Chocolate Ecstasy Pie…Paleo of course!

Love chocolate treats but want a more nutrient-dense dessert? Then this decadent chocpiechocolate pie recipe is for you! The filling is creamy and full of chocolate-banana deliciousness. The crust is really easy to make and holds together perfectly, despite the fact that there are no grains, gluten, or eggs in it.

The crust for this pie is made with plantains. Plantains are very similar to bananas, except they are much bigger. Unlike bananas, they are cooked with and eaten in all of their stages of ripeness, from totally green to completely ripe and sugary. They’re great as a flour substitute in grain-free baking because of their starch content. Plantains can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores.  

This pie recipe calls for yellow-peeled plantains, which means the plantains are of medium ripeness. They are still fairly starchy with just a bit of sweetness. Because of this, the crust does not require any added sugars, and it bakes up perfectly.  It’s also quite easy to make because it’s a press-in crust; no rolling of the dough is needed.

The chocolate filling for this pie is full of healthful fats from coconut cream and coconut butter. The cocoa powder adds a hefty dose of antioxidants. The banana adds some potassium and some yummy fruit sweetness. Maple syrup, a nutritious natural sweetener, sweetens the pie. It sets up in the fridge; you don’t need to bake this pie once it’s filled.  

But the best thing about this recipe is that there’s no mashing or stirring required; all the mixing is done in a food processor! As a result, the crust dough is perfectly mixed, the filling is ultra-creamy, and as a bonus, you didn’t dirty any of your mixing bowls.  

Serve this delicious pie at your next dinner party or luncheon; everyone is sure to want seconds.  

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Chocolate Ecstasy Pie
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Crust
  1. 1 medium yellow plantain, sliced (to yield 1 cup slices)
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  3. 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
  4. ⅓ cup coconut flour
Filling
  1. 1 cup coconut cream
  2. ⅓ c maple syrup
  3. ½ c coconut butter, softened
  4. 1 banana, peeled and chopped
  5. ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  6. Pinch salt
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a food processor, combine all crust ingredients and process until a smooth dough forms.
  3. Press the dough into a 9” pie plate.
  4. Bake the crust for 10-13 minutes.
  5. Cool completely.
Filling
  1. In a food processor, combine all filling ingredients and process until very smooth.
  2. Spread in crust and chill for a few hours or overnight.
  3. Slice and enjoy.
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8 Stars Whose Bodies Totally Transformed When They Went Paleo

 

8 Stars Whose Bodies Totally Transformed When They Went Paleo
 
by Michelle Pellizzon for Thrive Market

News of Kim Kardashian’s latest haircut ranks just as high in Facebook’s “Trending Topics” as the latest poll numbers from the U.S. Presidential election. It’s just further proof that Americans are totally obsessed with celebrities.

So when a Youtube video of Jimmy Fallon and Maya Rudolph singing the praises of the Paleo-friendly drink Bulletproof coffee went viral a couple of years ago, the Paleo diet was destined to hit the big time.

And oh my, how it has. “Paleo” became the most searched diet term of 2013, and eating like a caveman has taken over the health and wellness scene ever since. But it’s not just for jacked Crossfit dudes. Celebrities and professional athletes are turning the the diet—which is mostly based on eating organic meat, veggies, and healthy fats—to stay lean and fit. Need some inspiration to try it yourself? You’ll be seriously surprised when you learn just how many A-list celebrities have tried out the diet and seen serious results.

1. Jessica Biel

Justin Timberlake’s baby mama relied on a diet rich in veggies, fish, and healthy fats to bounce back to her prenatal weight after delivering their son. Biel’s athletic physique is well-documented in the tabloids—hi, have you seen her arms?—and there’s no doubt her healthy diet is helping that.

2.  Bill Clinton

After undergoing quadruple-bypass heart surgery in 2004, the former POTUS and influential world leader knew he had to make a change. So Clinton adopted a vegan diet in 2010, lost 30 pounds, and stuck to the no-meat, no-dairy challenge for more than a few years. But in 2014, his private doctor, Dr. Mark Hyman, recommended making the switch to a more Paleo-friendly diet—fewer carbs, more healthy fats.

