Make sure to double-check the label of your health products.
Over the years, we’ve seen a surge of interest on natural health products with many people becoming more conscious about their wellness and the importance of going back to basics. While it’s tempting to just purchase anything marketed as healthy for our body, this might do more harm than good in the long term. Not all health products are created equal, and this means that not all in the market are effective and even safe for consumption.
This is why Sekaya Raw Actives has gone the extra mile to provide consumers with high-quality plant-based protein sources, organic maca root powder, and other superfoods that are processed and tested in pharma-grade facilities for their potency and safety. But that’s not all, Sekaya Raw Actives also went out of their way to source the best ingredients for this curated line of superfoods to ensure they’re USDA-certified organic, non-GMO, non-irradiated, and vegan-friendly. These are not just a bunch of terminologies that anyone can just put on their products. Rather, these are indicators of a company’s commitment to providing their consumers with high-quality and effective products.
USDA-Certified Organic. There are evidence-based reasons why eating organic food is a good decision for our health. It has fewer pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and heavy metals that may be considered as probable human carcinogens and may have potential harmful effects on humans. This is why products that are certified as organic by the United States Department of Agriculture have undergone strict production and labeling requirements before they hit the shelves. They are produced through approved methods and practices that encourage cycling of resources, ecological balance, and conservation of biodiversity. Moreover, they should also be produced without prohibited and excluded methods such as genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge.
To ensure that a requesting party follows all specifications and regulations, the USDA also conducts oversight of organic certification, compliance and enforcement activities, and product labeling through the National Organic Program.
Non-GMO. Genetically modified organism or GMO is any organism, like a plant or animal, which has been deliberately altered in a laboratory through genetic engineering techniques. An organism can be modified by altering its genes to exhibit a desired trait like more resistance to herbicide or resilience to weather changes. While genetic medication has some important agricultural uses, many consumers are concerned about GMOs because of their possible long-term health and environmental risks.
For those who want consume 100% organic food, watch out for the non-GMO indicator. US regulatory bodies like the Food and Drug Administration are prohibited to label food “100% organic” if it contains any GMO ingredients; it’s only labeled “organic”. To certify products as non-GMO, most regulators evaluate a product’s ingredients and the manufacturing facility. GMO testing and an onsite inspection may also be required. The certification is also usually reviewed annually.
Non-Irradiated. Irradiation is a processing and preservation technique that exposes food to doses of ionizing energy or radiation either from gamma rays or a high-energy electron beam or powerful x-rays to extend a product’s shelf life and also kill insects, molds, bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. While it can cause minimal changes to the taste and appearance of the food, it can alter the nutrient content of some foods because it may reduce the levels of some B vitamins. While food regulators have asserted that irradiated food is safe for human consumption, certain studies have reported that this processing and preservation technique may still cause brain damage and increase the risk of having cancer.
In the US, the Food and Drug Administration has required that irradiated foods should come with the Radura, the international symbol for irradiation, along with the statement “Treated with radiation” or “Treated by irradiation”.
Vegan-Friendly. A food product with a vegan-friendly sign indicates that it does not contain any animal or animal-derived ingredients. Whether we’re starting a plant-based diet, pursuing a cruelty-free lifestyle, or simply looking for protein supplements, a vegan-friendly product is our best option. Whey, although extremely popular, is made from milk, an animal-derived ingredient. It may be effective in building muscle mass, but it’s not for everyone. Whereas, vegan protein powders like those sourced from peas, quinoa, and brown rice can provide the same results and provide more nutrients without excluding anyone.
Apart from being vegan-friendly, plant-based superfood powders may also benefit those allergic to dairy and other usual protein sources since pea protein allergy and possible allergic reactions to quinoa and brown rice are quite rare.
To further protect and help health-conscious customers make smarter decisions, Sekaya Raw Actives have also included the nutritional value of each serving of their products. For instance, each scoop of Sekaya Raw Actives Powerbeet is like eating two whole beets. However, those who have prior kidney issues should avoid eating too much beetroot, as side effects can include development of kidney stones.
Investing in our health should always be a priority, especially in these times when we’re fighting a new virus. Testing out health products with uncertain claims or without the backing of experts should be a thing of the past. Our body, for everything that it has done and is yet to do, deserves nothing but the best supplements and other health products that are scientifically proven safe and effective.
- https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/What is Organic.pdf