The Natural Products Expo West was a blast! My friend and I walked the exhibits together which was a lot of fun (She is a yoga goddess and the owner of Om My Soul), and I was able to make some great contacts. I tried so many products while at the expo and brought sooooooo many more home to try later. This expo was crazy huge.
I was most surprised by how great all of the body care products were…we have come a LONG way in that arena! I expected to go in to the expo and focus all of my time on food products, when in reality I ended-up spending nearly as much time investigating the body care products.
As I mentioned, I think I will be posting some wonderful food product reviews in the coming weeks, but I also must express some disappointment. As the day went on I became more and more bummed about the fact that so many of the products at the expo were being marketed as “healthy” when in fact they were (i.e.) just overly processed “organic” cookies. Taking a cookie and making it organic or gluten-free does not make the cookie healthy…it is still a sugar-laden processed cookie. Products such as these will not solve our country’s health epidemic, rather they will exacerbate it because people will begin eating these cookies or bars and probably eat MORE of them believing them to be “healthy” (since that is how they are being marketed).
That being said, I did find some wonderful whole food products at the expo that I can’t wait to tell you about. There are also some new and exciting fruit sweeteners coming into play.
Check out all of the loot I came home with…
I will start sampling some more of the products in the coming days. I am going to need to spread this out since I am not the type to just take one bite and throw the rest away (wasting stinks!). I must be one of the luckiest girls in the world!
If any of you were able to go to the convention I would love to hear from you.