Food Trends

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 […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Saturated Fat

Is coconut oil the cure for all that ails us? Is the Paleo diet, focused on higher-fat ingredients coming largely from animal sources, the healthiest way to eat? Should full-fat dairy be re-introduced to the school lunch program? All of these hot button nutrition topics can lead back to one previously sinister nutrient: saturated fat. […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Sugar

Over the last decade, the major nutrients of concern in most dietary recommendations have shifted to include sugar. Although a large body of evidence relating long-term sugar consumption to health disparities is lacking, sugar has become one of the more targeted nutrients when discussing healthful eating. The negative view on sugar is spurred by the […]

With the promise of cold and flu season on the horizon, nutrition and healthful eating come to the forefront of wellness and warding off pesky illnesses. When it comes to a balanced diet, there are many key minerals to focus on to help the immune system perform optimally. One mineral commonly associated with wellness when […]

Keeping Menus Clean

With the increasing popularity of food bloggers, wellness gurus, and “foodies,” it is becoming clear that eating healthy isn’t just a lifestyle, but a growing trend among Americans. In a study conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), 1,000 consumers between the ages of 18-80 were surveyed about their diet. 64% of those surveyed […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Antioxidants

Antioxidants are known to be the dynamo defenders that help fight against chemicals called free radicals, found in our bodies. Free radicals contribute to the destruction of cells by stealing their electrons, thus altering our cells’ structure and function. Research attests to the role free radicals play in the onset of a host of chronic […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Fiber

Recently, fiber has become a prominent nutrient of concern in the standard American diet due to inadequate fruit, vegetable and whole grain intake. Fiber is found in plants and provides many benefits for the human body. Ironically, our bodies need fiber, however unlike other nutrients, it’s never actually absorbed. The distinctive path of digestion fiber […]