagship brand, Nina’s Low GI Muesli, was actually developed by a lady by the name of Nina (no surprises there) who developed Type I diabetes in her late thirties. All of a sudden she was forced to re-look at her lifestyle – the main component of that being the food that she ate.
The most important element of any diabetic’s diet is to keep their blood sugar stable. As we have all heard a hundred times before breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that is what Nina focussed on (not that you can’t have our muesli for lunch or dinner or as a delicious snack).

There are two varietals ofNina’s Low GI Muesli:

  • The original Nina’s Low GI Muesli contains rolled oats and barley, sunflower seeds, flaked almonds, sultanas, wheat germ and digestive bran (as an additional source of fibre).
  • The other product Nina’s Low GI Wheat Free muesli does not contain digestive bran and wheat germ and is suitable for people who battle with wheat intolerance.

Both products are free of preservatives, salt, sugar and oils.

So the question is how do you, the consumer know what the difference is between grains that have been minimally processed and grains that are highly processed?

Here are a few pointers:

  • Make sure that you can see the product that you are buying. Many muesli’s are packed in a box or opaque plastic which makes it difficult to view the contents. You wouldn’t buy vegetables or meat that you couldn’t see would you? Same with muesli!
  • Look for a grain that is still whole and dense. The more ‘transparent’ the oats are, the more they’ve been processed.
  • Look for as little powder residue as possible. The more the grain is rolled, the more powdery they become which will result in a whole lot of grain ‘dust’.
  • Oats that have not been highly processed take a lot longer to cook and retain a nutty texture as opposed to being ‘mush’.
  • Nina’s Low GI Mueslionly uses barley and oats that have been rolled once. This means that although they might take longer to chew, they will be digested at a lower rate, thus producing stable increases in blood glucose levels.
What else makes Nina’s Low GI Muesli an ideal choice?

90% of muesli’s, and not necessarily just mass-market brands, have large amounts of sugar and whey included, which give it a far sweeter and richer taste than traditional muesli’s.Nina’s Low GI Muesli contains absolutely no added sugar – the sultanas in the product provide it with some sweetness and having it with fresh fruit will also lend some sweetness. If however you really do have an untamable sweet tooth you could always add a swirl of raw honey!

How do you know if the muesli you are buying contains sugar?

  • Read the label. Anything that says added fructose, molasses, syrup (of any kind) and maltodextrin contain sweetners.
  • Beware of muesli’s that might claim to have “no added sucrose” on their label as this could mean they use fructose instead!

The other hidden enemy contained in most other muesli’s is FAT!! You might think that you are eating a low-fat, healthy meal only to find that the muesli has been baked in oil! Traditionally this is done to give the grains a more appeasing golden colour as well as to enhance the palatability of the product. Once again read the label. Anything that says sunflower, palm, vegetable or any other kind of oil is not healthy! Not only do they add unnecessary kilojoules to the food but most oils change structure when heated and this all depends on the type of oil’s Smoke Point. This is, as the name suggests, the point (heat) at which the oil begins to smoke. This can change the chemical composition of the oil, sometimes to harmful effect, and almost always changes the taste. A low smoke point is bad for high-heat situations, like frying, and oil with a very low smoke point shouldn't be cooked with at all, or only very slightly.

Nina’s Low GI Muesli contains no added oil whatsoever! The product is dry-baked to improve digestibility and imbues a toasty, nutty taste to the muesli without being slathered in unhealthy oils. The big difference between muesli’s baked in oil versus one’s that aren’t is the visual appearance and colour of the grains. Those baked in oil take on an oily sheen and are much yellower in colour than their unadulterated counterparts.

Health benefits of Nina’s Low GI Muesli:
All the main ingredients of our muesli are considered important elements of a healthy diet:

  • A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of cancer and other age-related diseases, and a serving of muesli can contain one or two servings of fresh fruit.
  • Oat products have been shown to help lower high blood cholesterol concentration (hypercholesterolemia), thereby reducing the risk of arteriosclerosis (narrowed arteries).
  • Raw oats contain phytic acid, an essential nutrient which the steam process used to create "instant oats" destroys.
  • Products made from whole oat and wheat grains are rich in fibre and essential trace elements.
  • Wheat Germ (the embryo or kernel of the wheat) is a rich source of protein, fibre, unsaturated fat, vitamin E, vitamin B1 B2, B6 phosphorus, zinc, thiamine, magnesium and pantothenic acid.
  • Almonds have the following health benefits:
    they regulate cholesterol and blood pressure; are good for the heart and brain; help prevent certain types of cancer; protect against diabetes; are good for the developing foetus during pregnancy; they help reduce weight and ease constipation, they boost energy and last but not least are known to prevent gallstones
  • The sultanas that are inNina’s Low GI Muesli, as well as the oats and digestive bran are a source of fiber. The sultanas also have a profound anti-oxidant effect.
  • Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E which in turn has anti-inflammatory as well as cardiovascular benefits. They are a rich source of magnesium which helps calm your nerves, muscles and blood vessels. They also contain selenium has been shown to induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells, to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells, and to induce their apoptosis (the self-destruct sequence the body uses to eliminate worn out or abnormal cells). In addition, selenium is incorporated at the active site of many proteins, including glutathione peroxidase, which is particularly important for cancer protection.
  • The low glycaemic index of muesli without added sugar or honey helps blood sugar control which makes it the ideal breakfast for children and adults alike!

Cereal Killers
Just to re-cap, when buying muesli please use the following checklist in order to ensure that what you are buying is indeed healthy and that it do not contain the following:

  • Sugar - look out for the words Sucrose, Fructose, Xylitol, Maltodextrin, Molasses or any type of Syrup
  • Oil – look at the colour of the oats; are they yellow and glossy (which means they’ve been baked in oil) or creamy white? Can’t see due to the packaging – buy muesli in see-through packaging. Look out for the words Vegetable Oil, Palm Oil, Sunflower oil etc.
  • Preservatives. Is the muesli that you buying natural or full of preservatives to extend the shelf life? Most natural products won’t have an excessively long shelf life.
  • Salt – this is another favourite that some manufacturers add to increase the palatability of the product. Avoid anything that says Sodium Chloride.
  • Peanuts – the American Asthma and Allergy foundation cites peanuts to be the number one cause of food allergy related deaths amongst children. Although death is an extreme example, peanuts can cause other unpleasant side-effects in children and adults alike. Due to the fact that they are cheaper than other nut varietals, some manufacturers will use them in order to ‘bulk up’ the product.

1 An Examination of the Possibility of Lowering the Glycemic Index of Oat and Barley Flakes by Minimal Processing - Yvonne Granfeldt, Ann-Charlott Eliasson and Inger Björck