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{"id":556726779977,"title":"Step One Foods Review: Can Treats Really Lower Cholesterol?","created_at":"2022-07-07T23:24:30-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Step One Foods Review: Can Treats Really Lower Cholesterol?\",\n \"keywords\": \"step one foods, step one food, step one foods review, step one foods reviews, step one foods side effects\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the medical trial and the ingredients in Step One Foods to determine if the bars are actually safe and effective for reducing cholesterol. 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We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to dietary modifications to lower cholesterol.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eS\u003c\/span\u003etep One Foods is a packaged foods brand that claims their products can help patients naturally lower cholesterol levels. They claim that their food products are backed by scientific research proving this.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the research backing Step One Foods, as well as the ingredients in their most popular products, to determine if we believe this brand actually offers a safe and legitimate way to reduce cholesterol levels.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMedical Research Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStep One Foods funded a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/academic.oup.com\/jn\/article-abstract\/152\/2\/458\/6498524\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in a legitimate medical journal called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Journal of Nutrition\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. This is a good sign of the legitimacy of the brand; many health brands claim that their products are “clinically proven” to work (like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/true-botanicals-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTrue Botanicals\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e), but are really just backed by research conducted by for-profit research firms. This is not legitimate research in our opinion because there is so much risk of bias. What Step One Foods has done by publishing a study in a peer-reviewed journal is legitimate research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe results from the trial are impressive. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels were reduced by an average of 8.80% in the patients consuming the Step One Foods bars twice-daily. Total cholesterol levels were reduced by an average of around 5%. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels actually increased by around 1%, which is a good sign because this type of cholesterol is associated with favorable health outcomes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMedical research shows that high LDL levels are associated with increased mortality rates, so the fact that Step One Foods does appear to naturally reduce these levels in patients with high cholesterol makes this an effective functional food in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn the future we would like to see research comparing the efficacy of Step One Foods to cholesterol medications like statins, because if this class of medications fails to achieve better results than a whole foods solution, they may not be worth taking due to the side effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRegardless, we’re impressed by the research backing these products and by the transparency of the brand to both fund this research in a legitimate manner, and to link to the research from their website, so that consumers (and researchers like us) can review it themselves.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eStep One Foods Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Step_One_Foods_Apple_Cinnamon_Bar_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1657250939\" alt=\"Step One Foods Apple Cinnamon Bar ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStep One Foods bars have similar ingredients. The ingredients listed above are from their Apple Cinnamon Bar. All of the ingredients in this formulation are whole foods, so we would recommend this product from a health perspective. There is no added sugar, and the natural sweet flavor comes from fruits like apples and dates.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the reasons this bar is likely effective for lowering LDL cholesterol is the inclusion of nuts and seeds such as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ewhite chia seeds\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ewalnuts\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. Nut consumption is proven \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4807707\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ein medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in patients with elevated levels. The researchers in the linked study also noted that eating a relatively small portion of nuts daily could cause a 3.2% reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe bars also contain a functional food ingredient called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eplant sterols\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. This class of ingredient, which is a natural part of a plant’s biology, has beneficial effects on cholesterol levels. This is one of the reasons why doctors often suggest that patients with high cholesterol eat more fruits and vegetables.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/18937893\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCurrent Atherosclerosis Reports\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal found that plant sterols were effective for two reasons: they reduced cholesterol absorption from foods consumed, and also reduced circulating cholesterol levels already in the bloodstream. Thus this is an extremely effective ingredient choice for a food product for lowering cholesterol.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe final ingredient we want to highlight in this formulation is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecinnamon\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. As we documented in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/ceylon-vs-saigon-cinnamon\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSaigon cinnamon\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, this spice is proven to lower cholesterol levels on average. It’s one of the most well-studied nutraceuticals for this purpose.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we consider this to be a very well-formulated health food. It contains multiple ingredients which are backed by medical research for reducing cholesterol levels, and contains no harmful additives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend the Anytime Sprinkle, Apple Cinnamon Bars, Cranberry Pecan Bars, and Blueberry \u0026amp; Cinnamon Oatmeal. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend the Dark Chocolate Walnut Bars or Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars because they contain added sugar. They contain a very small amount, and regular dark chocolate also contains a small amount of added sugar. We don’t consider this a major health risk by any means; we just have a policy against recommending products with added refined sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eStep One Foods Side Effects\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMany consumers are curious about whether Step One Foods bars have side effects. After all, they’re a functional food and many medications have side effects, so this is a logical concern.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe haven’t come across any evidence that these products have side effects. Neither the clinical study nor the manufacturer’s website mention any.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOf course, any food or medication could cause side effects in patients with certain sensitivities, but we don’t believe Step One Foods is likely to cause any side effects in the average, healthy patient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eFounder is a Doctor\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe founder of Step One Foods has an impressive resume. Her name is Elizabeth Klodas, and she’s a cardiologist who worked at the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins University according to their \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.steponefoods.com\/pages\/our-story\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eteam bio page\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. These are both esteemed medical research organizations.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe always recommend that consumers look into the team behind the products and supplements they’re taking. A team with doctors and scientists is much more likely to formulate an effective product based on our hundreds of product reviews, which is unsurprising because formulating a research-backed product with safe and effective ingredient doses is a challenging and medically rigorous process.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider this fact another good sign about the legitimacy and transparency of the Step One Foods brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStep One Foods is one of the most impressive functional food brands we’ve reviewed. Their food products including bars and oatmeal are formulated with plant-based ingredients proven in medical studies to be effective for reducing cholesterol on average.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend their  Anytime Sprinkle, Apple Cinnamon Bars, Cranberry Pecan Bars, and Blueberry \u0026amp; Cinnamon Oatmeal products because these products contain entirely whole foods ingredients and no added sugar. We do not recommend that patients use these products as an alternative to prescribed medication (nor does Step One Foods recommend such), but rather that patients with high cholesterol speak with their doctor about these products and consider monitoring their cholesterol while using them.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe dosage used in the medical trial on Step One Foods was two bars per day.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere’s no evidence that these products cause side effects for the average patient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe look forward to seeing more research emerge about this brand, and hopefully they fund a trial comparing the efficacy of their products to statin drugs. If patients were able to successfully transition from prescription medication to functional food products without side effects that sounds like a net positive.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-07-07T23:43:38-04:00","updated_at":"2022-08-18T23:48:18-04:00","summary_html":"We review the medical trial and the ingredients in functional food brand Step One Foods to determine if the bars actually safe and effective for reducing cholesterol. We answer whether the bars have side effects, and highlight the background of their team.","template_suffix":"","handle":"step-one-foods-review","tags":"_related:cholesterol-reduction, _related:diet"}

