Online food shopping is coming into its own. A few companies launched click-and-ship grocery models
at the peak of the dot-com frenzy, but they failed pretty spectacularly. The market was not yet ready.
Today, it’s a different story. Check out these two innovative models, which could add the crucial convenience factor that you or your clients may need to keep you on track with your nutritional health.
Every day there seems to be a new study heralding the work done by the billions of microorganisms in our guts. Probiotics, the live organisms (naturally occurring bacteria) in your body, are working overtime to keep us healthy, and now—according to recent research published in the AHA journal Hypertension (July 21, 2014, doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.114.03469)— it seems they could play a role in keeping our blood pressure in check.
If your answer to the question in the headline was “salt,” you are wrong, say authors of a published study in the online journal Open Heart [doi: 10.1136/openhrt-2014-000167]. Added sugars, particularly fructose, in processed foods are likely to have a greater role in high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke than added salt.
At any given time, over 100 million Americans are on a diet (MarketResearch .com 2014). That’s about a third of the U.S. population. Despite the hundreds of best- seller diet books and the $60-plus billion Americans spend trying to lose weight each year (Marketdata Enterprises 2014), permanent weight loss remains elusive for most. Even so, dozens of diets remain on the market, each with ardent followers and outspoken opponents.
Which is better: A “natural” product or an “organic” one? Eggs from “cage-free,” “pastured” or “vegetarian-fed” chickens? “Grass-fed” or “grass-finished” beef? “Low-fat” or “reduced-fat” snacks? Or do these terms mean anything at all?
The supply is there, and so is the demand, so why not shop local farms and farmers’ markets from your laptop?
Good Eggs (www .goodeggs.com) brings local groceries right to your doorstep. Order online from the best local farmers and food makers, and your groceries will be picked and prepped to order. So far, only residents of the San Francisco Bay area; Brooklyn, New York; the Los Angeles area; and New Orleans can enjoy the service, which includes aggregating, packing and delivering goods to your door—for free (or you can pick them up). Expansion plans are underway.
People around the world are getting more thoughtful about their food and are seeking quality, sustainability and big flavor on the plate.
Largely driven by chefs, microbakers, microbrewers and small-operation farmers, the growing trend for reviving our culinary history includes dogged pursuit and then loving cultivation of near-extinct heirloom crops and livestock. Dedicated artisans are bringing back some foods from the brink of extinction.
In her book, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet (2014 Hachette), the eponymous author, personal trainer and nutrition expert explains how different sugars react differently in the body and outlines the “seven most damaging sugars we eat every day without realizing it.” This recipe is a perfect way to show your loved ones you care about them on Valentine’s Day—or whenever the occasion calls for a delicious dessert. It’s beautiful to look at, and nutritious and sweet in all the right ways!