SNACK ON SEAWEED
Loaded with vitamins and minerals, seaweed is one ultra-nutritious (and unexpected!) food to become a staple in the snack aisle. This long-time favorite food among Asian cultures is now quickly becoming a coveted ingredient for American diets. So, what can seaweed do for you?
OMEGA-3S: These good-for-you fats found in plant foods can reduce inflammation to relieve painful conditions such as arthritis, help lower cholesterol levels, and improve overall brain function as well as memory recall and reasoning.
VITAMINS: Japanese nori offers a good source of magnesium and vitamins A, C, and B , which are all essential to healthy hair, eyes, skin, and nails, as well as a strong immune system.
COMFORT FOOD ALTERNATIVE: According to the Center for Culinary Development and Packaged Facts, Generation Y considers sushi a comfort food, positioning nori (seaweed) to be a healthier alternative to potato chips when savory cravings hit.
HIDDEN BENEFITS: Scientists have concluded that seaweed foods offer the broadest range of minerals, including virtually all nutrients found in the sea, and some studies suggest that this power food assists in overall health from stress relief to prevention of cancer. Source: Annie Chun’s
THE PERCENTAGE THAT DAIRY MILK CONSUMPTION HAS DECLINED SINCE 1970
SOURCE: CBS NEWS Just behind peanuts and almonds, the pecan is America’s third-most-popular nut—and it’s starting to be used in ways that extend beyond snack time. It’s native to the Deep South, where local farmers, chefs, and craft breweries have begun to use it in their latest creations, which include cold-pressed oil, gluten-free flour, and nutty brown beer. Source: Agricultural Marketing Resource Center