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2022 Natural Choice Awards – WholeFoods Magazine



We asked independent natural products retailers to name the brands that have made the greatest impact on their business in the past year, and the results are in! For 20 in-demand categories, we tallied the votes submitted online in our Natural Choice Awards and used data from our What’s Selling column, which is compiled monthly with information provided by natural products retailers across the country. That’s what makes these annual awards truly special—the honorees are selected by the natural products retailers who helped build this industry.

This year the top honor—Full Supplement Line—goes to Terry Naturally (a repeat winner for the top honor). Bluebonnet Nutrition, NOW Foods, and Solgar are among the beloved brands winning categories this year. There are also a few first-time honorees including Dave’s Killer Bread. Congratulations to all the winners and to the runners up!

To all the natural products retailers who took the time to vote for this year’s awards, thank you! Your input is always greatly appreciated. This year, the retailers who completed the online voting form were entered into a drawing to have a $100 donation to Vitamin Angels made in their name. Congratulations to Vicky Van Scoyk of Dayton Nutra Foods in Trotwood, OH, for winning the drawing!

The Terry Naturally brand of products was developed by EuroPharma’s Founder and President, Terry Lemerond, with the intent of improving the health of America, one person at a time. Terry Naturally delivers products that retailers and customers can trust, and believes no one should have to choose between products that work and products that are safe. The entire team works passionately to continue to bring the latest, safest, most clinically validated products to market, with the objective of providing people everywhere with “better results, better health.”

Cognitive Health: Terry Naturally Curamed

Introduced in 2008, CuraMed features the only patented, clinically studied curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil for better absorption and a full spectrum of benefits from turmerones, according to the company. It is from non-GMO turmeric grown without chemicals.The curcumin in CuraMed has over 60 published studies, and benefits include a healthy inflammation response (occasional inflammation due to exercise or overuse) and support for liver, brain, heart, immune and cellular health .

Stress/Sleep: Bluebonnet Nutrition Albion Buffered Chelated Magnesium

Bluebonnet’s Chelated Buffered Magnesium Bisglycinate contains 200 mg per serving of magnesium bisglycinate chelate buffered with magnesium oxide to increase the pH (alkalinity) of the formula, which the company says makes it more gentle on the digestive tract and easier to absorb. Magnesium supports energy production and is critical for enzyme function. The product is soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, Kosher Certified, dairy-free, vegan, and available in capsules.

Digestive Health: American Health Super Papaya Enzyme Plus

American Health Super Papaya Enzymes are an “after meal” supplement to promote the breakdown of food. It contains freshly ripened papaya with plant and fermentation-based enzymes including papain, amylase, and protease to aid in the digestion of proteins and carbohydrates. It is available with chlorophyll, which the company says helps sweeten breath. This supplement is non-GMO with no yeast, milk or milk derivatives, lactose, soy, egg, grapefruit, sugar, starch, artificial color or artificial flavor.

Bone/Joint Health: Terry Naturally Curamine Extra Strength

Curamin Extra Strength, introduced in 2007, provides four effective ingredients, creating a product that has been recognized throughout the natural foods industry for pain relief. Ingredients include: Clinically studied curcumin that the company says is better absorbed than turmeric; clinically studied boswellia, standardized to provide up to 10 times more beneficial AKBA than unstandardized boswellia; DLPA, which helps support the effects of endorphins and enkephalins; and nattokinase to help support circulation, which the company notes is an important feature for proper nutrient delivery and effectiveness.

Active Nutrition: Trace Minerals Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak

Introduced in 2000, Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak is a high-performance energy drink containing 1,200mg of Vitamin C, along with 15 vitamins and minerals, B vitamins, and an array of electrolytes. It’s also highlighted by a full spectrum ionic trace mineral complex for a complementary formula that the company says helps support body mineral balance, immunity, daily energy, and hydration in a convenient, on-the-go packet. Power Pak is gluten-free, certified vegan, and non-GMO, contains no caffeine, artificial flavors, or artificial stimulants. In addition to 13 original formula flavors, the line includes two sugar-free flavors and two Original + Immunity flavors, including Grapefruit, which launched at Expo West this year.

