Are LeafSide meals gluten-free?

Most of our meals are nominally gluten-free, meaning they have no specific ingredients with gluten, but it’s possible that trace amounts are present. We are not a gluten-free kitchen, so our meals are not certified as such. In particular, one of our meals does use organic whole grain wheat (bulgur): the Tex Mex savory bowl.  […]

Why does LeafSide modify the typical FDA nutrition facts food labels?

We add extra information to the typical food/nutrition label because 1) it’s important to convey that LeafSide products are whole-foods plant-based, not processed; 2) the current standard food labels can be extremely misleading: their original intent was to force transparency from processed food manufacturers, but the label information is well behind nutrition science’s state-of-the-art, and […]

Why do some LeafSide meals have so many calories?

First, because many people switching to a WFPB diet initially have a hard time getting enough calories, e.g. they may start by eating lots of salad, and not get enough calories, and wonder why they’re often hungry/tired.  It takes time to research and understand what fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and other ingredients deliver the […]

Can’t I just take vitamins or one of those “smoothie” vitamin powders to get the same benefit as LeafSide’s products?

No: nutrition science reveals that nature and our bodies are far more complex than we thought. The vitamin and supplements industry relies on a reductionist view of nutrition, meaning they claim that it suffices to reduce food to macro and micronutrients, then chemically separate the beneficial ingredients from food or chemically synthesize the individual nutrients, […]

What about organic vs conventional food? Are LeafSide products organic?

Yes, and organic food is important, and more than a “nice-to-have” marketing feature.   First of all, it’s more nutritious: meta-analyses and reviews in the scientific literature show organic produce generally has  20-40% more phytonutrients, than conventional fruits and vegetables (though vitamins and minerals levels are similar).  Second, it’s safer: the more organic food is […]