In many quarters today, sugar and artificial sweeteners are squarely in the crosshairs. One need only look at the vehemence with which New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg fought to restrict soda sizes to see an outline of the trend: many public health officials and individuals are trying to reduce intake of sugar and artificial sweeteners. Earlier this year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest sent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a petition urging the agency to address safe sugar limits in food (1).

Everybody needs omega fatty acids, so luckily, today’s market has something to suit all lifestyles and preferences. “It is clear that, for non-fish-eating meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans, vegetable sources of omega-3 are the best option,” says Carolina Chica, manager of nutrition research and regulatory issues for Proprietary Nutritionals, Inc., Kearny, NJ.

New from Simply 7 is a pomegranate type of its baked snack chips made with all-natural gluten-free ingredients. These vegetarian chips come in three main varieties: hummus, lentil and now pomegranate, and each type comes in at least three flavors, including Sea Salt, Creamy Dill, Tomato Basil and White Cheddar. Simply 7’s chips contain no trans fat, preservatives or artificial colors or flavors.

A new aged goat cheese derived from raw milk is available from Coach Farm. The product is called Rawstruck, and is the first raw milk goat cheese released by the company after a 28-year history of pasteurized cheese making. In compliance with current federal regulations governing raw milk cheeses, Rawstruck is aged for 60 days before sale.

Milton’s Craft Bakers has introduced a line of baked snack crackers that “bridges the gap between savory and sweet.” Made from organic, all-natural ingredients such as honey and blueberries, each of the five flavor variations (including Chocolate Multi-Grain and Honey Multi-Grain) is baked, not fried, contains no high-fructose corn syrup and is 120–130 calories per serving.

New Wild Blueberry VitaTops by Vitalicious are all-natural and made with wild blueberries, which Vitalicious says have twice the antioxidants of regular blueberries. Each 2-oz VitaTop has 100 calories, 4 g of protein and 7 g of fiber to “keep you full and sustained throughout the day.” They do not contain any preservatives or artificial ingredients.

Just Tomatoes Etc!’s 100%-natural line of crunchy freeze-dried fruits and vegetables now comes in smaller Snack Bags. No salt, sweeteners, fat or preservatives were added to these grab-and-go Snack Bags. Varieties include Just Bananas, Just Raspberries, Just Fruit Salad and Just Strawberries, and each are under 100 calories a pack.

Frozen Kefir Bars from Lifeway are a low-calorie, frozen dessert. The 56-calorie bars are gluten-free and contain no artificial flavors or colors. These tart and tangy bars come in four flavors: Coconut, Pear, Green Tea Raspberry and Vanilla.

Tofutti Brands has launched a dairy-free mozzarella cheese product. The product is intended as a dairy-free pizza topping that will benefit lactose intolerant consumers. In addition to being free of dairy, the product also contains no hydrogenated fats or oils. Tofutti sells more than 80 milk-free foods in more than 30 countries.

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