Alternative Ingredient Snacks are for City Folk

Alternative Ingredient Snacks are for City Folk

Americans living in urban areas are the biggest fans of alternative ingredient snacks, even more so than people who live in suburban areas and far more than those living in rural settings. The differences are most pronounced for pulse- and seaweed-based snacks, but the pattern holds true for every type of alternative ingredient salty snack and cracker; rural snackers are just less interested.


Gluten-Free: More Than A Matter of Trust

Gluten-Free: More Than A Matter of Trust

For the millions of people who have celiac disease the various gluten-free certifications are of great value, not only helping them to manage a serious health condition, but providing psychological and emotional relief as well.


Marketing kids’ foods: threading the health needle

Marketing kids’ foods: threading the health needle

The kids’ food and beverage market is particularly challenging because industry players must market to children and parents at the same time. This means delivering on healthfulness: Nearly half (46%) of parents list nutritional value as most important when choosing foods at the supermarket for their children, the highest response rate among 16 choices.


The safe and accurate food labeling act (If you feel like it)

The safe and accurate food labeling act (If you feel like it)

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The House of Representatives has passed HR 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, another one of those legislative titles that are the opposite of what the substance of the bill actually proposes. The Act, which still needs Senate approval and a presidential signature-neither of which are guaranteed-would establish uniform ...


NY Yankee Teixeira goes gluten- and dairy-free, reclaims place among baseball’s elite. Coincidence?

NY Yankee Teixeira goes gluten- and dairy-free, reclaims place among baseball’s elite. Coincidence?

This past February, New York Yankee Mark Teixeira announced intentions to hit 30 home runs and collect 100 RBIs during the then-upcoming Major League Baseball season. Prior to 2012, these numbers would have been lofty yet attainable goals for a superstar of Teixeira’s stature. But in recent years the two time all-star first baseman appeared snakebitten having missed extensive time due to injuries that tarnished his reputation as one of baseball’s most feared sluggers.

Fast forward four months ...


Goodbye to trans fats

Goodbye to trans fats

As expected, the FDA is (at a very measured pace) closing the door on trans fats. Our understanding of the role of fats and oils in the diet has advanced considerably since the simplistic 1980s and 1990s focus on reducing dietary fats altogether (Nabisco’s Snackswells brand is usually cited in this context). That made sense to a degree because fats are higher-calorie than protein or carbs, and because saturated and especially trans fats aren’t healthy.

But that doesn’t mean that anyone ever go...