Apple Chips Organic by Yogavive
Yogavive - Apple Chips Organic Caramel - 1.41 oz. (40 g)
Yogavive Apple Chips Organic Caramel contain the highest quality, organically grown Fuji Apples on the planet. Yogavive's apples are peeled, cored and sliced, then gently low-heat bake-dried to ensure maximum nutrient content. Light, crispy, and naturally sweet, Yogavive Apple Chips are a delicious healthy snack you can believe in - perfect as part of your daily balanced low fat diet.
Yogavive Apple chips are vegan, Fat Free and produced in a certified Gluten Free and Nut Free facility. Yogavive Apple Chips do not contain any preservatives, sweeteners or artificial flavors.
- USDA certified Organic Fuji Apples
- only 35 calories per serving
- crunchy with no added sugar
- certified Non-GMO, Fair Trade
- certified Gluten Free, Vegan
- certified Kosher, Halal
- resealable zip-lock closure
Welcome to Yogavive
Young, Vibrant and hooked on healthy living! Yogavive brings you healthy snacking alternatives made from highest quality USDA certified organic fruit. "Yoga" signifies the union of mind and body, a natural balance. "Vive" means life. Yogavive speaks for a balanced and healthy life. They believe in providing the body with the best possible fuel to get you through the day. Naturally sweet and bursting with real flavor, their products contain the nutrients of fresh fruit in convenient snacks, making them part of a well balanced diet.
Organic Snack Revolution
Everyone loves to snack. Yogavive believes in producing snacks that are good for you and good for the planet. All of Yogavive's products meet the high quality standards of the USDA National Organic Program. Organic is becoming mainstream in so many sectors, and they are excited to be at the forefront of the organic snack revolution. Bring it on! For more info on what certified organic means, please see below.
A Note On Yogavive's Organic Orchards
In the course of producing an awesome apple chip, Yogavive also looks for ways to ensure they benefit their suppliers and the environment. Yogavive's Fuji apples come from both the beautiful south of Chile, and China’s mountainous Shanxi Province. As terroir makes a good wine, so are the natural factors at their orchards critical to nature providing a sweet, juicy apple. Grown in rich volcanic soils in Chile, and at 2,300ft elevation in China, their USDA (NOP – National Organic Program) certified orchards allow the apples to grow and ripen robustly from the first spring blossom through till fall harvest.
No chemical/synthetic pesticides or fertilizers means a return to natural methods of protection and nurturing. Yogavive's growers pack soils around the tree trunks to insulate from the cold winters and prepare for spring. To prevent infiltration by pests they use a three-step process…first they slough off old bark where pests accumulate, and remove it entirely from orchard. Next, the base of the tree is caulked with lime and wrapped with sticky paper to ensure no crawling critters can get from the soil to the treetops. Finally, for flying critters they use UV lamps and hang gourds in the treetops filled with a natural sugar water to attract bugs. As the apples ripen they are separately covered in paper bags to protect and prevent drying through the hot summer. Of course…as organic land strengthens year on year it encourages bird life and mammals to return and integrate…nature’s own fertilizer and pest control.
Yogavive uses Ecocert, a third party agency, to regularly test their orchards and apples for sulfides, and check to ensure that they are correctly spaced from conventional apple production areas. All soils have undergone at least a 3 year conversion period to guarantee all chemicals and pesticides have leached out. Yogavive believes that soil deterioration could play a huge part in future food security, and that rebalancing with organic methods can help ensure a return to sustainability.
Yogavive's orchards employ minimal mechanization and therefore more local labor, thereby reducing their carbon footprint and strengthening the local economy. When new orchards are planned, they approach the tenant farmers and offer free organic technique education and most importantly above-market prices for their apples. Going organic must be a primarily economic concern, and their involvement with the local level agricultural departments ensures that they actively participate in bolstering the region’s ongoing plans to return more land and produce supply to certified organic status.
