The healthy, delicious and varied world of mushrooms is growing ever more popular, both in the natural and gourmet markets. With so many types to choose from, from fruity chanterelles, to meaty portobellos, to the most expensive truffles in the world, the mushroom market has something for everyone. This month, our Gourmet Guru, co-founder and owner of FungusAmongUs Lynn Monroe, talks with WholeFoods about the many benefits of mushrooms, both in culinary applications and in health.

Washington, D.C.—A final regulatory guidance on how to correctly market a product as a beverage versus a dietary supplement has been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The distinction is an important one, since products that fall into the beverage category are regulated as food. It is also a safety issue when consumers cannot easily tell if a liquid supplement is intended to be taken in small doses, unlike a drink.

Pullman, WA—Organic milk tends to contain preferable ratios of omega fatty acids to those found in conventional milk, according to an analysis performed by a research team from Washington State University. The study is hailed as the first large-scale, nationwide comparison of the two types of milk, as nearly 400 samples were tested over an 18-month period.

Your mission: Make a 30-minute meal from scratch that’s flavorful, unique and cost-effective without piling on unhealthy fats, sweeteners or too much sodium. Your secret weapon? Herbs and spices!

Quinn Popcorn has a new popcorn flavor: Hickory Smoked Cheddar. Other non-GMO varieties feature real dried butter from rGBH-free cows and other seasonings, which come in separate packets to be poured on after the popcorn is popped in the microwave or on a stovetop. The patent-pending Pure Pop bags are free of chemical coatings found on other commercial microwave popcorn bags.

New from Domino Foods, Inc. are Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar and Pourable Light Brown Sugar. Both come in recyclable, recloseable flip-top canisters. Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar dissolves quickly, and the Pourable Light Brown Sugar is crystallized for easy pouring. 

New England Naturals has two new High Protein varieties of granola products: Blueberry Harvest Granola and Unsweetened 5 Seed Granola with Apples & Raisins. Each contains high amounts of protein, no trans-fats and is organic. Made with 100% whole grains, both varieties are Non-GMO Project verified and Kosher.

Now available from Eden Foods are Chili varieties in larger 29- ounce cans. Made from organic vegetables, beans and spices, Eden Foods’ vegetarian chili comes in four flavors: Black Beans & Quinoa, Great Northern & Barley, Kidney Beans & Kamut and Pinto Beans & Spelt.

Washington, D.C.—A prohibition on the use of trans fat as an ingredient in food products could be coming from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By removing the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation from trans fat, the agency would, in effect, make its inclusion illegal.