After mom Betty Lou Carrier read Sugar Blues by William Dufty and took to heart the book’s preaching that “sugar causes disease,” her life took a turn. Little did she know that her newfound commitment to eliminating sugar from her family’s diet would end up with a 104,000 square -foot facility, 80 full-time staff, and the opportunity to work side by side with her two sons.
It all began with some experimentation in the kitchen, as Betty Lou sought to make sugar-free treats for her kids to take to school. She had never created recipes before, but after throwing some ingredients together, she found that she had created a delicious treat, loved by kids and grown-ups alike. Now the company offers a wide array of not only sugar-free but also various dairy-free, lactose-free, vegan, and gluten-free foods. They recently came out with a new gluten-free protein bar, which comes in four flavors.
What Betty Lou first created in her kitchen was the forerunner of her company’s most popular item, Betty Lou’s Nut Butter Balls, which are gluten-free and come in a variety of flavors, including Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Coconut, Cashew, Spirulina, and more, with an average of 9.15 grams of protein packed in each 1.4-oz. one. Their current ball shape comes from Betty’s Lou’s original use of an ice cream scoop to shape the treats before rolling them by hand with nuts.
Another high-quality gluten-free product Betty Lou’s offers is Low Glycemic Designer Protein Shakes, which are offer 20 grams of protein per serving. The shakes are free of lactose, gluten, sugar, soy, and hormones, with the protein source being milk and rice proteins. The shakes are high in fiber and sugar, contain vitamins and minerals, and are made with a digestive enzyme and probiotic blend. The three flavors of Chocolate, Vanilla, and Orange Cream mix instantly in water. Such a product is valuable for gluten- or lactose-free athletes looking for a protein boost or as a meal replacement shake for people looking to manage their weight.
The most recent release by Betty Lou’s is the Organic Just Great Stuff Bars, which come in four flavors, Organic Superberry Acai, Fruit & Veggie, Chocolate Dream Greens, and Cacao Acai Bar. The bars are certified organic, full of antioxidants, vegan, and gluten-free with protein supplied from organic rice protein and cashews. The bars are also rich in antioxidants; the Organic Cacao Acai Bar has an ORAC Antioxidant value of 34,100, as tested by the credible laboratory Brunswick Labs. The ingredients are also unique and nutritious. For instance, the Chocolate Dream Greens Bar has “organic freeze-dried spinach, sprouted broccoli, kale and carrot, and whole foods like bananas, raisins, dates and cashews,” according to Betty Lou’s website.
According to Betty Lou’s son John, the facility is thoroughly washed out between every production as well as tested often for gluten content. Betty Lou’s is proud to create top-of-the-line “private label” products for doctors, nutritionists, and other companies by utilizing their team of scientists and researchers. John said that two of the private label products they created were named in the Top 5 Best Bars in Food Engineering Magazine. According to John, in their latest third party audit of their facility, which was conducted to check their “good manufacturing” practices and procedures, resulted in a rating of 97%– the “Best in the Food Industry.”
“We go all out to keep our consumers safe, while enjoying a delicious, gluten-free performance snack from Betty Lou’s,” John says.
As awareness about gluten and celiac disease increases, more and more food companies are committing themselves to serving the gluten-free community. Betty Lou’s, Inc. stands out as one of these companies, which with its variety of gluten-free, nutritious snacks, has made living gluten-free easier for the gluten-free community.
Betty Lou’s, Inc. http://www.bettylousinc.com
From our home to yours, Tina Turbin.