Quinoa: plant protein powerhouse?

Quinoa is promoted as a high protein grain. True? Quinoa is an ancient grain, native to South America where it’s been a staple food for centuries.  In the past few years it’s taken on new life in North American and beyond as a health food.  One of the main selling points: the protein content.  In […]

Vegan diet warning

http://radionutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Vegan-Diet-Warning.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:48 — 2.2MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThe German Nutrition Society is taking a firm stand on the suitability of vegan diets for infants, children, teens and pregnant/lactating women.  That position is “Not recommended”. With a pure plant-based diet, it is difficult or impossible to attain an […]

The meatless sandwich

Say the word “sandwich” and what comes to mind?  Ham, cheese?  Tuna?  Roast beef?  Turkey?  Sandwiches typically feature meat and/or cheese, making them a major source of protein.  So what do you do if you’re vegetarian or vegan?  How do you pack protein into a meatless sandwich? Well, there’s always PB & J, or even […]

Fake Eggs

Adventures in algae processing. The 2016 annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists was held last month, the chance for companies to show case all manner of new and trendy ingredients and food products.  One of the hot trends: protein.  It’s not enough to eat it in natural food apparently.  It’s being extracted and […]

Less Meat: good news for land use

What’s your Food Print? As I discuss in “Feed Your Vegetarian Teen“, one good argument for eating less meat is land use.  The Earth has a finite amount of arable land to grow crops.  Right now livestock consume a significant portion of those crops.  That’s a very inefficient way to produce protein-rich food for human […]

Umami flavor boosters for meatless meals

Plant-based umami flavor boosters If there’s one thing that discourages people from adopting meatless meals is the lack of the rich umami flavor that’s unique to meat and dairy foods like cheese.  Plant protein foods just don’t have that flavor kick.  Foods like legumes, quinoa, chia, whole grains and tofu are pretty bland on their […]

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