Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How Palm Oil and Girl Scout Cookies Have Changed

Daily Insights 01/10/2017
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My, How Palm Oil Has Changed

Is it time for a new palm oil replacement?

In 1985, Phil Sokolof started an organization focused on improving the nation's cardiovascular health. Inspired by his own heart attack 19 years earlier when he was only 43, Sokolof started Heart Savers not just as a means to charitably spend his millions but also a mouthpiece to preach the gospel of good health and exercise and ran newspaper ads all over the country with the headline: The Poisoning of America. The main culprit he pointed to was the inclusion of palm oil in our foods.

A lot has changed over the 40 years since, today Biteback is an Indonesian startup that wants to disrupt the $60B+ global palm oil industry again – but not with newspaper ads – but with insects. 

How Girl Scout Cookies Have Stayed on Trend 100 Years Later

What retailers and brands can learn from Girl Scouts.

It's a big year for Girl Scout Cookies as they officially launch the sales season on Saturday, January 14th. However, you may have already encountered pre-sales which started late December. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scout cookies, an empire that started in 1917 as a local fundraiser in Muskogee, Oklahoma. And in case you haven't noticed, the leaders of these young cookie pushers have done a bang up job staying on trend. Even if they aren't exactly the greatest tasting cookies you've ever had, a variety of reasons motivate people to place their orders.

Trendy Turmeric and Other Foods to Fight Inflammation

We've heard a lot of predictions for turmeric to shine bright this year. Here are some other foods that also address inflammation.

Inflammation is a natural part of the body's immune response; it is not entirely a bad thing. It signals to the body that there is an injury or an area that needs care and protection and can become self-perpetuating if we don't have the correct balance of nutrients. When inflammation is chronic, it can lead to several diseases, including some cancers, atherosclerosis, autoimmune conditions, and arthritis. Dietary improvements including more anti-inflammatory foods can be a natural way to manage some symptoms of chronic inflammation.

Phil's Food Reviews

Riley's Seasonings All Purpose Seasoning is a HIT!

Spices are always tough to review, and you really have to test them on a variety of foods. However Riley's is a simple blend that out of the jar tastes great. Salt, garlic, onion, black pepper are the main ingredients in the recipe (and I wish they would list the "other" spices as well on the label). Watch my full review.

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