Wild Rice CasseroleThe new generation of shoppers is significantly more health conscious and more environmentally conscious than those who came before them.

They want their families to eat higher quality, more nutritious, and tastier foods. Healthy lifestyles are gaining huge amounts of traction with this younger generation.

Salt-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, and locally grown foods are rising in popularity very quickly, changing the products that today’s consumers are willing to buy from their grocery stores.

Farmers’ markets and independent grocers offer many of the healthy products that the newer generations want to purchase.

Moving Toward Healthier Choices

It’s no wonder that, as we learn more about our bodies and the nutrition that they require, people are gravitating toward healthier choices and away from sodium-packed diets.

Too much sodium in our diets is responsible for many health risks, including water retention, stress on the heart and blood vessels, and increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Research shows that a 40% reduction in the average person’s sodium intake could save between 280,000 and 500,000 lives over 10 years. It seems absolutely ridiculous that salt could cause so much death, but one in ten US deaths are linked to overconsumption of salt—generally from pre-packaged foods and fast food restaurants.

The average American consumes 3400mg of sodium a day, which is more than double the American Heart Association’s 1500mg per day maximum recommendation.

Similar to the problem of too much sodium in our diets, the recent move toward gluten-free diets have addressed too much gluten. Research shows that our genes have not evolved to handle as much gluten as we regularly consume.

This results in a number of health risks, like bloating, IBS, “brain fog,” hormone imbalance, acne and eczema, and more. All in all, there are more than 300 symptoms and diseases medically linked to overconsumption of gluten.

What is “Non-GMO” and Why is it a Big Deal?

Finally, foods that are non-GMO are both important to our health and important to the overall health of the environment.

Non-GMO is a term than means an organism (either plant or animal) has not been genetically modified through gene splicing techniques.

Since the introduction of GMOs in 1996, the percentage of American with 3 or more chronic diseases jumped by 6%. This also corresponded with a rise in food allergies, autism, reproductive disorders, and digestive problems as well.

Aside from the human health issues, GMOs cause contamination of gene pools that would never occur in nature as well as increase herbicide use, which increases the number of toxins in our food and in the environment.

The US is one of the only developed countries that has failed to put laws in place to label genetically altered ingredients.

Engage Organics is committed to offering healthy, salt-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, and locally grown spice blends to our customers. There is nothing more important to us than keeping ourselves and our families healthy, and we know how important that is to you.

Adopting a diet that includes less salt and less gluten is a great way to start on the path toward healthy living.

If you’re interested in purchasing some of our salt-free spice blends, visit our online store today!