Weight Management: Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies

Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies are made in California with US and globally sourced ingredients in an FDA-registered, cGMP certified, and allergen-free facility, and are vegan, gelatin-free, and gluten-free. The gummy recipe includes real apple beet roots, pomegranates, vitamin B12, citric acid, and vitamin B9. Goli gummies are unfiltered, raw and free of any fillers or colors from artificial sources. The company says the gummies can help support gut health, immune health, weight management, heart health, energy, and appetite reduction.

Heart Health: Natural Factors Ubiquinol Active CoQ10

CoQ10 is an important catalyst in the energy generation system inside cells, and helps support sustained, natural energy, provides powerful antioxidant support, promotes cardiovascular health and function, and supports mental acuity and vital organ function. Natural Factors CoQ10 provides Kaneka Q+ ubiquinol, a branded form of ubiquinol manufactured exclusively by Kaneka Corporation.

Immune Health: Zand Elderberry Products

ZAND began in 1978 with the goal to create immunity supplements that are natural, clean and effective. The company says its Elderberry Zinc products are best-sellers because people trust ZAND to deliver. This range of products include Elderberry Zinc Lozenges and Elderberry Zinc Gummies to offer flexible support. ZAND Immune Fast Chewable Tablets combine the power of Elderberry, Zinc, and Vitamin C to work fast and offer potent immune support, and are gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan.

Herbs: Solgar Full Spectrum Curcumin

Solgar’s Full Spectrum Curcumin is 185x more absorbable than regular curcumin and lasts longer than native curcumin extracts for long-lasting support, according to the company. The product supports brain, joint, and immune system health, and helps fight free radicals caused by environmental toxins. It is tested using a variety of methods to ensure purity and food safety. Non-GMO and free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, yeast, sugar, sodium, artificial flavors, sweeteners, and colors.

Children: Solgar U-Cubes Multivitamin & Mineral Gummies

Each Non-GMO serving of these tapioca-based gummies provides 75% of the Daily Value of Vitamin D3 for children 4 years and older and 50% of the Daily Value for children 2 and 3 years of age. U-Cubes are manufactured in batches and rigorously tested for safety and potency. to ensure a high quality product.

Sensitive Diets: Flax4Life Baked Goods

Nutritious and delicious baked goods are a treat—like the Flax4Life Blueberry Muffin. This hearty and flavorful muffin is loaded with 4460 mg of Omega-3s, 6 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, afternoon snacks, or just a sweet and hearty treat. Certified Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free (except coconut), and Kosher.

Vegan: Follow Your Heart Vegan

Vegenaise is a vegan spread made to mimic real mayonnaise taste. The Certified Plant-Based, Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free product is available in 11 versions, ranging from variations on the original—like a soy-free version, an organic version, and versions made with grapeseed and avocado oil rather than canola oil—to different flavors, like Garlic Aoili, Sriracha, and Chipotle.

Bars: Bobo’s Oat Bars

Bobo’s is the creator of delicious, wholesome and simple 100% whole grain oat bars and snacks. The original line of ooey gooey bars are gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO and plant-based. Each bar is the perfect snack for those wanting slow-burning energy and a great tasting treat to enjoy. Grab these for on-the-go indulgence that doubles as a satisfying energy booster.

Beverages: Zevia Full Line

The better-for-you alternative to conventional sodas and diet sodas, Zevia Soda has all the flavor of conventional soda, with zero artificial sweeteners and zero calories. Sweetened with plant-derived stevia leaf extract and available in 15 delicious flavors, this is a family-friendly naturally sweetened pop.

