Natural Products Expo West 2016 Part OneApril 2, 2016 Written by JP [Font too small?]
Last month, I joined approximately 77,000 other members of the natural health community in Anaheim, California. Natural Products Expo West is an ever expanding mecca for exhibitors of all sorts of holistically-inspired body care, foods, household goods and supplements. All told there were over 3,000 exhibitors presenting their respective wares. At the same time, there was also a broad array of educational presentations on topics ranging from sustainable agriculture to the future of probiotics.
Since many of my clients and readers can’t attend ExpoWest, I’m going to devote several blogs to some of the more interesting and useful information Team Healthy Fellow discovered there. Today’s column presents a selection of genuinely healthy and novel foods I think you should know about.
Discovery #1: Rhythm Superfoods Beet Chips (link)
Chips are generally frowned upon by health conscious consumers because they’re typically made from corn or potatoes and deep fried. This new offering from Rhythm Superfoods provides a true alternative for those who are looking for a healthier crunch. These non-GMO beet chips possess the same health benefits of beet juice, but in a less refined form. A recent review in the journal Nutrients mentions a long list of “clinical pathologies” that beetroot may ameliorate because of its ability to increase nitric oxide, quell inflammation and reduce oxidative stress.
Beet chips are not only rich in antioxidants, they’re also an excellent source of dietary fiber and potassium. And, while they are super crispy, they’re not fried! Instead, they’re carefully dehydrated to preserve the maximum amount of nutrition. What’s more, a study published in 2014 reported that select phytochemicals in beets may actually lower post-meal blood sugar and insulin concentrations. So, diabetics and those on low-carb diets don’t necessarily need to rule these out. If you are so inclined, try a small serving and test to see how it affects your personal glucose response.
Discovery #2: WrawPs (link)
To be honest, I probably would not have tried this product if samples weren’t given out on the show floor. They just look a little too “hippy healthy” to be delicious. Plus, I’ve tried more than my share of disappointing bread substitutes. But, I stand corrected!
WrawPs is a line of vegetable-based wraps. They’re gluten-free, organic and raw. My favorite is the Veggie Life flavor. It boasts a commendable, nutrient dense ingredient list: Organic Lettuce, Organic Spinach, Organic Flax, Organic Coconut, Organic Turmeric and Black Salt. You can cut the 7.5”x11” wraps into smaller pieces to serve as hors d’ oeuvres – a topping idea is coming up. Or, you can use this veggie-packed, bread alternative as a pizza crust or sandwich wrapper. Besides their enjoyable flavor, keep in mind that eating more of the vegetables featured in the full line of WrawPs, such as cabbage, coconut and spinach, benefits your body in countless ways including: a) lowering the risk of fibroids; b) improving ocular antioxidant status; and c) supporting cognitive function in those with dementia.
Discovery #3: Kite Hill Almond Cheese (link)
This was a real revelation for me. Kite Hill is a relatively new company that makes a line of cheeses and yogurts from pure almond milk. This offers an inviting alternative to those who are sensitive to dairy and common dairy substitutes, such as soy. Of course, even the best concepts still require the taste to be spot on. In this case, they’ve hit the bullseye! I suspect the reason is that, first and foremost, the crew of chefs and scientists involved wanted their invention to compare favorably to any delicious, milk based cheese.
Why go out of your way to eat more almonds? The data on tree nut consumption and health is quite strong. Year after year, more studies emerge showing a powerful association between nut intake and decreased mortality risk. This is especially true when it comes to the greatest health threat of our time: cardiovascular disease. But, beyond that, real almond milk is more nutrient dense than other dairy alternatives – hemp, rice, soy, etc. By “real” I mean that this isn’t the typical almond milk you see in health food stores and supermarket shelves. Kite Hill doesn’t strip their milk of its natural fat while including additives and flavors like most conventional products. For instance, their soft ripened cheese only contains: almond milk (water, almonds), salt, enzymes and cultures. Clean and simple.
You may have noticed that the three products I featured today are all vegan-friendly. That wasn’t by design nor a philosophical shift in my nutritional outlook. However, whether you’re vegan or not, I think most people would do well to include more nuts, seeds and vegetables in their daily diets. Doing so has been shown to minimize all-cause mortality, cancer incidence and it may even protect against age-related muscle loss or sarcopenia. So, why not enjoy some beet chips instead of potato crisps? Make your next tuna fish sandwich in a WrawP, and have some almond cheese with an organic apple or a glass of biodynamic red wine. Healthy food can indeed taste great. Enjoy!
Note: Please check out the “Comments & Updates” section of this blog – at the bottom of the page. You can find the latest research about this topic there!
To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:
Study 1 – The Potential Benefits of Red Beetroot Supplementation in Health and … (link)
Study 2 – The Plasma Bioavailability of Nitrate and Betanin from Beta Vulgaris … (link)
Study 3 – Effects of a Beetroot Juice with High Neobetanin Content on the Early … (link)
Study 4 – Vegetarian Diet and Reduced Uterine Fibroids Risk: A Case-Control … (link)
Study 5 – Effects of Constant Intake of Lutein-rich Spinach on Macular Pigment … (link)
Study 6 – COCONUT OIL: NON-ALTERNATIVE DRUG TREATMENT AGAINST … (link)
Study 7 – ALMOND MILK: A POTENTIAL THERAPEUTIC WEAPON AGAINST … (link)
Study 8 – Diet Quality Improves for Parents and Children When Almonds are … (link)
Study 9 – Development of a Non-Dairy Probiotic Fermented Product Based … (link)
Study 10 – A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Nut Consumption and … (link)
Study 11 – Epigenetic Linkage of Aging, Cancer and Nutrition … (link)
Study 12 – Association of Vegetables and Fruits Consumption with Sarcopenia … (link)
The Antioxidant Activity of Beetroot Juice vs. Other Juices
Source: Nutrients. 2015 Apr; 7(4): 2801–2822. (link)
Tags: Almonds, Beets, Organic
Posted in Food and Drink, Nutrition, Product Reviews