This past week 10,000 or so of the nation’s leading food and nutrition experts gathered in Boston to celebrate the 2016 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. It’s a four day event that consists of learning, connecting and celebrating food and nutrition. I love FNCE because I get to see my colleagues I mostly only get to see online.
The days were packed with educational sessions and exploring the expo halls to catch up on the latest food trends, while evenings were spent at receptions catching up with colleagues on the year’s accomplishments.
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FNCE Education Recaps
I’m one of the nutrition nerds who loves to attend education sessions – which is good for you, ICYMI. I share my take-aways on gut microbiome, orthoexia (or what I like to call good eating gone bad), and acquaculture (i.e. fish farming).
The Gut-Brain Highway
If there was a Facebook relationship status with the our guts and brains, I think “it’s complicated” is probably the best fit.
Gut health continues to be a hot topic in the nutrition world. Research is showing that our gastrointestinal tract contains trillions of microbes and nerve connections, more than any other organ in the body.
These gut microbes use the GI tract as a highway to send signals to the brain and vice versa, influence our response to stress, anxiety our weight and even our intelligence.
95% of the feel good hormone, serotonin, is produced by the gut, not the brain.
Eating prebiotic foods that are rich in fiber, such as onions, potatoes, kiwi fruit, bananas, avocados, beans, whole grains and pulses, helps keep our gut in balance by “feeding” the good gut bugs, known as probiotics through the process of fermentation.
Probiotics rich food include fermented milk products, like yogurt and kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, miso and chocolate.
For optimal health a diverse diet, including many favorites such as wine and coffee, as well as lots of prebiotic and probiotic foods leads to the greatest diversity of your gut microbiome.
Seafood in the US remains the safest and healthiest protein source with the smallest environmental impact. As the global population continues to increase, so does the demand for safe seafood and the US commercial fisheries and aquaculture is on the rise.
47% of consumers have negative perceptions on “farm-raised” seafood versus wild caught, despite a wide variety of farm-raised seafood products available in the U.S. marketplace from sea trout, salmon, branzino, shellfish, and hybrid bass varieties.
With the production of farm raised fish and shellfish growing, about 662 million pounds was farmed in 2013, it still remains low compared to seafood harvested from the wild, which remains about 8 times greater. If commercial fisheries are properly managed they are sustainable and the only way to meet the organic labeling regulation.
Research encouraged us to consume seafood twice weekly and for moms-2-be, consuming 8-12 ounces of low mercury seafood per week has been shown to lead to greater cognitive development in their children.
Orthorexia – Is It an Eating Disorder?
Many people are under the impression that the healthier you eat, the better. Dr Stephen Bratman calls it “Orthorexia” – an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating.
The obsession with health and purity often begins as exuberant interest in health foods, disguised as vegan, raw, gluten-free, Paleo, Ketogentic, eating for you blood type and for some folks can transform into an eating disorder.
It may begin by making yourself suffer by denying the foods you love while believing other foods are semi-magical superfoods (ie kale or bee pollen), and over time the restrictions increase and eventually entire food groups are cut out and there is little variety in foods one will consume. One feels righteous, not deprived by restricting foods to only the most clean and pure. This escalation commonly leads to weight loss, but the desire to lose weight or take up less space is not the driving factor.
Often, there is trauma, depression, and other mental health problems and it’s hard to tell what is causing what. Did the orthoexia lead to anorexia? Bratman and his co-presenters, dietitians Marci Evans and Jessica Setnick believe that research is needed to support orthoexia as it’s own diagnosis, but even if it’s lacking an official recognition, a full recovery from orthoexia is possible – and it starts with an adequate care team of a dietitian, therapist, and doctor or a treat
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2016 Food Trends Round Up
I saw several products for IBS suffers jumping on the low FODMAPs train, including pasta sauce and other products that typically are high in FODMAPs. If you’re thinking “what’s a FODMAP?” and your digestive health is fine, I’m not surprised. But those who have struggled with digestive issues, especially gas, bloating, and discomfort have found relief with IBS following the FODMAP protocol.
Nestle nutrition recently launched the first supplement drink, called ProNourish created for individuals with digestive sensitivities following a low FODMAP diet. Available in French Vanilla and Strawberry-Banana, each bottle provides:
- 15g of high quality protein
- 25 essential vitamins and minerals
- 170 calories per 8 fl oz bottle
- 3 grams fiber
Fresh Food Delivered to Your Door
Hello Fresh is a great meal delivery service that sends you boxes with fresh ingredients and recipe cards that are simple and easy to follow, each taking no more than 30 minutes. These chef curated recipes are based on seasonal farm fresh ingredients delivered every week to your doorstep.
Hello Fresh is also the only meal delivery service that has a full time registered dietitian on staff to make sure your meals are nutritionally balanced. Costing only $10 per person per meal, it doesn’t break the bank and helps you create delicious home-cooked meals.
Now if they can only cook and clean too… JK, this is the best of both worlds. I still cook with my family even on a busy weeknight and a lot of the legwork has been done for me.
On the Way to Organic
Kashi is now using certified transitional grains in their cereal products. This certification allows them to work closely with growers who are under going the process of converting their crops to organic, while still sourcing their grains during this phase.
Give Hummus a Squeeze, Please
Chickpeas have now made their way into a squeeze bottle, thanks to Sabra who launched a line called Sabra Spreads that come in 3 flavors: Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Honey Mustard, and Garlic Herb.
High Protein Snack Foods
Ostrim meat sticks are a popular competitor against protein bars as one beef and elk blend stick provides 14 grams of protein.
Enlighten launched a baked fava bean that is high in fiber and provides 7 grams of protein per serving. It comes in a variety of flavors, including sriracha, sea salt and vinegar, chocolate, wasabi and garlic and onion making it a crunchy addition to salads and soups or as a snack on its own.
Protes is a high protein tortilla chip that is gaining popularity in the fitness community. One serving of Protes chips provides 15 grams of protein and comes in flavors like Spicy Chili Lime.
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