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Study Estimates Its Not Just Bad Food Killing You But Not Enough Good Food

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Researchers looked at 15 different dietary trends like eating too much salt, and not eating enough whole grains or fruit.

Here’s what they found. The top killer is eating too much sodium. But, surprisingly, the next leading causes of food-related illnesses are not eating enough healthy foods. In particular, whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, and vegetables. There is not a region on the planet that’s eating the right mix of foods.

 

Restaurants Purchasing Tech Companies?

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Restaurants have started investing in tech companies and even buying them outright. Recently, McDonald’s acquired Israeli company Dynamic Yield and promised to add its personalized menus to its drive-thrus in the U.S. this year. It then invested in a New Zealand mobile app developer called Plexure.

Those moves follow a pair of investments in the space last year by KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut owner Yum Brands—which invested $200 million in Grubhub and then bought online ordering company QuikOrder.

Such deals could become more commonplace as restaurants’ need for technology grows.

 

 

NYC’s Department Of Health Bans CBD From Being Added To Food & Drinks

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The Department of Health, has banned all restaurants and bars from serving food and drinks made with CBD, a cannabis-derived product that’s said to relax users and reduce pain without getting high. But just because CBD won’t get you high, that doesn’t mean it has no side effects or potential uses.

CNBC Make It profiled the New York City bar, Adriaen Block, where customers can select from an entire menu of CBD-infused cocktails and food items, like a cheeseburger with CBD-infused sauce. (This reporter sampled the restaurant’s CBD-infused menu items, he said were tasty — the CBD oil did not overpower — and he did feel a bit relaxed afterward, though he said that the alcohol could have played a role in that.)

California, lawmakers recently cracked down on restaurants and cafes serving everything from coffee and juice to other foods infused with CBD.

Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat,” says DOH spokeswoman Danielle De Souza. “The Health Department is serious about protecting New Yorkers’ health. Until cannabidiol (CBD) is deemed safe as a food additive, the Department is ordering restaurants not to offer products containing CBD.”

According to De Souza, the Department of Health began banning CBD in food products starting in January. Medical marijuana dispensary Citiva, which just opened its first Brooklyn location across from the Barclays Center in January, also sells CBD products and welcomes the scrutiny.

In New York, CBD started showing up in early 2017 as “cannabis oil” used to lace food at intimate private dinners like the NSFW club’s Dankquet. Since then, CBD has come out of the shadows to easily top the list of 2018 food trends. First came CBD lattes at Brooklyn’s Caffeine Underground in March, with cafes around the city quickly jumping onboard.

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A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the majority of medical marijuana products sold on the internet may be unsafe or ineffective.

Eleven New York City Hospitals Go Meatless Mondays

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NYC Health + Hospitals has launched Meatless Mondays at all 11 of its acute care hospitals, to provide healthy, appealing meal options and introduce the benefits of plant-based nutrition to inpatients to help them make important lifestyle decisions to lead their healthiest lives. The new plant-based items will be added to the regular menu to expand options for patients.

Promoted with the slogan “Power Up with Plants,” Meatless Monday meals will offer tasty options such as black bean soup, spaghetti and garden bolognese sauce, three bean chili, vegan beefless strips, garden burger, rice and beans, cream of potato soup, assorted fruits, and hummus. New Meatless Monday meal choices will be introduced over time to keep the program fresh.

2019 Food Trends

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The online grocer FreshDirect has put together a list of what it predicts will be the top 10 food trends for the year ahead. The list was curated by a team of in-house food and wine experts.

Fresh alternatives to shelf food

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Consumers can expect to see more innovation of so-called shelf-stable food such as pasta sauces or protein bars, which typically aren’t refrigerated before they are opened but will be after they are made with fresher ingredients.

CBD-infused foods

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Cannabidiol, an ingredient derived from the cannabis plant has become one of the most talked-about ingredients of 2018, with retailers selling products as varied as CBD teas, beer alternatives, dog treats, coffee, and supplements.