Step One Foods Review: Can Treats Really Lower Cholesterol?

Step One Foods Review: Can Treats Really Lower Cholesterol?


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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s) and published for informational purposes only. We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to dietary modifications to lower cholesterol.

Step One Foods is a packaged foods brand that claims their products can help patients naturally lower cholesterol levels. They claim that their food products are backed by scientific research proving this.

In this article we’ll review the research backing Step One Foods, as well as the ingredients in their most popular products, to determine if we believe this brand actually offers a safe and legitimate way to reduce cholesterol levels.

Medical Research Review

Step One Foods funded a clinical trial published in a legitimate medical journal called The Journal of Nutrition. This is a good sign of the legitimacy of the brand; many health brands claim that their products are “clinically proven” to work (like True Botanicals), but are really just backed by research conducted by for-profit research firms. This is not legitimate research in our opinion because there is so much risk of bias. What Step One Foods has done by publishing a study in a peer-reviewed journal is legitimate research.

The results from the trial are impressive. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels were reduced by an average of 8.80% in the patients consuming the Step One Foods bars twice-daily. Total cholesterol levels were reduced by an average of around 5%. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels actually increased by around 1%, which is a good sign because this type of cholesterol is associated with favorable health outcomes.

Medical research shows that high LDL levels are associated with increased mortality rates, so the fact that Step One Foods does appear to naturally reduce these levels in patients with high cholesterol makes this an effective functional food in our opinion.

In the future we would like to see research comparing the efficacy of Step One Foods to cholesterol medications like statins, because if this class of medications fails to achieve better results than a whole foods solution, they may not be worth taking due to the side effects.