3. Jack Osborne

Following his unexpected multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2012, Sharon and Ozzy’s son has transformed his diet and exercise regimen in order to keep the disease in check. Following an anti-inflammatory, whole foods diet has been key in keeping Osborne healthy and strong:

 “Diet is a big thing. I am a firm believer in you are what you eat. I juice a lot, I try and stick to a Paleo Diet.” —Jack Osborne

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4. Anne Hathaway

A long-time vegan, Hathaway found herself feeling weak and tired while trudging around on set in her 40-pound space suit for the film “Interstellar.” Once the star satisfied her craving for animal protein, she decided to ditch veganism forever and instead opt for a more balanced, Paleo-inspired diet to fuel her body.

5. Matthew McConaughey

Perhaps it was McConaughey who influenced Hathaway, his “Interstellar” co-star. The perennially shirtless A-lister credits the diet with keeping his body-fat levels low and his muscles lean.

6. LeBron James

After seeing his teammate Ray Allen quickly lose 10 pounds after going Paleo, LeBron decided to try the gluten-free, low-carb, high-fat diet himself. After just two months, the four-time NBA MVP debuted a much slimmer frame that left the sports world gaping. Not only did he hit his goal weight of 250 pounds, LeBron also noticed he was much lighter on his feet, a plus for any athlete.

7. Megan Fox

Fox has been in her fair share of films and recently appeared on the TV show “New Girl,” but it’s fair to say that the actress is perhaps most well-known for her bombshell body. And, wait for it … She’s Paleo! Although Fox is incredibly dedicated to her clean diet, she admitted to Entertainment Tonight that she still misses some foods: “The worst thing I put in my body is coffee, once a day. I don’t have any cheat days, but if I did, it would be pizza or cake.”

8. Novak Djokovic

Sprinting across the court to hit a rogue ball, smashing overhead serves, and hours of intense play under the sun are rough on all tennis players’ bodies. Djokovic, currently the top-ranked men’s tennis player in the world, maintains his athletic prowess with a gluten-free, Paleo-friendly diet. After his nutritionist discovered he was gluten intolerant in 2011, Djokovic cut out the carbs and noticed his game improved radically. His ascent to the pinnacle of the sport has been swift, and he credits much of his success to the way he eats.

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Mile High Club Burger….

C’mon, let’s be honest, you know you want it and have been thinking of it!  Well now Mile-High-Power-Breakfast-Burger-3its time to take action and make your fantasy a reality! Oh yes…the Mile High Club Burger will press all your buttons and leave you sated and yet wanting more! 

 

With each nibble/bite your taste buds will explode with the pleasure of exquisite flavor while making sure you aren’t cheating on your diet. You’re getting super foods like avocado, eggs, and fresh kale, which work nicely together and provide a good mix of protein, vitamins, and minerals. The avocados have potassium, the eggs have protein and minerals, and the kale has plenty of fiber and other good things for your body.  And another benefit….you won’t get kicked off the plane! 

