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Food Should Taste Good Chips Review

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Food Should Taste Good

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Food Should Taste Good:

“Founder Pete Lescoe created Food Should Taste Good, Inc in 2006 with the goal of making a unique new snack with great taste, real ingredients, and sophisticated flavor – the qualities he is most passionate about in food.

With a name that speaks for itself, Food Should Taste Good® chips are made from high quality ingredients. All chip varieties are gluten free, cholesterol free, have zero grams trans fats. They are also certified Kosher.  Plus, many varieties are certified vegan.

Food Should Taste Good® chips are available nationally at conventional grocers and natural food markets.

Are your chips non-GMO?

We use ingredients made without the use of genetic engineering (GMOs) in all of our products and have recently updated our packaging to reflect this commitment. For further assurance, we have also enrolled all of our products in the Non-GMO Project and are working on verification. We’re proud to announce that Multigrain, Sweet Potato, Olive, Blue Corn, The Works!, Toasted Sesame, Harvest Pumpkin, Falafel, and Original Kettle Cooked Sweet Potato have all been verified by the Non-GMO Project. To learn more, head over to our website: www.foodshouldtastegood.com/about-fstg/non-gmo-commitment.

Sweet Potato Chips

About:

“A hint of cane sugar enhances the natural nuttiness of the sweet potato in a chip that is a riff on a classic baked sweet potato. Try the chips with a fresh fruit salsa.

Ingredients:

Stone Ground Corn, High Oleic Sunflower Oil and/or Safflower Oil and/or Canola Oil, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Cane Sugar, Sweet Potatoes, Sea Salt.”

Kettle Corn

About:

“A new twist on a carnival classic, try this sweet and salty combination.

Ingredients:

Stone Ground Corn, High Oleic Sunflower Oil and/or Safflower Oil and/or Canola Oil, Toasted Corn Germ, Cane Sugar, Sea Salt.”

Blue Corn

About:

“Nutty flaxseed, quinoa and organic blue corn create a robust yet versatile chip to be enjoyed alone or paired with a fresh dip.

Ingredients:

Organic Blue Corn, High Oleic Sunflower Oil and/or Safflower Oil and/or Canola Oil, Brown Rice Flour, Flax Seeds, Cane Sugar, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sea Salt, Quinoa, Rosemary Extract.” 

Chocolate

About:

“Semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa offer a sweet balance that pairs perfectly with our chip’s natural corn flavor. They are great for anytime snacking and are delicious in a creative dessert – try crumbling them over ice cream!

Ingredients:

Stone Ground Corn, High Oleic Sunflower Oil and/or Safflower Oil and/or Canola Oil, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Powder (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Dextrose), Cane Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Sea Salt, Vanilla Extract.” 

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My Thoughts:

Delicious and unique, these chips were a treat to try for my taste buds. The chocolate and kettle corn flavors were my favorite. After thoroughly going through their website, I realized that Food Should Taste Good makes gobs of different kinds of chips! I only tried four of them. There are a ton more–so there’s likely a flavor to suit anyone.

Quality-wise, as you can see from these ingredient lists, these chips are not tops. They are indeed non-gmo, but only one of these flavors contains an ingredient that is listed as organic. Non-GMO is a step in the right direction, but especially when it comes to products that have corn as the main ingredient (one of the most heavily pesticide coated produce item), I make sure to buy organic as much as possible.

I appreciate the diversity of this brand, but don’t see myself looking to them for my organic, go-to chip. I will say, if you walk into your local grocery store and scrutinize their chip section, they are merely all GMO-ridden (unless you are in a natural health food store). Since Food Should Taste Good does not use GMO ingredients, they are above average, but will not be a staple in my pantry until they take another step up the ladder to include mostly organic ingredients.

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Life Equals Supplements (KC Local) Review

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Life Equals Vitamins

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Life Equals:

“At Life Equals, we think vitamins and supplements are like anything: you should love them! If every other product has a guarantee associated with it, why not vitamins and supplements as well? 

That’s why all of our products, including our apparel, are a part of our Love Your Health Guarantee. That means, if you have any questions, concerns or issues with any of our Daily Essentials, Specialty Supplements or apparel, we want to hear from you. We’re happy to answer any questions you have, exchange products (well, apparel that is — difficult to exchange an open bottle of vitamins!) or offer a refund up to 60 days after your date of purchase for both our apparel and vitamins. In short, we want you to love your health!
Thanks so much for being a part of our Buy Health Give Health movement where every purchase donates an equal amount of children’s multivitamins to an undernourished child through the Life=Life Project.

Did you know —

In the world today, 2 billion people, or 1 out of every three, lack essential nutrients.

And worldwide, 1 in 3 children die due to undernutiriton. This lack of nutrients is a greater cause of childhood death than AIDS, malaria, and parasitic infections combined.

This crisis facing the world’s children is THE #1 most addressable issue of humanity today.
That is why we started Life Equals, a one-for-one vitamin company. One-for-one? Meaning for every vitamin you buy, we give another children’s multivitamin to undernourished children in 44 countries worldwide and 33 states here in america.”

In regards to the word “organic,” I learned this about Life Equals ingredients:

“Life Equals makes premium quality products by sourcing the best ingredients from quality growers and producers. All of our products have increased bioavailability, improved absorption and are 100% Made in the USA in facilities that exceed FDA regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices.

