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POM Wonderful introduces ready-to-eat package of fresh pomegranate seeds

POM Wonderful, the largest US grower of fresh pomegranates and producer of pomegranate juice, makes enjoying pomegranates easier this season with the launch of POM POMS, a convenient, ready-to-eat package of ruby red arils from California-grown Wonderful variety pomegranates available nationally in the fresh cut-fruit section of most major grocery stores now through February.

POM POMS are available in two convenient sizes: a 4.3oz. size that includes its own spoon for easier snacking and a larger 8oz. size ideal for the whole family to enjoy any time of day.

The introduction of POM POMS provides easy access to the fruit while expanding pomegranates to a wider market of consumers.

"POM POMS makes enjoying pomegranates easier than ever especially for time-starved consumers who are always on the go," said Laurie McCartney, CMO of POM Wonderful. "With the pop of a lid, POM POMS eliminates the need to understand how to open the fruit and offers a simple, fun way to enjoy all the benefits of Wonderful variety pomegranates."

Snacking

The 4.3oz. size of POM POMS is a deliciously healthy on-the-go snack and complements packed lunches of young and old alike. Bursting with sweet-tart pomegranate juice, Wonderful variety arils also contain vitamins, minerals and polyphenol antioxidants.

Every day Enjoyment

With their surprisingly sweet-tart taste, Wonderful variety pomegranates offer a culinary versatility that adds sweet overtones to a savory entree or zest to a dessert.  Drop the gem-like arils into glasses of champagne for an extra special holiday toast, toss spoonfuls of arils in salads for added color and texture or sprinkle them over cereal and yogurt for a delicious start to the day.

Holiday Feasts

Due to their culinary versatility, ruby red Wonderful variety pomegranate arils can be enjoyed in a variety of holiday dishes. Unlike other fall fruits available, fresh arils can add a burst of sweetness to a holiday sauce or stuffing and also provide zest to a holiday dessert.

POM POMS are available nationwide through February, and have a suggested retail price of $3.99 for the 4.3oz. size and $5.99 for the 8oz. size. 

About POM Wonderful

POM Wonderful is the largest producer of California Wonderful pomegranates and the company exclusively grows and sells this variety.  POM Wonderful's pomegranates grow in central California, in the sunny San Joaquin Valley.  Fresh pomegranates are in season from October through January and November is National Pomegranate Month.

Through its proprietary technology, POM Wonderful is able to use its fresh pomegranates to make its delicious, all-natural POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice and extract POMx, an all-natural, ultra-potent concentration of polyphenol antioxidants.  POMx is available exclusively in POM Tea, POMx Pills, POMx Liquid and POMx Shots.  POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice, LITE POM and POM Tea are available year-round in the refrigerated section of produce departments in supermarkets nationwide.  POMx Pills, POMx Liquid and POMx Shots are sold online exclusively at www.pomwonderful.com/products. To learn more, visit www.pomwonderful.com.

A&B Ingredients launches CytoGuard Stat-N Plus to increase shelf life

 A&B Ingredients launches CytoGuard Stat-N Plus to increase shelf life

Designed to increase shelf life through microbial suppression, CytoGuard Stat-N Plus was developed to work effectively in delicate flavor systems.  

CytoGuard Stat-N Plus is a proprietary blend of lignin fractions which contains actives from carbonyl compounds, organic acids and residual phenolics.  

“Within delicate flavor system products, CytoGuard Stat-N Plus is a natural means of combating major pathogens and spoilage bacteria without effecting flavor or color to the finished product,” says Gil Bakal, A&B Ingredients’ Managing Director.
 
Bakal notes that CytoGuard Stat-N Plus has been tested in a variety of applications including meat, poultry, seafood, sauces, dressings, and prepared meal items.

According to A&B Ingredients, CytoGuard Stat-N Plus outperforms other natural preservatives and approaches the shelf-life extension seen with artificial preservatives.  Typically, it can improve your shelf-life by 30-50% versus other natural preservatives.
 
Bakal noted that along with being incorporated into your formulation CytoGuard Stat-N Plus can be applied as a surface treatment.  “By targeting the primary location of the bacterial growth, the preservative effect is maximized while minimizing any sensory impact,” he said.

