More, more, more! According to Mintel’s GNPD (Global New Products Database) a staggering 156,125 new consumer products were introduced in 2005... one every 3.5 minutes. So we thought it was time to play a little catch-up. As ever, adding new benefits (via supplementary ingredients) to old favorites was a popular ploy. Herewith, our pick of some of the more offbeat and colorful of the new fortified products:
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Below is a reprint from yesterday's New York Times Op-Ed. We are sure many of you read it, but just in case you missed it, we wanted to send it along as 'food for thought.'
Op-Ed Contributor: Food Without Fear
November 23, 2004
By DAN BARBER
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'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.
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.
The new trend in cooking these days seems to be NOT cooking.
Eating foods raw is the new "in" diet, as well as the latest food philosophy being spouted by so-called health gurus. It started in California - where extreme vegetarians started claiming that "fire is the enemy." They say that any food that's been touched by heat has been stripped of its nutrients.