Spotlight On: All Things Organic

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September is National Organic Harvest Month, now also called Organic Food Celebration Month-here's a roundup of the latest news, products, and trends to watch for in the world of organics

This Just In!

You may have asked yourself, "Are organic foods really any healthier than conventionally grown items?" Conflicting research had made this question hard to answer-until now. The debate over whether or not to go organic appears to be settled, thanks to new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Researchers found that organic fruits, vegetables, and other crops are indeed higher in antioxidants and contain fewer pesticide residues. This was the largest study of its kind to date on the advantages of organic over conventional foods.

Sips of Organic Bliss

Tea is hot. But what's even hotter is certified organic tea. These sustainably produced, fair trade brews were among the top trends at BIOFACH 2014, an international organic product trade show. From spicy chai to delicate green, your options are almost endless when it comes to enjoying a cup. Here are three new, not-to-miss organic teas:

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Yogi TeaSweet Tangerine Positive Energy, made with organic green maté and black tea, plus mood-boosting herbs and sweet tangerines.

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Third Streetready-to-drink bottled teas, which are certified organic, fair trade, gluten-free, and non-GMO. The line features Black Teas (Unsweetened, Slightly Sweet, Peach, and Raspberry), Green Teas (Unsweetened, Slightly Sweet, and Mint & Honey), and Lemonades (including Half & Half, with iced tea and lemonade).

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Numi Organic TeaIndulgent Tea Chocolate Spice, infused with rich cacao flavor and chai spices including ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom.

Did you know?

According to a survey of more than 1,200 households by the Organic Trade Association, 25% of parents list "steering clear of GMOs" (genetically modified organisms) as their top motivator for purchasing organic foods. The USDA Organic seal guarantees that a product is free of GMOs. Visit ota.com for more information.

Organically Minded

It's easy to go organic in all areas of your life with this mini resource guide.

If You Are Interested In …

Go to …

Learning more about organics

organicitsworthit.org (operated by the Organic Trade Association)

Organic gardening

groworganic.com

Getting involved in the organic movement

organicconsumers.org

Learning about local, sustainable food

sustainabletable.org

Avoiding GMOs (and learning more about how to do so)

nongmoproject.org

Finding organic recipes

deliciouslyorganic.net

Organic household cleaning

cleanmama.net

Organic beauty and personal care

organicconsumers.org

Organic wine

freywine.com; organicconsumers.org

Setting the (Organic) Bar High

Found-the perfect organic protein bar. Natural Factors PGX Satisfast Organic Vegan Protein Bars, which are made with raw ingredients, whole-food sweeteners, and an appetite-busting fiber (PGX), are organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free. These yummy bars feature nourishing ingredients, including organic pea protein, sprouted brown rice protein, sunflower butter, coconut, dates, and stevia. Choose from Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, Very Berry Dark Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Coconut (our favorite flavor!).

Try it!

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Natural Factors is giving away samples of PGX Satisfast Organic Vegan Protein Bars to the first 100 readers to respond. Email your name and address, with "Bars" as the subject line, to sample@naturalfactors.com.

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