 

Among the benefits of CytoGuard Stat-N Plus are:

  • Clean label – can be labeled as “Natural Flavors” or “Flavoring”
  • Water soluble liquid with activity over a wide pH range
  • GRAS and approved for use in USDA and FDA regulated food products
  • Effective against a wide range of bacteria, including yeast and molds
  • Cost effective
  • Allergen and GMO-free – contains no dairy derivatives

Founded in 1990, A&B Ingredients is a leading developer, marketer and distributor of high quality natural food ingredients.  Among the products offered are pea proteins, antioxidants, antimicrobials and natural and artificial flavors.  Based on a tradition of research and development, A&B’s focus is to discover unique flavors and ingredients that enable its customers to create value-added products. The company is committed to working, as a partner, to develop prototypes of new beverages and improved food products.  A&B maintains full applications labs, pilot plant facilities with consumer testing capabilities, and provides technical sales and marketing, importing, distribution and applications development/technical services.

NSF International regulatory science expert to speak at CPHi India

NSF International regulatory science expert to speak at CPHi India

NSF International Reference Standards Director of Scientific and Regulatory Compliance Tom Savage will speak at CPHi India regarding quality control testing of active pharmaceutical ingredients and drug dosage forms to US and European standards for quality.

To gain entry into US and European markets, Indian pharmaceutical manufacturers must meet various regulatory requirements. This presentation will discuss how NSF Reference Standards enable pharmaceutical manufacturers to demonstrate the quality and purity of their products and compliance to US and European regulatory requirements, helping Indian pharmaceutical manufacturers gain entry into new export markets worldwide.

WHO:      NSF International Reference Standards Director of Scientific and Regulatory Compliance
Tom Savage
has more than 35 years of experience with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His expertise includes performing inspections of pharmaceutical facilities worldwide and training FDA analysts on laboratory Good Manufacturing Practices. Tom also initiated and managed the testing of USP reference standard candidates by FDA laboratories throughout the US. Tom served in a variety of roles at the FDA: Senior Policy Advisor for the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), which regulates over-the-counter and prescription drugs; Senior Coordinator for Pharmaceutical Sciences in the FDA Division of Field Sciences; and Supervisory Chemist for the FDA Seattle District Laboratory.

As Director of Scientific and Regulatory Compliance for NSF International’s Reference Standards program, Tom Savage manages the laboratory qualification testing of NSF Reference Standard candidates and ensures the Certificate of Analysis package provided with each NSF reference standard meets regulatory requirements worldwide.

WHY:      The Indian pharmaceutical industry is the world's third largest by volume[1]. Worldwide exportation requires that pharmaceutical products meet the regulatory expectations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency and other regulatory agencies worldwide.  These expectations include proper characterization of reference standards used for quality control testing of active pharmaceutical ingredients and drug dosage forms. This presentation will explain how NSF reference standards meet not only the standards of quality expected by the Indian pharmaceutical industry, but also the requirements of regulatory agencies worldwide.

Completely traceable to both US and European pharmacopeial standards, NSF Reference Standards are:

- Tested independently by a minimum of three collaborating laboratories
- Traceable to both United States Pharmacopeia® (USP) and European Pharmacopeia (EP) reference standards
- Verified to conform to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) regulatory requirements
- Produced and tested following the principles of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs)
- Accompanied by documentation that includes a Certificate of Analysis and Material Safety Data Sheet

WHEN/WHERE:       Wednesday, November 30 at 15:00 hours (3:00 PM) IST.
CPHi India, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India.
NSF International will also be exhibiting at Booth Q12.

Background on CPHi India 2011: Focused on pharmaceutical ingredients, CPhI India features high level speakers from respected companies covering a range of key topics and trends pertinent to the Indian and South Asian pharmaceuticals markets including: Global Clinical Trials; Global Biosimilars Regulations; Healthcare and OTC Drugs; Developing Difficult Generics; Export Potential; and Competitive API Strategies. Visit cphi-india.com  for more information.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards and certifies products for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF operates in more than 150 countries and is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

Krill sustainability expert Dr. Stephen Nicol speaks at omega-3 symposium

Krill sustainability expert Dr. Stephen Nicol speaks at omega-3 symposium

Dr. Stephen Nicol, world-renowned expert on krill sustainability and scientific advisor to the Association of Responsible Krill Harvesting Companies (ARK), spoke on behalf of ARK earlier this month at the Omega-3 Symposium in Sydney, Australia.

 

The Omega-3 Centre and Sydney Fish Market hosted the event to discuss the sustainability of long-chain omega-3 ingredients and the commercial consequences and impact on health benefits.  Discussions ranged from updates on the science behind omega-3 health benefits, to a look at global omega-3 demand and supply including novel sources of long chain omega-3s.  Dr. Nicol joined a panel of international speakers and experts to discuss krill and sustainability.

