by Sara Reistad-Long in Food News, February 20, 2014
by Dana Angelo White in Food News, February 13, 2014
In this week’s news: California takes a hard stance on soft drinks; marketers realize there’s more bread to be made in the gluten-free aisle; and an amino acid in spinach gets the spotlight.
California to Bust Soda’s Bubble?
Along with several medical experts, a California state senator proposed adding a warning label to the packaging of sodas not unlike what now appears on cigarette packaging. The wording — developed by a panel of national healthcare leaders — would read, “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” According to data cited, one soda a day raises an adult’s chances of being overweight by 27 percent and a child’s by 55 percent.
by Toby Amidor in Food News, February 5, 2014
In this week’s news: vending machines that dispense fresh salads; another pro to probiotics; and yes, there’s something called the werewolf diet (howwwl!).
Farm to Fork, By Way of the Vending Machine
A Chicago businessman is attempting to reinvent vending machine food through a business called Farmer’s Fridge. Offerings include jars filled with the likes of Lemon Pepper Chicken, North Napa Salad (with avocado, grapes and pistachios) and Greek Yogurt with Berries, combining upmarket tastes with grab-n-go convenience (salads start at $8). The fresh goodies are delivered to machines daily.
by Dana Angelo White in Food News, January 29, 2014
In this week’s nutrition news: There’s no sugar-coating a new study on heart disease; scientists back every mom who has ever nagged about breakfast; and — who cares? — most people don’t believe a word of dietary advice, anyway.
Heartbreak for Sugar Lovers
A new study released this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine found that sugar fiends may be in for more heart trouble than they realize. The study observed an association between higher sugar consumption and risk of death from heart disease. But added sugar isn’t found only in sweet foods like soda, cakes and ice cream. Researchers cautioned that savory foods like salad dressing also contain added sugars.
by Silvana Nardone in Trends, January 28, 2014
In this week’s news: Yogurt discovers its savory side; scientists look into the problems of piling on the protein; and caramel coloring gets a red flag.
Takers for Tomato Yogurt?
Blue Hill Farm, annex of New York’s famed Blue Hill eateries, is making its mark on the yogurt scene. Instead of offering the conventional fruit-filled varieties, the high-end farm-to-fork establishment is spooning out concoctions that are 30 percent vegetable puree. The yogurts — made with dairy from grass-fed cows and selling in a small number of Whole Foods markets — are available in six flavors: tomato, carrot, beet, butternut squash, sweet potato and parsnip.
by Dana Angelo White in Food News, January 24, 2014
Gluten-free dreams really do come true. The Girl Scouts have added a new cookie to their lineup — bite-size, certified gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies. The good news for many parents of gluten-intolerant kids is that their Girl-Scout-badge-carrying daughters can now actually eat the cookies they sell as part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which generates $700 million annually based on 200 million boxes sold.
Made with a basic gluten-free flour blend of rice flour, tapioca flour, cornstarch, potato starch, xanthan gum and guar gum, the new cookies contain no artificial flavors or colors, high-fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils — unlike most of the Girl Scout cookies. However, the cookies do contain other common food allergens, like dairy, egg and corn, as well as GMOs.
by Toby Amidor in Food News, January 22, 2014
Nutrition Facts Panels (aka “food labels”) are getting a much-deserved makeover. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), efforts will be made to upgrade the 20-year-old format found on current food packaging.
by Sally Wadyka in Trends, January 20, 2014
In this week’s nutrition news: Yet another excuse to eat chocolate (yes, yes — in moderation); a calorie counter worthy of Star Trek; and two new protein powders muscle in on the scene.
Score One More for Chocolate?
A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that eating more foods containing flavonoids may offer protection against type 2 diabetes. Researchers analyzed close to 2,000 questionnaires completed by women between the ages of 18 and 76 and found that those who ate the most anthocyanins and flavones — varieties of flavonoids found in berries, red grapes and yes, chocolate and wine — had the lowest insulin resistance. England’s National Health Service website was quick to point out the study’s limitations and warn everyone not to go overboard on chocolate and red wine just yet. (Fair enough.)
by Dana Angelo White in Food News, January 15, 2014
In signs that enthusiasm for juicing shows no signs of flagging, it now extends to those who like to indulge in the occasional cocktail. As the New York Times reported last month, hip bars are embracing the world of fresh fruit and vegetable juices — taking the same concoctions people use to re-energize after a workout or up their intake of leafy greens — and adding a shot of vodka, gin or tequila. Besides being pro-produce, health-minded booze buffs, it seems, are also drawn to the idea of mixers that preclude the usual sugary sodas and syrups.
by Dana Angelo White in Food News, January 11, 2014
In this week’s nutrition news: Students and politicians embrace Greek yogurt; avocado enthusiasts have more reasons to rejoice; and caffeine generates buzz in a study on memory.
Greek Yogurt to Hit Cafeteria Trays?
A 3-month federal program conducted in four states attempted to gauge students’ interest in Greek yogurt as a protein source in school lunches. During the pilot program, students scarfed down approximately 200,000 pounds of the thick yogurt, prompting politicians to push for an expansion of the test. (The program’s proponents include Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York — home of Greek yogurt giant Chobani.)
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