Top 5 Organic Products from Fancy Food Show 2014

Written by Max Goldberg on July 6, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Last week, the Fancy Food Show 2014 recently took place here in NYC and as usual, I had a fantastic time.

I can’t think of a more fun day than to see all of the new products, meet new people, and catch up with friends in the industry.

Even though I heard a lot of grumbling that there was nothing new at this show, I couldn’t disagree more. You just have to be insanely curious and willing to go to every single booth to find the gems.

Here are my Top 5 Organic Products from Fancy Food Show 2014.

LOTUS FOODS – FORBIDDEN RICE RAMEN

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Lotus Foods has been on my radar screen for a while now, and I absolutely love what the company is doing, especially with its work in sustainability. Read More »

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Abe’s Market Has Launched a Cool New Program Called Try for $2

Written by Max Goldberg on June 26, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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If you’re anything like me, you absolutely LOVE trying new and interesting organic products.

Yet, there are a few challenges with this.

One, how do you find them.

Two, there is a risk associated with spending money on all of these products, especially if you take one bite of a $7 granola and don’t like it.

Three, if you’re a subscriber to a monthly $20 box of healthy products, there is a decent chance that you won’t be inspired by many of the picks that show up at your door.

Abe’s Market, a fantastic e-commerce site that specializes in natural and organic products, has come up a great solution that addresses all of these problems. Read More »

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GMO-Bananas are Going Into Human Trials – Why This Won’t End Well

Written by Max Goldberg on June 22, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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I am not sure why it is but so many people, myself included, have an incredibly strong emotional attachment to bananas.

This love for bananas extends to all parts of the world, and I saw this first-hand when I visited a banana plantation in Costa Rica. In fact, people who dedicate their life’s work to bananas are affectionately called bananeros.

So, when I heard the news that the world’s richest man and noted GMO-advocate, Bill Gates, is funding a human trial of genetically-modified bananas, I got absolutely sick to my stomach.

James Dale, Director of the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had donated close to $10M to finance this project and that human trials would take place over a six-week period in the U.S. Read More »

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Wedderspoon Makes Fantastic and Innovative Honey Products, FREE Giveaway

Written by Max Goldberg on June 16, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

wedderspoon-organic-beechwood-honeyWhile it may be easy to name the top brands of pressed organic juice, coconut water, or breakfast cereal, the same cannot be said for honey.

Honey is just not as visible, and many vendors of honey are small and local.

That doesn’t mean, however, that excellent national brands don’t exist. They do.

And without question, one of the best is Wedderspoon.

I first discovered Wedderspoon in 2010 at Natural Products Expo East and gave the company my Best of Show Award for its Manuka honey.  Since that time, I have been keeping a close watch on the company as it has slowly launched a number of other very impressive honey-based products.

Yet, it is Wedderspoon’s Organic Beechwood Honey that has really caught my eye.

Aside from its light, distinct, and flavorful taste, this honey has some unusual characteristics. Read More »

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Top 10 Herbs by Nutrient Density

Written by Max Goldberg on June 12, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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By now, many of you may be familiar with the “ANDI Scores” when you walk into the produce section of Whole Foods Market.

Created by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index” and ranks a food’s nutrient density on a scale from 1 to 1000.

The ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities, and by dividing the nutrient level of a food by its caloric content (N/C).

For context, kale, a dark leafy green, scores 1000 while soda scores 1. Read More »

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