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
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.
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, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org