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A Little More About Our Ingredients
What is Allulose?
Allulose, sometimes called a “rare sugar” is a natural sweetener that happens to have very few calories. It can be found in nature like figs, raisins, and jackfruit. It tastes sweet, like other sugars, and can be used in baking and forming delicious treats like our chocolate. How does it look on our label? Allulose is a carbohydrate but according to FDA regulation it is not to be included in the Nutrition Facts as a sugar. Who benefits from allulose? Everyone who enjoys sweet treats! Allulose also benefits people who limit sugar and sugar alcohols and research suggests it is diabetes-friendly and keto-friendly.
Why are we organic?
Organic ingredients are free from pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals that may cause harm to our earth and our bodies. When you see organic ingredients you can also feel assured there are no hidden preservatives, artificial colorings, or GMOs. Each ingredient in GoodSam products is thoroughly vetted for quality, safety, and tastiness. We do all the work to bring you Good products that match our standards so that you all you have to do is order and enjoy!
Regenerative Sustainable Farming
So these are some words that are starting to get thrown around, right?! But what the heck is this regenerative sustainable farming thing? It sounds complicated. And it is. (Sorry.) Regenerative Sustainable Farming is a complex orchestration of nature doing its wild thing but we’re going to try to sum it up for you here. This kind of farming put most of its focus on trapping carbon in the soil. We know- we were confused too. Isn’t carbon bad?! Actually, what scientists and farmers are figuring out is that big/ commercial agricultural farming practices have released a lot of carbon into the air which has depleted the soil (turns out carbon is good for something after all!). When plows and other big farm equipment strip away at the top layers of soil, the soil can’t perform at optimal levels. So what is the solution? Letting nature do its thing. Our farms don’t use any chemical fertilizers, they leverage compost from the previous harvest and they eliminate traditional large scale farming equipment that pulls up the soil. What’s the result? The healthiest farms we’ve ever seen. This puts farms into a long term contract with Mother Earth, secures future farm viability and creates a sustainable healthy environment where crops can thrive.
Direct Trade is a self-identifying label a company uses to describe their sourcing practices. It generally means that a company pays higher premiums for labor, sourcing, and inputs compared to a traditional trade company. Because direct trade has no standardized definition we will be as transparent as possible with our practices and our ultimate goal; to be an ally for small farms. Our team works directly with farmers in multiple countries, we’ve been to their farms, met their families, heard their stories, and tasted their amazing products. We pay prices set by the farmers and support their use of regenerative, organic, and sustainable farming practices. Instead of paying for a fancy label we’ll publish reports, data, and media on a regular basis and keep our inbox open for any of your questions.
You already know GoodSam products are better for you, for the farmers, and for the environment but did you know they’re better for the animals, too? Each product we offer is Vegan Certified by Vegan Action.
What are you supporting?
It may seem like it’s just a t-shirt or another hat, but 100% of the profits from our merchandise go to our direct trade program. This program supports individual farms, associations, communities and families in the GoodSam supply web by directly investing in projects and farms that farmers dictate and need. Now that’s Good Karma.