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Mile High Club Burger
Serves 3
A succulent treat which will give you full satisfaction...and you won't get kicked-off the plane!
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To make the patties, you will need
  1. 450g grass fed ground beef
  2. 2-3 crispy bacon strips and their drippings
  3. 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  4. 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  5. 1 egg
  6. ¼ tsp Himalayan or unrefined sea salt
  7. ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  8. ¼ tsp anise seeds
  9. 1/8 tsp ground clove
  10. 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and very finely chopped
  11. ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  12. 2 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  13. 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  14. ½ cup sauerkraut, squeezed fairly dry and roughly chopped
To garnish each burger, you will need
  1. 1 fresh kale leaf, torn into several pieces
  2. 2 slices tomato
  3. 3 slices avocado
  4. ¼ cup sauerkraut
  5. 1 egg, pan fried
  6. 1 bacon strip, cooked and cut in 2 pieces
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the required number of slices of bacon (depending on how many burgers you are making and whether or not you are using cooked bacon in your meat patties) and set aside.
  2. In a food processor combine the cooked bacon and drippings, Dijon mustard, garlic, egg, salt, pepper, ground clove and anise seeds and process into a paste.
  3. Add that to a medium mixing bowl along with the ground beef, jalapeño pepper, parsley, mint, rosemary and sauerkraut and knead well with your hands until uniformly blended. Form the meat mixture into 3 or 4 beef patties.
  4. Preheat your grill to high. (Alternatively, you could also cook the beef patties in a large skillet set over medium-high heat, again, about 3-4 minutes per side)
  5. Once your grill, or skillet is nice and hot, lower the heat to medium and place the patties on the grill; cook for about 3-4 minutes per side or until the patties are done to your liking.
  6. While the meat is cooking, pan fry as many eggs as you will require to garnish your burgers.
  7. To assemble the burgers, start by laying a few pieces of kale at the bottom of a plate. Place the beef patty right over that, followed by the sauerkraut and a few slices of tomatoes and avocado.
  8. At this point, you might want to insert a toothpick right in the center of the pile to make sure your mile high burger doesn't collapse on you!
  9. Once everything is good and secure, add the pan fried egg right on top of all that and, finally, place two pieces of cooked bacon right over your egg. BEAUTY!
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Can Going Paleo Improve Your Sex Life?

Okay ladies and gentlemen, time to light the candles, pour the vino, start the Barry White music….and get ready for better sex thanks to the Paleo Diet!  
 
Can Going Paleo Improve Your Sex Life?
by Michelle Pellizzon for Thrive Market

From an outside perspective, Paleo diet fanatics can seem a little extreme. The obsession with Bulletproof coffee, coconut oil, and all things bacon seems to contradict the healthy lifestyle that they lead. But there are more benefits to this popular diet than eating bacon on the reg—some that are downright sexy.

There’s the weight loss, improved athleticism, and another, lesser-known but happy side effect—it can improve your sex life. If you whttps://myhealthypaleo.com/what-is-paleo/ere on the fence about going Paleo before, this might just be the thing that convinces you to give it a try. Here we run down the crazy, sexy, and surprising benefits of the popular lifestyle, in terms of both diet and exercise.

How eating Paleo boosts libido

For humans, a healthy sex drive is normal. So when that lovin’ feeling diminishes, it’s a pretty clear indicator that something is awry. Lack of sex drive (or a lower sex drive) can be a symptom of a greater issue with either mental or physical health—and often it’s linked to poor nutrition.

A lax diet heavy in processed foods and sugar is one thing that definitely doesn’t help increase energy levels or make you feel very sexy. But New Year’s dieters need to be careful too: A serious pitfall of calorie-restricting diets many people use to lose weight is a decline in libido and energy.

Thankfully, the Paleo diet isn’t big on counting calories. In fact, you’ll eat a lot on the diet, and perhaps more than you’re used to. So how does going Paleo help people lose weight? Because the emphasis is actually on getting quality nutrients, not eating the right number of calories. Enthusiasts postulate that by delivering healthy fats, clean animal protein, and complex carbohydrates to the body helps it function more efficiently, in turn increasing energy levels and overall metabolic function.

Eating “Primal,” as some put it, also cuts out foods that potentially mess with hormones, including soy, dairy, and excess carbohydrates, positively affecting hormone function in the long run. And better energy levels and hormone levels mean an increase in libido … Which is definitely a healthy thing!

And that’s not to mention that some of the most Paleo-friendly foods are also well-known mood-boosters. Among them are avocado, coconut oil, and fatty fish—all are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help improve symptoms of depression, mood disorders, and cognitive disorders. Eating Paleo limits your sugar intake, too, which means generally you’ll be less prone to irritability.

