Plants give us so much of what we need to survive and thrive. For a long time, it’s been understood that many plant species house a large and diverse supply of omega fatty acids. The research world and most of the consuming public know how important omegas are to our health, but a refined and specific knowledge about which plant-based omega sources suit different needs still eludes many. There are also useful details about extraction, delivery options and recent developments within this category for retailers to familiarize themselves with, so let’s get started.

What causes apples or bananas to brown? The culprits are enzymes, which oxidize phenolic compounds to make o-quinones. O-quinones produce a brown color by reacting to form compounds with amino acids or proteins. These catalysts serve a similar role in our bodies, as they are used to accelerate the process of turning one substance into another.

The one organ in the body we can least afford to have lapse is the heart. Unfortunately, the majority of us routinely or even habitually lapse in protecting our cardiovascular health through diet. Part of this is simple dedication, but one also needs the know-how, as well as access to the right foods. A push in the right direction from a knowledgeable retailer doesn’t hurt, and you can go about doing this for your clientele by making your grocery section a heart-healthy haven. 

NOW Foods redesigned the packaging for its natural foods line, NOW Real Food. States the company, “The offerings in the food line are being rebranded and repackaged to reflect their quality and freshness, and to appeal to the healthy lifestyle shopper.” Several new products will be rolled out over the next few months.

Pacific Foods of Oregon added two new flavors to its Soup Starters collection. Thai Tom Yum is spicy and sour, made with authentic spices like galangal and lemongrass. The Tortilla Soup has a tomato base and is seasoned with green peppers, onions and lime. Add spices, veggies and protein to complete the soups.

Nancy’s Organic Greek Yogurt contains 26 billion live probiotics per serving at expiration date. It is naturally thick and creamy, and is naturally high in protein—up to 22 grams per serving. Made with organic fruits and sweetened with organic agave, this gluten-free snack comes in honey, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and plain.

SweetLeaf Sweet Drops are flavored liquid stevia from Wisdom Natural Brands that add 14 flavor possibilities to water, coffee, tea, yogurt and more. With the new coconut, watermelon and cola flavors, Sweet Drops lets users add flavor without any calories or carbs and without increasing the glycemic index.

Uncle Matt’s Organic juices are now available in 12-ounce bottles. Five of the best-selling flavors, including orange with calcium and vitamin D, grapefruit, lemonade, pulp-free orange and apple, now come in this on-the-go size for customers interested in maintaining an organic lifestyle while they are on the move. All of Uncle Matt’s Organic juices are USDA certified. The fruit is grown by 25 family growers that are passionate about healthy living. Says the company, “Our not-from-concentrate organic juices are a healthy choice for you and your family.”

DCI Cheese Company has expanded its Nikos and Landana line of specialty cheeses. They include Nikos Crumbled Fat Free Feta and Feta in Brine, a gouda-styled Landana Red Pesto, a blue Alexis de Portneuf Bleubry, vegetable and goat Le Cendillon and a triple crème brie Alexis de Portneuf Saint-Honore, among others.