 

"The joint efforts of CCAMLR management, industry, and scientific researchers are working together to ensure that the fishery for krill is one of the world's best managed fisheries and that the needs of the ecosystem are accounted for," said Dr. Nicol, adding that the the effective management of the krill fishery has likely succeeding in ensuring its sustainability.  "The krill fishery may be the only fishery in the world that is only at 2.3% of its potential catch rate.  With a highly precautionary management regime, the fishery has operated for 40 years with no indication that it has had any effect on krill stocks or their predators."

 

"The krill fishery will always be controversial," Dr. Nicol acknowledged in his presentation. "Sectors of the krill fishing industry are aware of the concern over harvesting krill and are working together and with conservation groups to ensure that the fishery is sustainable in the long-term - and is viewed as such by the general public."   Dr. Nicol is also a member of the Aker BioMarine Science Advisory Board (ASB).

 

According to GOED (Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3) statistics, there has been substantial growth in consumption of EPA & DHA-rich oils in the past 10 years, leading to an increased demand.  Concerns about sustainability of the traditional sources of these essential fatty acids has led to increased interest in and sales of novel sources, such as krill. Krill phospholipids offer a very bioefficient source of omega-3 EPA & DHA.  Considering that  omega -3 phospholipids provide the benefit of increased bioefficiency from a highly sustainable resource, makes krill a very desirable source of these essential nutrients.

 

About Aker BioMarine Antarctic

 

Aker BioMarine Antarctic is the only krill ingredient marketer that is primary in its supply. Aker BioMarine Antarctic's proprietary Eco-Harvesting(TM) technology and on-board processing result in the unique composition of Superba(TM) Krill Oil and provide full traceability from sea to shelf.  The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has granted MSC Certification to Aker BioMarine Antarctic's fisheries, an exclusive distinction. As part of an established commitment to substantiating krill's health benefits, Aker BioMarine Antarctic continues to sponsor in vitro, in vivo, and human clinical trials with phospholipid EPA & DHA from krill oil, consistently demonstrating a higher uptake of phospholipid omega-3 fatty acids, improved blood lipid profiles, and increased uptake of DHA in brain tissue compared to other omega-3 fatty acid sources.  

 

The Aker Science Board brings together internationally recognized scientific experts who will join with Aker BioMarine Antarctic's staff scientists to discuss the commercial and regulatory landscape for krill phospholipid omega-3s and the global demands for increased omega-3 consumption and supplementation. Given the international scope of Aker BioMarine Antarctic's business, the members of the ASB provide diverse council from many complementary disciplines and combine to offer a global perspective, providing strategic guidance for ongoing research and development.

 

7 natural gifts for 'The Pet Whisperer'

By Jessica Rubino

Doting pet guardians want only the highest quality items for their dogs or cats. Healthy animal gifts are sure to make faces smile and tails wag. 

China holds first superfruit conference

China holds first superfruit conference



The first annual “China Anti-oxidant Berry & Super Fruit Industry Conference” was held on May 26-27, 2011 in Beijing and was organized by the Ministry of Commerce’s Chamber for Natural Products, Herbridge.com, Center for Public Nutrition and the Ministry of Water Resources.

The event was a big success bringing together a wide variety of government and industry leaders to discuss the future development and current trends of antioxidants and super fruits in China’s overall health and nutrition industry. In attendance were representatives from over 40 different organizations including State Food and Drug Administration, Public Nutrition and Development Center, Unilever, Agricultural Food Giant COFCO, Beijing Gingko Group, Skyherb, Amway, NBTY, U.S.-China Health Products Association, JF-Natural to name a few.

Seabuckthorn and goji berry were highlighted during the event, but many other fruits were also discussed such as elderberry, blueberry, bilberry, noni, etc. Mr. Li Yonghai discussed Seabuckthorn his particular area of expertise noting that it has been cultivated in China since 1980, but did not do very well until recently after the Chinese government invested upwards of 1.2 billion RMB ($185 million) throughout the last decade. Mr. Li noted there are over 200 different elements identified within the seabuckthorn such as vitamins, minerals, OPC, amino acids, etc. and it is only second to Acai in terms of its ORAC value.

