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The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is proud to be a supporting retailer of the Non-GMO Project PDF Print E-mail

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers.

Our shared belief is that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified products, and our common mission is to ensure the sustained availability of non-GMO choices. Curious what a GMO is? Learn More HERE

What a ‘sweet surprise’! HFCS contains more fructose than believed PDF Print E-mail


One of industry's main arguments against critics' targeting high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as Public Health Enemy No. 1 has been that HFCS and table sugar are chemically similar. Manufacturers have stated over and over that the most common form of HFCS in use in processed food is at most 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose -- not significantly different from white sugar's 50/50 fructose/glucose makeup. If you want to read up on the heated debate about whether this focus on the chemistry is misplaced, feel free.

Now it turns out that the actual amount of fructose in HFCS in particular food products has never been officially disclosed, just assumed. And that assumption, much to the surprise of even the biggest HFCS-is-bad skeptics, has just been proven way off.

Researchers from the University of Southern California decided to test actual brand-name sodas -- including Coke, Pepsi, and Sprite -- to confirm their exact sugar content and makeup. They found that the HFCS in the vast majority contained far more than the presumed 55 percent fructose: in the case of those three brands, it was actually 65 percent fructose.

Why is this important? It's because research has shown fructose to be particularly harmful to human health. Unlike excess glucose, which passes through our digestive tract and is excreted, 100 percent of fructose that's consumed is taken up by the liver. Once there, fructose causes increased fat deposition in the abdominal cavity and increased blood levels of triglycerides -- both of which are risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. So, over a lifetime, the HFCS in the 53 gallons of soda per year the average American drinks thus increases their fructose consumption compared to table sugar, and probably adds up to big health problems.

It's easy to dismiss fears about HFCS when you can convince yourself that it's just sugar under a different name (no, not that name). But now we're learning that HFCS, as it's used in soda -- which for many Americans is the largest source of their HFCS consumption -- is different, and in the worst possible way: it's significantly higher in fructose.

Since this has been the food industry's dirty little secret until now, we have no way of knowing how long soda drinkers have been enjoying their pop "Now With Extra Fructose!"

Perhaps it's been a recent development, or perhaps HFCS producers have been making this higher fructose concoction for decades. Either way, this new study has gotten nutritionist Marion Nestle's attention. And given that she was one of the most vocal critics of earlier work vilifying HFCS, perhaps now the media will start asking some hard questions about whether HFCS is in fact innocent of all charges, and it's just the American sweet tooth to blame for all our ills. I can't wait to hear how the Corn Refiners Association is going to respond to this one.

P.S. You hipsters who like to down a Mexican Coke with your burritos, thinking it's made with table sugar (sucrose), not HFCS, might want to go back to the agua fresca. The USC investigators found no sucrose in the Coke, just glucose and fructose. Either Mexican Coke is being made with HFCS, or its manufacturers have for some reason split sucrose into its constituent glucose and fructose, Nestle says.

Tom is a writer and a media & technology consultant who thinks that wrecking the planet is a bad idea. He twitters and blogs here and at Beyond Green about food policy, alternative energy, climate science and politics as well as the multiple and various effects of living on a warming planet.

National Egg Recall PDF Print E-mail

Notice to all of our customers!

None of the eggs that the Co-op carries were affected by the recent national egg recall.


Two items sold at the Co-op have been voluntarily recalled PDF Print E-mail

August 6, 2010

KOYO Foods Soba Ramen is being voluntarily recalled because it contains undeclared soy protein. The package fails to list the sub-components of one ingredient, shoyu powder. It should list (soybean, wheat, sea salt). People who have an allergy to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

This product has been pulled from the Co-op’s shelves, and it will not be reordered until the problem has been resolved by the manufacturer.


Alacer Corp Emergen-C Apricot Mango (Adult) Multi-Vitamin is being voluntarily withdrawn due to lower vitamin E content than labeled. The manufacturer discovered the discrepancy during an internal audit.

This product has been pulled from the Co-op’s shelves, and it will not be reordered until the problem has been resolved by the manufacturer.

If you have purchased either of these products from the Co-op, you may return it for a full refund.

“Big Ag” at it Again PDF Print E-mail


Last year we won a hard fought battle, securing appropriate food safety rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act for small-to-midsized farms and processors producing fresh and healthy food for local and regional markets.

Now, out of left field, a marketing agency – the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) — has issued a proposed national food safety rule for spinach, lettuce, and cabbage, despite the fact that AMS does not have food safety jurisdiction or staff.

And the protections for the small and medium sized farms that make up our nations vibrant local food system? …. Not there.

The most powerful “Big Ag” players in the leafy green industry are pushing the National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (NLGMA).   The sellers, processors, and distributors that sign on to the rule will compel farmers they purchase from to comply with its standards. The rule adds a second and conflicting layer of food safety standards and audits on top of FDA food safety rules.

This confusing and duplicative rule could effectively shut small and mid-sized farmers
out of the leafy greens market.

Click here to tell the AMS to withdraw their unnecessary and confusing rule.


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