Why Paleo-style workouts gives you that lovin’ feeling

It’s no coincidence that Crossfit-style workouts and the Paleo diet have risen in popularity together over the last few years. Both count an increase in longevity as a benefit and the two share a similar philosophy—that a well-rounded healthy lifestyle is paramount, and that nutrition and exercise don’t need to be complicated to be effective.

Doing resistance training a few days a week instead of logging hours of cardio comes highly recommended by some Paleo leaders. For example, former Olympic marathoner Mark Sisson champions a few minutes of weight lifting over cardio in addition to a Paleo diet for better overall health. Choosing resistance training over cardio-endurance does have its benefits: It helps improve body composition by decreasing body fat and increasing muscle mass and it can also boost your sex drive.

How? Generally, exercise decreases stress hormones, which obviously have deleterious effects on the libido. Weight lifting activates the sympathetic nervous system, which increases arousal levels.

Finally, eating Paleo and working out regularly helps you shed excess pounds—and when you look good, you feel good! Increased confidence that comes with getting in shape might be the most effective turn-on yet.

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Give us our daily bread…(Paleo bread)!

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Paleo Bread Recipe

 

Paleo eaters, get ready to welcome crusty, warm bread back into your life. This almond flour loaf is pure heaven: Moist and chewy, it’s the perfect base for avocado toast or breakfast sandwiches. Though this recipe uses ground cumin for some extra spice, chopped rosemary and olives would work equally well.
 

 

Paleo Bread

Yield: 1 9×5-inch loaf
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Ingredients

Gently packed 1 cup almond flour
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cups raw cashew butter
4 large eggs
4 egg whites
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Cumin seeds, for garnish

Paleo Bread

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line loaf pan with parchment paper.In medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, cumin, baking soda, and salt.

In bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together cashew butter, eggs, and egg whites until smooth. Slowly pour in water, followed by almond flour mixture. Add apple cider vinegar and mix until smooth. Pour into lined loaf pan, sprinkle with cumin seeds, and bake 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

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7 Celebrities Who Might Inspire You to Go Vegan

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7 Celebrities Who Might Inspire You to Go Vegan
 

A few months ago, Beyonce teased that she’d be making a HUGE announcement on “Good Morning America.” The Beyhive was buzzing, overcome with fervor, anticipation, and speculation. Is she dropping a new album? Announcing a world tour? A bun in the oven?

She just wanted us to know that she went vegan—and that’s her secret to looking the way she does. Anti-climactic, for sure. The backlash ensued. But no doubt, she served as inspiration for what a healthy plant-based diet can do.

And guess what? Beyonce is not the lone pioneer of celebrity veganism (although she is No. 1 on our list cause she’s No. 1 on everything). Here are six other animal-loving stars who embody vegan #goals.

Miley Cyrus

A year before Bey got on the cruelty-free bandwagon, Miley had quietly made the switch. On an Instagram post declaring her love for avocados she dropped some hints about her dietary status:

“… you ain’t gottttta eat dead animals! Everything that goes into my body is aliiiiivvvve! To keeeep ME alive! Love this life!” —@mileycyrus

But things became more clear when she appeared on the cover of Paper Magazine in a muddy, nude embrace with her pet pig as a less-than-subtle way to promote her animal advocacy.

 

Liam Hemsworth

Speaking of Miley, her on-again beau, Liam, is vegan, too. If only we could be flies on the wall at a vegan taco Tuesday in their new Malibu pad (at least we know they’d never break out the swatter on us!).

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Ariana Grande

Looks like more and more millennial megastars like Ariana Grande are spreading the message of conscious eating far and wide to their legions of fans. Ariana was galvanized to go vegan after seeing the influential documentary “Forks Over Knives,” and her strong conviction garnered her the title of PETA2’s Sexiest Vegetarian of 2014.