Organic: Dave’s Killer Bread – White Bread Done Right

Dave’s Killer Bread’s take on white bread is a soft artisan-style loaf with five super grains, 10 grams of whole grains and no artificial ingredients. With a golden color and perfect texture, White Bread Done Right makes killer grilled cheese and PB&Js.

Skin Care: Heritage Store Rosewater Facial Mist

This cult favorite has two ingredients to refresh, set, hydrate, and uplift: Damask Rose soothes and softens skin, and Vor-Mag Water, which has been vortexed and magnetized to raise the energy to a higher vibration that the company believes to be more beneficial. Since its launch in 1969, this Rosewater Facial Mist has developed a loyal following and a memorable nickname: the OG of Rosewaters. Bottles proudly made of PCR packaging.

Hair Care: Acure Shampoo and Conditioner

Acure offers the perfect combination of super nutrients for powerful products that take skin & hair from blah to brilliant. Products are 100% vegan, 0% pretentious. The products are paraben free, sulfate free, mineral oil free, formaldehyde free, and cruelty free.

Personal Care: Desert Essence Toothpaste

Made with deep-cleansing botanicals like tea tree oil, Desert Essence’s toothpaste is formulated to keep teeth and gums healthy using the power of plants. All of the non-GMO toothpaste formulas are free of gluten, fluoride, and harsh abrasives. The toothpaste is available in several varieties, ranging from Arnica & Tea Tree Oil and Pink Himalayan Salt to kid-friendly Green Apple Watermelon and Tutti Fruti.

Pet Care: Castor & Pollux Organix Chicken Dog Treats

These all-natural treats feature 95% organic ingredients including organic free-range chicken as the #1 ingredient in all varieties. They’re easy to break, yet nice and crunchy. Each 1 1/2″ long cookie contains about 8 calories. The product is USDA Certified Organic, cooked in an organic certified kitchen, and free of corn, wheat, and soy.

full line:
NOW foods

Weight Management:
Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Powder

Natural Factors L-Theanine Chewables

North American Herb and Spice Oil of Oregano

Heart Health:
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega

Bone/Joint Health:
Natural Factors Vitamin K2

Immune Health:
NOW Foods Vitamin D3

Cognitive Health:
Solaray Sharp-Mind

Digestive Health:
dr Ohhira’s Probiotics Full Line

Active Nutrition:
Nature’s Plus Spirutein

Children’s Health:
Nordic Naturals Nordic Berries

Beanfield’s Vegan Gluten Free Chips

Sensitive Diets:
TIE: Katz Gluten Free Bakery and Pamela’s Products

RX Bars Blueberry Bars

Kevita Kombucha

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Baking Mixes

TIE: Derma E Face Creams and Dr. Bronner’s Soaps

Dessert Essence Coconut Shampoo

personal care
Spry Xylitol Toothpaste

Pet Care:
Charlotte’s Web CBD Chews For Pets

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For the 55-and-over crowd, March 27-April 3, 2022 | Local News



For information about services available to older adults, contact Pam Jacobsen, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 2102 Windsor Place, C, at 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.


  • Active Senior Republicans in Champaign County’s monthly meeting will be held at 9:30 am on April 4 in the Robeson Pavilion Room A & B at the Champaign Public Library. This month’s speakers will be Jesse Reising, Regan Deering and Matt Hausman, Republican primary candidates for the newly redrawn 13th Congressional District.
  • Parkland Theater House needs four ushers each night for “The SpongeBob Musical,” opening April 14. There will be nine shows in total — April 14-16, April 22-24 and April 29-May 1. For details, call or email Michael Atherton, Parkland Theater House Manager, or 217-373-3874.
  • Parkland College also needs four volunteers for commencement. The commencement ceremony will be in person at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 8 pm May 12. Volunteers needed from 6:30 to 8 pm For details, contact Tracy Kleparski, Director of Student Life, at or 217- 351-2206.
  • The Milford High School National Honor Society and Student Council is hosting a Senior Citizens Banquet at 6 pm April 22. The event will be held in the MAPS #124 Gymnasium (park at south doors at Milford High School. To RSVP, call Sandy Potter at 815-471-4213.


