More and more people today are making healthy eating an important part of their life. Processed foods and ingredients that you can’t pronounce are starting to be looked at in a way they never have before. Consumers are even looking to food as medicine, using what they eat as a way to help them prevent, manage, and possibly reverse certain health conditions.

What is driving the interest?

A recent New York Times article pointed out that improving American nutrition would make the biggest impact on our Nation’s healthcare system because poor diet is the leading cause of mortality in the United States. More than 100 million adults — almost half the entire adult population — have pre-diabetes or diabetes. Cardiovascular disease afflicts about 122 million people and causes roughly 840,000 deaths each year, or about 2,300 deaths each day. Three in four adults are overweight or obese. More Americans are sick, in other words, than are healthy.

And, according the Journal of the American Medical Association, dietary factors alone are estimated to be associated with a substantial proportion of deaths from heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

The food as medicine movement is growing

The NPD Group, ranked as the 8th largest market research company in the world, found that a quarter of U.S. adults are actively trying to manage their health through food. In addition to seeking healthier and more natural foods, people increasingly are cutting out foods they think could have a detrimental effect on their long-term health. Dairy, sodium and sugar are the most commonly avoided foods, with more than half of U.S. consumers cutting back on sodium and 80% looking to avoid or limit sugar.

Our diet influences our well-being

Dr. Sally Lamont, a naturopathic physician who focuses on the root cause of disease, says that, “Our diet influences our well-being in profound ways. The brightly colored pigments in vegetables and fruit provide key ‘information’ to our genes, instructing them to reduce inflammation, support detoxification and optimize gene expression.” To help consumers create healthier diets, her website, Dr. Sally’s Kitchen, offers delicious recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and rich in phytonutrients.

North Coast Organic can help you have a healthy diet

If you are seeking to eat a healthier diet, especially cutting back on your consumption of added sugars and salt, North Coast Organic can be a big part of your success. All of our organic apple sauces and juices have no added sugars. They are low sodium too. Our apple sauce in pouches, for example, have only 15 mg of sodium per serving, 1% of the recommended daily requirement. Our organic apple juice has only 10 mg of sodium per serving, 0% of the recommended daily requirement.

Where to purchase North Coast Organic apple products

If you’d like to find out where to purchase North Coast Organic products, we invite you to check out where they are sold at markets and grocery stores near you.

North Coast Organic apple products are made in Sebastopol, CA from U.S. grown certified organic apples. They contain no added sugars, preservatives, colorings or flavorings.