The not so unsavoury side of it.

We’ve all come across those articles, you know… the ones with the stats, the scary ones showing how research has found that the average South African has up to double the recommended amount of salt? Or maybe that our recommended salt intake is 5 grams per day (that’s one level teaspoon), according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa. Excess salt intake can increase hypertension (high blood pressure), thereby contributing to heart complications like heart disease, strokes, and kidney disease.

What we will tell you is that most salt comes from what is added during manufacturing and not from what consumers add knowingly to their food. That is why this article is dedicated to the way we can control our salt intake and empower our health.

Not into the savoury delights? feel you’re completely excluded from this article? Think again, most salt is hidden in everyday food items like bread, pasta, processed meats, soups, gravy powders, there’s even hidden salt in our breakfast cereals. This is a good place to look into too, especially with South Africa’s growing fast food industry, more South Africans are opting for fast, convenient food.

These are the factors B-well has taken into consideration when creating the B-well Mayonnaise. B-well Mayonnaise, found in four different varieties: Original Tangy, Thick & Creamy, Reduced Oil and Olive & Canola Mayonnaise, all low in Sodium. Salt is typically labelled as, “sodium”, on the food labels. Have a look at the amount of sodium per serving and calculate how much that contributes to your daily salt intake. This is why it is important to select good healthful products.

B-well is proud to be one of the few food brands that have its products endorsed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, the B-well Mayo’s included. The Mayonnaises are not only low in Sodium, but also low in saturated fat, high in Omega 3 and are naturally cholesterol-free, but this also makes B-well Mayonnaise the smart option for all, even those at risk of heart complications.

We can’t necessarily avoid all convenience foods, but we can cut back and choose fresh products or ones that are low in cholesterol and low in sodium. This is one way you can actively reducing your salt intake. Another way to empower yourself is to become more aware when you’re cooking, gradually add less salt to your dishes and introduce flavour through herbs and spices. It can take some time for your taste buds to adapt to less salt so there’s no harm in making the change slowly as you gradually add less and less salt. While you reduce the actual salt you’re adding, start experimenting with herbs and spices to add flavour.

B-well has created a series of Low-Salt recipes to offer you delicious bites to eat, you won’t miss the salt, you will enjoy the flavour experience, and so will your heart. Find the B-well recipes and health hacks on Instagram or Facebook

Eat your Healthy Heart out!

Heart Disease and cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. According to The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, more South Africans die of CVD than of all cancers combined, second to deaths from HIV/AIDS[1] and with an alarming statistic of almost 1 in 6 deaths due to CVC[2].

Some of the main risk factors for Cardiovascular disease and the main contributors for it include:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure),
  • obesity,
  • overweight,
  • high cholesterol,
  • diabetes,
  • tobacco use,
  • physical inactivity,
  • unhealthy diet
  • high salt intake.

 The link between heart disease and diet grows stronger as new studies and evidence emerges[1]. Protecting your heart goes beyond avoiding unhealthy foods, it is important to supplement your intake with nutrient-rich foods, good healthful fats, and foods high in fibre – in conjunction with an active lifestyle that exercises the body.

Opting for heart-happy foods may be a better idea to impede these danger signs from developing before one finds themselves compelled to select cardiovascular treatment due to preventable heart disease afflictions.

Foods that are good for cardiovascular disease, including those that prevent stroke and heart attacks are easy to incorporate into your daily meal plans.

Making use of essential nutrients that the body doesn’t produce but requires and is found in food has been found to be revolutionary in ones’ prevention and therapy against Cardiovascular Disease, according to Harvard Medical Studies

Nutrients like essential Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have a direct effect on the prevention of coronary heart disease in healthy people and slow progress of the disease in those who already have it, according to the University of Rochester Medical Centre. Omega-3 acts against plaque build-up along arterial walls, one of the symptoms of CVD, along with heart-muscle fatigue, and poor blood circulation. [1]

Omega-3 is found in B-WELL products like the B-WELL Canola oil and all the B-WELL Mayonnaise Range- including the sandwich spreads. Considered one of the healthiest cooking oils, not only for low levels of saturated fats and its high levels of beneficial Omega-3, but also for its perfect ratio of 2:1 to Omega-6 to Omega-3. Omega-6 is another essential poly-saturated fat found in food, shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, raising “good” HDL cholesterol levels, as well as playing a role in regulating our genes, promoting immune health and blood clotting. This ratio, recommended by The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), makes B-WELL Canola Oils an excellent and accessible way of supplementing these essential fats into the food we cook for ourselves and our loved ones.

There are plenty of foods that support a healthy and happy heart, ones that include a lot of these essential macronutrients, like Omega-3 & 6. Scientists and food specialists recommend the foods that contain these, and to explore with recipes and ideas to achieve a diet that promotes health, wellbeing and of course, a lot of love for our hearts.

B-WELL is passionate about heart health and overall well-being.

Keep following the B-WELL page and check the Instagram and Facebook account @bwellfoods for delicious recipes containing Omega-3 & 6 rich Canola Oils, Mayonnaise range and sandwich spreads, including health tips and food hacks.

Take care of your heart the right way. Love your heart during the Month of Love with B-well Pure Canola Oil! ❤️

[1] Msemburi W, Pillay-van Wyk V, Dorrington RE, Neethling I, Nannan N, Groenewald P, Laubscher R, Joubert J, Matzopoulos R, Nicol E, Notilana B, Prinsloo M, Sithole N, Somdyala N and Bradshaw D. Second national burden of disease study for South Africa: Cause-of-death profile for South Africa, 1997 2010. Cape Town: South African Medical Research Council, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-920618-34-6.

[2] Mortality and causes of death in South Africa, 2014: Findings from death notification / Statistics South Africa. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa, 2015

[3]A Report from the Workshop convened by the World Heart Federation on Food Consumption and its impact on Cardiovascular Disease: Importance of Solutions focused on the globalized food system.


Health Hacks: Prostate Cancer Foods

South Africa has a growing rate of Prostate Cancer, current stats show that 62 of every 100 000 men will develop prostate cancer, regardless of their population group.

Lifestyle and diet are the greatest factors that contribute towards cancer, so this is the best place to start making positive changes. Stop smoking and start cutting back on foods that lead to an increased risk of cancer will definitely be a first step, this includes limiting: unhealthy fast foods, refined foods filled with added sugars, saturated fats and certain colourants and additives, these may be dangerous on our bodies and can increase the risk for cancer.

A diet low in red meat and animal products, and high in plant-based foods such as vegetables and fruits, may help to slow down the progression of prostate cancer and reduce tumor growth. Good nutrition may also help reduce the recurrence of the disease. New studies have found that foods that assist in alkalizing the body and that are full of antioxidants also play a huge role in maintaining a strong body system, equipping it to overcome injury and disease.

Lycopene, a phytonutrient, found in fruits and veg, is found to be one of the best anti-oxidant in lowering the risk of Prostate cancer. Foods high in lycopene include tomatoes, guavas, watermelon, papayas, grapefruit, red bell peppers, pomegranates, asparagus and red cabbage. Most phytonutrients, like lycopene, also require a good fat to increase its absorption, oils like Olive Oil or Canola oil. Our B-Well Canola oil is an excellent choice since it is also high in Omega 3, an essential fatty acid found to be one of the top foods in cancer prevention due to its anti-oxidant properties. Omega 3 rich foods include canola, walnuts, hemp seed, flaxseed, salmon and eggs.

Other foods good for promoting prostate health include green tea, berries, cayenne peppers, other nuts like brazil and almonds, mushrooms, ginger, garlic, cruciferous veggies like broccoli and kale and spices like Turmeric.