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Articles by Karen Giles-Smith MS, RD
Someday, science may show that particular prebiotic, probiotic, and synbiotic ingredients help prevent certain age-related disorders and lengthen lives. Although the anti-aging effects of pre- and probiotics are plausible, supporting science is scant and inconclusive to date. However, scientists have developed several hypotheses about how aging may alter the intestinal microbiome and how certain pre- and probiotics may help prevent or reverse these changes.
When science is oversimplified, the resulting messages are often misconstrued and misleading. So it is with food. Consumers have bought into the misguided message that foods are unfit for human consumption if they contain more than five ingredients, ingredients they can’t pronounce or ingredients their grandparents wouldn’t recognize.
In terms of influence in the market, baby boomers and millennials are running the show. To which generation should the dairy industry cater? The best answer may be: both. Here’s why.
Flavor and technology trends in fruit ingredients can boost the taste and healthfulness of dairy foods.
Although milk is normally not a good source of omega-3s, the dairy industry strives to make it one.
As the number of foods formulated with inulin continues to increase, the number of people who can’t tolerate this fermentable fiber is also on the rise. What are the potential implications for the dairy industry?
Over half of U.S. consumers believe that fortified foods are worthwhile, but they may need more information before they’ll buy.
Dairy processors have noticed an increasing consumer preference for dark chocolate. Cocoa and chocolate suppliers discuss the evolution of consumer preferences, formulation considerations, environmental concerns and what’s next. Chocolate tea, anyone?
Protein is under-represented in the American diet, yet consumers want protein-rich foods and beverages. New developments from protein ingredient suppliers are driving product innovations.