Working with fresh produce from both southern (Chile) and northern (China) seasons, Yogavive offers year round healthy popped fruit snacks that continue to promote the retention and expansion of organic farming methods on two continents. Making the world healthier, one bite at a time!
Yogavive Frequently Asked Questions
Firstly, Yogavive fruit snacks taste great! Kids love 'em…adults love 'em…and they're naturally good for you.
Furthermore, Yogavive sources organic fruit the world over to bring you healthy fruit snacks. Yogavive's global sourcing operations ensure year-round supply with the minimum possible carbon footprint. Yogavive strives where possible to source from farms that use as little mechanization as possible, thus providing employment and reducing the required energy inputs in their fruit cultivation. Yogavive also, where possible, source from biodynamic farms so that their operations disturb the planet as little as possible. Yogavive does their best to make a difference.
How do Yogavive products compare to fresh fruit?
All of their fruit snacks maintain the nutrients and flavor of fresh fruit. Yogavive continuously strives to offer their customers convenient and creative ways to enjoy their daily fruit intake. Nutritional information for their products is available both on their website and on packaging.
What is the USDA Organic difference to me?
All of Yogavive's products are USDA NOP certified organic. This means that all of their fruit is grown in a pesticide and chemical free soil environment which means that harmful chemicals do not make their way into the fruit and therefore into your body. Mounting evidence suggests that organic produce maintains higher levels of nutrients than conventional fruit.
How is organic better for the environment?
No chemicals or pesticides mean naturally healthy soil which encourages the return of biodiversity to the agricultural system. Natural fertilizers mean no harmful runoff in to surrounding watersheds.
What are the standards that define "certified organic"?
When a grower or processor is "certified organic," a USDA accredited public or private organization has verified that the business meets or exceeds the standards set forth in the USDA Organic Rule. In October 2002 the first U.S. National Organic Standards were introduced. Margaret Wittenberg, Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs for Whole Foods Market, played a leading role in the development of the standards. According to Wittenberg, "These standards will help consumers make more informed choices, as they establish the first national guidelines for the production and handling of organically produced products, including labeling requirements for products that are 100 percent organic, organic and made with organic ingredients." Consumers can rest assured that the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge and ionizing radiation (irradiation) are strictly prohibited throughout organic food production.
What is the difference between organic and natural?
'Natural' often is misrepresented in product labelng to imply 'healthful,' but 'natural' only means that the product has undergone minimal processing. Unlike products that are certified organic, natural products have no certification or inspection system. Also, 'natural' does not necessarily relate to growing methods or the use of preservatives.
What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity means the naturally occurring harmony of flora and fauna in an environmental system. Imagine the happy balance of a natural forest, trees provide food and shelter for cute fuzzy critters, which in turn disperse their seeds far and wide, allowing the forest to spread and regenerate. In the context of organic farming, biodiversity means a return to emulating the methods of natural systems.
What is a carbon footprint?
This is a term that describes the amount of carbon emitted by a given activity. Examples of this are animal wastes, oil-based fertilizers, engine emissions, and power generation (fossil fuel based).
As a company that sources globally, how do they justify their carbon footprint incurred via product shipping?
Produce is sourced around the globe to ensure continuous annual supply. By removing moisture from the fruit during their processing activities, they effectively reduce the weight of product being shipped compared to fresh fruit shipments. Yogavive's products therefore leave a smaller carbon footprint than fresh fruit counterparts.
Why shouldn't I only buy locally grown and processed products?
Buying only local products would vastly limit a consumer's options. Furthermore, there are many examples of imported products that have a smaller carbon footprint than those grown locally. For example, if you wanted to eat local apples year-round then you would have to refrigerate them using energy. Importing apples from different areas during cyclical harvests can actually reduce the total carbon footprint versus storing local produce for year round consumption. Another good example is that industrialized countries employ mechanized farming techniques which rely on fossil fuels. Developing nations often use more labour intensive farming methods, thereby reducing fossil fuel dependency while maintaining local employment. Transport costs from such locations to developed countries often yield a lower carbon footprint than local (mechanized) foodstuffs.
