Fun Facts on New Jersey’s Transportation & Logistics Industry

  1. The Port of New York & New Jersey includes the following facilities: Port Newark, the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal, the Howland Hook Marine Terminal, the Brooklyn-Port Authority Marine Terminal, the Red Hook Container Terminal, and the Port Jersey Port Authority Marine Terminal.
  2. The Port of New York & New Jersey processed $172.3 billion of cargo trade revenue in 2013 (US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census). 
  3. In 2013, the transportation, logistics & distribution industry employed > 364,000 workers in New Jersey.

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Coconut Oil: Extra Virgin vs Virgin vs Refined

The terms “extra virgin” and “virgin” are regulated in the olive oil industry. There’s a standard certification process that the olive oil manufacturer has to go through in order to use the terms “virgin” and “extra virgin”. 

In the USA coconut oil industry, the term “virgin” is not regulated. There’s no worldwide certification body, and in the USA specifically, the term is not regulated. In the coconut oil industry, the terms “virgin” and “extra virgin” are used interchangeably. However, there are still 2 main types of coconut oils: virgin and refined.

The least refined coconut oil is “virgin coconut oil”. Virgin coconut oil starts with fresh coconuts. The coconut meat is cold-pressed, then the oil is separated from the milk and water.  

Refined coconut oils start with the “copra”. The copra is the dried coconut meat; usually dried by smoking, sun, or kiln. Refined coconut oils are also referred to as RBD (refined, bleached, deodorized). Bleaching is generally not a chemical process, but instead it is a filtration process to remove impurities. Steam is used to deodorize the oil.

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Quinoa Nutrition Facts: Raw vs Cooked

Check out these links for a comparison of quinoa’s raw vs. cooked vs. dried sprouted nutritional facts. 

Raw vs. Cooked Quinoa
Dry Sprouted Quinoa

As you can see, there is a relatively large difference between the nutrition of cooked and uncooked quinoa. Raw quinoa may contain more nutrients, but it is also more difficult to digest. We would recommend to rinse and cook quinoa before eating. Also, please keep in mind that nutritionals can change depending on brand, farm, country of origin, cooking time, cooking heat, germination length, drying heat, et cetera. 

Raw versus Cooked Grains

Thank you to our intern, Sean, who researched raw versus cooked grains to further our pursuit of sprouting and roasting. Here are some of his findings: 

  1. Generally, raw foods contain more nutrients than cooked foods. When food is cooked, it loses water, thus losing water-soluble vitamins.
  2. However, grains, unlike vegetables, should almost always be cooked before consumed, since raw grains are difficult to digest. Cooking helps to break down the enzymes that prevent humans from digesting them. 
  3. Sprouting, however, increases digestibility of grains.
  4. The sprouting process usually involves a drying process. Just like when food is cooked, the drying of a sprouted seed can lead to lower nutrition due to water loss. 
  5. Seeds/grains can remain wet after sprouting. Wet sprouted seeds/grains are usually mashed into a puree and used in breads and baked products.
  6. Raw sprouts may be higher in overall nutrition and digestibility, but in most cases, cooking is necessary to ensure a safe product. 

Tour de Farm NJ – Sussex County

Onset Worldwide is a sponsor of the Tour de Farm New Jersey. The next event takes place on Sunday, September 6, 2015 in Sussex County, New Jersey. The cycling tour starts and ends at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Riders can choose between 3 cycling tours. The Extreme Tour is 62 miles, the Not-So-Extreme Tour is 34.3 miles, and the Weekend Warrior tour is 15 miles. Riders will stop at 7 – 10 farms along each route to get a tour and tasting! There is also a separate farm-to-fork dinner (for an extra cost) taking place after the rides. 

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Organic Defatted Chia Protein Flour

Our new lot of organic defatted chia protein flour has arrived from Paraguay! 

The flour is obtained from 100% seeds of Salvia Hispanica that has had most of the fat removed. The manufacturing of the product takes place under a controlled process by mechanical cold press, preserving the quality of the product.

Chia flour can be used as a nutritional supplement. It has a subtle and slightly nutty flavor. A dosage varies from person to person. Use Chia Flour in a wide variety of gluten-free recipes as 1-to-1 replacement for wheat flours or others flours. Mix in with foods like yogurt, oatmeal or shakes for extra fiber, protein, minerals and antioxidants.

In one lot’s nutritional test, our organic defatted chia flour has 29.3 grams of protein, 7 grams of fat, and 53.6 grams of fiber per 100 grams. 

Sprouting Experiment

Recently our intern, Sean, spent 3 days doing a small sprouting experiment for us. He sprouted some of our seeds in glass mason jars, and these are what the sprouted seeds looked like at the end of the experiment:

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From left to right: sprouted teff, sprouted quinoa, and sprouted millet

Be on the lookout for more sprouted products from Onset Worldwide soon!

Chia Oil Being Used in Beauty Products

Chia oil is becoming a hot commodity in the beauty industry, specifically as an ingredient in moisturizers. The concentrated omega-3 fats and antioxidants found in chia oil have anti-inflammatory and hydrating effects on your skin to cause an “anti-aging” effect. As consumers become more conscious about what they are putting into and on their bodies, a demand for chemical-free and nature-based products has risen. Now everyone is looking to get their hands (and skin) on chia oil!

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