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Ingredient Trend Predictions for 2008

Editor David Feder makes ingredient trend predictions for 2008.

By David Feder, R.D.

Being a magazine devoted to nutraceutical trends, we’re always in prognostication mode. We approach trends the way a Le Mans racer drives: An upcoming curve isn’t the point of reference, the horizon beyond it is.

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Organic and Healthy Losing Meaning Through Overuse

Do the terms "organic" and "healthy" lose their meaning when they're applied to every food and beverage product? There’s danger in blurring lines between what is organic or healthy and what is merely marketed as such.

09/13/2007

Processors Work to Ease Diabetes Compliance

Editor David Feder discusses how processors are working hard to make compliance easier for persons with diabetes.

05/02/2005

Report from 2005 IFT Expo

This year's IFT show served up a plethora of new and wondrous ingredients, the wisdom of Malcolm Gladwell, and the announcement of the World Food Prize.

08/02/2005

Science Degrees Can Be Used to Mislead

"Vitamin E is harmful", "salt is poison", "organic cookies decimate the endangered orangutan habitat" and "the childhood obesity crisis is a red herring made up by the liberal media." These assertions are just a sampling of the flagrant misuses of science degrees by people who should know better. When it’s expert versus expert, everyone gets short-changed.

05/01/2006

Survey Says Nearly Half of Consumers Don't Count Calories

If a calorie is consumed in the forest and no one is there to count it, will it still show up on your waistline? We analyze the IFIC Food and Health Survey’s disturbing finding that 43 percent of consumers refuse to even think about keeping track of their caloric intake.

07/01/2006

The Four Bs of Nutraceuticals

Those of us seeking to add wellness ingredients to our diets have a wealth of choices. Until we get to the actual products, where it seems, with few exceptions, we're restricted to beverages, bars, baked goods and breakfast foods. We need to look at other opportunities processors have to incorporate functional ingredients into the food chain.

12/01/2006

The Trouble with E-Newsletters

Wellness Foods exists to be of service to our readers. The same holds true for the Food Processing website and our e-newsletters. But is that message getting through? Editor David Feder tells why he sometimes feels like Rodney Dangerfield.

03/01/2005

Trends from the Natural Products Expo East

The Natural Products Expo East, held last month in Baltimore, showcased thousands of new products for health and wellness as usual. But there were also some interesting trends worth taking note of. Sustainable and Free-Trade are making aggressive inroads, cherries are back, and editor David Feder admits he was wrong about the popularity of açai.

11/01/2006

Well Noted: 2007 Annual Meat Conference

The 2007 Annual Meat Conference, sponsored by the American Meat Institute and the Food Marketing Institute includes new session on kosher- and halal-certification megatrends.

03/07/2007

Well Noted: A Wellness New Year

Editor David Feder’s shamelessly subjective ramblings on some of the good, the bad and the weird of last year’s wellness products and stories. Plus: Changes to the magazine for 2007.

01/10/2007

Well Noted: Judging Health Food by Its Cover

Making a case for more aggressive pursuit of sustainable packaging now that bioplastics have caught up to demand.

02/07/2007

Well Noted: Moving Up and Southern Hospitality

05/02/2007

Well Noted: Tell Me What to Eat

Where nutrition educators are struggling, manufacturers may be succeeding.

02/14/2006

What Makes a Snack Good or Bad?

Editor David Feder, R.D., wrestles with the question of what makes a snack -- and snacking in general -- "good" or "bad."

02/01/2005