Emerald Forest Sugar, Inc. has switched the source of its xylitol-based products to U.S. domestic hardwood birch trees. Based on retailer and consumer requests, the company  made the switch to sustainable xylitol harvesting and manufacturing practices. Its products range from single-serve xylitol packets to xylitol gum and mints. Xylitol contains far fewer calories than sugar, for which it is an equal exchange substitute.

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AgaveOhgave! brand agave nectar “takes agave to a whole new (lower) level,” says the company. Tested by the Glycemic Index Laboratory to have a low GI of 17, the Ohgave! Light and Amber blue agave varieties combine “culinary flair, superior taste and great health benefits.” New to the line is Ohgave! RAW agave nectar, which is said to have a great taste.

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Tree of LifeTree of Life’s Soy Wonder soy spread now offers brighter packaging and a new taste for this peanut butter alternative known for its nutty taste and nutritional ingredients. Soy Wonder is peanut, dairy, wheat, gluten, and cholesterol free. It is similar in taste and texture to peanut butter, and is available in creamy and crunchy varieties.

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MochiNew from Eden Foods are three types of brown rice mochi, a traditional Japanese food that “is thought to rejuvenate a person's physical vitality, health and strength,” says the company. Eden Brown Rice Mochi is JAS certified and is pounded into cakes that can be baked or fried.

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John MastersJohn Masters Organics presents its new and improved Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor. Added to the formulation are silver linden bud extract, cupuaçu seed butter, Fagus sylvatica bud extract and kelp extract. According to the company, the product will restore strength, infuse youthful vitality and create gorgeous silkiness in damaged hair.

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Ian's Natural Foods, Inc. now offers a line of fruit snacks called Fruitabits. Fruit flavors include berry cherry and sour apple & cherry, both of which kids will enjoy. The product is a low-fat snack that is made from rice bits with a coating of real fruit puree. It also only contains 85 calories and is an excellent source of vitamin C.

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GloryBeeFoods Inc. launched its Aunt Patty’s Organic Raw Blue Agave Syrup line. The syrup comes from blue agave, hand-picked by local farmers in Jalisco, Mexico. Available sizes include a 12.5-oz. plastic bottle, 16.5-oz. glass jar, 45.5-oz. glass jar, a 1-gallon plastic jug and a 58.1-lb. plastic pail.

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Yogi CrispsYogi now offers Yogi Granola Crisps, available in three flavors: baked cinnamon raisin, mountain blueberry flax and fresh strawberry crunch. These crisps are snackable right from the bag and are a flavorful addition to yogurt. They stay crunchy in a bowl of milk. Each half–cup serving contains 2.5 grams of fat and only five grams of sugar.

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Lundberg Family Farms delivers roasted brown rice couscous in four varieties: plain original, roasted garlic & olive oil, savory herb and Mediterranean curry. Each is crushed into fine granules and is fire-roasted, which adds a nutty flavor. All are made from certified organic brown rice and contain no trans fat, wheat, gluten or artificial ingredients.
SRP: $2.49, for 6.8 to 10-oz. boxes.

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NawganNawgan Products has introduced a berry-flavored functional beverage that supports memory with four key ingredients: Cognizin citicoline (from Kyowa Hakko USA), vitamin E, lycopene and alpha glyceryl phosphoryl choline. This all-natural functional beverage comes in a non-caffeinated and a naturally caffeinated variety.
SRP: $2.29–2.49.

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