We've been hearing a lot about consumers who are coming out of their cocoons. Apparently, going OUT is back IN.
But, for those who fear that long, wild nights will imperil their overscheduled, deadline-filled days, there's a new product to consider.
It's a dietary supplement called Dr, intended to prevent hangovers. Dr comes in the form of drops that a party-goer can add to his or her alcoholic drink. The number of drops needed vary according to the type of drink (beer calls for 6 drops, hard alcohol 5, and wine just 4).
Vegetarianism is growing in popularity among a community that previously showed little interest - African-Americans. Black communities from New York and Los Angeles to Chicago, Atlanta and St. Louis are suddenly teeming with soul food-inspired vegetarian options.
What's behind it? Some think it's related to an ongoing immigration from Caribbean countries like Jamaica, home of the traditionally non-meat eating Rastafarians. Others cite hip hoppers' new taste for tofu.
We know consumers are increasingly demanding 'all-natural' when it comes to their groceries... but does the same hold true of their bedding?
Introducing Organic beds. Everything having to do with the bed -- from the mattress to the pillow shams -- is totally pure, made with 100% organic cotton, natural rubber and absolutely no chemicals.
Companies like Lifekind products (www.lifekind.com) say they're trying to minimize the health risks that could be associated with conventional beds and linens.
There are plenty of people in the nutrition field who don't agree with the "healthy eating" guidelines offered in the USDA?s ubiquitous food pyramid.
And now, researchers at Tufts University are going so far as to say that for seniors it's definitely out of whack.
Tufts' new revised model pyramid is strictly for the 70+ set. As a result, there are allowances made for those extra dietary requirements that become necessary with age.
Is slow the new fast? It depends upon whom you ask.
Everywhere we turn, we find another health-foodie who's on a flax diet.
The nutty, buttery flavored grain has been cultivated since 9,000 B.C., but it wasn't until a few weeks ago that Entertainment Weekly Magazine named it the 'in' diet.
If you check out the facts on flax, you can see why it's so hot. Flax is high in potential cancer-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, full of fiber and also contains lignans, a plant estrogen that may protect against breast and colon cancer.
We've seen Asian fusion restaurants opening up almost as fast as Starbucks chains, and now it seems they have spawned the newest, hottest ethnic-dishes-to-go-mainstream.
The first is pho (pronounced fu). This Vietnamese noodle soup with beef is sweeping through the U.S. like a monsoon. We're finding it in restaurants all over the place, and even on college cafeteria menus. Soon, Seattle's Associated Grocers will begin distributing a line of instant pho noodles and jars of concentrated pho broth paste.
Most consumers who visit spas expect some health benefits - relaxation, weight loss, stress management tips, to name a few. But the latest crop of spas are blurring health and medicine in brand new ways. They're known as medical spas. In addition to the traditional spa amenties (serene settings, massages, gyms, hiking, golfing), they also include an onsite medical facility staffed with doctors and nurses. Spa-goers have the option of enjoying just the "usual" or, for an additional fee, they can undergo medical tests such as electrocardiograms, ultrasounds, cholesterol screenings and more.
Health Fanatics and Vegans have been trying to bring soy to the mainstream for decades. It's been a tough road, though, as consumers have always found tofu bland and haven't quite worked up a taste for soy milk.
But now, soy may finally be getting its day in the sun. It's in the form of "edamame," the new healthy snack-in-a-pod that's all the rage.
Remember when pita sandwiches were new and different? Then came the wrap. Now some people (i.e. protein dieters) are replacing the tortilla with lettuce to enjoy carb-free lettuce wraps. But, what's really the next new sandwich?
We think it's sushi.