Reading List: Foods of the Future, Breast Milk Cheese & Raw Food Safety

by in Food News, March 12, 2010


In this week’s nutrition news: Soda taxes help shed pounds, how to choose the right nutrition expert and cheese made from breast milk — would you eat it?

Foods of the Future
Want to know what foods you’ll be seeing more of next year? The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice Association (CRFA) surveyed 400 chefs and asked them to identify the hottest new food trends. Although researchers asked our neighbors to the north, the foods topping the list are similar to ones I’ve spotted at recent New York food shows. What are they? Ancient grains (kamut, spelt and quinoa), gluten-free beer and Middle Eastern cuisine. I’m very excited for that third trend to hit!

Study Finds Soda Taxes Help Shed Pounds
We told you about the big debate on taxing sodas before; now a new study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine shows that taxing soda may be better for our health. Researchers at the University of North Carolina looked at the eating habits of more than 5,000 young adults over the span of 20 years and found that when food costs more, people tend eat fewer calories. Their conclusion: If we paid 18% more for regular soda and other sweetened beverages, we’d consume 56 fewer calories each day and lose around five pounds a year! (Speaking of soda, check out the debate our users struck up in this week’s “Diet Soda: Good or Bad?” post.)

Cheese Made from Breast Milk
Yum, right?! I always assumed breast milk was for feeding a newborn. Well, not anymore. Chef Daniel Angerer decided to make cheese from his wife’s breast milk (don’t worry, he made sure the baby had enough). It took him a little extra effort to make the cheese since human milk doesn’t curdle as well as cows (who knew?)…would any of you try it?

Raw Food Safety
Many folks enjoy following a raw food diet these days. I even got to experience a vegan raw food dinner in New York City a few months ago. But going raw also comes with a few food safety issues. Registered dietitian Keri Gans has some smart tips to make sure the raw food experience is delicious and safe. Some major advice: wash your produce correctly! That is, under cold, running water with a scrub brush; be sure to wash and then toss the outer layer of fruits such as mango and melon. This gets rid of any lingering bacteria that you might normally kill off while cooking food. But remember to only wash fruits just before eating them (storing produce after washing promotes mold growth).

Choosing Your Nutrition Expert
Many of our readers ask us for personalized diet advice and we usually suggest that they see a registered dietitian (like Dana and myself) for one-on-one consultation. When seeking out nutrition experts, you may have heard many titles floating around — nutritionist, health coach or nutrition specialist — and wondered what the heck is the difference? This informative article explains it well. Still confused? Ask us!

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Comments (4)

  1. Dan says:

    Cheese from breast milk :(

  2. julo says:

    I'm liking where the food trends are going! Middle Eastern food is so flavorful and delicious, I wouldn't mind finding more of it around. :) And I'm a fan of whole grains being in style, whether they are ancient or modern. As long as their not processed, I'm happy to eat them!

    I view the soda tax like I view taxes on cigarettes. I don't drink soda, so it doesn't bother me in the slightest to tax it. That said, I don't like where it could lead. Will they start taxing sugar in the grocery store? Or salt? I think that's the extremist view, and I doubt it would ever happen, but I don't think soda is the source of this countries dietary problems by any means. What about fruit juice? If you could argue it has the same sugar content, why tax one but not the other? I don't think soda is bad for you on the same level as nicotine, and I think it should be up to people to decide for themselves what to put in their bodies. Really, I think it's just an excuse to try and leech more money out of people.

  3. sally says:

    I don't think the soda tax is a way to "leech" money out of people. I think it's a way to get people to make decisions. Is a soda the most important thing for you to buy? It's empty calories. So if it's more expensive it will get people to try and quit the soda habit. That's what the cigarette tax is about. You can't make them illegal, but if you make them expensive maybe people will try and quit.

    Btw, nobody eats sugar from the bag. You use sugar in other things like muffins and cakes. These are also bad things to eat, but drinking a soda is pretty much the same as eating spoonfuls of sugar. You just get a little water and carmel color along with it.

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