Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids and are naturally glutenfree. These seeds are the primary ingredient in SalbaSmart brand products including certified Organic Salba Premium Ground and the certified Organic Salba Whole Seed.

Straus Family Creamery unveils two new certified organic artisan ice cream flavors to i t s popular i ce c ream l ineup: Caramel Toffee Crunch and Brown Sugar Banana. Straus Fami ly Creame ry makes all its ice cream flavors without gums, thickeners or coloring agents. All milk and cream used to make the ice cream come from humanely raised cows that graze on 100% organic feed.

Kelapo’s Virgin Coconut Oil is a USDA-certified organic, cold-pressed and unrefined coconut oi l that is a great alternative to hydrogenated cooking oils. Coconut oil is comprised of medium-chain triglycerides, which support a heal thy immune system, metabolism, digestive system and brain function. Coconut oil has applications as a butter or oil substitute in cooking, baking and sautéing.

SooFoo is a low-fat,low-sodium and cholesterol- free mix of brown rice, grains and lentils. The power food offers four grams of protein per quarter-cup and 16 percent of daily fiber serving. The versatile blend can be used as a side dish or main dish for any meal. Specific components of SooFoo are: barley, black lentils, green lentils, brown lentils, buckwheat, long-grain brown rice, oats, rice berries and wheat berries. Each package contains 10 170-calorie servings.

Casa Visco Finer Foods now offers gluten-, allergen- and fat-free pizza and pasta sauces. The sauces also are said to be all natural, without added sugar or salt. Jars are available in 32 and 16 ounces. Says the firm, “Casa Visco Sauces are made using only the finest, all natural ingredients.” All sauces are made using slow-cooking, small-batch techniques without added sweeteners or starches.

Teeccino introduces the new single-serve Tee- Bags, a convenient way to enjoy a Teeccino coffee alternative on the go. The individually wrapped filter bags make caffeine-free and low-acidity Teeccino easy to brew anywhere. Flavors include the dark roast Maya flavors (organic) in French Roast and Maya Chocolate, and the medium Mediterranean roasts (75% organic) in Vani l la Nut and Hazelnut.

A genetically modified (GM) strain of alfalfa, engineered to survive the application of Roundup herbicide, has been fully deregulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In a separate move one week later, USDA allowed farmers to plant GM sugar beets while it finishes working on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for that crop.

Austin, TX—Whole Foods Market Inc. will now feature animal welfare ratings on meat products in all of its stores. The rating system, created by the nonprofit Global Animal Partnership (GAP), is designed to let shoppers learn more about how animals are treated by a manufacturer.

Everyone likes to eat tasty food, and every human being needs to consume healthy fats. The influx of options in the healthy cooking oils category fills both needs amply. For their part, oil makers are eager to share their product knowledge with retailers, so that they in turn can give their customers the information needed for healthy cooking.