Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Allgood Provisions Utah Cherries — It's All Good

Allgood Provisions' Utah Cherries recently were named one of Clean Eating magazine's Clean Choice Award Winners in the snack category.  This is the magazine's second annual awards.
 I was recently forwarded a review sample of these dried organic red tart cherries, which come from a family farm south of Spanish Fork. They have a deep, tart-sweet flavor that makes them good for snacking or tossing into a salad. Cherries and a small amount of organic sunflower oil are the only ingredients. (It must be a pretty small amount, as a 1/4 cup serving contains about a half-gram of fat.  
That 1/4-cup serving also gives you 10 percent of the daily value for vitamin A, 2 percent of calcium, and 2 percent of iron.  

Allgood Provisions sent me a package of their dried blueberries that are bursting with strong berry flavor.  They look like tiny  raisins, and they're sweetened with a bit hint of cane sugar.  Knowing that blueberries are high in antioxidants and vitamins, I was perplexed when I read the Nutrition Facts on the back of the package and saw that a serving contains zero percent of the daily values for vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and iron. 

"Blueberries are high in vitamins, including Vitamin A and potassium," said Jake Boyd, company founder. "Because the FDA calculates nutrient value percentages on serving sizes of 100 grams and does not allow reporting fractional percentages, anything below 0.5 percent is reported as zero. Hence, the serving size of our Wild Blueberries is 30 grams and the Vitamin A is 0.35 percent per serving." 
Allgood Provisions, headquartered in Park City, Utay,  products offer only certified organic products free of harmful pesticides, growth hormones and synthetic fertilizers.

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