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How Aging Spirits Improves Their Flavor

If you’ve ever drunk Bourbon or Scotch, you’ve enjoyed an aged spirit. Like many things in life, these alcoholic drinks improve with time, and aging them in wooden barrels can enhance their flavor and aroma. Barrel aging is an ancient practice that started with wine. Soon enough, people discovered it worked for spirits too, and […]

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Responsible Fish Farming With the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Globally, overfishing, unsustainable and illegal fishing practices have depleted wild fish stocks, significantly degrading ecosystems, unbalancing the marine ecology, and pushing some species to extinction. Overfishing means fish are caught faster and in more significant volumes than stocks can replenish, making it among the key drivers of ocean wildlife population declines.   With the demand […]

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Flavors From El Salvador

The Republic of El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, yet home to six diverse ecosystems rich in flora and fauna. It also has a varied cultural heritage, from Mesoamerican – including Xinca and Mayan, to Spanish and African.   Its fertile volcanic soils support numerous crops. These include tropical fruit such as […]

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Acai Berries and Sports Nutrition

From the tall and slender acai palm tree, the acai berry is native to the Amazon rainforest. These delicious fruits are small, black, or deep purple, reminiscent of blueberries. Their unique taste is slightly tart, somewhat nutty, and subtly chocolaty. They are also considered a superfood.   Notable among their nutritional qualities is a high […]

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Beating Egg-Flation in the Food Industry

Eggs are considered a “superfood” and a “complete” protein, the standard against which other protein foods are measured. Eggs’ protein composition is ideal, containing all nine essential amino acids. They also offer essential omega-three fatty acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, B5, and B12, phosphorus, folate, selenium, Vitamin D, E, and more. Eggs may be the […]

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Are Bitter Flavors Underrated?

Is sweet good and bitter bad? For many in the highly sugar and carbohydrate-dependent West, a bitter taste is horrible. Along with sweet, sour, salty, and savory, bitter is one of the five primary human taste receptors. Yet, unlike at least three of these flavor types, bitterness is widely considered unpleasant or, at best, an […]

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Expanding School Cafeteria Menus for Halal Students

The Pew Research Center has reported that by 2040, our Muslim population will represent the United States’ second-largest religious group1. This community is forecast to double to an estimated 8.1 million, overtaking our Jewish population.   About half (48%) of this Muslim segment consider eating halal essential to their identity2. As this population grows and […]

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Natural Yogurt Flavorings for Better Health

Yogurt is a delicious snack, smoothie base, and a breakfast staple for many people worldwide. It’s also popular in curries, marinades, and other savory sauces. While its exact origins are largely unknown, it is believed to have originated from the area that is now Turkey over 7000 years ago. Today, hundreds of yogurt varieties are […]

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Vegan Cheese 101

Vegan cheese recently exploded onto the market to meet the growing demand for dairy-free products. However, plant-based cheese alternatives have been around longer than you think. Fermented tofu was the first cheese-like product vegans could enjoy, and brands like Soymage and Soyarella have been making soy-based cheese since the 1980s.   Today, dozens of vegan-friendly […]

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Cocoa-Free Chocolate – a Better Option for the Planet?

The global chocolate market is worth over $100 billion1 and will only grow as demand increases. Eating chocolate is universal across Western cultures, and confectionery companies release new bars, slabs, and spreads every year. However, the chocolate industry is not always so sweet. Chocolate comes from cocoa, which has a complex supply chain with many […]