Archive for July, 2008

Uncle Matt named to Natural Foods Merchandiser’s 40 Under 40 list

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

We’re very proud of Uncle Matt! He was named one of Natural Foods Merchandiser Magazine’s 40 under 40. According to NFM,  these are the people younger than 40 who are already making a tremendous impact in the natural and organic marketplace.

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Matt McLean, CEO of Uncle Matts

Superior nutrient content reported in organic blueberries

Monday, July 14th, 2008

The Bluecrop variety of highbush blueberries were grown on five organic and conventional farms in New Jersey. The farms shared comparable soils and weather conditions, and the berries were harvested in precisely the same way.

The scientists carrying out the study are based at the USDA’s Genetic Improvement of Fruits and Vegetables Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, and at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The team found consistent and  significant differences in nutrient content. The organic blueberries contained  46 ORAC units, a measure of total antioxidant capacity, while the conventional  berries contained 31 ORAC units.  Accordingly, the organic berries had over 50%  more total antioxidant activity. They also contained about 50% higher levels of  total anthocyanins, the natural plant phytochemicals that give blueberries  their dark color. The organic blueberries also  had 67% more total phenolics.

The authors’ concluding sentence reads: “Blueberries produced from  organic culture contained significantly higher amounts of phytonutrients than those produced from conventional culture.”

Source: S.H. Wang et al.,  “Fruit Quality, Antioxidant Capacity, and Flavonoid Content of Organically and  Conventionally Grown Blueberries,” Journal  of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, published on web July 1, 2008.