Marketing experts who studied current food trends among children say that “natural” foods are “here to stay” and that kids today have become more independent in their food choices. According to the market research organization Mintel, there has been “a huge amount of activity” in terms of foods being promoted directly to kids; this is particularly true in terms of the candy and soda products that are now available to children. A senior analyst at Mintel reported these other notable food trends affecting kids:
Adding to the literature on the potential health benefits of alcohol is a new study suggesting that drinking may improve insulin sensitivity. While this was a small-animal study, the results are interesting.
If frozen diet dinners tasted better, would more people avail themselves of these products? According to the editors at Consumer Reports, food manufacturers have made great inroads in improving the taste of prepared diet entrées while still maintaining their low-calorie profile.
The consumer market is loaded with various diet programs promising weight loss. One of the most recent contenders in the diet market is Taco Bell®, with its Drive-Thru Diet® Menu, which consists of seven items with 9 grams of fat or less. It might seem illogical to include “Taco Bell” and “diet” in the same sentence; however, the fast-food organization claims that its goal in this instance is to provide consumers with lower-calorie items.
Experts agree that recording what you eat each day makes people more aware of their calorie intake, which in turn can help expedite and even maintain weight loss. Advise your tech-savvy clients to e-mail themselves real-world descriptions of what they ate at each meal.
How many times have you come home from the market and gone
to put away a new can of pinto beans, only to realize you already had three cans lurking in the farthest regions of your pantry? Maintaining order inside your pantry is one easy way to save time and money in this trying economy.
Organizing the food in your pantry can help you easily see what
you have and what you need to put on your grocery list. (Another way
to save money is always to travel with a list!) Here’s how to make your pantry pay off:
A recent study by Consumer Reports found traces of bacteria in packages of salad greens, even in bags that claim to be “prewashed.” While these bacteria traces usually do not pose a health risk to most people, experts say that they are a sign that not enough is being done to ensure that the produce is as safe or clean as the package labels allege.