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Organic Products that Contain Unapproved Additives are the Source of Controversy

Organic Products that Contain Unapproved Additives are the Source of Controversy

When I was at the Expo West trade show recently, I came across Horizon Organic Milk with DHA Omega-3 and was impressed at first glance. I thought to myself that this looks like a pretty interesting dairy product. Yet several days after returning back to NYC and just as I was about to write a […]

Controversial Foods Expo West Kids Milk
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When I was at the Expo West trade show recently, I came across Horizon Organic Milk with DHA Omega-3 and was impressed at first glance. I thought to myself that this looks like a pretty interesting dairy product.

Yet several days after returning back to NYC and just as I was about to write a post about this organic milk, I received an email from The Cornucopia Institute, a watchdog for the organic industry.

The Cornucopia Institute has condemned the USDA for allowing products containing unapproved synthetic additives (DHA Omega-3, as one of them) to be labeled “organic” for an indefinite grace period.

Furthermore, The Cornucopia Institute has filed legal complaints against infant formula manufacturers and Dean Foods, manufacturer of Horizon dairy products, for adding unapproved additives: Martek Biosciences Corporation’s omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (DHA/ARA), derived chemically from fermented algae and fungus, to foods with the organic label. Read more »


Au Lac – My Dinner Last Night in Los Angeles

Au Lac - My Dinner Last Night in Los Angeles

As soon as I landed last night in Los Angeles, I went directly to Au Lac. Au Lac is considered by many people to be the best raw food restaurant in the country. After finally experiencing it myself for the first time, I agree. It was absolutely phenomenal. Simply remarkable. Some things to know about […]

Organic Restaurants Raw Food Restaurant Visits/Pictures
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As soon as I landed last night in Los Angeles, I went directly to Au Lac.

Au Lac is considered by many people to be the best raw food restaurant in the country. After finally experiencing it myself for the first time, I agree. It was absolutely phenomenal. Simply remarkable.

Some things to know about Au Lac: Read more »


My New Discovery This Week — Palm Sugar Powder by Organic Nectars

My New Discovery This Week -- Palm Sugar Powder by Organic Nectars

As I have written about many times before, I am a big fan of palm sugar. This alternative sweetener is sustainable, low on the Glycemic Index and tastes great. Palm sugar was also named one of my Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2011. When I was in the supermarket the other day and scouring […]

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As I have written about many times before, I am a big fan of palm sugar. This alternative sweetener is sustainable, low on the Glycemic Index and tastes great.

Palm sugar was also named one of my Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2011.

When I was in the supermarket the other day and scouring the shelves looking for something new, I stumbled across PalmSweet by Organic Nectars.

I immediately said to myself “Wow, this is really interesting.”

At closer glance, I realized that PalmSweet is nothing more than palm sugar but in powder form.

While it may seem like a simple and obvious idea, the company claims that PalmSweet is the very first powdered coconut palm sugar and I believe them. I have yet to run across this product before. Read more »


My Valentine’s Day Dinner at Pure Food and Wine in NYC

My Valentine's Day Dinner at Pure Food and Wine in NYC

For Valentine’s Day, I took my valentine to Pure Food and Wine. They rolled out a special menu with some amazingly complex dishes. Our table was in the private room in the back, which meant that we had to walk through the kitchen to get there. Walking through the kitchen is always fun, and I […]

NYC Organic Restaurants Raw Food Restaurant Visits/Pictures
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For Valentine’s Day, I took my valentine to Pure Food and Wine. They rolled out a special menu with some amazingly complex dishes.

Our table was in the private room in the back, which meant that we had to walk through the kitchen to get there. Walking through the kitchen is always fun, and I talked briefly to Nikki King, the head chef, who I see often when I go to One Lucky Duck.

AMUSE-BOUCHE

This drink was made of maple syrup and ginger soda with blood orange and beet caviar floating on the top. Very crisp. Read more »


How to Get Kids to Eat Organic Greens

How to Get Kids to Eat Organic Greens

Now that many of my friends have young children, one thing that I hear from all of them is that “My kids won’t eat any green vegetables.” This doesn’t surprise me in the least because (a) most kids would rather have french fries than spinach or broccoli; and (b) they have to be taught to […]

Juice/Smoothies Kids Organic Vegetables
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Now that many of my friends have young children, one thing that I hear from all of them is that “My kids won’t eat any green vegetables.”

This doesn’t surprise me in the least because (a) most kids would rather have french fries than spinach or broccoli; and (b) they have to be taught to like greens at a very, very early age. The good news is that there is an easy solution.

It is called Juicing. Read more »


Have We Been Misled? 5 Organic Foods That Should Make You Think Twice

Have We Been Misled? 5 Organic Foods That Should Make You Think Twice

I spend an inordinate amount of time learning about the healthiest and newest organic food products available. Through my research at the various trade shows (Natural Products Expo East and Natural Products Expo West are my two favorites), talking to industry contacts, roaming supermarket aisles, speaking with as many well-informed food people as I can […]

Aflatoxin Expo East Expo West GMO Nutrient-Dense Organic Peanuts
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I spend an inordinate amount of time learning about the healthiest and newest organic food products available. Through my research at the various trade shows (Natural Products Expo East and Natural Products Expo West are my two favorites), talking to industry contacts, roaming supermarket aisles, speaking with as many well-informed food people as I can and reading books, I have come to the following conclusion:

You can take almost any food in the world and some health expert will have something good to say about it while a different health expert will have something bad to say about it.

So, what I do is educate myself as much as I can and then make my own decision about whether I should be eating it or not.

The following five organic foods seem to be the most controversial. While books could be written on all of the foods below and by no means am I covering all of the pros/cons of each, I will try to highlight the most salient points. Read more »


My Recent Dinner at Quintessence in NYC

My Recent Dinner at Quintessence in NYC

Recently I had dinner at Quintessence in NYC. Quintessence is an organic raw food restaurant in the East Village that I enjoy very much. For those unfamiliar with raw food restaurants, everything is vegan and nothing is cooked above 118 degrees. So, why do I like going to Quintessence?

NYC Raw Food Restaurant Visits/Pictures Superfoods
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Recently I had dinner at Quintessence in NYC. Quintessence is an organic raw food restaurant in the East Village that I enjoy very much. For those unfamiliar with raw food restaurants, everything is vegan and nothing is cooked above 118 degrees.

So, why do I like going to Quintessence? Read more »