Regardless, we’re impressed by the research backing these products and by the transparency of the brand to both fund this research in a legitimate manner, and to link to the research from their website, so that consumers (and researchers like us) can review it themselves.

Step One Foods Ingredient Review

Step One Foods Apple Cinnamon Bar ingredients

Step One Foods bars have similar ingredients. The ingredients listed above are from their Apple Cinnamon Bar. All of the ingredients in this formulation are whole foods, so we would recommend this product from a health perspective. There is no added sugar, and the natural sweet flavor comes from fruits like apples and dates.

One of the reasons this bar is likely effective for lowering LDL cholesterol is the inclusion of nuts and seeds such as white chia seeds and walnuts. Nut consumption is proven in medical research to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in patients with elevated levels. The researchers in the linked study also noted that eating a relatively small portion of nuts daily could cause a 3.2% reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.

The bars also contain a functional food ingredient called plant sterols. This class of ingredient, which is a natural part of a plant’s biology, has beneficial effects on cholesterol levels. This is one of the reasons why doctors often suggest that patients with high cholesterol eat more fruits and vegetables.

A medical review published in the Current Atherosclerosis Reports journal found that plant sterols were effective for two reasons: they reduced cholesterol absorption from foods consumed, and also reduced circulating cholesterol levels already in the bloodstream. Thus this is an extremely effective ingredient choice for a food product for lowering cholesterol.

The final ingredient we want to highlight in this formulation is cinnamon. As we documented in our review of Saigon cinnamon, this spice is proven to lower cholesterol levels on average. It’s one of the most well-studied nutraceuticals for this purpose.

Overall we consider this to be a very well-formulated health food. It contains multiple ingredients which are backed by medical research for reducing cholesterol levels, and contains no harmful additives.

We recommend the Anytime Sprinkle, Apple Cinnamon Bars, Cranberry Pecan Bars, and Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal. 

We don’t recommend the Dark Chocolate Walnut Bars or Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars because they contain added sugar. They contain a very small amount, and regular dark chocolate also contains a small amount of added sugar. We don’t consider this a major health risk by any means; we just have a policy against recommending products with added refined sugar.

Step One Foods Side Effects

Many consumers are curious about whether Step One Foods bars have side effects. After all, they’re a functional food and many medications have side effects, so this is a logical concern.

We haven’t come across any evidence that these products have side effects. Neither the clinical study nor the manufacturer’s website mention any.

Of course, any food or medication could cause side effects in patients with certain sensitivities, but we don’t believe Step One Foods is likely to cause any side effects in the average, healthy patient.

Founder is a Doctor

The founder of Step One Foods has an impressive resume. Her name is Elizabeth Klodas, and she’s a cardiologist who worked at the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins University according to their team bio page. These are both esteemed medical research organizations.

We always recommend that consumers look into the team behind the products and supplements they’re taking. A team with doctors and scientists is much more likely to formulate an effective product based on our hundreds of product reviews, which is unsurprising because formulating a research-backed product with safe and effective ingredient doses is a challenging and medically rigorous process.

We consider this fact another good sign about the legitimacy and transparency of the Step One Foods brand.

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Conclusion

Step One Foods is one of the most impressive functional food brands we’ve reviewed. Their food products including bars and oatmeal are formulated with plant-based ingredients proven in medical studies to be effective for reducing cholesterol on average.

We recommend their  Anytime Sprinkle, Apple Cinnamon Bars, Cranberry Pecan Bars, and Blueberry & Cinnamon Oatmeal products because these products contain entirely whole foods ingredients and no added sugar. We do not recommend that patients use these products as an alternative to prescribed medication (nor does Step One Foods recommend such), but rather that patients with high cholesterol speak with their doctor about these products and consider monitoring their cholesterol while using them.

The dosage used in the medical trial on Step One Foods was two bars per day.

There’s no evidence that these products cause side effects for the average patient.

We look forward to seeing more research emerge about this brand, and hopefully they fund a trial comparing the efficacy of their products to statin drugs. If patients were able to successfully transition from prescription medication to functional food products without side effects that sounds like a net positive.





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