Knit or crochet for those in need:

Meditative Movement with Yoga:

  • 9 to 10:15 am Tuesdays and Thursdays.


  • 11 am to noon, second and fourth Tuesdays. Call 217-359-6500.


  • Noon to 3 pm Thursdays.


Card game 13:

  • To sign up to play, call 217-359-6500 and ask for Debbie.

Men’s group:

  • 9 am Monday-Friday. Join us for a cup of coffee and great conversation.


The Peace Meal Nutrition Program provides daily hot lunches at 11:30 am for a small donation and a one-day advance reservation at sites in Champaign, Urbana, Rantoul, Sidney (home delivery only), Mahomet (home delivery only) and Homer.

For reservations, call 800-543-1770. Reservations for Monday need to be made by noon Friday.

NOTE: There is no change for home deliveries, but at congregate sites, you can get a carry-out meal.


  • BBQ pork sandwich, mini potato bakers, corn, creamy cole slaw, bun.


  • Turkey pot roast with carrots and celery, Italian green beans, pineapple, whole grain roll.


  • Savory sausage stew, broccoli, chunky apple sauce, biscuit, surprise dessert.


  • Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and brown gravy, tomatoes and zucchini, apricots, whole-grain roll.


  • Chef’s choice — regional favorites will be served.


If you are 55 and older and want to volunteer in your community, RSVP (funded by AmeriCorps Seniors and the Illinois Department on Aging) provides a unique link to local nonprofits needing help. We offer support, benefits and a safe connection to partner sites.

Contact Pam Jacobsen at or 217-359-6500.


Senior Volunteers.

  • RSVP of Champaign, Douglas and Piatt counties/AmeriCorps Senior Volunteers is your link to over 100 nonprofit organizations. Please contact Pam Jacobsen at or call 217-359-6500 for volunteer information.

Food for seniors. Handlers needed to unload boxes of food for repackaging at 7 am on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. We are looking for backup delivery drivers to deliver food to seniors. Contact Robbie Edwards at 217-359-6500 for info.

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The future of nutrition advice



By Lisa Drayer, CNN

(CNN) — Most of us know we should eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

So why would the National Institutes of Health spend $150 million to answer questions such as “What and when should we eat?” and “How can we improve the use of food as medicine?”

The answer may be precision nutrition, which aims to understand the health effects of the complex interplay among genetics, our microbiome (the bacteria living in our gut), our diet and level of physical activity, and other social and behavioral characteristics.

That means that everyone could have their own unique set of nutritional requirements.

How is that possible? I asked three experts who conduct precision nutrition research: Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology and chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and Martha Field and Angela Poole, both assistant professors in the division of nutritional sciences at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology.

Below is an edited version of our conversation.

CNN: How is precision nutrition different from current nutrition advice?

dr Frank Hu: The idea of ​​precision nutrition is to have the right food, at the right amount, for the right person. Instead of providing general dietary recommendations for everyone, this precision approach tailors nutrition recommendations to individual characteristics, including one’s genetic background, microbiome, social and environmental factors, and more. This can help achieve better health outcomes.

CNN: Why is there no one-size-fits-all prescription when it comes to what we should be eating?

Huh: Not everyone responds to the same diet in the same way. For example, given the same weight-loss diet, some people can lose a lot of weight; other people may gain weight. A recent study in JAMA randomized a few hundred overweight individuals to a healthy low-carb or low-fat diet. After a year, there was almost an identical amount of weight loss for the two groups, but there was a huge variation between individuals within each group — some lost 20 pounds. Others gained 10 pounds.

Martha Field: Individuals have unique responses to diet, and the “fine adjust” of precision nutrition is understanding those responses. This means understanding interactions among genetics, individual differences in metabolism, and responses to exercise.

