While 'Old World' cuisine encompasses regions such as Italy, France and Spain; new Old World Cuisine looks to less celebrated food regions such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria and Belgium.
Weve been putting flax on our cereal as a plant source of highly valuable omega-3 fatty acids, but look for the word lignan to begin popping up on labels of foods with added flax, much as isoflavones became the reason for our expanded appetite for soy products.
An analysis by the USA Rice Federation of new research released this week from the CDC shows that for the first time since the mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grains such as white rice, flour, breads and cereals in 1998, folate status among women is declining.
As the mega-trend toward healthy lifestyles continues to drive consumer products, WILD Flavors, Inc. remains dedicated to producing innovative functional ingredients and applications. WILD's H.I.T.S. --Health Ingredient Technology and Solutions-- Team was created for the sole purpose of researching and promoting health ingredients that add value to food and beverage formulations.
As a supplement, extract from the saw palmetto plant (Serenoa repens) has been promoted as a powerful prostate cancer preventative. Research has shown it also may help in the treatment of urinary tract infections. The question is, is it ready to make the jump to foods and beverage applications.
Noni juice is being promoted with more relentlessness worthy of P. T. Barnum. Its antioxidant capacities are certainly there, but are they worth the high price and dubious flavor profile? Some processors may want to take a "Not in My Back Yard" stance.
Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling started a vitamin C revolution, promoting it as a panacea for cancer, heart disease and just about anything that ailed you. Then he died. OK, he was 93, but vitamin C's star quickly faded. Suddenly it's on the brink of a comeback.
Hemp seed, once an annoying ingredient those most likely to encounter it, crept into the food chain a few years ago. But the move to make the tiny little green seeds into something profitable didn't seem to get off the ground until recently. It turns out that, while the seeds of the cannabis plant won't get you high, they could get you healthy - as a good source of protein and omega oils.
The overwhelming attention paid to the childhood obesity crisis these days is laudable. Unfortunately, some approaches are forgetting a key factor: Children are not miniature adults. For some processors, this means it's back-to-school time.
Natural caffeine is abundant in our modern, high-energy society. The sun never sets on the Starbucks empire. And talk about teas, once we discovered antioxidants and EGCG, variety in the tea market went through the roof.
Americans love frozen dinners and entrees for their convenience, are impressed by the recent innovations in ease of preparation and are motivated to purchase new frozen products that look appealing in the store. With variety and healthier alternatives, this category holds greater potential.
High-fructose corn syrup is being demonized as the root of all obesity. Some processors are fleeing to other sweeteners in response, but the lines between sense and science are being blurred in the panic.
Whatever happened to ginseng? This popular pioneer of functional ingredients was the belle of the good-for-you ball 25 years ago. Ginseng may have faded from the popularity contest point of view, but sales are still strong and it still has a myriad of uses.
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.
Tart cherries as the latest in health foods may sound like little more than sour grapes. But there's nothing sour about their positive effect on health. Centuries of folklore about the health powers in these little jewels are finding support in research. Tart cherries, those we use in cherry pie, may be among the most potent of natures anti-inflammatory foods.
In the not too distant future, nutrition experts may tell us to include boron-rich foods in our diet. This largely ignored element is being studied more intently at present, as it seems to play a key role in coordinating other nutrients involved in bone health.
Co-Q10 has been lauded for its antioxidant properties and its role in energy production. Contributing Editor Dr. Mark Anthony previously managed one of the nation's leading Co-Q 10 research labs; here he brings his expertise to bear on an update of this vital nutrient.
What is there to not attract people to Thai? The typical Thai dish balances all flavor elements; sweet, astringent, salty, piquant, tart and uomi (meaty); with a surprising lightness and delicacy that makes for a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
This month, Dr. Mark Anthony warns us of a new twist on the old low-carb nutrition fad. Handy as it is for diabetics, the Glycemic Index isn't the "be-all and end-all" of carbohydrate nutrition for everyone.
Mark Anthony, Ph.D., joins the Wellness Foods family as a contributing editor with the monthly column, "Nutrition Beyond the Trends." This month: the relationship between protein consumption and bone health.