5@5: Heavenly Organics puts mission first | Study: Even label-readers eat too much sodium

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December 13, 2017

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5@5: Heavenly Organics puts mission first | Study: Even label-readers eat too much sodium

Heavenly Organics is bringing jobs to conflict zones (and producing glyphosate-free honey in the process)

How to ensure that honey doesn’t contain traces of glyphosate? Source it from a remote Indian jungle where the herbicide can’t get to it. Founder Amit Hooda and his agronomist father developed a sustainable way to harvest honey, so that the hive can regenerate, and local families purify the honey at their homes. “The whole reason for creating the company was in order to produce a stable economic opportunity for folks where there wasn’t one,” says Jason Jones, president of Heavenly Organics. “Those people are often forgotten, and they need help. The fact is, there are a lot of wonderful agricultural products that we can tap into in places like this and genuinely make the world better in doing it.” Read more at Organic Authority…


Researchers say nutritional labeling for sodium doesn’t work

Although a majority of American consumers today say they look at nutrition labels on products when shopping, the sodium line, apparently, isn’t making much of an impact. Researchers at the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health explored the relationship between how often people read nutrition labels and how much sodium they consume. Turns out, although the people who read nutrition labels consumed 92 milligrams less sodium per day than those who didn’t, even label-readers consumed well over the FDA’s recommended 2,300 mg limit for daily consumption. “Without health promotion, without any other additional education intervention, nutrition labeling has little impact on sodium consumption,” lead author Donglan “Stacy” Zhang said. The researchers used two behavior datasets from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and their study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Read more at University of Georgia…


Utz agrees to pay $1.25M in dispute over ‘all natural’ labeling

The payout is in regards to a class-action lawsuit filed nearly three years ago, in which consumers argued that the company’s chips, pretzels and other snacks weren’t “all natural” as the packaging stated, because they were made with genetically modified ingredients. Utz has agreed to stop using the terms “natural” and “all natural” on certain snacks but did not admit any wrongdoing. Read more at Central Penn Business Journal…


Women in business Q&A: Dr. Jasmin Hume, director of food chemistry, Hampton Creek

Hume’s job is to discover and characterize new plant proteins that the company could use in its products. “There’s a desire for more natural food, but making natural foods and using science and technology to make food are not mutually exclusive, and people don’t understand that,” she says. “We can’t be scared to say things like that and dig into why it’s true.” Read more at Huffington Post…


An exclusive look inside Kellogg’s permanent cereal restaurant

Looking to bring some excitement back to the waning cereal category, Kellogg’s Instagram-friendly NYC Café is set to open in Manhattan on Dec. 14, featuring a menu of cereals, drinks and cereal-inspired recipes. Read more at Foodbeast… 

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