A HEALTH Ministry survey revealed that 94% of Malaysian adults do not eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables even though fibre has been shown to be essential to a healthy balanced diet.
A fibre-rich diet may hold the key to prevention as well as help manage several health problems, especially high blood cholesterol.
Guardian, the largest pharmacy, health and beauty retail chain in Malaysia, has introduced Guardian Mixed Grains & Oats 30+ to help Malaysians get the fibre they need for better health.
The drink offers a nutrition and fibre-rich combination of imported Swedish oat bran powder that has more than 30% oat beta-glucan.
Beta-glucan is a type of soluble fibre that may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and stabilise blood sugar levels.
Each serving contains more than 30% oat beta-glucan.
The amount of oat beta-glucan (soluble fibre) recommended for cholesterol-lowering effect is 3gm per day.
The Dairy Farm Group Group Health & Beauty Private Label senior regional business manager Elyse Lee said high blood cholesterol affects almost half of all Malaysian adults.
“Beta-glucan has been proven to reduce cholesterol. With Guardian Mixed Grains & Oats 30+, consumers have the benefits of beta-glucan from oats, chia seeds, barley and brown rice,” said Lee.
The Food Expert Clinic founder and consultant dietitian Indra Balaratnam said fibre is an integral but often overlooked part of a healthy diet.
“A good starting point to eating healthier would be to consume more fibre-rich foods, such as whole grains, fruit, vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds.”
While oat bran powder is healthful, we should resist the temptation of adding sugar to it, said Indra.
“A healthier approach is to add fresh fruit, yoghurt, low-fat milk, unsweetened cocoa or unsweetened fruit juices,” she advised.
In conjunction with the launch, Guardian will be contributing RM10,000 worth of Guardian Mixed Grains & Oats 30+ to members of the National Stroke Association of Malaysia (Nasam) to help them control high blood cholesterol levels.
High cholesterol is one of the risk factors for stroke. Other factors include hypertension, diabetes, irregular heart beat, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking and high alcohol intake.
“We appreciate that Guardian is helping members to achieve a healthier lifestyle in their journey towards recovery,” said Nasam general manager Sylvia Chong.
The recommended retail price of Guardian Mixed Grains & Oats 30+ (500gm) is RM49.90. However, it will be sold at a promotional price of RM42.41 per tin until July 27.
Collect six plastic lids with “Guardian Nutrient Function” stickers to redeem one free tin until Sept 28.
The fibre-rich drink is available nationwide at all Guardian outlets and e-store at https://online.guardian.com.my