Dutch sports drink with PeptoPro
DSM Food Specialties' protein hydrolysate, PeptoPro, has been selected as the key ingredient in SIXGRAM, a ready-to-drink sports beverage from DIS BV. Available in the Netherlands, SIXGRAM contains 6g PeptoPro per 330ml can, and can be purchased in blood-orange, grapefruit and mandarin flavours. PeptoPro is a patented casein hydrolysate consisting of a unique mixture of di- and tripeptides, which become immediately available to the muscles after ingestion, resulting in faster recovery and muscle protection. It can be purchased as both an instant (powder) drink and RTD beverages.
Organic hempmilk in four varieties
Unsweetened Hemp Bliss Organic Hempmilk by Manitoba Harvest provides a nutritious alternative to dairy, soy and grain-based drinks. One serving provides 1,200mg of omega-3s, 5g of highly digestible protein and 250mg of powerful gamma linolenic acid. Overall, it contains more omega-3, -6 and -9 EFAs than any milk, including dairy and other alternatives such as soy, rice and almond. It is available in Unsweetened, Chocolate, Vanilla and Original Hemp Bliss varieties.
Ionic sea-mineral supplement
Mineral Resources International's OmniMin is an all-natural, low-sodium, full-spectrum, ionic sea-mineral supplement from Utah's Great Salt Lake. It is sold in 5oz and 18oz sizes, is rich in magnesium, and contains the full spectrum of naturally occurring elements in a balance natural to the body. It is GRAS, kosher certified and passes the US Food Chemicals Codex's heavy-metals safety test.
High-ORAC fruit juice
CHERRish, an all-natural fruit juice, is the first ready-to-drink beverage to certify its antioxidant level on every bottle. Each 10.5oz bottle has been tested by Brunswick Labs, and found to contain more than 8,000 ORAC antioxidant units, substantially exceeding the recommended daily consumption outlined by the USDA. CHERRish contains no added sugars or blended juices and is made from only Montmorency tart cherries, which have one of the highest ORAC ratings for fruit, and which contain the same level of antioxidants as pomegranate and blueberries. The juice comes in three flavours: Original Cherry, Cherry Raspberry and Cherry Blueberry.
Natural serotonin booster
Natrol's new 5-HTP Time-Release 200mg is a drug-free, plant-derived source of an amino acid that naturally increases the body's level of serotonin. It is designed to promote relaxation, calm and greater appetite control, as well as help support a more positive mood. The California-based company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Plethico Pharmaceuticals.
Earth Balance introduces nut-butter line
A new nut-butter line by Earth Balance includes an Almond Butter, Creamy Peanut Butter and Crunchy Peanut Butter. An added blend of expeller-pressed oils works to keep the nut butters from separating, and flaxseeds are added to boost ALA omega-3s content. In addition, the nut butters are sweetened with natural agave syrup, a low-glycaemic sweetener. The Colorado company produces a line of 14 other buttery spreads, shortenings, nut butters and cream cheeses.
Nutritional snack crisps
Dr William Sears has launched a line of nutritional snack foods for children. The new Popumz organic snack line contains Ocean Nutrition Canada's MEG-3 brand of omega-3 EPA and DHA. It includes four SKUs of children-friendly, organic multi-grain mini crisps. There are four flavours — Vanilla Yogurt Drizzle, Chocolate Drizzle, Buttered Popcorn and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Reduced-sodium sea salts
Ocean's Flavor has two sea salts with 60 and 70 per cent less sodium than table salt, designed to allow manufacturers to reduce the sodium chloride in their products. The offerings are a blend of the company's existing line of natural sea salt, which is said to have all attributes of regular sea salt but at a reduced sodium level of 45 per cent, and natural potassium chloride to provide a 'flavour-friendly blend.' The company produces the salt from a town in Latin America that it says has the right environment, climate and processing support for natural less-sodium salt production.
Soda alternative for schools
In consultation with school nutritionists and food-service directors, Virginia-based 4U2U Brands launched Fruit 66, a sparkling juice that provides a less-caloric alternative to lunchroom juices and sodas. The 8oz drink contains 95 calories, and provides 100 per cent of the RDA of vitamin C; as well as 10 percent of the RDA of calcium, vitamin A and folate. It contains no high-fructose corn syrup, sugars, artificial flavours or colours, caffeine, or preservatives. Fruit 66 is being marketed almost exclusively through schools, and is currently available in California, Florida and New England.
Nutrition in a bottle
AgroLabs has unveiled a line of liquid dietary supplements targeted to provide maximum condition-specific health benefits. The beverages are named Superberry Upgrade, which includes açai berries, resveratrol, mangosteen and other fruits; Green Envy with barley, green tea, broccoli and other green superfoods; and Peaceful Sleep, which contains lavender, chamomile and passion flower to assist in sleep. Other beverages in the line include Recall It (memory), Cardio Support, First Choice Total Nutrition, Naturally Açai Xtra, Naturally Organic Pomegranate, Naturally Noni 2X, and Naturally Thai Mangosteen.
Baked cheese snacks
Medora Snacks, creators of natural baked snack foods, has launched Pogos potato cheese sticks. Baked using a unique process with real cheese, they are available in three flavours: white cheddar, hickory smoked and jalape?o cheddar. They are non-GMO and trans-fat free, and contain 110 calories per ounce. The baking process eliminates the neon-orange powder flavouring found on many cheese sticks.
Healthy power blends
Four new Twister Power blends have been introduced by Navitas Naturals. The Antioxidant, Sprouted Omega, Protein and Tropical Twister Power flavours feature goji, açai, pomegranate, hemp, sprouted flax, sprouted chia, maca, blueberry, mangosteen, cacao and sprouted brown-rice powders. Each has a unique functional-nutrition profile that provides an array of essential vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and/or omega fatty acids. Twisters can be blended into smoothies, breakfast cereals, oatmeal and yoghurt, or used as a flour substitute.