We are changing the way we think about food, nutrition, and health. So what’s the latest buzz around the Internet and in the news this month? Below are some of the most intriguing insights and trends.
It’s too bad GMO labelling wasn’t part of the reforms.
Michelle Obama Digs in on Childhood Obesity (MSNBC) - On the 4th anniversary of the Lets’ Move Campaign, first lady Michelle Obama revealed several reforms to help America make healthier food choices. The FDA will, for the first time in 20-years, change the nutrition facts on food labels to standardize serving sizes, among other changes aimed at making it easier to comprehend the information. Additionally, the FDA will regulate marketing by food companies in public schools such as junk food ads, in an effort to curb childhood obesity.
Big Food voluntarily reformulates brands to non-GMO versions.
Smart Balance Becomes Latest Brand to go Non-GMO (Food Navigator USA) – In response to consumer demand for transparency into the foods we eat, big brands such as Smart Balance (a butter substitute) are reformulating to non-GMO versions. Previously, brands such as Cheerios and Grape Nuts cereals reformulated to non-GMO products. Look for new package labelling that specifies the food is non-GMO.
America is not the only country with reforms to curb childhood obesity.
EU Eyes Reformulation and Marketing Restrictions to Cut Childhood Obesity (Food Navigator) – The U.S. is not the only nation implementing programs to reduce childhood obesity. Europe plans to strictly limit all forms of food marketing to children and continue to cut salt, fats, and added sugars in processed foods so as to reduce childhood obesity. Roughly 1 in 3 children ages 6-9-yrs old are overweight or obese.
Mostly healthy food trends emerging in popularity in 2014.
Hot Out of the Oven: 7 Food Trends for 2014 (Wall Street Cheat Sheet) – The National Restaurant Association’s annual What’s Hot forecast predicts this year’s food trends: Exotic farm-raised meats such as goat, rabbit, and pigeon; drinking and eating tea and hosting “low tea” brunches; non-wheat noodles made from quinoa, rice, or buckwheat; healthy kids meals on restaurant menus; ice cream sandwiches (cupcakes and donuts are out, while ice dream is in); locally-sourced meat and seafood and locally-grown produce; ancient grains in addition to quinoa, like spelt, amaranth , and askamut.
Just when I thought fast food could not get any worse, enter the Waffle Taco.
Waffle Taco: Taco Bell breakfast menu, March 2014 marks new food items on sale (The Examiner) - Taco Bell enters the fast food breakfast market with a new menu on March 27th, featuring items such as the Waffle Taco and AM Crunchwrap. The Waffle Taco is an egg, cheese, and sausage combination that is rolled up into a waffle that is taco-shaped. The AM Crunchwrap is a tortilla filled with cheese, eggs, meat, and a hash browns. Company president called it a “transformational moment for the brand.”
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Published On: March 04, 2014