As part of the National Development and Reform Commission, Dr. Yu Xiaodong’s presentation focused on public health and wellness. He made clear that China is investing heavily to transform its overburdened health care system to be more preventative in nature. This shift should encourage the growth and development of natural health products and education, which will promote healthier lifestyles. Dr. Yu believes that super fruits and vegetables should be part of a healthy diet. However, like everywhere else in the world getting five daily servings is difficult. He feels super fruit products such as smoothies or juices high in nutrients and low in sugar can really help to satisfy this daily requirement.

State Food and Drug Administration’s Vice Director for Food and Drug licensing Mr. Zhang Jinjing discussed SFDA’s role in monitoring and licensing food that have specific claims. He said evidence for functional foods is limited and takes a long time to realize the results in people. Basically the SFDA views super fruits as a type of functional food and should have animal and human trials done to verify their efficacy and claims. Director Zhang said, China’s State Council is currently reviewing new implementation regulations for the dietary supplement industry and is looking to push through new regs that will encourage industry development. However, there are still many issues to consider. For example, there are many Traditional Chinese Medicine health products in the market with decades of use. However, many have never been scrutinized in a western model and how do these traditional claims fit into the regulatory system. Director Zhang mentioned that currently there are many fake products and misinformation in advertising, which is hurting the industry. He hopes that the new regulations will help to rid the market of these types of practices and offer consumers solid information on scientifically proven dietary supplements and other natural health products.

Beijing Gingko Groups CEO Mr. Li Chunhua discussed a bit about his company and its use of berry extracts. Mr. Li said, although the Goji berry has become more popular, the goji industry in China is not yet up to international standards. There are still many pesticides used and quality varies greatly from supplier to supplier. Mr. Li feels boysenberry and Ligonberry will become part of the super fruit category in time. New Zealand is expanding their boysenberry production in preparation for this. Also to solidify Ligonberry as an up and comer, Coco Cola company produced a Ligonberry beverage for the northern European market. One of the biggest problems he sees for China’s superfruit industry is a logistic issue. China doesn’t have a well-developed cold storage logistic industry and superfruits rely on immediate and consistent cold storage until ready for processing. Unregulated cold storage can have an adverse effect on the cell walls and nutrients contained in the fruits.

U.S.-China Health Products Association’s Jeff Crowther gave a presentation on the U.S. market covering both sales and regulations. Crowther highlighted China’s great potential for becoming the largest market for dietary supplements in the coming years. However, without appropriate regulatory reform investors and many foreign companies will choose to wait until the market is more transparent and open. Crowther noted Chinese consumer’s lack of education about dietary supplements as a stumbling block, but would be rectified with new legislation that will encourage investment and the spread of product knowledge. Being based in China for over six years, Crowther is very familiar with Chinese social norms and eating habits. Using a personal story, he showed the audience a bottle of Jarrow Formula’s Daily 5, which is a powdered blend of organic fruits and vegetables. He explained how every morning he has a smoothie using orange juice, oatmeal, whey protein and a scoop of Daily 5. Although not practiced by all Americans, it is certainly not out of the ordinary. However, in China making a smoothie like this at home is definitely not common practice. Since moving to China, Crowther has explained what the smoothie contains and why he takes it on a regular basis.

Overall, the event was very well organized and there are plans for another conference next year to continue to discuss and share information on antioxidants and superfruits. Everyone involved from the speakers to the attendees were very optimistic about China’s future as not just the leader in supplying ingredients, but transforming into a destination for finished products. With China’s economic growth and expanding consumer base, I don’t feel their aspirations are off the mark.

For more information on this event or to explore the potentials the China market holds for natural health products, please contact the U.S.-China Health Products Association at info@uschinahpa.org or visit their website at www.uschinahpa.org

About the association: The U.S. – China Health Products Association is the only U.S. non-profit association operating in China. Its missions are to work toward a more open regulatory environment in China, to increase dietary supplement and other natural health product exports to China as well as work on creating a safer more transparent supply chain through its work with one of its founding members NSF International.

Read the full story here.
 

What Really Cool Foods' closure can teach you about investment

What Really Cool Foods' closure can teach you about investment

If you visit the Really Cool Foods website today, you'll find a bare bones splash page that promises: "We're busy cooking up some REALLY COOL stuff and will be back soon. REALLY." But "really" in this case means "never." The organic and natural prepared foods purveyor failed to find a buyer or investors willing to keep production running and closed its doors in Cambridge City, Ind., on Nov. 28.

The company that had once planned to hire 1,000 workers instead will be laying off 131 people, the company's chief financial officer, Joseph Meyers, reported in a letter to government officials. In the three months Really Cool Foods has been on the market, no parties stepped forward and the company's lenders were unwilling to advance additional funds.

