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Why are oats a valuable addition to a Jake Food shake?

Why are oats a valuable addition to a Jake Food shake?

Just like oat flour, oats can be found on the ingredient declaration of the Jake shakes. In this article we’ll discuss what oats are, and why oats are a valuable addition to your diet.

The fiber in the shakes comes from the oat flour that is added to the powder of the shakes. Oats were mainly used for feeding animals, but this is now declining due to the increasing growth in the human diet due to the health benefits associated with dietary fiber such as β-glucan. Dietary fiber is only found in plant based foods, it’s the remnant of the edible parts of the plants that are resistant to the human digestive system.

β-glucan is an important example of this, this dietary fiber is not digestible but it’s soluble in water. This occurs a viscous texture with water after eating β-glucan, which gives the eaten food a higher viscosity. This slows down the emptying of the stomach into the small intestine, which also means that it takes longer for glucose and sterols to be absorbed into the blood. Most of the health benefits of oats are also linked to β-glucan for this reason.

What are the health benefits of oats?

1: Improving insulin response and lowering blood sugar. As mentioned earlier, β-glucan has an effect on gastric emptying. A 2005 study showed that after consuming oat bread, blood sugar levels were lower at 15, 30 and 45 minutes compared to when white bread was eaten. So, the peak level is flattened much more and the shape of the plasma glucose response curve is much flatter. These changes reduce the feeling of hunger caused by a rapid decrease in blood glucose.

2: Cholesterol-lowering effect. The significant clinical evidence for the cholesterol-lowering effects of β-glucan has led health authorities in the US, Europe and elsewhere to authorize health claims that attribute a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, to the consumption of specific amounts (typically 3g per day) of β-glucan. The mechanism by which β-glucan can lower cholesterol levels is believed to be related to its ability to enhance bile acid excretion. β-glucan binds to bile acids in the gut, preventing cholesterol from being transported back to the liver. This causes the concentration of bile acids in the blood to drop, causing the liver to produce more bile acids from the cholesterol still present. This then lowers cholesterol levels in the liver, activating other processes that transport cholesterol from the blood to the liver.

3: Feeling satiated faster. In 2014, a study was conducted into the effect of feeling hungry after consuming oats. It was shown that different concentrations of β-glucan (0.7%, 3.5% and 7%) had an effect on the energy intake in mice. The energy intake and body weight decreased after the 6 week study. The increased interaction with the cells that release satiety hormones stimulates the release of peptides involved in the regulation of appetite. Appetite decreased after consuming β-glucan.

4: Cancer prevention. The higher degree of β-glucan has been proven to be associated with anti-cancer effects. A 2008 study showed that a bioactive form of β-glucan (Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides) has the ability to stimulate the maturation of dendritic cells. These effects are implicated in the suppression of cancer cells.

An earlier study (2007) also found a link between the consumption of β-glucan and the enhancement of the immune response resulting in apoptosis (the process in which a cell kills itself). It is therefore clear that β-glucan has an effect on the inhibition of cancer cells, only how this works exactly remains to be clarified.

Afraid to miss out on essential nutrients your body needs? You can always take our Jake meal replacement shakes or one of our delicious meal replacement bars.

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Keto Shake by Jake

Keto shake in hand

Keto Shake by Jake

We’ve got something new and exciting for you, the keto shake. This shake is based on the ketogenic diet. Without using too many difficult words, this means it’s low in carbs and high in fats. In this article we’ll dive deeper in to the Ketogenic diet, also known as Keto diet. After that, we’ll happily introduce you to our new Keto Shake.

Ketogenic Diet

A ketogenic diet mainly exists of rich fats, lean protein and a very low amount of carbs. The macronutrients are subdivided in to 55-60% fat, 30-25% protein and 5-10% carbs. Based on a 2000 kcal daily intake, that’d result in a 20 to 50 gram carb intake per day.

Carbohydrates are the most important source and fuel for energy production in body tissue. When your body receives less than 50 g carbs per day, it decreases its insulin secretion and prepares to enter a catabolic state. Glycogen reserves reach depletion, which forces your body to undergo certain metabolic changes. Two metabolic processes start to become more active in this state, when there’s a low amount of carbohydrates available in bodily tissue: gluconeogeneses and ketogeneses.

