Third Coast Organic Foods is a new start-up business (but with 20+ years’ experience in food development and production).
In today’s world, life style is an important determinant of health in later life. Lack of physical activity, particularly if associated with over consumption, increases the risk of development of nutrition related chronic diseases, such as obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, type II diabetes, and several cancers.
Over the last decade, drastic changes have taken place in the image and assessment of the importance of the daily diet. Foods are no longer judged in terms of taste and immediate nutritional needs, but also in terms of their ability to improve the health and well-being of consumers. The role of diet in human health has led to the recent development of the so-called functional food concept. A functional food is a dietary ingredient that has cellular or physiological effects above the normal nutritional value.
We use ingredients that we believe are functional to your health and wellbeing. We use only Organic (free of pesticides, artificial preservatives, flavorings, and colors) and Non-GMO (genetically modified organisms), when available. We do not add any sugar to our products. In our vinaigrettes, the only sugars are those that are produced naturally from the wine grapes and other fruit juices we use for flavor.
We offer five delicious flavors of wine vinaigrettes:
- Classic Red Wine Vinaigrette
- Balsamic Italian Vinaigrette
- Haute Pepper Vinaigrette
- Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette
- Raspberry Wine Vinaigrette
Ingredients and Health Benefits
We use a variety of wine vinegars to flavor our five different vinaigrettes. Vinegars are made by fermenting a carbohydrate source (wine grapes) into alcohol. Acetobacter bacteria then convert the alcohol into acetic acid, which gives vinegars their strong aromas.
Wine vinegars may have many health benefits including the regulation of blood sugar and appetite control, have anti-tumor properties, may help to reduce blood pressure and protect the heart.
Olive oil is the natural oil extracted from olives, the fruit of the olive tree, and is rich in healthy Monounsaturated Fats (73% of which contains a fatty acid called oleic acid). Oleic acid reduces inflammation, may even have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer, and contains large amounts of powerful Antioxidants. Apart from its beneficial fatty acids, it contains modest amounts of vitamins E and K.
Organic Raspberry Juice - good source of antioxidant, which may help prevent a range of health conditions. Vitamins C and E, selenium, beta carotene, lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin are all examples of antioxidants, and they are all present in raspberries. Raspberries also contain plant chemicals called flavonoids, which have antioxidant effects, and is a good source of fiber.
Organic Lemon and Lime Juices - citrus fruits with very similar nutritional profiles and health benefits. Lemons and limes contain lots of vitamin C, flavonoids, and antioxidants.
Organic Cayenne Pepper - helps reduce appetite and may have anti-cancer properties
Organic Cilantro - a good source of antioxidants, may have anticancer effects, may be useful as a remedy for pain and inflammation.
Organic Ginger - can treat nausea and has anti-inflammatory properties
Organic Garlic - can combat sickness (such as the common cold), improve heart health by reducing total and/or LDL cholesterol by about 10-15%, and reduce blood pressure.
Organic Marjoram - in early Greek mythology, the goddess of love, Aphrodite, grew marjoram, and, as a result, marjoram has been used ever since in various love potions. In foods, marjoram is a culinary spice. The oil and oleoresin are used as flavor ingredients in foods and beverages.
Organic Mustard - significantly reduces cramping from running or other strenuous activities, speeds up your metabolism, stimulates and aids digestion, inhibits cancer cell growth, decreases symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, lowers high blood pressure, soothes sore throats, bronchitis, and pneumonia, and help reduce severity of asthma
Organic Onions - contain Vitamins C, B9 and B6, and the mineral Potassium. These vitamins and minerals can help regulate immune health, collagen production, metabolism, and red blood cell production.
Organic Paprika - loaded with antibacterial properties and Vitamins C, B and E. Paprika helps the body in producing red blood cells, supports healthy digestion by increasing saliva and stomach acids, which help in breaking down food and making nutrients available for energy.
Kosher Sea Salt - contains potassium and sodium, which help release retained water, contains 84 trace minerals that nourish and strengthen our body, is a great source of electrolytes like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium, which are vital for muscle, brain and heart health, because of its critical role in the nervous system. When your electrolytes are low, you can experience muscle soreness, cramps, charley horse, and even restless leg syndrome. The lack of minerals keeps the muscles from relaxing and cause contractions that are out of your control.
Organic Sweet Basil - culinary basil is said to preserve and enhance the properties of the food, is good for digestion by fortifying the digestive and nervous system, can be a good remedy for headaches and insomnia, and the eugenol present in the leaves ensures anti-inflammatory action in the digestive tract. Basil helps balance acid within the body and restores the body's proper pH level.
Organic White Pepper - white pepper is not as hot as black pepper. White pepper is commonly used in French cuisines because the flavor is light, earthy and simple. White pepper helps those suffering from loss of appetite as it enhances appetite and promotes healthy gout, and used to treat constipation It has anti-inflammatory effects, freshens breath, enhances the immune system, purifies the body from harmful toxins and promotes circulation.
Organic Sweeteners - a special blend of organic stevia, organic allulose and organic erythritol to slightly sweeten, balance other flavors, and counter the strong acidity of the vinegars. These sweeteners are all organic plant-based (heaven forbid - no artificial sweeteners!), and will not spike blood sugar levels.
We hope you enjoy our Wine Vinaigrettes!
We plan to introduce other fine products in the very near future. As with our wine vinaigrettes, there will be NO ADDED SUGAR. The only sugar will be from naturally produced sugars found in the organic fruit juices we use to flavor our awesome products.
Future products include:
- Hot Chocolate
- Hot Teas (Matcha Lattes and Masala Chia)!
Stay tuned for further announcements!