Love it, Like it, Hate it: Trends Spotted at Natural Products Expo East

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Natural Products Expo East features the hottest trends in the natural, organic and healthy products industry, with more than 1,900 brands onsite.  Registered dietitian Molly Kimball scoped out the products – asking questions, reading labels and taste-testing – and is back with the skinny on her favorite and not-so-favorite finds in this week’s Love it, Like it, Hate it!

Stay tuned for Molly to break these down even further in future segments, including specific health benefits, how much to use, and how to incorporate into our diets.


SPOTTED! 3 of our local favorites




Collagen – like Vital Protein Collagen

  • Main component of skin, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.
  • Boost joint & tendon health
  • Shown to boost density and structure of collagen, and help reduce collagen breakdown


MCT Oil – e.g. tera’s MCT Coconut Splash Emulsion

  • MCTs (medium chain triglyerides) are metabolized more rapidly than other fats, meaning they're more easily burned as energy and less likely to be stored as fat.
  • MCTs have also been shown to increase metabolism slightly, and help us feel fuller, faster.
  • Tera’s MCT Coconut Splash is sweetened with monkfruit; the bourbon vanilla MCT oil is almost like a splash of condensed milk, yet no added sugar.



Nut-based dairy alternatives – e.g. nut milk, nut cheese

  • Many are low in carb, but also usually lower protein & calcium.
  • Some varieties are high in added sugars

Cheese crisps

  • Crunchy like a cracker or chip but 100% cheese!
  • Low carb and gluten-free, but calories + saturated fat can add up quickly



Superfood Fakeouts

  • Foods with a *bit* of nutrient-rich “superfoods” but are mainly white carbs or added sugar
  • g. Hi I’m Skinny veggie chips or sugar-sweetened teas/fruit/vegetables juices


Keto-sounding food + drink – that isn’t

  • Seems low-carb and keto-friendly on first impression, but actually high in sugars/white carbs
  • g. Picnik Butter Coffee “with MCT oil” but also 21 grams added sugar



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