Gluconeogenesis is the endogenous production of glucose in the body, especially in the liver, mainly from lactic acid, glycerol and the amino acids alanine and glutamine. When glucose availability continues to decline, endogenous glucose production cannot meet the body’s needs and ketogenesis begins to provide an alternative energy source in the form of ketone bodies. Ketone bodies replace glucose as the primary energy source. During ketogenesis due to low blood glucose feedback, the stimulus for insulin secretion is also low, greatly reducing the stimulus for fat and glucose storage. Other hormonal changes may contribute to the increased breakdown of fats resulting in fatty acids. Fatty acids are metabolized to acetoacetate which is later converted to beta-hydroxy butyrate and acetone. These are the basic ketone bodies that accumulate in the body when a ketogenic diet is maintained. This metabolic state is called “nutritional ketosis”. As long as the body does not get carbohydrates, the metabolism remains in the ketotic state.

Ketone bodies synthesized in the body can be easily used for energy production by the heart muscle tissue and kidneys. Ketone bodies can also cross the blood-brain barrier to provide an alternative source of energy for the brain. Ketone bodies produce more adenosine triphosphate compared to glucose, which is why it is sometimes appropriately referred to as a “super fuel”. One hundred grams of acetoacetate yields 9400 grams of ATP and 100 grams of beta-hydroxybutyrate yields 10,500 ATP; while 100 grams of glucose produces only 8700 grams of ATP. This allows the body to maintain efficient fuel production even during a calorie deficit. Ketone bodies also reduce free radical damage and enhance antioxidant capacity.

Keto shake

The keto shake can be seen as 1/5 of your total daily needs, and has the following nutritional values:

  per 100g per serving
Energy (kJ) 2342 1639
(kcal) 560 (28%) 392 (20%)
Fat (g) 45 31
Saturated 36 25
Carbohydrates (g) 8.3 5.8
Of which sugars 0.9 0.6
Fibre (g) 16 11
Protein (g) 26 18
Salt (g) 0.7 0.5

MCT powder (palm-free), pea protein Ingredients:
isolate, acacia fiber, vegetable oil (linseed),
maltodextrin, vitamin & mineral mix (tri-potassium
citrate, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride,
maltodextrin, magnesium oxide, dipotassium
phosphate, sodium ascorbate (vitamin C), iron
pyrophosphate, dl-alpha-tocopheryl (vitamin
e) acetate, zinc sulfate, folic acid, potassium
iodide, nicotinamide, sodium molybdate, sodium
Selenite, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Acetate, Vitamin K1,
calcium d-pantothenate, manganese sulfate,
d-biotin, chromium III chloride, copper sulphate,
cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12), ergocalciferol
(vitamin d2), pyridoxine (vitamin b6) hydrochloride,
riboflavin (vitamin b2), thiamine (vitamin b1)), cocoa
powder, natural flavors, thickener: xanthan gum,
choline bitartrate, sweetener: sucralose.

MCT poeder (palmvrij),
erwteneiwitisolaat, acacia vezels, plantaardige
olie (lijnzaad), maltodextrine, vitamine &
mineralenblend (trikaliumcitraat, dicalciumfosfaat,
kaliumchloride, maltodextrine, magnesiumoxide,
di-kaliumfosfaat, natriumascorbaat (vitamine
C), ijzerpyrofosfaat, dl-alfa-tocoferylacetaat
(vitamine e), zinksulfaat, foliumzuur, kaliumjodide,
nicotinamide, natriummolybdaat, natirumseleniet,
retinylacetaat (vitamine a), vitamine K1, calciumd-
pantothenaat, mangaansulfaat, d-biotine,
chroom-III-chloride, kopersulfaat, cyanocobalamine
(vitamine b12), ergocalciferol (vitamine d2),
pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamine b6), riboflavine
(vitamine b2), thiamine (vitamine b1)), cacaopoeder,
natuurlijke aroma’s, verdikkingsmiddel:
xanthaangom, choline bitartrate, zoetstof: sucralose.

  per 100g per serving
Potassium (mg) 572 (28%) 400 (20%)
Chloride (mg) 229 (28%) 160 (20%)
Calcium (mg) 229 (28%) 160 (20%)
Phosphorus (mg) 199 (28%) 139 (20%)
Magnesium (mg) 107 (28%) 75 (20%)
Iron (mg) 4 (29%) 2.8 (20%)
Zinc (mg) 2.9 (29%) 2 (20%)
Copper (mg) 0.3 (29%) 0.2 (20%)
Manganese (mg) 0.6 (28%) 0.4 (20%)
Selenium (µg) 15.7 (28%) 11 (20%)
Chromium (µg) 11.4 (29%) 8 (20%)
Molybdenum (µg) 14.3 (28%) 10 (20%)
Iodine (µg) 43 (28%) 30 (20%)
  per 100g per serving
Energy (kJ) 2342 1639
(kcal) 560 (28%) 392 (20%)
Fat (g) 45 31
Saturated 36 25
Carbohydrates (g) 8.3 5.8
Of which sugars 0.9 0.6
Fibre (g) 16 11
Protein (g) 26 18
Salt (g) 0.7 0.5

