2014 Hot Natural Product Awards (from Expo West)
Mar09

2014 Hot Natural Product Awards (from Expo West)

by Christopher Van Buren Well, Expo West 2014 is behind us and we got excited about some unusual finds and innovative new products. So we created our own ad-hoc awards for the best of the show. Here are our finds…we hope you’ll enjoy them. The “That’s Made from What?” Award We’ve seen all the fake soy meats you can think of…but this one was a surprise. A company called Phoney Baloney’s has made a fake bacon bits from, get this… coconut bits. With a special cooking process and healthy, bacon-like spices, Phoney Baloney’s has managed to bring out a pretty tasty bacon-like product that’s perfect for salads, baked potatoes, or anywhere you might have once used bacon bits. And as their flier says, “who doesn’t like bacon?” Right. Check it out at www.phoneybaloneys.com. The “Nobody Ever Tried Making Juice From That” Award With all the new exotic fruits and special juices on the market, you’d think everything that could be juiced HAD been juiced, right? Well think again. A company called Arty has bottled artichoke water. That’s squeezed-artichoke-in-water extract, like a strong tea. And get this, it’s FULL of antioxidants, not to mention being great for appetite suppression. What does it taste like? Well…seriously…it tastes like artichokes — but better. Ingredients include artichoke, mint, lemon, and apple. It’s sweetened with monk fruit and agave. You’ll be pleasantly surprised! Go to www.artywater.com. The “This is Going to Replace Stevia Someday” Award I’m going to be honest. I don’t like stevia. Never did. And I don’t believe anyone who says they figured out how to eliminate that horrible aftertaste. I can taste a drop of it in a galon of juice (ok not really, but you get my meaning). That’s why I’m very excited about Monk Fruit, the new non-fructose non-sucrose sweetener that’s going to take center stage someday. The Habital company has perfected the monk fruit sugar replacement. The powder looks and performs just like sugar, down to the serving sizes and all that. It is ZERO calories and ZERO glycemic. It’s non-GMO and it’s actually a bit softer and gentler than sugar. What’s the catch? The only one we can see is that it’s native to China. One more import from the East, fellas. See habitfoods.com. The “Saving the Planet One Toothbrush at a Time” Award Ever wonder how many toothbrush handles are floating around the great garbage dump in the ocean? Probably enough to fill a freighter. So he BrushWithBamboo company has stepped in to save the day. They sell a bamboo toothbrush that’s no only eco-friendly. . .it’s darn cool. I mean, I’d brush my teeth anywhere...

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Diet Trends: Diet Supplements & Diet Pills
Aug23

Diet Trends: Diet Supplements & Diet Pills

by Valerie Brooks What’s New in Diet Supplements A number of natural (and not so natural) supplements are gaining press in the new technology arena for weight loss. Most diet supplements fall into one or more of these categories: appetite suppressants, metabolism enhancers, fat burners, colon/liver cleansers, diuretics (water weight loss) and kidney cleansers. And remember, if a diet product is considered a “supplement,” then it’s designed to add to, enhance, or otherwise facilitate a primary diet and exercise program…in other words, to supplement it. Supplements are not meant to be the only component of your weight loss program, but additions to it. Here is a listing of the more popular weight loss supplements to take note of: Guarana –- This caffeine-packed herb hails from Brazil, and can be found in teas and some soft drinks. It claims to have metabolic benefit in addition to surpassing the caffeine amounts found in coffee. If used carefully, it can increase metabolism and suppress the appetite without the jittery effects of other caffeine sources. Green Tea –- This super food continues to amaze at every turn with its myriad health benefits, but it’s also showing up in diet products, from pills to powders, and now even patches, like the Super Green Tea Patch. It not only packs its punch in antioxidants, it can aid in weight loss because of its natural caffeine and appetite suppressant qualities. Hoodia –- this South African herb is a tried and true appetite suppressant. To make sure you are buying the authentic product, check that it was sourced from the stem, not the root of the plant. You can also check for the “certified authentic” label or just purchase from reputable companies. Hydroxycut –- Best used alongside a solid diet and exercise routine, this natural supplement no longer contains FDA-banned ephedra. It claims to work by increasing metabolism and controlling appetite. EcoSlim –- From NativeRemedies, this herbal formula contains licorice, guarana, ginger, dandelion, and a number of other lab-tested herbs that are gluten and animal-product free for natural weight loss. It’s a healthy product along with being a weight loss supplement. XPel –- This is an herbal diuretic, which aids in weight loss by eliminating excess water through urination. This product contains caffeine. The company was founded by a physician. DieuTone –- Attacking bloated areas by eliminating water, this diuretic will give you the appearance of a flatter tummy, while temporarily relieving swelling and water weight gain. Goji Berries -– Rich in chromium and fiber, these Himalayan berries aid in weight loss by increasing metabolism, controlling appetite, and fighting abdominal fat. Cleanse RX –- This particular colon...

