Food Trends

Pick Your Poison: Added Salt

Added Salt: The crystalline, less-than-sweet cousin of Added Sugar. It is generously dumped into the food supply and stealthily inhabits your grocery store shelves. Maybe you invite Added Salt over for a home-prepared meal from time to time, a sprinkle here, a sprinkle there. And the next thing you know, he’s showing up for meals […]

Pick Your Poison: Partially Hydrogenated Oils

“Partly” “Somewhat” “Moderately” “In some measure” “To a certain extent” We hear these words and phrases throughout our lives. Do they inspire confidence? Do they provoke anxiety? And is something that is partially anything ever worthwhile? Consider the following: A partially-completed project, a somewhat-complete haircut, a partially-cooked chicken wing, a seamstress who is partially-committed to […]

Eating "Clean": What are consumers really looking for when dining out?

The days of glazing over ingredients when purchasing food are coming to a close.  Now, more than ever, health food stores and farm to table restaurants are popping up everywhere, and they are packed with people. Why the change? What spurred this trend to start eating “clean” again? Clean, healthy foods are where we all […]

Pick Your Poison: Anti-Caking Agents

With graduation season quickly approaching and Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a good time to reflect on things you’ve learned from your mother – or even from her mother and her mother’s mother. I’m sure you can remember familiar phrases that our parents have shared with us. Old proverbs such as, “two wrongs […]

What’s the hysteria about Listeria?

By Jeffrey Weissinger, COO of Kitchens with Confidence You need not dig into the news today to read about Listeria and the dangerous effects that is has on people, especially those who are pregnant, elderly and those that are immuno-suppressed. Most recently, there was a recall for Colby and Colby Jack Deli Cheeses sold by Meijer […]

Pick Your Poison: Natural and Artificial Flavors

As many of the major American holidays have passed, new year’s resolutions are occupying our minds rather than visions of sugarplums – or are they? February is here and that means Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day, a sweet holiday in all aspects of the word. But before you ask your sweetie to give you some sugar […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Unsaturated Fat

The fat-free craze in America started in the late 1980s when the scientific community started to correlate high-fat diets with heart disease and premature death. Rather than focusing on certain types of fats over others, the nutrient was demonized as a whole and people began to seek out fat-free and reduced-fat options in the grocery […]