For years, WholeFoods Magazine has shined a light on natural products companies that market some of the country’s best top-selling products and has honored them with a Natural Choice Award. This year is no different. Once again, we are proud to honor some of the many excellent products that the natural products industry calls its own.

There are fruits, and then there are superfruits. More than just a lot of marketing hype, the title of superfruit most often designates a richly nutritious, often exotic and delicious food, one with studied health benefits. As a category, it is a relative newcomer to the dietary supplement stage, and as such it is still developing.

Many regulatory changes are percolating in the natural products industry. Leaders from several industry associations and nonprofits offer some insight about what could be in store for companies in the near future.

Snack foods can be a blessing or a curse. Done well, a nutrient-dense pick-me-up is an important tool in helping to maintain a proper weight, healthy blood sugar levels, proper focus and good energy. But if you regularly pick the wrong snacks, well, expect the opposite to happen: weight gain, see-saw blood sugar and trouble concentrating.

For years, WholeFoods Magazine has shined a light on natural products companies that market some of the country’s best top-selling products and has honored them with a Natural Choice Award. This year is no different. Once again, we are proud to honor some of the many excellent products that the natural products industry calls its own.

American Flatbread offers a frozen pizza to whet the appetite of vegans. The Vegan Harvest pizza is made with a dairy-free cheese alternative that melts just as well as cheese does. Complete with homemade tomato sauce, the pizza is made on a wood-fired oven to give it an authentic taste. The pizza contains no preservatives, is non-GMO and is casein free.

NOW Foods introduces its new sugar-free drink sticks, beverage mixes sweetened with NOW’s BetterStevia sweetener. There is a wide variety of flavors, including Berry Energy Tea, Pomegranate Berry, and Acai Lemonade. Each stick of beverage mix is packed with nutrients and antioxidants. The Tropical Punch with Fiber contains 3 g of fiber to help support normal digestive function.
SRP: $5.99/carton of 12 sticks.

GloryBee Foods presents Aunt Patty’s Organic Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. The raw oil is processed at temperatures lower than 115 degrees Fahrenheit, which helps preserve nutritional value. It can be used as a substitute for other cooking oils, butter or shortening. Research suggests coconut oil may help to maintain digestive health and a healthy immune system.

 

Bien Padre’s new Oila Organic Green Tea Oil is packed with antioxidants, omegas-3/-6/-9, vitamin A, B and E, and catechins. This cooking oil can be used with high heat in various recipes. As a topical product for the skin, it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and has been shown to support skin health, digestion and proper metabolism. This oil is high in monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats, but low in saturated fat. It comes in 16.9-fl. oz. and 67.6-fl. oz. sizes.