Green SuperFood energy bars
Amazing Grass has launched certified Organic Green SuperFood energy bars, combining their alkalizing Organic Green SuperFood powder with fruits, vegetables, and organic nuts and seeds. The bars are cold processed, raw, gluten free, dairy free and vegan. They come in two varieties: Whole Food Energy Bar, and Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar. The former has 220 calories, 8g of fat, 5g of protein and 36g of carbs. The chocolate version has 230 calories, 9g of fat, 5g of protein and 37g of carbs. Amazing Grass produces certified organic wheat grass, barley grass, oat grass, rye grass and alfalfa at a family farm in Kansas.
Coconut water for exercise recovery
Edward and Sons has launched Organic Young Coconut Water under its Nature Factor brand. Made from the clear liquid contained inside USDA-certified organic young coconuts, the beverage is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and is low in calories. Popular in Thailand, coconut water contains natural electrolytes and high levels of potassium that help the body recover from rigorous activities. Its unique composition makes it a healthy alternative to synthetic sports drinks.
Two new chocolates by Barry Callebaut of Belgium contain BENEO-Palatanit's Palatinose (isomaltulose) ingredient, a functional carbohydrate. The tooth-friendly chocolate candy introduced in 2008 takes the form of hollow figurines based on the animated cartoon rabbit Hopla and his friends Onki, Nina and Lola, which are popular with children in Belgium. The second is a tooth-friendly chocolate bar for adults or children. Packaging for both consumer products features the 'Happy Tooth' label from Toothfriendly International, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to improving dental health. The conventional milk powder has been replaced with milk proteins and refined sugar (sucrose) with Palatinose. Palatinose is distinguished by a very strong molecular binding that cannot be broken by plaque bacteria and thus prevents the generation of acids in the mouth that harm tooth enamel.
Probiotics for on the go
Vidazorb DAILY is a daily probiotics supplement that does not require refrigeration. Containing Probio-Tec L. acidophilus LA-5, the supplement can help recolonize healthy bacteria in the gut that were destroyed by environmental stressors. The full line of patent-pending Vidazorb chewable probiotic formulations is available for purchase online and in speciality stores.
Max Crunch is the first probiotics-enhanced protein bar introduced in the US, according to its maker, Max Muscle Sports Nutrition. The innovation was made possible by a collaboration between Max Muscle and Ganeden Biotech, manufacturer of the patented probiotic strain GanedenBC30. The 50g Max Crunch bars come in Peanut Butter Perfection and Chocolate Rage flavours, and contain 17g of protein.
Spirulina and astaxanthin team up
Valensa International of Florida and Parry Nutraceuticals of India are jointly introducing a new organic dietary supplement called SpiruZan — a synergistic complex of organic spirulina and astaxanthin in a single tablet. SpiruZan combines the nutritional properties of organic spirulina with the superior antioxidant properties of astaxanthin to?deliver a "brain+body" supplement that offers protection from the stresses of dietary and environmental conditions. Initially, SpiruZan will be available only as a 500mg caplet providing 1mg astaxanthin in a 3g organic-spirulina serving.
All-natural fruit juice attains a new level
Bolthouse Farms' new Heart Healthy Pear Merlot fruit juice is made with Barl?v barley betafiber*, a natural soluble fiber clinically proven to reduce cholesterol. Clinical studies with Barl?v? barley betafiber have shown that consuming just 3 grams per day as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol by as much as 9.5 percent without reducing HDL (good) cholesterol. Each serving of Bolthouse Farms' Heart Healthy Pear Merlot fruit juice blend contains 0.75 grams of Barl?v barley betafiber. Bolthouse Farms' Heart Healthy Pear Merlot fruit juice is available in the fresh produce section of your local grocery store.
*FDA's Authorized Health Claim: Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 3 grams per day of beta-glucan soluble fiber from barley betafiber may reduce the risk of heart disease.