I was just in Chicago for the American Dietetic Association annual conference, one of about 5000 nutrition professionals who descended upon the Windy City and McCormick Place convention center to learn about new research, sample new food products, and discuss nutrition and health trends. Here are the top 3 things I learned:
1. Probiotics are a hot topic. It seemed like everywhere I turned someone was offering a sample of a breakfast bar, cereal, or yogurt that contains probiotics. Probiotics support a healthy digestive system, but I’m not convinced we need a lot of foods fortified with them. Yogurt that contains live and active cultures contain probiotics, and they get my vote for a daily healthy dose.
2. Fiber is king! I had a sample of a beverage that contains 10 grams of fiber, high fiber cookies, and higher fiber snack crackers. Evidently consumers now routinely read labels for fiber content. Here’s my tip: first look at the list of ingredients, and choose something made with whole grains. Fruit, vegetables, and legumes are also excellent fiber sources.
3. Adding vitamns and minerals to foods not necessarily considered ‘healthy’ is a growing trend. Look for soda fortified with calcium and sweet snack foods fortified with a variety of vitamins. My choice: fresh fruit that naturally contains vitamins!
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