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Resistant starch… unsung hero?

By Elaine Watson

Trying to generate excitement around an ingredient called ‘resistant starch’ in a carb-wary food culture fixated on keto and paleo diets is a tough sell, but a growing body of evidence suggests that insoluble fibers from unripe bananas, potatoes, wheat,...

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Plant-based and cell-cultured 'meat' labeling under attack in 25 states

By Elaine Watson

Bills to prevent plant-based and/or cell-cultured products from being labeled as ‘meat’ or ‘beef’ have been introduced in 25 US states, and have already passed in states including Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, North...

Vermont-based Aqua ViTea uses spinning cone technology to remove most of the alcohol from its kombucha before bottling (Pictures: Aqua ViTea)

Aqua ViTea: The kombucha industry has not dealt with its alcohol problem

By Elaine Watson

Raising the threshold above which kombucha would be classified as an alcoholic beverage from 0.5% to 1.25% abv, is not the way to deal with the industry’s alcohol problem, says Vermont-based kombucha brand Aqua ViTea, which utilizes spinning cone technology...

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BBB Labs launches quality assurance seal for its hemp extracts

By Elaine Watson

We’re no longer in the ‘Wild West’ when it comes to hemp-derived CBD, but buyers can still get burned if they don’t do their homework, says Colorado-based BBB Labs, which has launched a quality assurance seal for its hemp extracts to reassure partners...

Food, politics, and the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Food, politics, and the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

By Elaine Watson

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines prompted a heated debate over the influence of industry lobby groups and the extent to which environmental factors should impact dietary advice, with some stakeholders insisting that sustainability has nothing to do with nutrition,...

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