Friday Food News

I’m starting a new feature here at Nutrition Unplugged.  It’s Friday Food News.  Just a little recap of what I’ve been reading this week related to food trends, nutrition and new products.  You’ll find links so you can read more.  

Udis-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-Gluten-FreeARE GLUTEN-FREE SNACKS HITTING SATURATION POINT?
via Food Navigator
Half of all new gluten-free sales are cookies, crackers,  salty snacks and snack bars. “We’re starting to get a bit saturated I think with (gluten-free) snack products…I’d like to see a little bit more distribution of other types of product categories,” said David Sheluga from Ardent Mills.

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WHAT’S THE POINT OF ALMOND MILK?
via Mother Jones
Tom Philpott thinks almonds are a precious foodstuff, but says it’s “deeply weird to pulverize away their crunch, drown them in water, and send them out to the world in a gazillion little cartons.”  His advice:  “Lay off the almond milk, you ignorant hipsters.”  I sorta agree.  I’d rather eat almonds than drink an almond-like beverage.

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JALAPENOS AND HOT SAUCES SHINE ON MENUS
Hot jalapenos and flaming sauces are rising on restaurant menus, appearing in burgers, sandwiches and even hot dogs as consumers crave spicier fare. “[The spice trend is] being fueled by the alignment of two larger themes — growth in ethnic flavors in more diverse segments, and the need for operators to market to Millennials that crave more adventurous flavors,” said Food Genius CEO and founder Justin Massa.
BOLD SAUCES LEND FLAVOR WITHOUT THE FAT
Restaurants are responding to consumer demand for healthier  options that don’t sacrifice flavor by drizzling a wide array of ethnic sauces atop sandwiches, salads and other entrees. Sauces such as sriracha and chimichurri, made fresh in-house, are appearing on more menus at fast-casual and independent restaurants.

CALORIE COUNTING MACHINE MAY MAKE DIETING EASIER IN THE FUTURE
Via NPR
General Electric is currently testing a product that may make calorie counting much easier. The new device uses microwaves and scales to measure food and calculate energy. All you need to do is place your plate over it and it will show you how many calories you are about it eat. While the product has yet to measure “real” food, it may lead to changes in the way we monitor food intake.

HEARTY CRAVINGS, SOMETIMES UNFULFILLED
Model Chrissy Teigen is one of the funniest and unlikeliest voices about food on Twitter, where her audience is approaching half a million and she has more than 700,000 followers on Instagram. Her posts on food and specifically those junk food cravings she also shares, are probably what earned her a spot on MTV’s new cooking competition show, “Snack Off.” As a show host/judge, Chrissy will help amateur cooks view to invent a credible snack, using only leftovers and junk food. 
FOOD & WINE, FORTUNE NAME THE MOST INNOVATIVE WOMEN IN FOOD
Via AdWeek
To help spotlight the women of the food world, Food & Wine teamed up with sister magazine Fortune to create the list, “Most Powerful Women: The Food & Drink Innovators.” Built as a spin on the popular “Most Powerful Women in Business” list, the new list will be comprised of 25 women across various industries who have played key roles in redefining how we think about food. The list will run in Food & Wine’s October issue and Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” issue, on newsstands September 22.
Tell me what you’ve been reading this week.
Images: Jalapeños by SearchNet Media  Almond Milk by Triathlete Food on flickr 

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