Perhaps it is just a sign of the times that a year that started with the actions of the New York Attorney General against several dietary supplement marketers concludes with the December 4, 2015 announcement of the addition of “Aloe vera, non-decolorized whole leaf extract” and goldenseal root powder to the California Proposition 65 list of chemicals “known to the State to cause cancer.”


When it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the debate is highly contentious. With all that noise, it can be difficult to get to the core of the matter so as to understand for oneself what it’s all about. Here are some basics to get you started.  

dr. passwater

Here’s wishing you a healthy, happy and satisfying New Year. The New Year is usually a time when many of our friends once again resolve to improve their lifestyle and nutrition. Some of them try once again to shed some unwanted pounds. They may even come to you for advice on healthy dieting. So, this month, I am asking Eric Westman, M.D., past-president of the Obesity Medicine Association and director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Durham, NC, to discuss what his experience has been.

jay jacobowitz

If you’ve had a chance to read last month’s 38th Annual Retailer Survey Overview, with the Retail Insights’ 2016 Universe for Premium Natural and Organic Food, Supplement and Personal Care Sales (WholeFoods Magazine, December, 2015, page 25), you know that the Cincinnati, OH-based Kroger conventional supermarket chain is generating billions of dollars in sales from its natural and organic Simple Truth private label brand, helping drive the nearly 40% overall growth of natural and organic products within the conventional supermarket retail channel.

editorial Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner

Choosing this year’s Person of the Year was no easy task. Readers put several good names on our radar, but in the end, we went with the person whose name was on the tip of everyone’s tongue throughout 2015: New York Attorney General (NYAG) Eric Schneiderman.

sweetener, natural zero-calorie sweetener HerbaKraft has launched >98% pure Monoammonium Glycyrrhizinate (MAG), a natural zero-calorie sweetener for use in food, supplement and oral care applications. This pure derivative of glycyrrhetinic acid extracted from the roots of Glyccyrrhiza glabra (licorice) is standardized for 98–102% of glycyrrhetinic acid.

vitamin E supplierNutralliance now offers Sunvitol E450-SdN, an organic-compliant, non-GMO, clean-label vitamin E (450 IU d-alpha tocopherol) extracted from sunflowers. According to the company, “No other sunflower powder or soy-based Vitamin E available in the U.S. market can offer the same organic-compliant, certified non-GMO and allergen-free clean label.”

vegan eggs, egg replacerEarth Island has launched Follow Your Heart VeganEgg, a 100% plant-based egg replacer derived from algae. The company says this ingredient is allergen free, freeze/thaw capable, microwavable and offers a similar flavor/texture to real eggs. Sizes include those for retail packaging, food service and bulk.


cardiovascular performance, VO2MyoMax from NuScience Trading supports cardiovascular performance in healthy adults, as measured by a change in VO2 and cardiac output. NuScience Trading focuses on science-based, specialty ingredients and takes an active role in developing clinical substantiation for our products.