Posted by: suzan | June 28, 2011

Eden Organic/Eden Foods – Products Worth Reviewing

When it comes to finding the right organic food, there are several key factors in mind. First, it should be certified by an independent organic certification board (which entails the strictest tests and assessments in order to qualify). Next , it should not contain any genetically-modified or genetically-engineered ingredients. And most importantly, it should not have been sprayed or treated with any harmful toxic pesticides. These are just among the many standards that an organic food should be considered as organic. And if you’re ever unsure, check the labels on the front or back of the package.

Eden Foods, which is one of the largest organic food company in  the US goes through a meticulous process to ensure that their food are made with organic and all-natural ingredients. Products that contain imported ingredients must also meet their requirements in order to remain as part of the Eden Foods family. For over 40 years, Eden Foods has sourced their ingredients and products from more than 300 family farms. And because Eden Foods is also a co-op owned coorporation, they frequently visit these family farms to ensure their standards are met as well as continuing a strong relationship. Currently Eden Foods makes the following products:

Beans (Canned and Dried), Chili, Condiments and Sweeteners, Edensoy (which is a fortified soy milk), Fruit and Juices, Japanese Traditional, Oils and Vinegars, Pasta, Rice and Beans, Snack Foods, Supplements and Concentrates, Teas, Tomatoes and Saurekraut, and Whole Grains.

Considering such a large variety of products to choose from, you can definitely find one that’ll become one of your kitchen staples. We’ve tried several of Eden Organic/Eden Foods products and we definitely have a few favorites. And most of their products are fairly easy to find – you can locate them at any natural grocery store and you can also order their products online: http://www.edenfoods.com/store/. Eden Foods wanted me to try and review a few of their products so I chose to try their Vanilla Edensoy Extra Organic Soymilk and their Organic Kamut Flakes. My son loved the Organic Soymilk right away and I was very pleased to know that the Vanilla Edensoy Extra Organic Soymilk is fortified with important nutrients and vitamins such as Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B-12, and Calcium.  They also added Naturally Malted Organic Wheat and Barley Extract for extra fiber and flavor. To me, it didn’t taste like your traditional soymilk at first sip, but that’s because of the barley and wheat extracts added into it. And it’s not too sweet so that’s an additional benefit as well. You can buy their Edensoy in an 8.45oz size which is great for on the go and for little kids and in the larger 32oz. size. It’s also contained in aseptic packaging so it doesn’t have to be stored in the fridge until after opening. Aseptic packaging is also recyclable and leaves little to no environmental impact. And I like the fact that it has a single straw hole on top so that none of the beverage can spill out.

The Organic Kamut Flakes was something I’ve never tried before and since I’ve only heard about Kamut, I thought it would be interesting to give it a try. Eden Foods Organic Kamut Flakes are made from organically grown Khorasan wheat. What is Khorasan wheat you may ask? Here is Eden Foods description: Khorasan Triticum turanicum is an ancient grain with plump golden kernels that are about 3 times the size of modern wheat. Sometimes called King Tut’s wheat, kamut is native to Asia Minor and Egypt. It is closely related to spelt and a distant relative of durum wheat. Introduced to America by an organic farmer in Montana in the 1940s, Khorasan wheat is a rare non-hybrid grain offering the highest protein of any wheat. When I first looked at it, it resembled a really LARGE oat flake. In fact, it was so much bigger, it was really cute in a strange way. And it also tastes a bit like oat and spelt but it definitely has its own character and flavor. You can use Kamut flakes in most baked goods, as a hot cereal, as muesli, granola, and confections. I’ve only eaten it as a hot cereal so far but will indeed try it in my cookies or bread!

As a world leading manufacturer of organic and all-natural food, Eden also promises that none of their Organic Beans, Refried Beans, Chilies and Rice & Beans are cooked in steel cans coated with bisphenol-A or(BPA). In fact, their cans are coated with a baked on oleoresinous c-enamel that is much safer and come from extracts of various plants. Eden Foods was the first company to introduce non-BPA cans into the canned food industry via the huge canning supplier, Ball Corp. This is a big step for Eden Foods considering BPA has recently been discovered to cause extreme health issues for humans. I personally try to buy products that are guaranteed to be BPA-free, but there are still so many companies out there who haven’t changed their packaging process.

If you’ve never heard of Eden Foods or Eden Organics, please visit their website to learn more about them: http://www.edenfoods.com/. Not only are they one of the largest supplier of organic foods in the US, but they are also adamant in their environmental practices and beliefs. They are also rated as highest in food safety and they are socially responsible in that they believe in fair pay and fair treatment of all their farmers.

Currently, due to the earthquake in Japan, some of Eden Foods products that are imported from Japan are under strict scrutiny. They stated that they are doing consistent testing of their suppliers in the parts affected in Japan and will continue to do so to ensure upmost safety and quality of their imported Japanese products. For more info, please visit: http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=199.

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products. 

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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