General Mills continues to grow its :ratio line of keto-friendly foods. The brand’s mantra is “We know making daily food choices can be a tricky equation. That’s why we’ve done the math for you, so you can spend less time reading labels and more time living. Ratio strikes a unique combination of protein, net carbs and sugar. With a focus on carefully selected ingredients, it’s a great snack to help keep you going.”
Dairy and plant proteins unite in the new Cheddar Cranberry Savory Nut and Cheese Bar. The ingredients are: Almonds, Soy Protein Isolate, Cranberries (sugar, cranberries), Dried Cheddar Cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), Canola Oil, Salt, Buttermilk, Whey, Soy Lecithin, Annatto Extract (for color).
The “food as medicine” mantra continues to fuel innovations for people, pets and the planet. “Good nutrition is foundational for human health, and one of the top modifiable risk factors for death and disability across the world,” according to the 2021 Global Nutrition Report (https://globalnutritionreport.org/reports/2021-global-nutrition-report/)
While many of you who are attending IFT FIRST (Food Improved by Research, Science and Technology) in Chicago starting this weekend will be looking to ingredient suppliers for technologies to assist with improving bottom lines and securing your supply chain, do not forget to prioritize consumers’ unmet nutritional needs, which are slowly reshaping the food and beverage industry.
In case you missed the big news, all those dairy innovations in your queue should be using whole milk.
A new study published in the European Heart Journal (https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehad325), a journal of the European Society of Cardiology, found that whole-fat dairy foods can help to prevent heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. This finding comes from experts who created a dietary ranking named the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) Healthy Diet Score. The PURE diet finds six food groups--fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish and whole-fat dairy--can lower the risk of heart disease. The researchers developed the PURE healthy diet based on an analysis of 245,000 people in 80 countries around the world.
“Low-fat foods have taken center stage with the public, food industry and policymakers, with nutrition labels focused on reducing fat and saturated fat,” said study author Dr. Andrew Mente of the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. “Our findings suggest that the priority should be increasing protective foods such as nuts (often avoided as too energy dense), fish and dairy, rather than restricting dairy (especially whole fat) to very low amounts. Our results show that up to two servings a day of dairy, mainly whole fat, can be included in a healthy diet. This is in keeping with modern nutrition science showing that dairy, particularly whole fat, may protect against high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome.”
The PURE diet recommends two-to-three daily servings of fruit; two-to-three daily servings of vegetables; three-to-four weekly servings of legumes; seven weekly servings of nuts; two-to-three weekly servings of fish; and 14 weekly servings of dairy products (mainly whole fat). That’s right, 14!