Step One Foods Launches the First and Only Line of Foods Designed to Support Heart Disease Prevention in Patients with Celiac Disease

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Celiac Awareness Month this May informs us that those people afflicted with the autoimmune disorder known as celiac disease are at twice the risk of also developing heart disease. Minneapolis-based Step One Foods has just launched a new line of physician formulated, gluten-free foods specifically designed to help reduce that risk.

Step One Foods Gluten-Free Pancakes

“Many gluten-free foods in the market place are nutritionally inferior and even counterproductive to cardiovascular disease prevention,” said Cardiologist Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Step One foods.

People with celiac disease face a nearly twofold increased risk of developing heart disease. Step One Foods has launched the first and only line of physician-formulated, gluten free foods specifically designed to help reduce that risk.

“Many gluten-free foods in the market place are nutritionally inferior and even counterproductive to cardiovascular disease prevention,” said Cardiologist Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Step One foods. “Each ingredient in every Step One product has a specific nutritional purpose and was chosen for its heart health-promoting properties.”

All Step One Foods contain scientifically-proven levels of the four critical nutritional building blocks of cardiovascular health: plant sterols, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Each serving contains at least 1000 mg of plant sterols, 2000 µmol of antioxidants, 1500 mg of omega-3 fatty acids, and 5g of fiber.

“The increased risk for heart disease is a big health issue for patients with celiac disease. We need to increase awareness and encourage efforts to reduce that risk,” said Mary A. Schluckebier, Executive Director of the Celiac Support Association.

The Step One Foods Gluten Free product line includes Whole Oats and Walnut Pancake Mix, Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars, Cranberry Pecan Bars, Blueberry Cinnamon Oatmeal, Strawberry Banana Smoothie Mix, and Anytime Sprinkle. Every product is pre-portioned and comes in a single-serve package requiring minimal to no preparation. Step One Foods contain no additives, chemicals, flavorings or colorings.

The launch of Step One gluten free products coincides with Celiac Awareness Month in May.

“We developed our collection of Step One Foods to serve as the nutritional foundation of a comprehensive heart health plan for all patients at risk for heart disease – including those with celiac disease,” said food-industry veteran Barbara Birr, who co-founded Step One with Dr. Klodas.

About Step One Foods
Step One Foods is a women-owned, mission-driven business dedicated to improving health through nutrition. Step One Foods produces physician-formulated, convenient and great tasting foods made from natural ingredients that are clinically proven to improve heart health. Co-founded by a practicing cardiologist, the company offers foods that are designed to be the nutritional foundation of a comprehensive heart health plan.

About Celiac Support Association
The Celiac Support Association® is the largest non-profit celiac support group in America, with chapters and resource units across the country, and members worldwide. CSA pursues a mission that dedicates its efforts to helping individuals with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities through research, education and support.

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