The LIFE= Prental, Men’s and Women’s Multivitamins all utilize the natural supplementation power of whole foods to increase absorption and make them naturally gentle on the stomach. Life Equals specifically avoids GMO ingredients and is currently seeking Organic certification on their Whole Food Blend to ensure the utmost quality. 
LIFE= CoQ10 already utilizes Certified Organic Flaxseed oil as the binder to assist in the absorption of the coenzyme.  
LIFE= Vitamin D3 was specifically designed with a non-GMO oil binder to create the cleanest D3 product possible. Seeking Organic Certification will be the next step for this product as well. 
It is our mission at Life Equals to bring quality products to the market that not only better the lives of our customers, but the lives of children across the world.  We are striving to expand that holistic commitment to our environment by working towards Organic, non-GMO status for all of our products. Stay tuned to the Life Equals movement as we grow and make our products even better and help more children live healthy, productive lives!”
Life Equals also does a pretty nifty subscription program, where they auto-ship it every month. Every month you get 15% off + free shipping, but your first month you get 75% off the products! It’s no-obligation, cancel any time.

Prenatal Multivitamin

About:

“Multivitamin/Multimineral
LIFE= Prenatal is formulated to promote healthy fetal development while also supporting the mother’s nutrition and energy. Patented mineral amino acid chelates by Albion Labs combine minerals in an organic molecule that the body can readily assimilate – avoiding constipation and discomfort. The Whole Food and Herbal Blend promotes the absorption of vitamins and minerals and the digestion of co-nutrients. The Digestive Enzyme Complex provides the final step to maximum absorption and nutrient availability with plant-based enzymes that support healthy digestion and further reduce stomach discomfort. 

Why LIFE= Prenatal?

  • Gentle on the stomach
  • Naturally Energizing
  • Mineral–Amino Acid Chelates for Better Absorption
  • Plant Based Enzymes for Improved Digestion
  • Non-Constipating Iron.”

Probiotic

About:

“LIFE= Probiotic is formulated to help support and replenish natural healthy bacteria levels in the body. By combining multiple probiotic strains, a more effective formula is created. Each different strain thrives in separate parts of the digestive tract and offers different benefits – together they create a more holistic solution. LIFE= Probiotic strains have natural acid bio-resistance enabling them to withstand low stomach pH and thrive upon arrival in the intestinal tract.* 

Why LIFE= Probiotic?

  • 6 Probiotic Strains for Holistic Benefits
  • FOS Prebiotic for Increased Effectiveness
  • Helps Manage Food Allergies*
  • Supports Nutrient Absorption*
  • Aids Vitamin Synthesis*.”

CoQ10

About:

Multivitamin/Multimineral
LIFE= CoQ10, in easy to swallow softgels, uses only 100% natural CoQ10 blended with natural vitamin E and organic flaxseed oil to ensure the best absorption and availability without the need to accompany with food. CoQ10 has been intensely studied for over 40 years and has been shown to support a healthy cardiovascular system, slow the effects of age-related diseases, promote healthy gums and aid energy production on a cellular level.* 

Why LIFE= CoQ10?

  • Blended with Organic Flaxseed Oil
  • Supports Heart Health*
  • Powerful Antioxidant*
  • Naturally Energizing
  • Promotes Immune Function*.”

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My Thoughts:

Most importantly, this local to Kansas City brand has me impressed and mesmerized by their commitment to provide a dose of nutrients to children in need, all over the world. I was not aware that malnutrition was a cause of so many children’s deaths each year. What a sad reality. I am inspired by the fact that they are making strides to tackle this issue. Thus, when you become a customer of Life Equals, you are helping a child in need get the nutrition their body requires–good things!

I was interested in taking these three supplements because:

1. I believe a good multivitamin can help “cover your bases” in making sure you are getting enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. I have been taking a prenatal vitamin for about a year, as suggested by my OBGYN, as I hope to be expecting some time in the semi-near future 🙂

2. Probiotics are important because they promote healthy digestion. Digestion is important because it allows your body to effectively absorb all of the nutrients you are taking in. With poor digestion and a gut that is not full of the necessary bacterias, your body won’t reap all of the benefits of the healthy food you’re eating. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are important to maintaining a healthy gut. Thus, I don’t believe you should take a probiotic hoping that it will outweigh the bad eating you’re doing.

3. CoQ10 is a supplement that I first heard about in trying to discover products that would help clear my hormonal acne. Since your skin is a reflection of your overall health, I figured that incorporating an antioxidant supplement could only help. CoQ10, in Life Equals’ words: “supports a healthy cardiovascular system, slow the effects of age-related diseases, promote healthy gums and aid energy production on a cellular level.” As a strong antioxidant, it essentially does several great things for the body and your overall health.

In regards to quality, these supplements are way above average, with each of the products being free of common allergens:

-Prenatal: free of  yeast, wheat, milk, milk derivatives, lactose, sugar, preservatives, artificial flavor, sodium.

-Probiotic: free of iron, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, preservatives.

-CoQ10: free of yeast, wheat, milk, milk derivatives, lactose, sugar, preservatives, artificial flavor, sodium.

In regards to how I’ve felt taking these supplements: my stomach has never been upset after taking them, my digestion is regular, my overall vitality is up and I’m feeling healthy. I have taken these during the final weeks of my marathon training and found them to be a great, added boost to my daily intake of healthy, nutrient dense meals. I believe that supplements don’t replace nutritious, organic food–but they can give you a bit of an athletic “edge.”

Life Equals uses some ingredients that are organic and non-gmo. I’ve learned that they are making efforts to include more and more certified organic ingredients to insure the quality of their products. I look forward to this transition into a super-high quality line of products. So far, so good–but I look forward to “so great!” I’ve been enjoying rocking my Life Equals T-Shirt and look forward to recommending these supplements to more individuals as the prevalence of organic ingredients increases in their products.