Friday, December 18, 2015

White Mountain Foods Product Locator

Don't forget you can find White Mountain Foods' products at a store near you with our store locator. http://www.wmfoods.com/Mobile/map.html

Always check with your grocery store manager if they don't carry our product. You may be able to put a request in for a special order. You can also email customerservice@whitemountainfoods.com for help locating our products. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

What is "Natural"?

Did you know that according to ghe F.D.A., foods with no artificial or synthetic ingredients could be considered natural. There are no further labeling requirements for products that claim the "natural" title. Federal regulators are now accepting comments from the public to help determine a definition for what "natural" is in terms of food labeling. For directions on how to to comment and more information, visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm456090.htm.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

White Mountain Foods Recipes

Did you know White Mountain Foods has a plethora of yogurt recipes available on our website? From simple twists to use with our yogurt to full on dinner recipes, there is a variety of options to choose from. Just visit our site and look for the yogurt recipe link. You can also find recipes with other products from White Mountain Foods as well. So get cooking and enjoy the delicious and healthy meals that you can share with your friends and family!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Don't Toss That Sour Milk! And Other Tips To Cut Kitchen Food Waste

Check out this NPR video to see how chef Dan Barber was able to use food that would normally be thrown out in tasty dishes that he served to his restaurant guests. His intent was to raise awareness about the major food waste in the United States every year. NPR estimated a 133 billion pounds of food that is wasted each year, as well as that the typical American family tosses out about $1,500 of food yearly. This wasted food is the largest component of solid waste in our landfills and can even contribute to the climate change with the methane that is emitted when it begins to rot.

To check out ways to reduce waste in your own kitchen, read the article that goes along with the NPR video. You may find it's easier than you think with these simple tips.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Eating Food That’s Better for You, Organic or Not

While we support organic living and eating, in an article written by Mark Bittman, he talks about eating food that's better for you in general. While organic food demands are on the rise, there's no doubt that they can be more expensive. For some families this is not an option. Bittman explains that by choosing food with real ingredients, whether they are organic or not, we may be able to take the first step to a healthier lifestyle.

Bittman points out that Americans eat so badly, a majority get 7 percent of their calories from soft drinks, more than they do from vegetables; the top food group by caloric intake is “sweets”; and one-third of nation’s adults are now obese - that the organic question is a secondary one. He suggests that a person's health as well as the environment will improve with a simple shift in eating habits away from animal products and highly processed foods to plant products and what might be called “real food.”

When reading Bittman's article, it seems to be a well laid out thought process. While some foods we eat may still be organic, and that is great, it may be more important to pay attention to what we eat and making sure real ingredients fills our diets.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Non-GMO Project


The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

To start with we can touch on, what is Non-GMO? GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This fairly new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. The Non-GMO Project works hard to keep an updated list of at risk foods for consumers to follow by.

As discussed in a previous blog, White Mountain Foods does not support the use of GMO in our food supply.  You can read more about those views at this link.

We are proud to announce that our organic yogurt is now officially Non-GMO certified!

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Monsanto tops list of worst poison-pushing food companies that lie to consumers.


Check out this article that claims that Monsanto is at the top of the list for companies that lie to their consumers. Quite a few other well known brands can be found on this list as well with explanations given on how they are deceiving their consumers. Does this change your mind on some of the products you are buying at the grocery store? There’s a lot to think about when feeding your family.

“(NaturalNews) The modern American food supply is a tortuous minefield of synthetic additives, toxic flavoring agents and artificially engineered ingredients that are making people sick. And the following eight food corporations, rounded out by the world's most evil corporation Monsanto, are among the worst offenders when it comes to not only using these poisons in their products but also lying about their presence to consumers.

ConAgra Foods. This prolific processed food brand, which boasts a presence in 99% of American households, is guilty of lying about the nature of its food products. The claim that ConAgra food products are "made with all natural ingredients" is patently false, and the company has been repeatedly convicted of selling tainted food to consumers.

General Mills. Besides actively lobbying against legislation to require labeling for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), General Mills sees no problem using toxic ingredients like trisodium phosphate (TSP), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and, of course, GMOs in its many product lines, including those marketed to children.

Kraft Foods. Just take a look at the ingredients list on a box of Kraft "Macaroni & Cheese" and you'll see why this prominent household name is regarded by many as a poison peddler. Petroleum-derived "Yellow No. 6," which was used in the American version of Kraft's mac 'n' cheese product up until 2013, has been linked to behavioral problems, asthma, skin problems and cancer. Kraft has also been accused of using illegal GMO wheat in its mac 'n' cheese product.

Heinz. If you enjoy consuming high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), Heinz is the brand for you. Its iconic ketchup product is loaded with the GMO corn derivative, as well as pesticides and other contaminants. Heinz also opposes your right to know what's in your food.

Coca-Cola. Everyone knows that sweetened soda beverages like the kind sold by Coca-Cola aren't exactly the healthiest food products on the market. But did you know that Coca-Cola actively uses more than half a dozen chemical additives with known toxicity[PDF] in its products? These include caramel color (E150D), a food coloring agent; sodium cyclamate (E952), a synthetic sugar substitute; acesulfame potassium (E950), a highly addictive sugar substitute linked to cardiovascular and nervous system damage; and aspartame, a sugar substitute linked to brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer's disease and more.

Nestle. This international processed food purveyor, which has been in the news a lot lately for bottling and selling California's scarce water reserves, has been exposed for using GMOs in its infant formulas. The company's Purina division was also sued for using the toxin propylene glycol in dog food.

