Meet ten creative companies that are challenging the status quo and bringing fresh ideas, ingredients and benefits to healthy new products this year.
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Curcumin, a natural compound found in the spice turmeric, has long been used as a natural treatment for many health conditions, including arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
CuraMed effervescent tablets deliver curcumin in a form that is easier for many to swallow than pills. We love that the golden-yellow bubbly liquid that results from dropping a tablet in a glass of water doesn’t stain the inside of your mouth and lips—and it tastes good!
You want to believe the olive oil you drizzle over your salad is truly delivering beneficial monounsaturated fats. But unfortunately, many bottles of EVOO on store shelves contain far less olive oil than you’d imagine—commonly, a small amount of olive oil is mixed with cheaper, less healthful oils and added colorants.
The creators of Bellucci Extra Virgin Olive Oil are bringing more transparency to a food category rippled with fraud. The label on every bottle lists the harvest date, as well as the types of olives picked, pressed and bottled by a co-op of Italian growers. What’s more, you can trace your bottle to its harvest region in rural Italy by typing in your bottle’s lot number on the company’s website.
Have you ever wanted to make your own sourdough bread? How about your own yogurt … or kefir … or tofu … or kombucha? If making DIY versions of these healthy, fermented foods (highly touted for promoting gut-healthy probiotics) is on your checklist, make life easier by beginning with Cultures for Health starter kits, which come with live cultures and complete how-to steps. The videos on the company’s website are also extremely helpful.
Back to the Roots is a young company disrupting everything you know about cereal. Their three-ingredient purple cornflakes prove you don’t need loads of sugar or added colors to get kids to eat their breakfast. Made with organic, non-GMO purple corn, grown in Dakota County, Minnesota, these vibrant flakes offer the same powerful antioxidant found in blueberries. Even the cereal packaging is innovative: The bag-less cartons use 18 percent less paper and 25 percent less plastic than standard cereal boxes.
Tallow from pastured, grass-fed cows is a great source of nourishing fats and vitamins A, D, E and K2—all of which are crucial for healthy, thriving skin. Tallow plus organic coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter are the key ingredients in Fat Face Body Butta, a thick body cream that smells great, absorbs easily and leaves skin with a beautiful glow. Fat Face’s “nose to tail” philosophy promotes putting every single part of an animal to use to reduce unnecessary waste of animal byproducts.
Jackfruit is a huge, oblong fruit grown profusely in tropical regions of the world. When cooked, it has a texture surprisingly similar to shredded meat—but without the saturated fat and large carbon footprint. As a bonus, jackfruit is incredibly low in sugar (0 grams when harvested young), high in fiber (9 grams in ½ cup), and free of gluten and soy.
Since 2012, The Jackfruit Company has been bringing ethically and sustainably sourced jackfruits to market. Their curry jackfruit flavor makes a satisfying filling for lettuce cups, and the barbecue flavor is an unbelievable all-veggie stand-in for shredded pork or beef.
Niagen (nicotinamide riboside) is a new ingredient exciting science geeks everywhere for its potential to increase the biogenesis of mitochondria—the power plants of cells. Studies have shown that niagen increases muscle endurance, improves insulin sensitivity and limits diet-induced obesity—and that’s why Doctor’s Best features niagen in their new Best Energy veggie caps designed to fight fatigue and boost metabolism naturally.
The only way to change the food system is by making the good choices obscenely better than the not-good choices. That’s the philosophy behind Hampton Creek, a fast-growing food company that creates healthier, more affordable plant-based foods, such as Just Mayo, an egg-free mayonnaise-style spread made with non-GMO canola oil, pea protein, vinegar, organic sugar and salt. We love the spicy Sriracha flavor to add a kick to vegan potato salad, coleslaw and veggie dips.
With a mercury limit that is ten times stricter than the FDAs, Safe Catch is on a mission to make tuna healthier, safer for everyone to eat and sustainable for our oceans. They are the only tuna brand that tests mercury levels in every fish and can trace their tuna from boat captain (they buy only from fishermen whose catch methods minimize environmental impact) to your table.
Safe Catch meets Consumer Reports’ low-mercury criteria for pregnant moms and children and contains more omega-3 fatty acids than brands that precook their tuna before canning.
Josh and Zora Tabin, owners of Wild Zora, noticed there was a gap in the market for snacks that were both savory and healthy. They wondered if they could make a product similar to jerky that also had vegetables in it. So they tested a way to safely preserve meat and other ingredients without having to add too much salt, sugar or artificial preservatives—and it worked! Their tender meat and veggie bars are made from 100-percent grass-fed beef, free-range turkey or all-natural lamb and a flavorful mix of organic vegetables, fruits and spices.
10 innovative healthy products to look for in 2016 (via @deliciousliving)
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