The Science of Kay’s Naturals
At Kay’s Naturals, we understand how challenging it is to eat healthy when life is busy. One of the keys to success is finding foods that are convenient, nutritious, and formulated to aid weight-loss. So that’s exactly what we’ve done.
Making “convenient” food is fairly easy – anyone can throw a few ingredients together and put them in a ready-to-eat bag. It’s even fairly easy to make ready-to-eat weight-loss foods—just throw a bunch of cheap starches, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives into a package and put them on a grocery shelf.
But what if you’re looking for food that is convenient, diet-friendly, and nutritious?
This is where Kay’s Naturals’ food science gets to work. This is how:
A Better Balance™ of Ingredients
Successful, sustainable dieting depends on consuming a healthy balance of macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins), each of which are digested differently and enter the bloodstream at different rates. Carbohydrates, which include sugar and starch, are the fastest to digest, which means a sense of hunger returns more quickly after consumption. Sugars take 2-6 minutes to enter the bloodstream, starches about 10-13 minutes.
In contrast to carbohydrates, proteins digest much more slowly, taking 3-4 hours to digest and absorb into the blood stream. This results in a feeling of satisfaction or fullness for a longer time, reducing your sense of hunger. Fat also is digested more slowly, but because fat contains 9 calories per gram (compared to 4 calories per gram for protein), fat intake must be carefully balanced.
So what is the ideal balance of macro-nutrients—a balance that nourishes your body, helps you lose weight, and gives you sustained energy?
Kay’s Naturals resident food scientist, Dr. Massoud Kazemzadeh (who also founded the company 13 years ago), formulates all Kay’s Naturals snack and meal replacement foods with a balance of 34% protein (for sustained energy, hunger reduction, and lean-muscle building); 11% fiber (for healthy digestion and hunger reduction); and low fat.
Also note that all Kay’s Naturals foods are gluten-free.
Burning More Calories
We all know that to lose weight, we generally need to consume fewer calories from food and burn more through physical activity. So how can Kay’s Naturals help with that? Well, a lot of convenient snack foods—which many of us rely on in our busy lives—are high in carbohydrates and fat, while low in protein and fiber. (See How to Choose the Best Snack Foods for You for detailed information about many popular snacks.) Yet a lot of the “healthier” snack food options out there are, well, less than satisfying (and some are just plain boring).
Kay’s Naturals gives you a happy solution: snack and meal replacement foods that are nutritionally balanced, diet-friendly, and deliciously satisfying. Some of our most popular foods include Honey Almond Cookie Bites, Jalapeno Honey Mustard Pretzel Sticks, and Crispy Parmesan Protein Chips. Just click on any of these names for more information.
Do you have questions about the science that drives Kay’s Naturals? Click here to write to us – we always welcome hearing from you.