Kellogg's. This gem of a company, which markets a number of products aimed at young children, spent more than $2.1 million in 2014 to block the passage of GMO labeling initiatives in California, Washington and Oregon. Kellogg's has also been exposed for using GMO corn laced with glyphosate and Bt toxin in some of its products.

PepsiCo. Like the Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo has made an art out of marketing poison as pleasure. The company was required to change its soft drink formula after California passed a law mandating that products containing cancer-causing ingredients, like PepsiCo products do, to be labeled as such. PepsiCo still uses a substance known as 4-methylimidazole, or 4-Mel, that has been linked to causing cancer in humans.

Monsanto. The world's most evil corporation is perhaps best known for forging the current regulatory environment in the U.S. that allows untested, unsafe GMOs to litter the food supply. Monsanto's entire business model, in fact, centers around seizing control of agriculture, modifying it and selling it back to farmers and the public as its own, abusing patent protection laws and hiring private mercenary groups like Blackwater to protect its interests.”


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/050074_Monsanto_poison_food_corporations.html#ixzz3ndpmpt9Y

Friday, May 29, 2015

How the Food Industry Spins Science to Fit Its Agenda.

In this month's issue of Examine.com Research Digest, they look into how the food industry spins science to fit its agenda. It's important not to believe everything you read on labels, or research claims by big food companies as far as health claims. This article explores several claims made by companies such as General Mills' and Coca-Cola.

Can you think of any claims you've seen recently that you have questioned? Maybe it's time to start digging a little deeper into these statements. It is important to be fully aware of the effects things have on us that we are putting into our bodies.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cornucopia Yogurt Buyer's Guide: White Mountain Foods Rated 5 Spoons!

"In December of 2014, Cornucopia released its latest report, Culture Wars: How the Food Giants Turned Yogurt, a Health Food, into Junk Food. The report accuses marketers such as Dannon, Yoplait, and Chobani of misleading consumers into purchasing yogurts with very high levels of sugar and a wide variety of potentially unsafe additives.
Cornucopia also published an accompanying scorecard that rates yogurt brands on their usage of these additives and on other factors such as the amount of added sugar and whether the brands are certified organic. Due to the enormous size of the yogurt market, the scorecard rates brands of yogurt, rather than individual products.
Since the publication of Culture Wars, Cornucopia has received a number of questions from the public. Listed below are some of the most common ones, along with answers that will make the scorecard more useful."

Check out the article to see the questions and answers on the Cornucopia website.

Also take a look at the yogurt scorecard in order to determine the best brands to buy based on additives and sugar content. Notice that White Mountain Foods received a 5 spoon rating.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Medium-chain Triglycerides

The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia on Medium-chain Triglycerides. This is a type of fat found in cows milk which can aid in weight loss. Take a closer look at the science behind it and explanation of MCTs.


"Dietary relevance
The milk fats of humans and guinea pigs are largely made up of long-chain fatty acids. The milk fats of cows, sheep, and goats are rich in short-chain fatty acids. The milk fats of horses contain large amounts of medium-chain fatty acids.

Some studies have shown that MCTs can help in the process of excess calorie burning, thus weight loss. MCTs are also seen as promoting fat oxidation and reduced food intake. Interest in MCTs has been expressed by endurance athletes and the bodybuilding community.While health benefits from MCTs seem to occur, a link to improved exercise performance is weak.A number of studies back the use of MCT oil as a weight loss supplement, but these claims are not without conflict, as about an equal number found inconclusive results.

Medical relevanceMCTs passively diffuse from the GI tract to the portal system (longer fatty acids are absorbed into the lymphatic system) without requirement for modification like long-chain fatty acids or very-long-chain fatty acids. In addition, MCTs do not require bile salts for digestion. Patients who have malnutrition or malabsorption syndromes are treated with MCTs because they do not require energy for absorption, use, or storage.

Medium-chain triglycerides are generally considered a good biologically inert source of energy that the human body finds reasonably easy to metabolize. They have potentially beneficial attributes in protein metabolism, but may be contraindicated in some situations due to their tendency to induce ketogenesis and metabolic acidosis.

Due to their ability to be absorbed rapidly by the body, medium-chain triglycerides have found use in the treatment of a variety of malabsorption ailments. MCT supplementation with a low-fat diet has been described as the cornerstone of treatment for primary intestinal lymphangiectasia (Waldmann's disease).MCTs are an ingredient in parenteral nutritional emulsions.Studies have also shown promising results for neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases) and epilepsy through the use of ketogenic dieting.

Technical usesMCTs are bland compared to other fats and do not generate off-notes (dissonant tastes) as quickly as LCTs. They are also more polar than LCTs. Because of these attributes, they are widely used as solvents for flavours and oral medicines and vitamins."

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ted Talks: How microbes make us who we are.

Check out this Ted Talks! Very interesting to watch and short enough to get information quickly. He reviews how microbes make us who we are. Rob Knight even wrote a book to look at this idea on a deeper level if you are interested. The book is called Follow Your Gut. It discusses how microbes impact your health, mood and more.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Food Myths in Today's Media


With most things, it is pretty easy to determine what is and isn't good for you.

Car exhaust, Bad.
Exercise, Good.
White Mountain Foods' Yogurt, Delicious!

But when it comes to what we put into our bodies for sustenance and fuel, there seems to be so many inconsistencies in the media. The average consumer has to dedicate his/her life to stay up to date on what the "newest study" says is the best food to eat.

With 24 hour news coverage and multiple social media outlets to receive data from, it is no wonder misinformation is the bulk of what we read to date. Here is a list from Examine.com of 10 food myths they have debunked. All foods are going to treat everyone differently. I suggest discovering what suits your lifestyle the best while consulting with your doctor for any medical needs.

Happy eating!
10 Awful Nutrition Myths