Topic: Health & Wellness
For most foods available at stores, fresh ingredients just aren’t practical in terms of shelf life and maintaining food safety. That’s why commercial food industry producers have long relied on dried ingredients to give their end products the kinds of flavor profile that consumers demand and expect. Many people don’t realize, however, that dry ingredients are often used as flavoring agents that can impart even more flavor than their fresh counterparts.
Between the pandemic and the continuing influence of social media in shaping trends, people are more aware than ever before of the need for making healthy food choices. This is particularly notable with snack foods, an area that has traditionally been dominated by high-calorie, nutrient-thin processed options. As we continue here in 2023, look for snack foods to become even more health-oriented.
The cucumber is an incredibly versatile vegetable that is perhaps best known for being used in the making of dill pickles, but it is also a popular ingredient in salads, salad dressings, relish, soups, stews, and ready meals. It’s even used frequently in beauty products and spa treatments. But beyond its many uses and its crisp, fresh flavor, the cucumber is also loaded with vitamins and minerals that make it a healthy addition to any diet.
The carrot has been a part of the human diet for a long time, but archaeological evidence suggests that it may have started out in more of a medicinal role. But even as the carrot has become a well-known veggie ingredient in salads, cooked dishes, baked goods, and even as an ingredient in pet foods, it remains at its core a root vegetable that is loaded with nutrients that offer a variety of health benefits.
From chefs to vegans to low-carb enthusiasts, cauliflower has soared in popularity in recent years. It can be prepared in countless ways, and it is also a valuable ingredient in a wide range of food production applications. Yet while it is a delicious and versatile vegetable, it also provides many nutrients that are linked to many different health benefits.
If you ask five different people whether or not potatoes are healthy, you’re likely to get five different opinions. As with many controversies, especially in the realm of nutrition and health, the answer lies somewhere in between, and it also depends in part on the type of potato being consumed. One type that is surprisingly nutrient dense but isn’t quite as popular as other varieties is the white potato.
Though once a rarity in the United States, the shallot has become more popular in the last few decades in both home kitchens and commercial food settings. Both fresh and dried shallots are a welcome addition to salad dressings, soups, stews, and ready meals, yet they are also surprisingly packed with nutritional value that provides many different health benefits.
Lemons are useful in countless culinary and household applications, but their value doesn’t stop at the juice. Lemon peel is a surprisingly nutrient-dense ingredient that can be added to many different kinds of food. Here, more about lemon peel and its many health benefits.