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Essential Oils for Respiratory Health

Winter brings low temperatures and an increased chance of seasonal viruses such as colds, flu, the latest strain of Covid-19, and other flu-like infections. According to WebMD, high levels of these and similar infections are being reported1.   These ailments mean resting and self-care using over-the-counter (OTC) remedies or a trip to the doctor for […]

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2024: The Year of Unusual Dessert Pairings

Americans love desserts! From a fruit salad to a tiramisu, we always have space for our favorite sweet treat after a meal. Among America’s top dessert choices are pie, cobblers and crumbles, cheesecake, banana, cupcakes and cakes, ice cream, S’mores, lemon squares, and cookies.   Moreover, even with heightened awareness of the health risks associated […]

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Dry Aging Adopts Creative Flair

Our beef is typically wet-aged, where steaks are sealed in a bag to retain moisture. Another method of maintaining freshness is dry aging. In this more time-consuming process, beef cuts are aged for several weeks or months, allowing moisture to evaporate and causing the meat’s natural enzymes to break down connective tissue. Both approaches allow […]

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Trending: Unrefined Salts

Salt is essential for life and an indelible part of our lives. Saltiness is one of our six basic tastes, and the mineral features in many of our favorite dishes and snacks. Naturally found in seawater and rock crystals, from where it is evaporated and mined, the humble sodium chloride compound has played a significant […]

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Botanical Extracts for Healthy Aging

Interest in supporting vitality and extending longevity through nutrition is growing. The trend reflects a broader and expanding focus on well-being, including healthier, more natural ingredients and cleaner labels. Studies validating the essential role a well-balanced diet plays in promoting health highlight the need for the following: Nutrient-rich foods: Nutrient-dense vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, […]

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California Bans Red Food Coloring and Other Artificial Additives

In October 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the California Food Safety Act (AB 418). The act, which comes into effect in 2027, makes California the first state to prohibit manufacturing, selling, or distributing foodstuffs containing Red Dye No. 3, propylparaben, brominated vegetable oil, and potassium bromate. Sounds good. However, what are these dyes and […]

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Savory Cocktails and Vegetable-Based Beverages

Usually, sweet drinks come to mind when we think about cocktails and refreshing beverages. At the same time, however, according to the renowned MICHELIN guide, “there is a whole world of savory drinks to explore.” With bold, smoky, umami, and nostalgic flavors already trending in 2024, we think you might be pleasantly surprised.   Tea […]

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Regenerative Agriculture Comes to the Coffee Industry

According to Statistica, coffee producers can expect an annual growth rate of 10.52% into 2028, with the United States generating the highest revenue globally in 2024 (USD $11.4m)1. At the same time, in line with a global consumer trend towards healthier ingredients and cleaner labels, coffee drinkers are demanding more sustainable products from ethically sourced […]

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The Importance of Accurate Labeling for Natural Energy Drinks

Energy drinks, particularly natural energy drinks, are increasingly popular, with most containing caffeine. The category yielded an estimated $159 billion USD in revenue in 2021 and continues to grow. There are some caveats for users and brands, however.   In September 2022, a 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania student – Sarah Katz – drank a Panera […]

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Are Nuts a Sustainable Plant-Based Protein Source?

Growing consumer awareness and demand for healthier ingredients, including plant-based protein, cleaner labels, and technological advances in nut processing, are driving a surge in the market. The segment is predicted to increase by a CAGR of 7%, from USD 53.12 billion in 2022 to USD 78.5 billion by 20291.   While Europe experiences a rising […]