Yogavive's label says "with other natural flavors" – What does this mean exactly?
Yogavive's Apple Chips are made using only natural ingredients. Yogavive's Caramel, Peach and Strawberry varieties are what is called, "WONF" – with other natural flavors. These flavors are derived from wholly natural sources and are not chemically synthesized. For example, these natural flavors are made from fruit juices derived from real peaches and real strawberries, or sugar, for the Caramel variety.
These natural flavors are used only to enhance the product's flavor, and not much different than your favorite fruit juice company mixing water with your fruit juice.
Then why are the Original and Cinnamon Apple Chips labeled as "100% Organic", while the others are labeled simply as "Organic"?
Both Original and Cinnamon Yogavive Apple Chips are NOP certified 100% Organic, as certified by both the USDA and EcoCert. The cinnamon that they use is pure organic cinnamon. Yogavive's Strawberry, Peach and Caramel varieties are also certified Organic with a minimal percentage (5%) of ingredients consisting of the naturally-derived WONF flavors.
While their WONF flavors are naturally derived from real, honest-to-gosh fruit, guidelines view these flavors as non-organically derived natural flavors, since you can't go pick a 'natural flavoring' off a tree (no matter how naturally derived)!
What are these natural flavors made of?
Yogavive's natural flavors contain natural fruit extracts (WONF), water and minimal amounts of necessary food-grade ethyl alcohol, used as a base.
According to their French flavor supplier, "Flavor obtained through a simple mix of natural flavoring substances, and then natural extracts on alcoholic support, in accordance with EEC 88/388."
In simpler terms, their flavors do NOT contain synthesized chemicals, only naturally derived components. Essentially, their Peach variety contains peach extracts and the Strawberry variety has strawberry… and so on.
How does Yogavive make their chips?
Yogavive first lightly bakes their fruit, then adds in their wonderful organic/natural flavors. Next, they take away the air to 'pop' the apples and impart an extremely light and crunchy texture, with all the flavor sealed in. Some brands you'll find are fried in oil, but Yogavive thinks this is a big no no with fruit. Others fully bake, but this can be a little too, well, overdone. Basic drying is great, but results in a very chewy texture. Freeze drying can be crumbly fun, but Yogavive feels that popping gives you a more flavorful and healthful snack.
- USDA organic
Any product that has the USDA organic seal on it has passed the rigorous certification process set forth by the National Organic Program and contains at least 95% organic ingredients. Certified organic generally means that all inputs have been grown without the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Rest assured when purchasing Yogavive products that no pesticides, artificial fertilizers, ionizing radiation, bioengineered or GMO ingredients have been used in Yogavive fruit.
Ecocert is an international third party certifying body that verifies organic claims and grants organic certifications on behalf of the USDA. Please visit their website http://www.ecocert.com for more information.
Kosher is the set of dietary laws prescribed in Jewish law to ensure cleanliness. All Yogavive products are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union of Rabbis. For more information, please visit their website. www.ou.org
Halal is the system employed to designate food permissible according to Islamic law. All Yogavive products are certified Halal by the IFRC. For more information, please visit their website. http://www.halalfoodasia.org
- Gluten Free
- Certified Vegan
Yogavive is a Certified Vegan by the American Vegetarian Association
- Non-GMO Project
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit multi-stakeholder collaboration committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.
Yogavive is a leading producer of USDA certified organic fruit products. As the organic movement expands, they are able to manage a growing scope of organic fruit suppliers and bring top quality and innovative organic products to their customers. Yogavive products contain no added chemicals or preservatives to provide you with a product that is as natural as eating fresh fruit. Yogavive's convenient snack size single serve packs offer an easy, healthy snack on the go and they also offer larger sizes for those who just can’t get enough.