New from Doctor in the Kitchen are Flackers, a healthy alternative to wheat and rice crackers. The nutritious raw flax seed crackers are made with organic ingredients, says the company, and are high in omega-3s, plant lignans and fiber. They are low on the glycemic index and low in sodium. Flavors include rosemary, savory, dill, sun-ripened tomato & basil and cinnamon & currants.

Tea

Blue Buddha Beverages, LLC offers a line of all-natural herbal infused teas. The cold teas come in 14-oz recyclable glass bottles.  Teas are only 20 calories, and have no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, caffeine or GMOs. The tea varieties are Vitality (Hibiscus Raspberry Revitalizing), Serenity (Chamomile Lavender Relaxing), Radiance (Blueberry Green Tea Restoring) and Wellness (Elderberry Green Tea Nourishing).

Barlean’s now offers Chia Seeds that are 100% organic, kosher and non-GMO. The company says this vegan product is a great source of protein and contains five grams of dietary fiber and about 3,000 mg of omega-3s per serving. Barlean’s suggests adding the seeds to oatmeal, cereals, smoothies, juices and salads.

Wine-A-Rita offers an all-natural drink mix in Blueberry Pomegranate. The kosher mix is intended to be added to red or white wines and doesn’t include additives, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. “Pinot Noir or Merlot make great pairings, or blend with cranberry juice cocktail for an alcohol-free treat,” says the company. Each box makes 12 six-ounce servings.

New from Clif Bar & Company is Kit’s Organic Fruit and Nut Bar. This latest snack bar is USDA-certified organic and free of gluten, dairy, soy, added sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, artificial ingredients, high-fructose corn syrup, trans-fat and GMOs. The bars come in four flavors, all 200 calories or less, including Peanut Butter, Cashew, Chocolate Almond Coconut and Berry Almond.

News from industry food companies.

Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for input on threshold levels for all eight major food allergens (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans).  

Los Angeles and Oxford, U.K.—An international data analysis has found that nations in which high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is prevalent in the food supply suffer from a 20% higher rate of type-2 diabetes. University of Southern California (USC) and University of Oxford researchers focused on 42 countries in North America, Asia, North Africa and Europe. Though the United States leads the way in HFCS consumption, other countries have rapidly been adding the sweetener to foods and beverages.

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