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Bread Array for Keto
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The so-called “keto” diet trend has become widely popular as a weight-loss approach. High in fat, with adequate levels of protein and low levels of carbohydrates, the keto diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates, a state called “ketosis.” Doctors initially created this diet to prevent seizures in children with epilepsy, and it may be used by people with metabolic disorders including diabetes.
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Gut Health Yogurt
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A gut feeling. Gut response. It takes guts. Idioms referring to the gut have been commonplace for years, acknowledging a connection between the gut and the brain. Current understanding of the gut’s role in achieving overall health and wellbeing is evolving, with the term “gut microbiome” used and recognized routinely around the world.
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Mushrooms in Bowl
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Foodie or not, you’re probably hearing a lot about mushrooms. People are looking to mushrooms to support a healthy diet, calm down, even improve their skin, as claims about the benefits of mushrooms explode across consumer and social media.
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Cereals Overhead
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FODMAP. An acronym that may seem strange to many people. Unfortunately, it is all-too familiar for people with digestive disorders.
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Softshell Tacos Chicken
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Last year, Bon Appetit magazine declared the United States “Taco Nation.” Its Feb. 13, 2020 issue asked: “Has there ever been a more important time in this country for tacos? Not only are they more dynamic and widespread than ever (jackfruit birria in East L.A! Duckfat tortillas in Kansas), they’re a cultural lightning rod …” As Bon Appetit noted, chefs across the country are creating unique taco offerings, many choosing tortillas that kick flavor up a notch with ingredients such as chiles, cilantro or lime, or crafting tortillas with alternative grains such as heirloom corn.
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Alternative Proteins Photo
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Beef. It’s still what’s for dinner in many U.S. households, but increasingly supplemented with alternative protein sources. Environmental concerns – about greenhouse gas emissions and the resources required to sustain animal agriculture -- are fueling consumer and scientific interest in harnessing new sources of protein.
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Breads Array
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The high-protein, lower-net-carbohydrate diet trend shows no sign of slowing. Yet just 2% of bakery products carried high or added protein claims in the five years ending in August 2019, according to Mintel. This may be because food developers working with high-protein formulations often encounter functional challenges.
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Meat Lab Tacos
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Replicating the texture, mouthfeel and appearance of animal protein presents a unique challenge for food formulators developing plant-based meat alternatives. Achieving that “just-right” formulation for success requires endless testing, re-testing and experimentation. For many companies seeking entry into plant-based products, there may be an additional challenge: Lacking the manufacturing facilities to test how their formulations would hold up during production, they must turn to contract manufacturers or university research departments to test and produce prototypes.
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Lower-carb Pasta
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Pasta has been a fixture on tables around the world for centuries, but annual sales of the venerable staple have stagnated as consumers cut back on carbohydrates to support weight loss. In fact, a Mintel 2020 overview projects “negative value growth” in the Americas pasta market over the next five years. Still, Mintel notes in a 2019 global report that food developers in some markets can “counter the growing avoidance of refined carbs” with the use of legume and pulse flours such as chickpea and red lentil in their pastas.
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