Organic Fruit and Nut Bar by Taste of Nature
Taste of Nature - Organic Fruit and Nut Bar Himalayan Goji Summit - 1.4 oz. (40g)
Taste of Nature Organic Fruit and Nut Bar Himalayan Goji Summit will let you reach new heights in taste sensations with immune boosting Himalayan goji berries.
- No additives
- No artificial flavours
- No artificial sweeteners
- No animal products
- No dairy
- No preservatives
- No simple sugars
- No Sulphur Dioxide
- No cholesterol
- No wheat
- No gluten
- Low sodium
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do Taste of Nature bars last?
Not long! They’re that good. The shelf life is 12 months if you store the bars in a cool, dry place.
Why eat organic food?
Organic food is better for you, and better for the environment.
Are their bars and ingredients certified organic?
Yes. Some products on the market promote organics, but are not certified. They feel certification is a must or it’s an empty claim. Each ingredient they use is certified organic, and each bar is also certified.
Are Taste of Nature bars gluten free?
Yes, all their Taste of Nature bars are gluten free. Their Niagara Apple Country contains gluten free oats but due to regulations, they don’t claim them as gluten free.
Where are Taste of Nature bars made?
Everything is made in Markham, Ontario, Canada.
What is the advantage of eating whole fruit and nut bars versus extruded snack bars?
Whole fruit and nut bars take longer for your body to digest, so you feel full for a longer period of time. An added advantage is that you get to see all the ingredients you’re eating – what a neat concept!
Are their bars baked?
No. Their bars are not baked. They cold press them to protect all the precious nutrients.
Do any bars not contain peanuts?
Yes, these bars have no peanuts: California Almond Valley, Niagara Apple Country, Persian Pomegranate Garden, and Go Ontario granola bar.
Their Nova Scotia Blueberry Fields has sprouted flax powder. How is this different than regular flax powder?
They soak the whole grains in a measured amount of water and hold them for a specified period of time at controlled temperatures. The water enters the grain and causes it to germinate. This process causes the starch in the grain to convert to complex sugars, which the body assimilates slowly. This gives you more vitamins, particularly the vitamin B complex.
What are the benefits of agave nectar in Taste of Nature bars?
Agave nectar is composed of 80% fructose, 15% glucose and 5% sucrose. However, the GI level of agave standard is 32. Honey is at 58, cane table sugar at 64. Based on the amount used for the same sweetness, agave syrup has 11% fewer calories than cane sugar, and 40% fewer than honey.
Agave nectar in Taste of Nature bars gives you a sweet tasting snack with a GI level below 55 which is the target for a low GI food. Agave is not refined – it’s the nectar of the agave plant. Agave is the same plant that tequila is made from, but the process is completely different. They can assure you that there is absolutely no alcohol in their fruit and nut bars.
Their bars are low in calories (between 130 and 230 calories per bar) and contain only 6 g to 14 g of sugar. Taste of Nature bars are also low in sodium, and are a good source of energy and fibre, making them a delicious, nutritious on-the-go snack.
Is agave nectar a recognized vegan food product and is it organic certified?
Yes. Agave nectar is not made from any animal, fish or bee product and it is organic certified.
Are all their bars low glycemic?
Eleven of their twelve Taste of Nature bars were clinically tested by the Glycemic Index Laboratories, Inc. for their GI score. The results were phenomenal. Their bars came in at GI scores ranging from 21.3 to 51.7, well below the ‘low GI’ target of 55. See Low Glycemic Index Snacks for Diabetics and Hypoglycemics.
Non-GMO Gives You Healthier Snack Bars
Just like they are dedicated to organics, Taste of Nature is also dedicated to using only non–GMO ingredients. In their view, Genetically Modified Organisms have no business in their world’s food chain.
What are GMOs?
