Q: What is yeast extract, and is it natural?
The yeast extract we use in KA broth concentrates is produced when naturally occurring enzymes present in edible yeasts or intentionally added food grade enzymes act upon yeast. This results in yeast extract, which is primarily composed of amino acids, peptides and carbohydrates. Salt may be added to produce the final ingredient. Production of yeast extract involves only minimal processing. Therefore, the yeast extract we use conforms to the use of “natural” as defined by the FDA in that nothing artificial has been added. It also conforms to the USDA definition of being minimally processed.
Q: What is maltodextrin, why is it used, and is it natural?
Maltodextrin is a pure carbohydrate (starch) derived from corn or potatoes in the U.S. The maltodextrin we use is derived from non-GMO corn (identity verifiable and traceable), is virtually flavorless and does not contain chemical preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, or any other artificial or synthetic ingredient. Further, the maltodextrin we use is listed as acceptable by Whole Foods Market, meets the FDA’s stance on the use of the term “natural” and has been approved by the USDA for use in products marketed with the “natural” claim.
Q: What is xanthan gum, why is it used, and is it natural?
Xanthan gum is a powder used as a thickening and stabilizing ingredient by food companies and gluten-free bakers and is found in many home kitchens. It is every bit as natural as beer, wine, cheese, vinegar, etc. – anything fermented or made with microorganisms, such as probiotic cultures used to make yogurt. Xanthan gum is considered an acceptable ingredient by Whole Foods Market, is acceptable for use in organic certified products in the U.S, Canada and the European Union, and the xanthan gum we us is non-GMO.
Q: What do you mean by non-GMO, and is your product non-GMO certified?
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are the result of the intentional gene modification of a living thing, typically plants, to create an improved or more durable version of that organism. KA broth concentrates do not contain any GMO or GMO-derived ingredients, as verified with our suppliers, and therefore are non-GMO. These items are not certified or verified as non-GMO, but we exploring this verification with a major certifying body.
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