Another Reason to Buy Organic – Conventional Tea Contains Illegal and Highly Toxic Pesticides

While we constantly hear about the tremendous health benefits of drinking tea, one thing that almost never gets mentioned in this message is just how critical it is to drink organic tea.

In a recently released report called Tea Steeped in Toxics, the excellent non-profit Beyond Pesticides gives us an inside look at what is going on in the tea industry. Needless to say, what they uncover is very ugly and very scary. Read more »

The Living Maxwell Show on Periscope: “Live” from the Whole Foods Market Holiday Bazaar in NYC

Last week, I attended the Whole Foods Market Holiday Bazaar here in NYC, and it was a fantastic afternoon!

The Bazaar was a preview of many of the holidays items that will be out later this year, and several of the company’s department heads were also in attendance.

I had the opportunity to interview Doug Bell, Global Wine Buyer, and Cathy Strange, Global Cheese Buyer, both of whom shared their industry insight, offered very useful advice about cheese and wine, and took questions “live” from viewers.

If you’re unfamiliar with Periscope or want to know how it works, I explain it all below.

Enjoy the video!

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Zana Juices – The Most Impressive Drink I’ve Ever Seen


While shopping at my local organic market in New York City the other day, I spotted a drink that I had never seen before called Zana Juices.

What immediately drew my attention wasn’t the large bottle size but rather its eye-popping price tag of $55 for 32 ounces.

“$55 for what?” I asked myself. Read more »

Two of My Favorite Emerging Beverage Brands – Rawpothecary and LuliTonix

Unless you live in the New York area and are immersed in the health and wellness world, there is a decent chance that you’ve never heard of Rawpothecary or LuliTonix.

But that won’t be the case for long, as I expect both of these brands to become very recognizable, national players within a matter of time.

Having closely watched Rawpothecary and LuliTonix over the past year, I not only love what they’re putting on the shelves, but the women behind each of these NYC-based companies are two of the hardest-working entrepreneurs I’ve come across.



A few years ago, founder Stephanie Walczak had a close friend that was poisoned so badly from pesticides that he was literally on his death bed.  With conventional medicine completely failing him and few alternatives left, Stephanie, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and The Natural Gourmet Institute, got into the kitchen and worked her magic with the Vitamix, making sure he got fed super-nutritious blended drinks. Read more »

Suja Rolls Out a Fantastic Line of Bottled Teas


If you think that Suja, which was recently named by Forbes as the #3 Most Promising Company in the U.S., is content to just sit on its hands and enjoy its current success, think again.

In a bold and very savvy move, the company has made a departure from its pressed juices and smoothies to launch four HPP (high pressure processing) bottled teas including: Read more »

Wednesdays at Whole Foods – Meet Koji, Cool Threads, Mango Mission

On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company.



It didn’t take long for me to be blown away by a new drink called Graindrops.

And apparently, the same holds true for Whole Foods Market, who first discovered Graindrops ten years ago in Germany at BioFach 2004, the world’s largest trade show dedicated to organic products.

At the time, Graindrops had only been selling single grain (rice, oat, spelt) milks in Europe.

But these were hardly your average milks. Read more »

Wednesdays at Whole Foods – Wine Talk, GMO-Labeling Update, and Biodynamic Bonanza

On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company.



If you are a wine aficionado, Whole Foods Market has something very cool for you.

On eight different Thursday nights throughout the year, the company hosts Twitter Wine Tastings.

The Twitter Tastings are led and moderated by the global wine buyers Doug Bell and Master Sommelier Devon Broglie, who hand-pick in advance the four wines to be discussed. Read more »