Fat Free / Trans Fat

Fat Free

The US FDA defines a fat free food as one having less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving.

Trans Fats

Trans fats are unsaturated fatty acids that are formed when vegetable oils are processed through partial hydrogenation to form a more stable liquid or a solid. Although trans fats are unsaturated, their physical structure enables them to act like saturated fats. It is because of this feature that foods containing trans fats pose the same threats to heart health as saturated fats.

The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine reports that saturated fat, trans fat and dietary cholesterol all raise blood levels of LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and may reduce HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels; both these factors increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

In a collaborative effort to promote healthy lifestyles, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association together recommend a diet that is low in fats, especially saturated fats. The American Dietetic Association also supports this position.

All Isabella’s products have zero grams of trans fats per serving.

Timeline - 1992
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Main Street Muffins is on the Inc. 500 List: Inc. magazine's list of the 500 fastest growing companies in America; we come in at number 319.

Timeline - 1964
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Steve Marks and Harvey Nelson meet in nursery school. Harvey takes two blueberry muffins at snack time, leaving none for Steve. This would leave an indelible mark on both of them.

Timeline - 1978
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Harvey and Steve become roommates in college. Unwilling to clean dishes (or anything else in the kitchen), they eat out every meal where they first see the magic of eating prepared foods.

Timeline - 1990
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We outgrow the downtown building and move into an old fish distribution warehouse. Simultaneously, Main Street Muffins becomes the number one user of Christmas tree car deodorizers in an effort to eliminate fish smell from building.

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We introduce thaw and serve muffins (considered "serve and thaw muffins" but became concerned about dental injuries).

Timeline - 2003
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Steve Marks and his family start the Akron Marathon. It is wildly speculated that the marathon was started so that people could eat more muffins, cookies and brownies. Much less known, Harvey and his family start an 8 hour Comedy Central TV marathon where they actually do eat more muffins, cookies and brownies.

Timeline - 2006
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Main Street Gourmet® enters the granola market. Kellogg's and Nature Valley's stock drops 22% on the news. Coincidence? We don't think so.

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The Mayor of Akron proclaims July 17th as "Muffin Day" ... really! The Chinese calendar is changed to the Year of the Muffin from Year of the Pig. Pigs across the world refuse to eat baked goods.

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A fast growing national restaurant chain chooses Main Street Gourmet® to supply a custom granola for its yogurt parfaits. Main Street Gourmet considers name change to "Main Street Granola and Other Custom Bakery Products" but holds off because it doesn't fit on letterhead.

Hollywood sign
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Main Street Gourmet begins producing and selling pre-packaged “granola clusters” for a major club operator. US Government Trademark and Patent office refuses trademark application for “Granola Clusters” so name is changed to “Small Group of Something with Granola”. Movie rights to the Main Street Gourmet story sold to Stanley Spielberg, distant cousin of a famous director/producer. Book rights still available for sale!

Timeline -2016
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Ground is broken on the building expansion and renovation project that will increase capacity and functionality. Not coincidentally, psychiatry bills for the Co-CEOs escalate.