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Favorite Snack Goes to the Dark Side

From eNewsletter 1/28/2019

DID YOU KNOW that Beanitos, one of our favorite snack chip recommendations, have altered their ingredient formulas for many of the flavors we suggest, for the worse? Ugh.

Beanitos added yeast extract to their product line, except for the Black Bean with Sea Salt flavor(pictured above). Yeast extract is hidden monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Unfortunately, we see this way too often. Usually to cut costs, manufacturers take a perfectly wonderful product and make it worse. The only flavor from Beanitos we now support is the Black Bean with Salt. 

If you wish to switch bean chip snack brands, choose:

  • Enjoy Life Foods Sea Salt Lentil Chips

  • Beanfields Sea Salt, White Bean with Sea Salt, or Black Bean with Sea Salt

  • Hippeas Vegan White Cheddar

Their Future Is Our Present

Steve and Bonnie: The United Kingdom's Chief Medical Officer believes technologies that combine nutritional guidelines, genetic information and behavioral science can nudge individuals to achieve personal behavior changes.

She cited personalized DNA-based dietary guidelines as an example of predictive analytics that enable individuals to absorb the knowledge and be empowered to use it. She said future technologies provide the potential to identify and to personalize the determinants of health (risk factors) that go beyond well-known clinical markers.

Potential? We're already doing it now!

Where we disagree with her is that she thinks proprietary algorithms that integrate the latest nutrigenetic research, national dietary guidelines, and the nutritional information of thousands of food products, done on a smartphone, will be able to deliver what a one hour to 90 minute individualized consultation from a health professional can do.

We are thrilled that the UK's version of our Surgeon General would go on record acknowledging the benefits of understanding your genetics and how it relates to diet and lifestyle. However, we think that meeting with a knowledgable health professional that can bring together all the information, synthesize it, and present it in a way that it is understandable, as well as listen to the client's concerns, will always have extreme value.

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