Yes, all of our foods are USDA organic; certified organic by ECOCERT.
No, we do not use any GMO ingredients in our foods. All our Green Slice Foods are USDA organic certified. If a food has a certified organic label, it is inherently “GMO-free” ― this is one of the many strict guidelines set forth by the USDA. The United States government does NOT allow companies to label products Certified Organic if they contain genetically modified foods.
Our plant-based cheese is gluten free but made in a facility that also produces products containing wheat. Our Veggie Dogs and Vegetarian Deli Slices are made from wheat starch, which is commonly eaten by celiac patients in some European countries. Wheat flour is made up of approximately 70% starch, 15% protein, and 15% other things like moisture and lipids. 90% of wheat’s protein part is what we refer to as gluten and this is the part that we are trying to avoid on a gluten free diet. Vital wheat gluten, a common ingredient in meat alternatives, is just this wheat protein in a powdered form. Wheat starch on the other hand is a powder produced by removing the proteins, including gluten, from wheat flour. Wheat starch or the starch of the grain is "technically" not problematic once separated from the gluten proteins. Under 2013 FDA regulations for labeling, foods containing wheat starch can be labeled gluten free as long as the final food product contains less than 20 ppm of gluten. Wheat still must be in the “contains” statement and wheat starch will be included the ingredient list. Green Slice Foods are not Certified Gluten-Free so if you have celiac, do not consume our foods. For those following a gluten-free diet, Green Slice Foods is for you.
Green Slice plant-based cheese is vegan. Green Slice Veggie Dogs and Vegetarian Deli Slices are not vegan because they contain egg whites from organically raised free-range chickens. We opted for organic egg whites instead of soy as our protein source because isolated soy protein and soy lecithin has popped up as an ingredient in products across the grocery store and soy-based allergies have increased 50% since 1996.
Yes, all Green Slice Foods are dairy-free, lactose-free and casein-free.
No, none of our Green Slice Foods contain any type of soy and all future Green Slice foods will always be 100% soy free. Love soy or hate soy, it’s actually the controversial little legume. Soy-based products contain high amounts of phytoestrogens that can be harmful to your body. There is conflicting research regarding its effects on cancer, and recently the Food and Drug Administration proposed a rule to revoke a health claim related to soy protein and heart disease. Most soy comes in the form of highly processed soy protein isolates or soy lecithin, one of the most widely used food additives on the market today. Soy-based allergies have increased 50% since 1996, and almost all soybeans grown today are genetically modified. In addition, the soybean industry is causing more destruction to the environment than probably any other crop on the planet. If you choose to eat soy foods, you will find the most benefit from eating small quantities of organically-grown, whole-food, fermented soy, like real soy sauce, miso, tempeh, or natto, the way Asian people have safely enjoyed soy for millennia.
Yes, all our eggs in our organic Veggie Dogs and organic vegetarian Deli Slices come from organically raised free-range chickens that are fed a mix of clover, grass and minerals. The results are leaner birds that get lots of exercise, fresh air and water; this also means their eggs are more flavorful. They scratch, eat only from the pasture and chase grasshoppers. “Just like nature intended.”
All Green Slice Foods are Certified Halal by Halal Correct, but we are currently still in the process of getting Kosher certified. Stay tuned.
Green Slice Organic Veggie Dogs can be frozen for up to one year.
Absolutely, all our Green Slice Foods have been fully cooked, but our organic Veggie Dogs taste best when heated.
Our recommendation to enjoy Green Slice Foods within 3-5 days of opening is for best quality only – after that, the food’s texture, color and flavor may change because of its contact with oxygen, but in most cases, it could still be safe to consume if it has been kept continuously refrigerated.
Canola oil is some of the best oils for heart health. Despite the long-standing safety of canola oil, the Internet is still awash with rumors that it causes all kinds of maladies. There has never been any evidence to support these claims. Nutrition articles are everywhere which is why we focus on credible sources like Harvard University Public Health Magazine or Berkeley University Wellness to get our nutrition facts. Canola oil has a healthful fatty acid profile in that it’s low in saturated fats and high in monounsaturated fats. It’s also an excellent source of polyunsaturated fats, and also free from artificial trans-fats.