Genetically Modified Organism is the most commonly used term referring to the genetic engineering of organisms, including food. “This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. No GM traits in commercial production (sold to farmers) are for increased yields, drought tolerance or nutritional superiority. GMO crops grown are bred for herbicide tolerance or to produce their own pecticide (bt) which has created health concerns for those consuming the crops.” Source: Non-GMO Project
In December 2010, they were thrilled to announce that their organic food bars had just been officially “Non-GMO Project Verified”. This means they have been independently verified to demonstrate best practices for avoiding genetically-modified ingredients by The Non-GMO Project and its technical consultants, Food Chain Global Advisors. Taste of Nature boasts an impressive set of certifications including organic, gluten free and vegan and they were proud to add this important achievement to the list.
The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only third party non-GMO verification. The Project was created by natural food retailers in response to consumer concerns, and is a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices.
Taste of Nature got involved in this project because they shared the same values and goals as the Non-GMO Project. They feel that it is essential that consumers have the right to know what is in their foods, so that they can make the best informed decisions for themselves and their families.
Certified Organic Ingredients
Make Snack Bars Healthier. Organic food is produced in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible way. Taste of Nature sources ingredients that are farmed with care for soil regeneration, water conservation and animal welfare.
What is Organic Food?
Healthy soil provides the basis for healthy crops and a balanced, resilient ecosystem. Organic farmers build the soil using composted organic matter and crop rotations. The organic approach to weed, insect, and plant disease control is knowledge–intensive rather than technology–intensive. Organic farmers use alternatives to expensive agro–toxins such as synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Organic food production methods conform to national organic standards and are regulated by certification agencies.
Some products on the market promote organics, but are not certified. They feel certification is a must, or it’s an empty claim. Taste of Nature goes to great lengths to ensure that all ingredients used in their bars are certified organic and that their products as a whole are also certified. Each country has different certifying bodies. It is a huge task to keep track of it all and to go through each certification process (USDA/NOP, NOP/JAS, EU).
They are dedicated to this process and proud of the work they do. Certified organic means they are doing their share to preserve the health of people, animals, plants, water, soil and their planet as a whole.
Organic foods deliver great benefits
Organic foods are higher in nutrients and deliver more health benefits. Their bars are a good source of fibre, and are natural foods that give you energy, protein, essential fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids, and a host of vitamins, minerals and trace elements naturally found in organic foods, as well as being low in sodium.
They just plain taste better. Doesn’t it make sense to eat organic?
Act locally. You’ve heard this before, right? Well here’s a little tidbit you might find interesting. At Taste of Nature, they offer their staff the opportunity to buy any of their certified ingredients at wholesale cost. This is their way to encourage their own staff to eat healthy stuff.
Starting with Quality Ingredients
Starting with quality ingredients is itself, a key ingredient in the making of their bars. It sounds simple and in fact, it is simple. But it requires an absolute commitment to sourcing the best of the very best. The cream of the crop. It requires attention to all details, no matter how small.
For example, they travel the world to find the best places where specific ingredients are grown. Then, they work directly with farmers to pick and choose the best of their crops. They could easily buy bulk ingredients from wholesalers and save themselves a ton of time (and money). But then, their bars might not taste so darn good.
Another example. They use whole nuts and seeds. You can see this in their bars. They are not extruded (You know, those bars that look like mush? They don’t do that). Using whole ingredients means they buy the best ingredients, rather than getting the broken bits and “waste” that growers need to get rid of.
They could go on and on about this. Like using apple–sweetened cranberries, as opposed to sugar sweetened. Like using only certified organic and non–GMO ingredients. Like actually tasting ingredients before they are used. There’s a lot more to it, but you probably get the idea by now.
BRC Standards Certification
BRC Global Standard is regarded as the benchmark for best practice in the food industry. Many retailers and brand owners around the world only consider business with suppliers who have gained certification to a recognized global food safety standard (GFSI) such as the BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Standard for Food Safety.
BRC has evolved into a Global Standard used not just to assess retailer suppliers, but as a framework upon which many companies have based their supplier assessment programs and manufacture of branded products.
Obtaining the BRC Standards Certification allowed them to benchmark their Food Safety and Quality Management Systems against the rigorous requirements of the BRC Global Standard.
