A little purple berry from South America is making a big splash in beverages. Also known as the Amazon palmberry, açai fruit is considered by some to be one of the world's top "superfoods." It contains an exceptionally high concentration of antioxidants (especially anthocyanins), as well as monounsaturated fats, dietary fiber, phytosterols, several trace minerals and a number of essential amino acids.
This month's debutantes include Birds Eye Steamfresh veggies; Wishbone Salad Spritzers; Kellogg's Granola Munch-ems and Special K Snack Bites; 100 calorie packs from Frito-Lay; Dr Pepper Berries and Cream; McCormick Finishing Sauces.
Nutrigenomics - the systematic study of the biology of nutrition - looks at the interactions among diet, health and genetics. This field is revolutionizing the study of nutrition and challenging "one-size-fits-all" approaches that attempt to improve health with simplistic low-calorie, low-fat or low-cholesterol diets for large populations.