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Rainforest Awards

Welcome to the 3rd annual Rainforest Awards. And the winners are...

Ingredient of the Year
Watermelon Juice

Watermelon juice is an ingredient that had a real breakthrough in 2016. Consumers were attracted to watermelon juice due to its nutrient content, which includes l-citrulline, a nutrient believed to be useful for the physically active. 

Most Popular Non-US Ingredient
Chanca Piedra

Chanca piedra is a well-known herb from the Amazon, being of the staple herbs in the lives of several South American cultures. This herb, which translates to "stone breaker", has been used in various ways by South Americans including in Ayurvedic medicine and to promote overall health.

Best Functional Support Ingredient

Chokeberry shined in 2016. Consumers rushed to chokeberry because of its high insoluble fiber content, which may help the stomach feel full. Chokeberry was also a versatile ingredient, making itself useful in several different formulations. 

Best Newcomer Ingredient

This tiny seed contains a world of nutrition. Pumpkin seeds have been used for nutrients such as fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids but another use of this ingredient has been for its protein content. A 1-ounce serving of pumpkin seed may contain up to 8.5 grams of protein. The same sized serving may contain up to 4 grams of fiber, helpful for digestive health. Pumpkin seed proves that great things do come in small packages.

Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016

Since its appearance in the nutraceuticals industry, acerola has taken its proper place as a superfruit. Acerola is one of the best sources of vitamin C, offering up more than most other ingredients in the industry. Acerola also contains other essential vitamins that makes it a great choice for several formulations including vitamin A and iron. 

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