Natural Foods Merchandiser


Have a Little PCB With Your Salmon
Is farmed salmon safe to eat? Yes—in small doses, according to research published in the journal Science. Scientists took a look at toxic contaminants in farmed and wild salmon sold at markets in 16 cities. Their conclusion? If you live in Europe, Boston, San Francisco or Toronto, eat no more than one serving (4 to 8 ounces) of farmed salmon a month; in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Chicago, New York and Vancouver, toxin levels are low enough to allow two salmon dinners (16 ounces) a month. Consumers could safely eat up to eight wild salmon dinners per month. The culprit: salmon feed that is rich in fish oils and concentrated levels of such nasties as PCBs, dioxins and DDT.

Wild Oats? New Signs Point to Low Carbs
Wild Oats Natural Markets wants low-carb shoppers to know they will find plenty to eat in their stores, even though the chain doesn?t stock many low-carbohydrate processed foods. So the Boulder, Colo.-based company added signage in early January pointing to items that work in a reduced-carb diet—from Beeler?s pork chops to Hain Carb Fit cookies. Signs throughout the store highlight items that offer fewer than 10 net carbs per serving. Meanwhile, promotional materials remind shoppers that fruit, vegetables and whole grains, while higher in carbohydrates, are important for overall health and well-being.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 2/p. 27

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