For years, WholeFoods Magazine has shined a light on natural products companies that market some of the country’s best top-selling products and has honored them with a Natural Choice Award. This year is no different. Once again, we are proud to honor some of the many excellent products that the natural products industry calls its own.

American Flatbread offers a frozen pizza to whet the appetite of vegans. The Vegan Harvest pizza is made with a dairy-free cheese alternative that melts just as well as cheese does. Complete with homemade tomato sauce, the pizza is made on a wood-fired oven to give it an authentic taste. The pizza contains no preservatives, is non-GMO and is casein free.

NOW Foods introduces its new sugar-free drink sticks, beverage mixes sweetened with NOW’s BetterStevia sweetener. There is a wide variety of flavors, including Berry Energy Tea, Pomegranate Berry, and Acai Lemonade. Each stick of beverage mix is packed with nutrients and antioxidants. The Tropical Punch with Fiber contains 3 g of fiber to help support normal digestive function.
SRP: $5.99/carton of 12 sticks.

GloryBee Foods presents Aunt Patty’s Organic Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. The raw oil is processed at temperatures lower than 115 degrees Fahrenheit, which helps preserve nutritional value. It can be used as a substitute for other cooking oils, butter or shortening. Research suggests coconut oil may help to maintain digestive health and a healthy immune system.

 

Bien Padre’s new Oila Organic Green Tea Oil is packed with antioxidants, omegas-3/-6/-9, vitamin A, B and E, and catechins. This cooking oil can be used with high heat in various recipes. As a topical product for the skin, it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and has been shown to support skin health, digestion and proper metabolism. This oil is high in monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats, but low in saturated fat. It comes in 16.9-fl. oz. and 67.6-fl. oz. sizes.

Eden Foods announces six new 29-oz. canned bean products. The organic line includes Black Turtle Beans, Dark Red Kidney Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Navy Beans, Pinto Beans and Cannellini Beans. The cans do not contain the harmful chemical BPA. Eden Beans are an excellent source of fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, potassium, B vitamins, antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional Design offers Supreme Cutlets, a vegan alternative to chicken. The low-calorie cutlets, which provide 12 grams of protein per two cutlets serving, are free of GMOs, cholesterol and trans-fat. Cutlets are also egg, gluten, starch and preservative free. According to the company, cutlets are easy to adapt to existing to recipes.

News from industry food companies.

Vegetarianism and veganism are increasingly common lifestyle choices, while raw foods constitutes a health craze that is gaining in popularity. But practitioners of the three diets discussed in this article are all likely looking, at least in part, to further their wellbeing.