Achieving BRC Certification from the relevant BRC Global Standard allowed Taste of Nature to demonstrate that they take the utmost care in creating high quality, safe and consistent products that everyone can buy and enjoy with confidence.
Certified Vegan Food Delivers Health and Environmental Benefits
Vegans looking for healthy snacks know the incredible health, social and environmental benefits of eating animal-free and dairy-free foods. At Taste of Nature, they work very hard to make sure that no animal products find their way into your food!
What is the Certified Vegan logo?
The vegan logo is a registered trademark, similar in nature to the “kosher” mark, for products that do not contain animal products and that have not been tested on animals. The logo is easily visible to consumers interested in vegan products and helps vegans to shop without constantly consulting ingredient lists; it helps companies recognize a growing vegan market; and it helps bring the word “vegan”—and the lifestyle it represents – into the mainstream.
The logo is administered by The Vegan Awareness Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about veganism and to assist vegan–friendly businesses.
Delicious Snack Bars That Are Certified Kosher
Taste of Nature bars are an appetizing part of a kosher diet. The Taste of Nature plant, and any new machinery that comes into the building, are Kosher certified. To maintain this certification, rigorous cleaning procedures are performed after every run for every machine. Amongst other things, maintaining the certification includes unannounced visits by a Rabbi for random checks, to make sure their bars follow the kosher rules.
The word kosher means proper or acceptable, and it has informally entered the English language with that meaning. But kosher laws have their origin in the Bible, and are detailed in the Talmud and the other codes of Jewish traditions. They have been applied throughout the centuries to ever–changing situations, and these rulings, both ancient and modern, govern OU (Orthodox Union) Kosher certification.
You may already be familiar with some of the more well–known requirements, but you may be surprised at the extent of the regulations. The bible lists the basic categories of food items that are not kosher. These include certain animals, fowl and fish (such as pork and rabbit, eagle and owl, catfish and sturgeon), and any shellfish, insect or reptile. In addition, kosher species of meat and fowl must be slaughtered in a prescribed manner, and meat and dairy products may not be manufactured or consumed together.
Why do so many foods require kosher supervision?
For example, shouldn’t cereals and potato chips be inherently kosher since they are not made from meat, fowl, fish or insects? The answer is that all units and subunits in a food item must be kosher as well. So a cereal may be non–kosher because it has raisins which are coated with a non–Kosher, animal–based glycerine. Potato chips can be non–kosher if the vegetable oil used in the fryer has been pasteurized and deodorized on equipment used for tallow production. In fact, equipment used for hot production of non–kosher products may not be used for kosher production without kosherization (a hot purging procedure).
Low Glycemic Index Snacks for Diabetics & Hypoglycemics
What is a glycemic index? The glycemic index (GI Index) is a property of the carbohydrates in different foods, specifically the blood glucose raising ability of the digestible carbohydrates. It compares carbohydrates on a weight for weight basis in single foods or food items, in the physical state in which they are normally consumed. Oh boy, that was a mouthful! What does it mean in regular English? The glycemic index is the measurement of blood sugar over a period of time after having eaten a food item. Make more sense?
Low GI load foods control blood sugar
What is low blood sugar? Simple sugars and food containing simple sugars (and there are many) tend to spike blood glucose, resulting in a sugar high, followed by a steep decline or sugar low. You can feel this as a spike of energy, followed by a feeling of fatigue. To combat this lack of energy, they eat more food to get that energy high again, and this starts a vicious circle.
Controlling blood sugar is important for everyone, but it is extremely important for diabetics. Foods containing simple sugars are so prominent in their North American diet, that blood sugar related health disorders are reaching near epidemic proportions.
As an example, the Canadian Diabetes Association suggests that, based on a U.S. study, a North American child born in 2000 stands a one in three chance of being diagnosed with diabetes in his or her lifetime. Today, more than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Approximately 80% of people with diabetes will die as a result of heart disease or stroke and by 2020, it’s estimated that diabetes will cost the Canadian healthcare system $16.9 billion a year.