CNN: How do we eat based on precision nutrition principles now?

Huh: There are some examples of personalized diets for disease management, like a gluten-free diet for the management of celiac disease, or a lactose-free diet if you are lactose intolerant. For individuals with a condition known as PKU (phenylketonuria), they should consume (a) phenylalanine-free diet. It’s a rare condition but a classic example of how your genes can influence what type of diets you should consume.

Angela Poole: If I had a family history of high cholesterol, diabetes or colon cancer, I would increase my dietary fiber intake, eating a lot of different sources, including a variety of vegetables.

fields: If you have high blood pressure, you should be more conscious of sodium intake. Anyone with a malabsorption issue might have a need for higher levels of micronutrients such as B vitamins and some minerals.

CNN: There is research showing that people metabolize coffee differently. What are the implications here?

Huh: Some people carry fast caffeine-metabolizing genes; others carry slow genes. If you carry fast (metabolizing) genotypes, you can drink a lot of caffeinated coffee because caffeine is broken down quickly. If you are a slow metabolizer, you get jittery and may not be able to sleep if you drink coffee in the afternoon. If that’s the case, you can drink decaf coffee and still get the benefits of coffee’s polyphenols, which are associated with decreased risk of heart disease and diabetes without the effects of caffeine.

CNN: How much of a role do our individual genes play in our risk of disease? And can our behavior mitigate our disease risk?

Huh: Our health is affected by both genes and diets, which constantly interact with each other because certain dietary factors can turn on or off some disease-related genes. We published research showing that reducing consumption of sugary beverages can offset the negative effects of obesity genes. That’s really good news. Our genes are not our destiny.

Another area of ​​precision nutrition is to measure blood or urine metabolites, small molecules produced during the breakdown and ingestion of food. For example, having a higher concentration of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) strongly predicts one’s future risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The blood levels of BCAAs depend on individuals’ diet, genes and gut microbiome. We found that eating a healthy (Mediterranean-style) diet can mitigate harmful effects of BCAAs on cardiovascular disease. So measuring BCAAs in your blood may help to evaluate your risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease and encourage dietary changes that can lower the risk of chronic diseases down the road.

fields: The environmental effects can sometimes be on the same magnitude as the genetic effects with respect to risk for disease.

CNN: Our individual microbiomes may be able to dictate what type of diet we should be consuming. Can you tell us about this emerging research? And what do you think of microbiome tests?

Poole: Research has shown that in some people, their blood sugar will spike higher from eating bananas than from eating cookies, and this has been associated with microbiome composition. Scientists have used microbiome data to build algorithms that can predict an individual’s glucose response, and this is a major advance. But that’s not an excuse for me to shovel down cookies instead of bananas. Likewise, if the algorithm suggests eating white bread instead of whole-wheat bread due to blood glucose responses, I wouldn’t just eat white bread all the time.

At the moment, I’m not ready to spend a lot of money to see what’s in my gut microbiome… and the microbiome changes over time.

Huh: Microbiome tests are not cheap, and the promise that this test can help develop a personalized meal plan that can improve blood sugar and blood cholesterol … at this point, the data are not conclusive.

CNN: How will nutrition advice be different 10 years from now?

Poole: I think you will receive a custom-tailored grocery list on an app — foods that you want to buy and foods that you want to avoid, based on your blood sugar responses to foods, your level of physical activity and more.

Huh: We will have more and better biomarkers and more affordable and accurate nutrigenomics and microbiome tests as well as better computer algorithms that predict your response to food intakes.

But these technologies cannot substitute general nutrition principles such as limiting sodium and added sugar and eating more healthy plant foods. In a few years, you may be able to get a more useful response from Alexa if you ask her what you should eat — but like other answers from Alexa, you’ll have to take it with a grain of salt.

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Are Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches Healthy?



In order to assess its nutritional value, first we must discuss the breakdown of this sandwich.

