All of our meat and fresh dairy products, whether natural or organic, are free of antibiotics. We are proud to offer pasture eggs alongside our organic and free-range offerings. All of our fresh eggs are antibiotic free and come from chickens that are raised and treated humanely.
The additives used to make food more appealing are often petroleum based and linked to cancer and other conditions. We are more than happy to swap crazy colors, flavorings, and dyes for real ingredients.
Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame & Sucralose)
Aspartame and sucralose contain controversial ingredients linking them to disease. With limited studies on the long-term effects of these sweeteners, we'd prefer not to take any chances and have never allowed them in our stores.
BHT, BHA, and TBHQ are preservatives used in many foods to prevent fat spoilage. We refuse to carry any products that contain BHT, BHA or TBHQ.
Cloned Meat or Dairy from Cloned Animals
Cloned meat and dairy lacks safety testing. Pair that with the fact that companies that produce cloned meat and animal products do not have to label their products or acknowledge that they might be using cloned meat or dairy and you'll understand why we refuse to sell it.
Expandex mimics the appearance, taste, and texture of wheat-based ingredients. It's typically used in gluten-free products, but the lack of safety information surrounding the chemical modification process used to make it means we refuse to carry it in our stores.
We believe that we have the strictest non-GMO policy in the United States in spite of our dependence on the honesty of manufacturers, a flawed regulatory system, and a glaring lack of defined industry standards. We contact each and every manufacturer to obtain confirmation that ingredients are not sourced from GMOs.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
A cheap, processed sweetener, High Fructose Corn Syrup always seems to find itself in the news. Regardless of claims that it is no different from regular table sugar, we refuse to carry any products made with high fructose corn syrup.
These carcinogenic preservatives are found in processed meats. Rest assured, all of our meat products, whether fresh or frozen, are nitrate/nitrite free.
Hydrogenation makes oil more shelf stable. It also damages the oil, creating trans fatty acids that are linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. Hydrogenated oils have never been allowed in our stores.
We only carry 100% organic produce, eliminating concern over the pesticides sprays used on conventional fruits and vegetables. We prefer our produce without chemical and pesticide residue and refuse to provide you with anything but the best.
Certain ingredients used to make processed foods do not have a natural or organic source. When a source does not exist, alternative ingredients undergo a review and approval process via the National Organic Program. At Native Sun, we only allow synthetics that are approved by the Organic Standards Board for use in organic and natural products.
A chemical used in the manufacture of plastics and other industrial products, melamine can be toxic at high levels. We make sure to contact all of our meat and dairy suppliers to confirm that the feed they provide their animals does not contain melamine.