Consumers are starting to understand the importance of eating foods with a low GI index, or GI load. The glycemic index score is calculated from complex formulas, ultimately resulting in a GI classification, as follows:
- Low GI – 55 and below.
- Medium GI – 56 to 69.
- High GI – 70 and above.
- Low GI foods sustain blood sugar and energy, instead of spiking energy highs and lows.
11 of their Taste of Nature bars were clinically tested by the Glycemic Index Laboratories, Inc., Toronto, Canada for their GI score. The results were phenomenal. Their bars came in at GI scores ranging from 21.3 to 51.7, well below the ‘low GI’ target of 55.
- Canadian Maple Forest 36.6
- Nova Scotia Blueberry 44.3
- Caribbean Ginger Island 49.0
- Argentina Peanut Plains 21.3
- Niagara Apple Country 47.9
- Brazilian Nut Fiesta 39.4
- Himalayan Goji Summit 38.2
- Mediterranean Pistachio 39.0
- Quebec Cranberry Carnival 48.1
- Persian Pemgranate Garden 51.7
- California Almond Valley 40.7
Perhaps the best way to illustrate this is looking at the Blood Glucose levels of the volunteers after eating white bread compared with the results after eating Taste of Nature bars (see chart below) . The Blood Glucose (mmol/L) (vertical line) measured in time (horizontal line) clearly shows that Taste of Nature bars provide sustained energy without a dramatic sugar spike. The results were measured for 2 hours as illustrated in the chart below. However, if the Blood Glucose levels were monitored beyond the 2 hours Taste of Nature would be expected to continue to provide sustained energy while the white bread result in dramatically reduced energy levels.
Gluten Free Snacks Bars
That Are Perfect for Celiacs. Gluten free foods are vital to people suffering from Celiac Disease. However, health professionals suspect that more and more people are sensitive to foods containing gluten, especially wheat gluten.
If gluten free is vital to you or if you simply like avoiding gluten because of digestive problems or a gluten allergy, Taste of Nature bars are perfect for you. All their bars are gluten–free–tested by the University of Nebraska, to contain less than 10 PPM (parts per million) of gluten.
* Their Niagara Apple Country bar is made with gluten free oats, but regulations do not allow them to make a gluten free claim. These are the only bar that Celiacs may want to use with caution.
The Taste of Nature Story
Creating Simple, Great Tasting Bars That Leave A Legacy Taste of Nature was founded on this basic principle: to work together as a family to create a food company that makes a simple, great tasting product that would give back to the world more than it took.
Their Taste of Nature bars are made from the highest quality organic ingredients, supplied through a network of family farms and businesses. Their bars are made in their facility in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Even though it is a fully accredited British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Good Manufacturing practices (GMP) facility with the most stringent international food standards, they use minimal processing to keep the product nutrient dense.
People have to enjoy the food they eat, so they work hard to make bars that taste delicious. To produce the freshest, most nutritious food possible, they produce the bars more frequently in smaller quantities, keep the inventory low, and get the product into stores quickly.
Foods that are grown organically are better for people, for the farmers, and for the plants, animals and environment as a whole. It is widely recognized that organic foods are higher in nutrient content. Their bars are a source of energy, fibre, protein, essential fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamins, minerals and trace elements that occur naturally in organic foods.
They know that it’s possible to provide healthy food while leaving a zero-carbon foot print, and they work every day to make that a reality. They use green business practices in their manufacturing, packaging and shipping. They currently source Bullfrog green power for processing their products. They recycle food waste to farms for use as animal feed. Everything is done with the environment in mind. It is their modest but meaningful contribution to building a better and healthier future for everyone.
Taste of Nature gives back too. They donate their bars to the Salvation Army and Second Harvest, and participate in events that promote environmental and ecological awareness. They just started an initiative with Trees Canada to plant trees in wilderness areas and edible trees in urban areas. By giving back they are adding to their community in ways that numbers can’t measure.
Taste of Nature combines the need to feed people real food with the need to preserve nature. The more they give away, the more they will receive. Taste of Nature is more about why they are making this food than the food itself.