21 days of doing one small thing to love your heart

    The Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart is an excellent reason to create
    new healthier habits with simple nutrition changes

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation,
heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in Canadian women.
However, lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can reduce the risk by as much
as 80 per cent.
    But even small changes can seem daunting without a plan of action.
    You may have heard that it takes about 21 days to create a new habit(1).
And there are almost that many days until the Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for
Heart on June 7, 2009, in Toronto. So mark that date as the reason to start
NOW doing small things to improve your heart health. You can register at
    Your "One Small Thing" doesn't have to be overwhelming or difficult. For
the next few weeks, Becel urges Canadians to make simple changes that can be
as easy as taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator or making some
small changes in your diet. For example, Canada's Food Guide recommends
including a small amount (2 to 3 tbsp) of unsaturated fat each day and
choosing soft margarines that are low in saturated and trans fat. Becel
margarine is low in saturated fat and has no trans fat.

    Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart - Getting Ready

    Whether cycling in the Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart or just starting
a new healthier lifestyle routine, the days leading up to June 7th require a
commitment to creating a good habit that will have a big impact.
    One simple way of making that positive change is through your diet.
Making small changes in your diet can be done one food choice at a time. That
can be as easy as substituting Becel for butter more often when cooking or
baking. The Becel Banana Date and Walnut Muffin is made with Becel Original,
which has 80 per cent less saturated fat than butter. This heart healthy
muffin will be distributed at this year's Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart

    (1) Maxwell Maltz, M.D. (1989). Psycho-Cybernetics. Pocket Books,

    Becel Banana Date and Walnut Muffin

    Preparation Time: 25 minutes
    Baking Time: 20 minutes
    Makes: 12 muffins

    Imperial           Metric         Ingredients

    2 cups             500 mL         whole wheat flour
    3/4 cups           175 mL         granulated sugar
    1/2 tsp            5 mL           baking powder
    1/2 tsp            2 mL           ground cinnamon
    1/2 cups           125 mL         rolled oats
    2                  2              eggs
    3/4 cups           175 mL         plain low fat yogurt
    1/3 cups           75 mL          Becel Original margarine, melted
    1 tsp              5 mL           vanilla extract
    1-1/4 cups         300 mL         mashed ripe banana (about 3)
    1/3 cups           75 mL          coarsely chopped walnuts
    3/4 cups           175 mL         chopped pitted dates


    1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray muffin tins with
        non-stick cooking spray.

    2.  In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder,
        cinnamon and rolled oats. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, yogurt,
        melted margarine, vanilla and bananas. Stir the wet ingredients into
        the flour, then stir in the walnuts and dates.

    3.  Spoon batter into muffin tins to the top. Bake 20 minutes or until
        muffins are golden.


    energy (kilocalories)                271 KCAL
    fat                                     9.2 G
    saturates                               1.5 G
    polyunsaturates                           4 G
    monounsaturates                         2.8 G
    cholesterol                             32 MG
    carbohydrate                           44.7 G
    fibre, total dietary                    4.4 G
    protein                                 6.1 G
    sodium                                 161 MG
    potassium                              324 MG
    vitamin C                                2 MG
    vitamin A (retinol equivalents)         81 RE
    calcium                                 61 MG
    iron                                   1.4 MG
    vitamin D (international units)        0.9 IU
    vitamin E                              1.7 MG

    Other heart-healthy recipes, training tips and more information on doing
One Small Thing can be found at www.loveyourheart.ca.

    Becel History of Support for Heart Health

    Becel margarine was created in the 1960's as a response to the call from
Dutch physicians for a margarine low in saturated fats. Since that time,
Unilever's focus has been on producing margarines that can be part of a heart
healthy diet.
    In Canada, Becel has been a longstanding supporter of the Heart and
Stroke Foundation and the Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart. The goal is to
eliminate heart disease and stroke through the advancement of research and the
promotion of healthy living.

    About Unilever

    Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer products companies, adds
vitality to life by meeting everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal
care. Every day, 160 million people choose Unilever brands to feed their
families and to clean themselves and their homes.
    Unilever is best known in Canada by brands such as Becel(R), Lipton(R),
Red Rose(R), Slim-Fast(R), Hellmann's(R), Knorr(R), Breyers(R), Popsicle(R),
AXE(R), Vaseline(R), Vim(R), Q-Tips(R), Dove(R), Suave(R), Sunsilk(R), and
    Unilever employs almost 2000 people across Canada and generated sales of
just over C$1.3 billion in 2007.
    For more information, visit www.unilever.ca.

For further information:

For further information: please visit www.loveyourheart.ca or contact:
Margaret McKellar, Unilever Canada, (416) 963-4027,
Margaret.McKellar@unilever.com; Margaret Antkowski, Pamela Arora, NATIONAL
Public Relations, (416) 586-0180, mantkowski@national.ca, parora@national.ca

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