A 21-year-old Really Cool Foods worker, Josh James, offered his perspective on the closing to pal-item.com. James had been working for the company since 2010: "It was just sorry management, sorry people who were running the place. I had about five different supervisors on the projection floor and four different (human resources) directors," he said. "I'm more sad than anything else because the company had a lot of potential but didn't have the right person in the driver's seat."

Timeline of Really Cool Foods' struggles

A review of the company's timeline shows that Really Cool Foods did experience many problems during its short time in operation. Below are some highlights:

  • In an October 2007 groundbreaking ceremony, Really Cool Foods announced it would make a $100 million investment over five to seven years in Wayne County, Ind., reported pal-item.com.
     
  • In 2009, the company's production facility came under fire for wastewater treatment problems. The company had nearly 200 employees at the time.
     
  • After two rounds of layoffs in 2010 and 2011, and more struggles and money paid to curb its wastewater problems, the company took a brief production break in October of this year.
     
  • This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found evidence of Listeria at the plant, but the problem was remedied and no products were recalled.
     
  • Really Cool Foods officially closed its doors Nov. 28, 2011. President Steve West said in a press release: "Although we have received support from both state and county officials, as a result of increasing costs and continuing delays in anticipated sales, we were unable to sustain our business and forced to discontinue operations."

Are organic, natural companies still lucrative for investors?

Although Really Cool Foods may have floundered, other natural and organic food companies should note this is not indicative of an industry downtrend. According to Nutrition Business Journal, total natural and organic food sales amounted to $32.7 million in 2007 (the same year when Really Cool Foods began operations in Cambridge City). By 2010, total natural and organic industry food sales climbed to $41.3 million with projections to hit $44.6 million this year.

"On the investment front, we see a lot of interest and plenty of deals," said Tom Aarts, principal of Nutrition Capital Network. "Stonyfield Farm's doing great, Kashi's having a record year, as are supplement companies."

So what happened to Really Cool Foods? The company's downfall appears to be wrapped up in mismanagement and a changed investment climate.

Lance Gentry, now president of Justin's Nut Butter, worked for IZZE when the Boulder, Colo.-based all-natural sparkling beverage company sold to Pepsi in 2006. "In those days you could build a business to significant revenue, lose money every year and still sell," he said. "Now, it's really about being profitable." Plus, many venture capitalists aren't willing to invest at the evaluations companies are demanding.

How to attract investors

Aarts said investors are all looking for the same key things when making deals: companies that have momentum, substance, a proven sales record and a way to differentiate their products. But perhaps most important is the people behind the company.

"Who's the CEO, what's the team and what's the track record?" he asked. This is perhaps what made Really Cool Foods unattractive to potential buyers, ultimately leading to its closure. There's less chance of closure for an organic, natural company that has the right management, but the threat is still there.

"It's really hard with a small company like Justin's, EVOL and Hope Hummus," said Gentry. "All of us are spending a lot of money to grow our businesses and gain market share. Justin's has grown triple digits year-over-year for three years. But we're understaffed and we're underpaid. That's what you have to do if you want to build a sustainable business that's attractive [to investors]."

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Why is BPA still in our canned foods?

Why is BPA still in our canned foods?

A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health may have finally raised the issue of bisphenol-A (BPA) in canned foods above the radar for consumers—me included. Volunteers who ate canned Progresso vegetable soup five days in a row had an amazing 1200 percent spike in levels of the chemical in their urine.

BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical used in metal food- and beverage-can liners. (It was also common in polycarbonate water bottles, but in the face of consumer concern over worrying research, that industry has scrambled to become “BPA-free.”)

Studies have linked BPA exposure with diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease in humans; in animal studies, it’s been shown to interfere with reproductive development. According to Dr. Frederick S. vom Saal, a professor in biological science at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and the foremost expert on BPA toxicity, 100 percent of industry-sponsored studies show no toxicity from BPA, but 100 percent of government-sponsored studies do show toxic effects.

More companies should remove BPA

Eden Foods is the only manufacturer I know of that has made a significant effort to remove BPA from its products. In 1999, after Eden Foods' President Michael Potter learned about initial BPA research, he switched most of their canned foods to BPA-free cans, which cost 14 percent more than regular cans.

Although Eden’s tomato-containing foods are still in conventional cans (there’s no other FDA-approved lining for highly acidic foods), this year, the company launched Organic Tomatoes in Amber Glass, which protects flavor and nutrients from UV damage.

