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May 2016

Three Reasons Why Organics Are Better Than Conventional Crops

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As people attempt to alter their diet to eat healthier, many will make the switch to organic foods.  Advocates claim organic foods provide more nutrients and even taste better than non-organic food. In addition, the production of organic foods is kinder to animals and better for the environment. According to executive director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Katherine DiMatteo, sales of organic foods have increased by 20 percent each year since 1990. However, despite the increase of interest in organic foods, people still have speculations about the nutritional value and overall healthfulness of organics. Here are three reasons, according to studies, why organic foods are healthier than conventionally grown.

 

  1. Organics Have Higher Omega-3’s

According to a group of 25 scientists who reviewed over 150 papers on organic vs. non-organics, there are about twice as many Omega-3’s in organic meat and dairy products than non-organic. A higher intake of Omega-3’s is beneficial because it positively impacts neurological function and development.

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May 2016

Superfood Trends Over Recent Years

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In recent years, foods classified as “superfoods” have climbed in popularity across the nation and become a mainstream topic. A superfood is a term used to refer to foods which are rich in nutrients and very beneficial for our health. Just like with any other trend, consumers are constantly on the lookout for the next superfood. Here’s a look at some of the superfoods trends over the years and the most current superfood trend to jump on to.

 

Chia Seeds – Currently at a Google Trends ranking of 82, these fiber-filled seeds have been increasing consistently in popularity since 2009. They are easy to integrate into meals because they don’t require being ground up to eat. A few items which chia seeds can be found in include drinks, pudding, and baked goods.

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Apr 2016

Top Specialty Produce Trends for 2016

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Goji berries are one of many specialty produce trends for 2016. Below are some additional food trends that should be available in farmer’s markets this year.

Hatch Chiles: These are the only type of chiles that have a variety of heat intensities including mild, medium, and extra hot.

Dragon Fruits: Derived from vining cactus, dragon fruit is typically grown in Vietnam, Nicaragua, and California. There are two types of flesh of the dragon fruit: white flesh and magenta flesh. While white flesh has a mild flavor, magenta flesh is known for a deeper flavor and its antioxidants.

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