Alicia Silverstone

It’s not just the kids who’ve embraced veganism. The iconic ’90s star of “Clueless” is one of the perpetual poster girls for an ethical, plant-based diet. She’s credited her food choices for curing her asthma, insomnia, constipation, and acne. At 39, Alicia maintains the same glow she had as Aerosmith’s anointed video vixen 22 years ago. Today she runs her own vegan lifestyle brand, The Kind Life—a testament to her commitment to cruelty-free living.

Jared Leto

Veganism may have once been equated with frail, malnourished bodies—but that’s no longer the case. Longtime veg-head Jared Leto stayed vegan as he trained to bulk up for his upcoming role as The Joker in the film Suicide Squad. A vegan diet can be rich in the carbs and proteins (from tofu, tempeh, seitan, beans, nuts, and legumes) necessary to get max gains, when combined with resistance training.

Pamela Anderson

One of PETA’s most outspoken partners, this “Baywatch” babe has been flying her vegan flag for over 20 years. It’s not a secret that Pamela’s known for her killer bod. And like Beyonce, she’s living proof that noshing on fruits and veggies is one way to keep things tight and right. Not that that’s what it’s all about. Anderson is just one of many vegans passionate about animal rights—a value that permeates her entire lifestyle.

And the list goes on—Lea Michele, Jessica Chastain, Waka Flocka, Russell Simmons, and Rooney and Kate Mara are all celebs you might want to look to for inspiration if you’re thinking about going vegan!

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The Healthiest Beer to Drink on Super Bowl Sunday (You’ll Never Guess What It Is)

 
The Healthiest Beer to Drink on Super Bowl Sunday (You’ll Never Guess What It Is)
 

by Michelle Pellizzon for Thrive Market

Beer isn’t exactly healthy, especially when it’s slurped in excess. That’s bad news for football enthusiasts, who will chug, on average, a gallon of beer on Super Bowl Sunday, at least according to some sources. Although it’s doubtful that every viewer will suck down more than a six-pack, those who do will be taking in about 1,500 extra calories, not to mention a boatload of carbs and sugars, the compounds that are converted into belly fat. Alas, the dreaded beer belly.  

But despite its alcohol content, the beverage of choice for most sports fans isn’t all bad. Beer has a hearty dose of cell-protecting antioxidants and polyphenols, and a post-workout beer has been shown to reduce inflammation and help with recovery. That’s why a “hydrating” brewski is often waiting for marathon runners as they cross the finish line.

We’re not going to pretend like avoiding a drink during the biggest party of the year is an easy strategy—even if you’re Paleo and tend to steer clear of gluten and carbs. Cracking open a bottle is practically a requirement of watching the Super Bowl, and unless you have an iron will, you might succumb to having one (or two). Instead of totally abstaining, choose a beer with a little more nutritional bang for it’s buck while you watch the Panthers and the Broncos battle it out.

Check out the ABV content

If you’re drinking whatever’s on tap or can’t find the nutrition label on the bottle, check out the alcohol content of your drink.

Beer gets the bulk of its calories from two things: alcohol and carbohydrates. Both are byproducts of the fermentation process, with alcohol weighing in at seven calories per gram and carbs at four calories per gram. In general, the higher the alcohol content, or alcohol by volume (ABV), of a drink, the higher the calorie count. For example, most light beers are considered “light” because they contain less alcohol—anywhere from 3 to 3.5 percent ABV—and about 100 calories per 12 ounces. A heavier ale or stout might have twice that, or about 6 percent ABV and 180 to 200 calories.

Short answer: Check out the alcohol content, and remember that, in general, the higher the number, the higher the calories. Limiting calories or carbs? Lighter beers are your best bet.

But just because it’s lighter doesn’t mean it’s always better

On the other hand, opting for the lightest beer in the cooler just because it has fewer calories isn’t the right choice for everyone. Light beers probably won’t have much in terms of extra health benefits (more on that later)—and let’s face it, they’re usually beer4pretty bland. Choose wisely: Bud Light has 110 calories and close to 7 carbs, but rival Miller Lite has 96 calories and 3.2 carbs. Even though they’re both “light” beers, Miller is the much better choice—the difference of four measly carbs doesn’t seem like much, but if you’re downing a beer every quarter (which is way easier to do with a lighter brew) that number ends up being 16 extra carbs, more than in a slice of bread.