This kind of leadership in the market, and admirable concern for public health, is too rare. Why aren’t other organic and mainstream manufacturers taking this health threat seriously? Especially when it comes to young children with developing bodies, we can’t afford to ignore this kind of high-level exposure.

Cooking from scratch and using a slow cooker to cook beans and other foods is obviously a great way to avoid this exposure—but come on, who among us hasn’t reached for that can of chicken noodle soup or beans to make minestrone?

Study reference: “Canned Soup Consumption and Urinary Bisphenol A: A Randomized Crossover Trial,” Jenny L. Carwile, Xiaoyun Ye, Xiaoliu Zhou, Anotonia M. Calafat, Karin B. Michels, JAMA, online Nov. 22, 2011; in Nov. 23/30 print issue.

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8 healthy ways to survive a holiday flight

8 healthy ways to survive a holiday flight

The last of the Thanksgiving leftovers have been devoured, Black Friday has come and gone, and colored Christmas lights are everywhere. 

Tune Pandora to the holiday station, folks, because the season of festivities has officially commenced.

And if your travel plans include a flight home, it’s a smart idea to begin stockpiling products for a healthy voyage, especially when immunity is already compromised by cold weather, annual holiday-induced bouts of stress, and workplace sniffles.

So how can you emerge from the gate refreshed and prepared to partake in family festivities? Take the following easy steps to endure a lengthy flight in one piece.

1. Book a flight scheduled to take off in the afternoon, and use the extra time you have in the morning to work out instead. Your energy will be higher during travel, and you won’t be as antsy sitting for an extended period. During the flight, try to walk the length of the cabin every few hours to reduce the risk of blood clots. 

2. Planes are notorious for harbouring sickness-causing bacteria. Invest in a natural hand sanitizer to use liberally throughout the trip—especially after touching germy hot spots like fold-up trays, overhead compartment handles, and armrests. Choose a product with natural antibacterial ingredients like thyme oil and white tea extract to both disinfect and moisturize hands.
Try: CleanWell Hand Sanitizer Sprays, available in 1 oz containers.

3. Eat a high-protein breakfast before you embark to reduce pre-trip hunger. For a quick breakfast, blend frozen berries, a banana, fresh orange juice, and one scoop of a plant-based protein powder for a boost of antioxidants and long-lasting fullness.
Try: Jarrow Formulas Optimal Plant Proteins

4. Avoid the candy counter at the many airport kiosks. Not only is candy spectactularly overpriced in airport terminals, but it will cause a spike in blood sugar—leading to an energy slump later on. Another reason to bypass the sweet stuff? High glycemic foods force the body to produce adrenaline to overcompensate for tiredness, making you more likely to grow frustrated... as if airports don’t contain enough stressors already. If you are truly craving a treat, bring along a small amount of organic dark chocolate, which contains less sugar than conventional sweets. 

5. While it may be tempting, (hey, you are on vacation after all) avoid alcohol both before and during your flight. Alcohol is dehydrating, especially when combined with the bone-dry air of the plane cabin. Rather, imbibe in water or a natural fruit beverage. Recent research suggests that tart cherry juice can induce the sleep hormone melatonin, which could lead to a more restful flight.
Try: Cheribundi Skinny Cherry Juice

6. While on the subject of dry air, flying almost inevitably causes breakouts. Combat airplane-induced acne by keeping skin hydrated with an oil-free facial moisturizer. Pick a product with natural antibacterial ingredients like tea tree or manuka oil, and skin soothers like sea buckthorn and Rooibos.
Try: Mychelle Oil Free Grapefruit Cream, available in 1 oz containers

7. While airports have evolved to offer surprisingly palatable food offerings, prices have risen to match. Save cash by toting your own healthy snacks. Trail mix, granola, nut-based bars, and sturdy fruit like bananas and oranges are all great choices. But kicking it old school with a peanut butter and jelly wrap is a hardy, easy way to stay nourished. Choose a natural peanut or nut butter, a jam with as few ingredients as possible, and a hearty whole grain tortilla.

8. With long lines, delays, and claustrophobic seating space, flying can be stressful. Take steps to control anxiety: deep breathing exercises, herbal teas, and reading are all effective ways to maintain a sense of peace while flying. Consider taking an omega-3 supplement as well to curb stress. An added plus? Omega-3s are proven to reduce inflammation too. 
Try: Coromega Omega3 Squeeze