Cleveland Clinic strives to help the consumer adopt and sustain lifestyle behaviors that can improve their health and quality of life. We also are committed to partnering with the community to make identifying wholesome foods less of a challenge. One success story involves the Cleveland Clinic partnership with Orlando Baking to make these choices easier.
"Our desire to produce great-tasting, healthy products falls directly in line with Cleveland Clinic's goal of promoting healthy bodies and vibrant communities," commented Nick Orlando, the company's vice president of sales. "As Orlando Baking Company and Cleveland Clinic are committed to helping individuals make the healthiest food selections, this 'made-in-Cleveland' alliance greatly benefits health-conscience individuals who seek better nutrition and improved, flavorful lifestyles."
Orlando currently has three products that feature the green light on their packaging. Seed’licious®, Purple Wheat Raisin and Honey Grain all feature the Green Light Label.
The Green Light label ensures that the consumer is making the healthiest food selections. All food and beverages carrying the Go! Well label will meet these nutritional guidelines per serving:
Go! Well Criteria:
Saturated fats turn on genes that cause inflammation and hardening of arteries, and are associated with higher bad LDL cholesterol levels. This increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and some cancers.
Additional sugar translates to empty calories and also causes blood sugar to fluctuate. High blood sugar increases your risks of kidney disease and all arterial aging diseases, including skin wrinkling, impotence, stroke and heart attack.
High sodium intake is associated with high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and worsening of kidney disease, heart failure and other conditions. The general recommendation is that no more than 2,300 mg of sodium should be consumed per day – about the amount in one teaspoon of salt.
Trans-fat increases bad LDL cholesterol and decreases good HDL cholesterol, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke. Although trans-fat is found in small amounts in some meats and dairy products, most is consumed in the form of hydrogenated oils, which are added to stabilize products and lengthen shelf life. Products that claim to be “trans- fat free” have less than 0.5 grams per serving. At Cleveland Clinic, we believe that no amount of trans-fat is acceptable and have eliminated trans-fat altogether.
Whole grains are a vital, high-fiber source of calories, nutrients and nourishing fats. High-fiber foods reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and selected cancers. They protect normal blood sugar and insulin function, and keep you feeling full longer. Women need about 25 grams and men generally need 35 grams of fiber per day. This is hard to achieve by eating refined breads, pastas and rice, from which the fiber has been removed.
Go! Well items must also meet these additional guidelines:
Cleveland Clinic doctors and dietitians developed our Go! Well criteria to help remove some of the confusion. Our goal is to empower consumers to choose foods and recipes that will help them live healthier, feel better, and prevent or even reverse disease.