Typically, there are three main ingredients — bread, peanut butter, and jelly — each with different nutritional values.

Nutritional value of bread

Bread can be a part of a balanced diet. The nutritional value of bread depends on the type chosen.

For starters, whole-grain bread is the best option because it provides a higher amount of nutrients. Whole grain kernels have three parts: the bran, endosperm, and germ (1).

Because whole grain bread retains all three parts, it’s higher in protein and fiber compared with other breads. These nutrients slow the absorption of sugar into your blood stream and keep you full longer (2, 3).

Whole grain bread is also richer in key nutrients, like B vitamins, iron, folate, and magnesium. Look for the word “whole” as part of the first ingredient in bread’s nutritional label (2).

Choosing sprouted grain bread, like Ezekiel bread, is also an excellent choice. The sprouting process increases digestibility and bioavailability of nutrients. Studies show sprouted bread has more fiber, vitamin E, and vitamin C, and beta-glucan (4).

Sourdough bread is fine, too. Although it’s not as high in fiber and protein, it has a lower glycemic index than white bread.

Glycemic index measures how quickly food increases blood sugars. In general, foods with a lower glycemic index better support your overall health.

But keep in mind that glycemic index doesn’t tell the whole story. We must look at the meal as a whole — for example, what we add to the bread. Nutrients, like protein and fats, can help lower the overall glycemic load of a meal, and serving sizes also play a role (5).

As a guideline, look for whole grain breads that offer at least 2 grams of fiber per slice. We also suggest using bread that contains 3 grams of protein or more per slice.

If that’s not available, sourdough bread may be your next best option.


Choose breads that are higher in fiber and protein, like whole grain bread or sprouted grain bread. These varieties help slow absorption of sugars and keep you full longer.

Nutritional value of peanut butter

Many people find peanut butter delicious.

Nutritionally, it also delivers. Peanut butter is a good source of protein and healthy fats, important for all stages of life, especially growing children. Plus, it’s a good source of fiber.

Two tablespoons (32 grams) of smooth peanut butter contain 7 grams of protein, 16 grams of fats, and 2 grams of fiber (6).

Importantly, the majority of fats in peanut butter are unsaturated fats. Research consistently indicates that replacing saturated fats found in animal products with more unsaturated fats (like those in peanut butter) may lower cholesterol and improve heart health (7, 8).

For growing kids, healthy fats are vital for healthy development. Plus, fats help absorb the vitamins A, D, E, and K, all of which play a synergistic role in supporting immune and brain health (9, 10).

Contrary to popular belief, conventional peanut butter doesn’t usually have more sugar than 100% natural peanut butter. However, it may have more salt (6).

When shopping, check the nutrition labels to ensure it doesn’t contain additional ingredients other than peanuts.

When enjoying natural peanut butter, the oil will separate from the peanut butter. Not to fret — just give it a good stir! This helps mix the oils with the solids.

Pro tip: You can store peanut butter upside down in the fridge to keep it from separating again!


When available, choose 100% natural peanut butter, as it’s lower in salt. Remember to stir the peanut butter before eating to mix the oils with the solids.

Nutritional value of jelly

The PB&J sandwich isn’t complete without jelly or jam. What’s the difference, anyway?

Well, while jellies and jams have similar nutritional value and taste, there’s a slight difference: Jellies are made with fruit juice, while jam is made with the fruit juice and pulp (7).

Both jellies and jams contain pectin (artificially added to jelly), which has prebiotic effects that may improve gut health (8).

However, both are naturally high in sugar, so enjoy them in moderation. To have more say in the ingredients used, you can try making your jelly at home.

If you’re buying from a store, look for jellies with no added sugar in the ingredients list. Alternative names for added sugars include glucose, sucrose, dextrose, and fructose.


Jellies are high in natural sugars and contain pectins that may have a beneficial effect in promoting good health. Try to choose jellies with no added sugars.

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