Do these products promote weight loss?
Step One Foods are highly nutritious and very satisfying. High fiber content, complex carbohydrates and healthful fats ensure slow digestion and steady blood sugar levels, keeping you feeling fuller longer. Our foods are also meant to be used as a substitution for something you were eating before which typically represents a calorie reduction.
Do these foods help lower blood pressure?
Nearly all Step One Foods contain minimal to no sodium. Studies have shown that when you reduce sodium consumption and increase the intake of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, you can attain significant blood pressure reductions.
Do these products help lower blood sugar?
Foods high in whole food fiber, like Step One, are digested and absorbed slowly leading to lower and steadier blood sugar levels.
Do I need to stop my statin when I use Step One?
We never recommend that you stop a medication without speaking with your physician. Our foods were created to help lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health. So, over time, it's realistic to expect you will require, for example, lower doses of statin drugs to control your cholesterol readings. However, your doctor is in the best position to advise you regarding your medication regimen.
How long does it take to see an effect?
Studies have shown that a change in diet can yield a significant impact on cholesterol levels in as little as 30 days. Effects on overall blood sugar control and weight will take longer.
Are there differences between the various Step One Food products?
All the foods are equivalent in terms of providing clinically meaningful amounts of whole food fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and plant sterols. And all are presented in single serve portions. So for all intents and purposes, all the foods are interchangeable. There are differences in taste and texture as well as whether minimal or no preparation is required. This is to ensure that individuals can find the foods that fit their lifestyles best.
Are these products gluten free? GMO free? Are there any allergens?
Step One Foods are certified gluten free by the Celiac Support Association and are made without any genetically modified ingredients. All Step One products contain tree nuts. The Pancake Mix contains egg whites. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cluster contains peanuts.
How does the guarantee work?
We want you to be happy with our products and your results. If you don't enjoy one or more of your choices, we will gladly provide you with an exchange or a refund. Just call us! If you do not experience a cholesterol response, we will refund what you paid for the products, up to one month's worth of foods. But remember, there is much more to health than a cholesterol number. For example, studies have shown that increasing fiber intake by 10 grams per day on a consistent basis (the amount of fiber provided by 2 servings of Step One Foods), is associated with a 14% reduction in the occurrence of heart events and a 27% reduction in the risk of dying from heart disease. So even if you don't see a giant cholesterol change, you will still have benefited from an overall health perspective by eating better.
Why are Step One Foods available only on-line?
Step One Foods are a premium brand of foods formulated specifically to support cardiovascular disease care and prevention. As such, they are not typical of foods available in grocery stores and are only available on-line.
Can I eat these foods if I don't have high cholesterol?
Our foods are made with only natural ingredients that have all been documented to have general health promoting properties. They would be considered appropriate for anyone trying to improve their heart health. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please check with your physician if products designed to lower cholesterol are appropriate for you. Although plant sterols are felt to be safe for general consumption, direct studies have not been carried out in infants/young children. If you have any additional questions, please contact Step One Foods via our customer support email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-866-543-4273 to speak with one of our experts.