Nutrition
Even though sustainability in the food industry is seen as a must-do, the concepts are not always well understood and may be interpreted differently. The FAO refers to a sustainable food value chain as a food value chain that: 1) Is profitable throughout all of its stages (economic sustainability); 2) Has broad-based benefits for society (social sustainability); and 3) Has a positive or neutral impact on the natural environment (environmental sustainability).
While most pastries, cookies and cakes are considered a decadent treat because they are usually high in calories and lack essential nutrients, an evolution has been happening: Meet the better-for-you cookie.
As consumer interest in gluten-free products has grown, the category has transitioned from a niche to a mainstream market segment. This has resulted in access to better quality ingredients including a broad range of gluten-free flours.
Finding alternative ingredients for vegan baking has opened up options for development and the opportunity to focus on flavours. The biggest challenge in vegan baking is overcoming the loss of eggs’ functionality, as they provide stable emulsions, structure, stability, and texture.
PhD doctorate Quoc Cuong Nguyen, defended his doctorate on how consumers’ preferences and their perception of satiety, at the food research institute NOFIMA.
Consumers live a fast and busy lifestyle. While being health conscious, they gravitate towards purchasing more “grab and go” options and this includes baked goods.
Breakfast has evolved from an early morning dish to grab-and-go snacks or all-day meals.  In 2018 we observed consumers loving quick, easy and nutritious breakfast choices like overnight oats and high protein breakfast cookies. Social media is flooded with breakfast from the iconic avocado toasts to innovative, healthy pancakes for the grab-and-go market.
Over the years, the very low carbohydrate, high protein diet has been marketed and rebranded. In the course of my twenty-plus year food and nutrition career, I’ve seen it go from Atkins to keto.
Did you know that nine out of every ten bites of food we eat today start with a seed? Seeds are important in our food ecosystem. Seeds – specifically the ones often called “super seeds” such as chia, flax, pumpkin, hemp, sesame and sunflower seeds – are garnering a lot of attention in the North American baking world these days.
Bakers Journal interviewed biologist Dr. Wilhemina “Willy” Kalt after her appearance on the popular American television program, The Today Show.
The range of plant-based ingredients continues to grow and nowhere is this more evident than in baking. From vegan cakes to better-for-you plant-based protein cookies, new and exciting products were exhibited at both the Winter Fancy Food Show (WFFS) and Natural Products Expo West in California this year.
Spring is a time to refresh, renew and rejuvenate. I love celebrating my birthday at the end of March with a fresh, light, moist lemon poppy seed cake. It is one of my favourites to indulge and kick-off the springtime baking season.
Craft beer as a drink is obvious; however that same beverage as a fantastic ingredient for both sweet and savoury baking is growing in popularity. Craft beers are diverse and complex with flavours that range from malt and barley to dried fruits and citrus.
Over the past few years, we have seen that even with consumers making better-for-you food and beverage choices, they are not ready to give up on dessert. Individual, minis, thins and clusters continue to be offered from artisan bake shops and large commercial companies for people to enjoy the indulgence while still maintaining a healthy dietary pattern.
New York – Grano arso, translated literally as “burnt grain,” has become prized by top chefs for the earthy, toasty ­flavour it gives pasta, bread and pizza. Bloomberg News reports. | READ MORE
Copenhagen, Denmark – A Danish study is exploring the potential of honeybee brood – honeybee eggs, larvae and pupae – as a staple food and source of protein.
Upper Kingsclear, N.B. – A new study suggests consuming a flavonoid-rich wild blueberry beverage may enhance the mental skills that help children manage time, pay attention and get things done.
Vevey, Switzerland – There is significant confusion among consumers about how much whole grain should be consumed daily, and some of that comes from a lack of knowledge about which foods contain whole grain, says a new U.K. study.
Oslo, Norway, and Melbourne, Australia – An international team of researchers has found that the familiar bloating many people experience after eating foods containing wheat may be due to sensitivity to fructan, not gluten, as is commonly believed. Their paper is published in the journal Gastroenterology. Medical Xpress reports.READ MORE
As part of a general shift towards clean labels and natural ingredients, honey, nature’s sweet syrup, has caught the attention of the baking industry. Honey history is rich and deep. For years, honey has been used topically as an antiseptic. It’s believed to speed up the healing process in mild, superficial wounds, ulcers and burns. It’s hygroscopic, so it draws moisture out of environment and dehydrates bacteria.  It also has a high viscosity which creates a protective barrier that can promote wound healing.
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