CBD Oil Side Effects
  • Dry Mouth. CBD oil can cause dry mouth. …
  • Lower Blood Pressure. High doses of CBD oil can cause a small drop in blood pressure in some individuals. …
  • Lightheadedness or Dizziness. …
  • Nausea. …
  • Sleepiness or drowsiness. …
  • Increased Tremors in Parkinson’s Disease. …
  • Headaches

Cannabidiol is a chemical in the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as marijuana. Over 80 chemicals, known as cannabinoids, have been identified in the Cannabis sativa plant. While delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the major active ingredient, cannabidiol makes up about 40% of cannabis extracts and has been studied for many different uses. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), because cannabidiol has been studied as a new drug, products containing cannabidiol are not defined as dietary supplements. But there are still products labeled as dietary supplements on the market that contain cannabidiol. The amount of cannabidiol contained in these products is not always reported accurately on the product label.

People take cannabidiol by mouth for anxiety, bipolar disorder, a muscle disorder called dystonia, seizures, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and schizophrenia.

People inhale cannabidiol to help quit smoking.

How does it work?

Cannabidiol has antipsychotic effects. The exact cause for these effects is not clear. But cannabidiol seems to prevent the breakdown of a chemical in the brain that affects pain, mood, and mental function. Preventing the breakdown of this chemical and increasing its levels in the blood seems to reduce psychotic symptoms associated with conditions such as schizophrenia. Cannabidiol might also block some of the psychoactive effects of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Also, cannabidiol seems to reduce pain and anxiety.

l has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, leading many who live with these disorders to become interested in this natural approach.

In one study, 24 people with social anxiety disorder received either 600 mg of CBD or a placebo before a public speaking test.The group that received the CBD had significantly less anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, compared to the placebo group. CBD has also shown antidepressant-like effects in several animal studies.

CBD may help reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, vomiting and pain.One study looked at the effects of CBD and THC in 177 people with cancer-related pain who did not experience relief from pain medication. Those treated with an extract containing both compounds experienced a significant reduction in pain compared to those who received only THC extract . CBD may also help reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, which are among the most common chemotherapy-related side effects for those with cancer

Canned fish

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Canned fish is in vogue thanks to trendy restaurants putting it on their menus.

Oats

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Oat milk has become the hot new product in the dairy-free aisle and is positioned to take over nut milks as the leading milk alternative. Oat milk is a more sustainable and less water-intensive milk alternative than almond milk, and it’s often less expensive.

Spice packets

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Consumers are looking for complete convenience when it comes to cooking, and spice packets and simmer sauces are coming to their rescue.

Cauliflower

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The cauliflower craze is already well-established in the US, but we can expect to see it creeping its way into more of our meals.

The vegetable is now used as an alternative to grains — cauliflower-based pizzas, rice, and crackers are a few examples of this trend.

 

Cheaper organic food

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Customers are increasingly becoming more open to buying organic food that may not yet carry a formal certification.

Technology enables seasonal produce to be available year-round

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Innovation in food production will enable out-of-season strains and varietals to be grown locally,

Healthier drinks

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 Expect to see more drinks with lower alcohol volume, such as ciders and session IPAs, as well as nonalcoholic spirits and digestive-enhancement alcoholic beverages like Kombrewcha.

Starbucks Teams Up With Uber Eats

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Starbucks has announced a partnership with Uber Eats to deliver drinks and snacks from 2,000 of its stores across the U.S. You can place an order using the Starbucks or Uber Eats app.

Uber Eats Has Grown From Experiment To Serving Much Of U.S. & Cities Worldwide

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Its been three years, and the Uber Eats restaurant food delivery service has grown from an experiment to serving much of the US and major cities worldwide. By end of the year, the ride-hailing company says it will cover 70% of the US population and be in 243 metro areas, mainly by expanding into smaller cities.

It’s already in over 300 cities in 36 countries with many international deliveries done by bicycle. Jason Droege, an Uber vice president who leads Uber Everything, the unit that explores how to build new businesses off the Uber network, says Eats is growing as fast as the ride-hailing service did in its early days.

It appears that Millennials are attracted to Uber Eats while older folks still prefer restaurants.

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