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Three “Bad” Foods that are Actually Good for You (in moderation)

There is so much manipulation of the press and scientific community these days around health and wellness. Big corporate interests want you to believe what supports their corporate agenda and they’ll manipulate the facts surrounding your foods. Certain foods end up getting a bad reputation for being “bad for you” when they are really good for you if eaten in “normal” quantities. Here are three good foods that have suffered from bad press: Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of nutrition, containing protein, vitamins, minerals and high amounts of beta carotene. They also contain natural lecithin. Eating fresh, organic, free-range eggs (not those hormone-laced factory farmed eggs) a couple times per week is a great way to add healthy nutrition to your diet. Coffee: Yes, coffee contains caffeine, which can be bad in excess. But normal amounts of coffee can provide you with high levels of antioxidants and minerals and caffeine in moderation can be helpful to your circulation, skin condition, and helps reduce inflammation. How much is too much? Two small cups or one larger sized cup per day is probably healthy for most people. Oh, and drink the good stuff, grind it yourself, avoid milk products, and use a natural filter (not a bleached one). No decaf and go easy on the sugar. Animal Fat: Getting moderate levels of fat from animal sources (if you’re not a vegetarian for moral reasons, of course) is one of the best things you can do for your health. This includes moderate amounts of butterfat, and meats. Just make sure you’re getting quality, organically raised, hormone-free products…and don’t over-cook it. Again, eating animal fats a 2-3 times per week is a healthy choice. Avoid dairy fats (milk, cream, cheese) unless you can find a trustworthy source of raw, unpasteurized, fresh milk products. Even then, keep your consumption of these to a...

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The Importance of Good Water

Everyone knows that water is super important to our health…that the human body is made up of almost 80% water and that proper hydration is at the core of any good health protocol. But the story of water is just beginning and it’s getting more and more complicated! Soft drink and candy companies are buying up bottled water businesses right and left…and it’s all about profits. But bottled water is not necessarily any better for you than tap water in most modern cities (not all cities, of course). Should we have minerals in our water? Should we drink distilled water? What constitutes clean water? And what about ionized water and alkaline water? It’s all very confusing. But one thing is for sure…water filtered with a quality reverse osmosis system is worth looking into. In fact, even those traditional carbon filters can produce water that’s clean with a minimum of dissolved solids — those are the heavy metals and other junk floating in your water that you can’t see but probably can taste! So…we’re going to dedicate some time and space here on this site to talk about water, water quality and filtering systems, so you can get the best water for you and your family. We’re starting with this story of water video that is really worth watching. And stay tuned for...

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Review: SuperFood Seasoning

SuperFood Seasoning is a different take on superfood powders. Rather than a green drink mix, this product is a sprinlke-on seasoning that contains nothing but herbs and superfoods. It tastes great and goes well with any savory foods…and makes certain foods (like popcorn and ramen noodles) healthy in a very economical way. They recommend it with popcorn as a meal replacement, but you can use it on pasta, salads, toast, eggs…just about anything. Featured ingredients include reishi and shiitake mushroom powders, which are great for healing, brain function and appetite control; seaweeds, which are rich in nutrients; pomegranate powder, a great source of antioxidants; tumeric and much more. Provides an easy way to add superfood nutrition to your diet every day. At $3.42 per ounce, it’s comparable to any green drink on the market…and you might find it more useful in many situations. Manufacturer’s Description SuperFood Seasoning is the healthy spice mix that adds SuperFood nutrition to any savory dish! Instantly improve your nutrition while gradually controlling your appetite — just by sprinkling some SuperFood Seasoning on your food. SuperFood Seasoning goes great with eggs, salads, popcorn, soups, pasta…just about any savory dish. Ingredients click image to enlarge Rishi Mushroom Powder Nori Seaweed Powder Ground Flax Seed Meal Tumeric Pomegranate Powder Black Pepper Kosher Salt Cayenne Pepper Pros A unique and tasty way to get more superfoods. A great formula for both flavor and nutrition. Excellent addition to your existing green drink routine. Cons Not a green drink. Price 3.5 ounces = $11.99 Price per ounce = $3.42 Where to Purchase From manufacturer’s site at...

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