MCT powder (palm-free), pea protein Ingredients:
isolate, acacia fiber, vegetable oil (linseed),
maltodextrin, vitamin & mineral mix (tri-potassium
citrate, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride,
maltodextrin, magnesium oxide, dipotassium
phosphate, sodium ascorbate (vitamin C), iron
pyrophosphate, dl-alpha-tocopheryl (vitamin
e) acetate, zinc sulfate, folic acid, potassium
iodide, nicotinamide, sodium molybdate, sodium
Selenite, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Acetate, Vitamin K1,
calcium d-pantothenate, manganese sulfate,
d-biotin, chromium III chloride, copper sulphate,
cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12), ergocalciferol
(vitamin d2), pyridoxine (vitamin b6) hydrochloride,
riboflavin (vitamin b2), thiamine (vitamin b1)), cocoa
powder, natural flavors, thickener: xanthan gum,
choline bitartrate, sweetener: sucralose.

MCT poeder (palmvrij),
erwteneiwitisolaat, acacia vezels, plantaardige
olie (lijnzaad), maltodextrine, vitamine &
mineralenblend (trikaliumcitraat, dicalciumfosfaat,
kaliumchloride, maltodextrine, magnesiumoxide,
di-kaliumfosfaat, natriumascorbaat (vitamine
C), ijzerpyrofosfaat, dl-alfa-tocoferylacetaat
(vitamine e), zinksulfaat, foliumzuur, kaliumjodide,
nicotinamide, natriummolybdaat, natirumseleniet,
retinylacetaat (vitamine a), vitamine K1, calciumd-
pantothenaat, mangaansulfaat, d-biotine,
chroom-III-chloride, kopersulfaat, cyanocobalamine
(vitamine b12), ergocalciferol (vitamine d2),
pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamine b6), riboflavine
(vitamine b2), thiamine (vitamine b1)), cacaopoeder,
natuurlijke aroma’s, verdikkingsmiddel:
xanthaangom, choline bitartrate, zoetstof: sucralose.

  per 100g per serving
Potassium (mg) 572 (28%) 400 (20%)
Chloride (mg) 229 (28%) 160 (20%)
Calcium (mg) 229 (28%) 160 (20%)
Phosphorus (mg) 199 (28%) 139 (20%)
Magnesium (mg) 107 (28%) 75 (20%)
Iron (mg) 4 (29%) 2.8 (20%)
Zinc (mg) 2.9 (29%) 2 (20%)
Copper (mg) 0.3 (29%) 0.2 (20%)
Manganese (mg) 0.6 (28%) 0.4 (20%)
Selenium (µg) 15.7 (28%) 11 (20%)
Chromium (µg) 11.4 (29%) 8 (20%)
Molybdenum (µg) 14.3 (28%) 10 (20%)
Iodine (µg) 43 (28%) 30 (20%)

So now there’s a new option, next to light, original or sports, you can now choose to go Keto. You could do this to try it once, or you integrate it in to a full keto diet. The keto shake is perfectly fit to replace your breakfast, given its energy source and vitamin/mineral source. Each shake gives you 20% of your daily amount of vitamins and minerals.

The keto shake is available in flavour for now (chocolate coconut), but when demand is high enough – we’ll definitely be expanding the flavours to a bigger extend!

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Oaty Vanilla Update

The vanilla shakes have been slightly updated. To ensure that we always have sufficient stock, from this point on we’re getting the vanilla shakes from our Dutch supplier.

Our Dutch supplier cooperates a lot with local raw material producers. As a result, sometimes the exact same ingredients as before can taste slightly different.

In terms of ingredients, little has changed. The most important difference is that in the new shakes, we’re using whole grain oatmeal. This type of oatmeal is richer in dietary fibre, which gives the shake a bit more structure than before and a finer taste.

Another change is the aroma. In the new shakes, we use natural flavours instead of the vanillin we used previously. Natural flavours aren’t necessarily better or healthier than non-natural flavours. However, we do think they contribute to a finer overall taste of the shake.

In a nutshell, the biggest changes are in the taste and the sensory experience of the shakes. You can find the ingredients and the full nutrition info of the new shakes on the compare page.

We hope you’re as happy with this update as we are! You can order the shakes here: