Frequently Asked Questions
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What is flaked yellow corn? Why is it flaked?
Corn can be flaked into a coarse meal or it can be ground into a fine flour. The different textures result in different textured flakes.
Which is better for you – rice bran or wheat bran?
Both are insoluble fibers, which mean they cannot be digested, and will therefore pass through the body. This is necessary for a healthy digestive system. Wheat bran has a better flavor (rice bran can be bitter tasting) and is more readily available.
What is flax meal?
Flax meal is composed of freshly ground whole flax seeds, which are the highest source of Omega 3 fatty acids derived from plant sources. Omega 3 fatty acids cannot be manufactured by the body, so they must be included in the diet. Unfortunately, today’s diets are composed largely of hydrogenated fats which do not provide the balance that the body needs for proper digestion and heart function.
Why use barley malt extract?
Barley malt extract is an organic sweetener made from sprouted barley. It contains complex sugars, which are absorbed by the body less quickly than refined sugar.
What is cane sugar?
Refined sugar is produced through the use of chemical purification and bleaching of sugar cane which removes the mineral component of the sugar and is very hard on the environment. Cane sugar eliminates the chemical purification steps of the process of turning cane juice into a crystalline substance, retaining its mineral content and creating less harmful by-products to be released into the environment. It is composed mostly of sucrose and has the same sweetening properties as refined sugar.
Does Nature's Path use only organic ingredients?
Nature’s Path, EnviroKidz, Love Crunch and Qi’a brands only use ingredients as allowed by the National Organic Standards. The standards have a few exceptions where it allows for some non organic ingredients (only up to 5%) for specific reasons.
- Ingredients that cannot be certified organic (for instance mined substances like those used in baking soda) Note that organic certification is only available for agriculturally produced ingredients.
- If an agricultural ingredient is not yet commercially available in certified organic form, it can only be used if it has been evaluated and is listed on the National List.
Both categories have to be on the National List. This list is very limited and only allows products that have not yet been able to be produced in organic form and they also cannot contain any other prohibited materials such as harsh solvents or irradiation, GMOs or grown in sewage sludge etc. Nature’s Path avoids using anything even from the National list whenever possible, however some of our products have some allowed colors or flavors that are not certified organic and that are on the National list.
We work with many of our suppliers to help convert conventional ingredients to organic as quickly as possible. We look forward to the day when everything is available in organic form.