Non-GMO (genetically modified organism) products, which are products that are enrolled in the Non-GMO Project Verification Program, were clearly the highlight at the annual Natural Products Expo West 2013 in Anaheim, California.
You may recall that California voters recently failed to pass legislation which would have required food manufacturers to label their products if they contain GMO ingredients. However, many food manufacturers who produce non-GMO products are taking the initiative to inform consumers that their products do not contain GMO ingredients, thanks to the Non-GMO Project. Wondering if the food item you’re buying is non-GMO? Just look for the non-GMO Project Verified label.
To go along with this trend, Whole Foods has announced that by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate if they contain GMO ingredients. This makes Whole Foods the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency.
Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips, which are farmed and made in the United States, are made of black and navy beans and long grain rice, and cooked in high-quality safflower or sunflower oil. They are free of gluten, cholesterol, trans fat, dairy, and preservatives. Each one-ounce serving contains four grams of protein and fiber.
Beanitos bean chips are made of whole beans and whole-grain rice, and flash-fried in sunflower oil. They are free of gluten, cholesterol, trans fat, dairy, and preservatives. Each one-ounce serving contains four grams of protein and six grams of fiber.
Another great find at Expo West was the gopicnic ready-to-eat meals. These handy meals come in an easy-to-open picnic box that does not require any refrigeration or preparation. All of the meals contain less than 500 calories and are free of artificial colors and flavors, trans fats, and high fructose syrup. Some of the meals are also gluten-free, vegan, and Non-GMO Project Verified. There are numerous varieties available and if you can’t find them in your local store, you can actually find them on Amazon.
If you’re looking for more non-GMO products (there are plenty out there), or are interested in restaurants and retailers that endorse the Non-GMO Project, visit the Non-GMO Project web site.