Short answer: Paleo eaters or low-carb dieters should be wary of light beers, which might have fewer calories but can pile on the carbs.

Try a Superfood(ish) brew

So beer isn’t known for its nutritional value. But if you’re going to drink it anyway, might as well get one with a few extra health benefits built in—like those that have beer8been fermented with healthy ingredients. Abita’s “Purple Haze” is brewed with real raspberries, which are well-loved for their antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Not a fan of fruity beers? Dr. Jekyll, a craft brewery based in California, makes a trio of “superfood beers” with potent ingredients like maitake mushrooms, garlic, cloves, maqui berries, and even flax oil.

The jury’s still out on how many nutritional benefits we actually reap from sipping these upgraded brews, but we do know they’ll still give you a nice buzz.

Short answer: Beers brewed with superfood ingredients technically have more antioxidants and vitamins—but we still don’t know how well the nutrients hold up in the final product.

When in doubt, pick the stout

You may have heard that Guinness is surprisingly low in calories, and at about 125 beer5per 12 ounces, it’s true! Most stouts fall around this range—although they contain a few more calories than light beers, they make up for it with higher levels of antioxidants and fiber. And according to a University of Wisconsin animal study, regular, daily consumption of a stout prevented the risk of heart attacks. Researchers found that Guinness worked as well as aspirin in preventing clots from forming in arteries—so drink to your (heart) health.

Short answer: Stouts contain more fiber and antioxidants, which give them their signature dark color. They also tend to have fewer calories yet are more filling, so you’re less likely to overindulge.

Having a couple drinks during the big game isn’t something to freak out over, and one day of imbibing definitely won’t set back your health permanently. But, you might feel and look better the next day if you choose your brew wisely.

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Hell yes we have the right to know…

 

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We believe you have a right to know what is in the food you eat every day.

 

Your Right To Know

Thrive Market is passionately committed to creating a world that is free of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. We believe everyone has a right to know what they are eating and what chemicals are used in the foods they consume every day. That’s why we have carefully screened our products to ensure we do not carry any GMO foods. We also focus on providing USDA Certified Organic options wherever they exist. Genetically Modified Organisms are prohibited under the USDA Organic guidelines.

Label It

We believe foods containing any genetically engineered ingredients should be clearly stories-label it gmolabeled. While the United States does not yet legally mandate the labeling of GMOs, we are committed transparency about the products we sell on Thrive Market. Many of the foods we carry are certified by the non-GMO project and/or certified Organic by the USDA, which prohibits the use of GMOs.

“if you buy from people who are
taking care of the land, you’re supporting the future of
this country.”
 

A New Standard

Though maintaining a catalog free of GMO foods is difficult, we are excited to support a growing supply chain where there is more visibility, accountability and success in awareness of genetically modified crops. We hope that major corporations will begin offering the non-GMO products they sell to European consumers to American consumers. We hope that certified Organic & non-GMO foods will become the industry standard, not the exception.

 

A Simple Solution

Genetic engineering is an extremely important issue, and also one of the most gmjpgcomplex issues. Tracing GMO ingredients with 100 percent accuracy is extremely difficult, as cross-pollination and seed drift can contaminate natural crops with genetically modified pollen. More than 70 percent of food sold in the United States contains some genetically engineered ingredients and we know how difficult it can be for shoppers to always take the time to find out what is in their food. At Thrive Market, you can trust that we will do our best to never sell GMO foods and we promise to make it right if something with genetically engineered ingredients should make it on to the site.

 

We Need You!

We encourage you to point out brands or products that you know or suspect may contain GMOs. If you see something worth noting, please let us by email at feedback@thrivemarket.com. Thank you for your support, and your help in making sure Thrive Market is free of genetically modified foods.