Topic: Health & Wellness
Even if you never leave the comforts of town, dried vegetables and fruit are in many of the foods you eat, and they can be extremely good for you. With nearly the same nutritional value as fresh food, a longer shelf life, and a lower price tag, dried fruits and veggies could be just the ticket to helping increase the nutritional content of a host of dishes.
The nutritional value of mushrooms solidly puts these fungi in the superfood category with near-infinite potential to be included in soups, stir-fries, or side dishes. Packed with dietary fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins, hard-to-find minerals such as magnesium and selenium, mushrooms have health benefits to offer in everything from supporting your immune system to helping prevent cardiovascular disease.
To be fair, buying kale to add into your diet isn’t a popular choice for many people. But the health benefits are well documented—with lower levels of heart disease, lower cholesterol, improved blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and lower risk of certain types of cancer all on the list of advantages of eating kale.
Though it is related to the green asparagus we are all familiar with in the United States, white asparagus lacks the bright green color we associate with these thin, fibrous stalks. You might not find the white variety in your local farmers market here in the States, but this European delicacy is growing increasingly popular in America.
Savoy cabbage, white cabbage and red cabbage are three of the main varieties of what is known as a “cruciferous vegetable;” others include kale, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. Despite some of these vegetables being less popular, they are some of the healthiest plants you can eat.
Though we all know the green stalks of celery, not as many of us are familiar with celeriac, or celery root. While celeriac (apium graveolens) may not make an appearance as often as celery stalks, the healthy, knobby root of this common vegetable can be an extremely nutritious and flavorful component of many dishes.
As the effects of the novel coronavirus become better understood, consumers have become more intently focused on their health. The quality of the food we eat, and the ingredients that make up the food we buy, has taken an even more prominent place in driving consumer decisions over the last year and a half.
While the food and beverage industry has long relied on coloring agents and artificial dyes to achieve the appearance of the foods we eat, natural food coloring and natural food dyes are widening the options for producers looking to increase the health credentials of their product without sacrificing on the eye-catching appearance.
Customers have been deserting the shelf-stable salad dressing category for supposedly healthier, fresher refrigerated options—which can be the chance to revitalize your product line in a category that is ripe for a little tasty disruption.
Many people may think whole wheat pasta is as healthy as it gets, but whole grain noodles are just the beginning. By including dried vegetables in sauces and pastas themselves, there are a whole range of colors, flavors, and nutrients that can help add a healthy punch to a pile of pasta.