This Year’s Food Trends at Expowest

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Every year, I prepare my stomach and my brain in mid-March for the colossal gathering of the skyrocketing natural products industry at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim. At this convention, anyone who is anyone, or wants to be anyone, in the natural products industry, gathers at the Anaheim Convention Center to exhibit, network, gather intel, and taste. The convention takes over the city of Anaheim for that weekend and swarms around the convention center and neighboring hotels like bees around a hive. This is where products are born, companies are noticed, and trends are validated….at least until next year.

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My Favorite Fats for Cooking

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There are so many different types of oils and fats to cook with these days, and for every one there’s a different opinion on which is healthier. Many fats that were previously considered categorically bad for us have now been proven to be acceptable and even beneficial for us. Below are some of the factors to keep in mind when choosing a fat, and my favorites for cooking.

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Why Grass-Fed is the Best-Fed

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As the grass-fed craze continues, we start to look at it as more of a cultural staple rather than a passing fad. Why has this stuck around? Because grass-fed is the better quality meat, and the better tasting meat. We know that “grass-fed” options aren’t always clear, and marketing terms on packaging can get confusing, so we have brokendown some of the packaging claims for you below.

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Vegan and Vegetarian Sources of Protein

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Protein seems to be all the rage these days. It’s making an appearance in sports drinks, breakfast cereals, ice cream, bread, pasta, and of course energy bars and yogurt. The latest diet trends seem to revolve around protein. Many people interpret this as an invitation to load up on meat, but there are also plenty of protein sources available for vegetarian and vegan diets.

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Vegan vs. Paleo: Which Diet is the Right Diet for You?

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This is a topic that we could probably go on about for days, “which diet is the right diet?” This question might be one of the hardest to answer when it comes to your own health. Two of the most popular ways of eating in today’s world is the paleo diet and veganism. Seemingly completely opposite approaches to your health, but they have more similarities than you may think! Let’s dig a bit deeper…

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