Kids are taught how to balance, whether it’s learning to walk, carrying dinner plates to the sink or keeping the momentum on a seesaw without falling off. Most Americans are not applying what they learned on the playground to their eating habits. Too many are letting their nutrition crash to the ground by not achieving their recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of minerals such as iron, while other minerals, like calcium, are sometimes devoured to a dangerous extent.

Sensitive diet products—gluten-free, allergen-free and intolerance-friendly—are big, big business today. They’ll be Bill Gates big by 2017, when the global market is predicted to crest $26 billion (1). It’s a classic case of supply meeting demand. The result for those with special dietary restrictions is increased selection and a more fulfilling experience with their food. The implication for product makers certainly involves more profit, but there’s also an imperative to continue to satisfy, reach out to and protect their new customers.

The scientific community is still debating whether the benefits of using nanoparticles outweigh any potential risks, and now there is another voice to add to the mix.

Westchester, IL—A new independent clinical trial published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism details the positive effects of resistant starch (Hi-Maize from Ingredion Inc., based here) on metabolism.

Even if you’re not a huge sports fan, it’s hard not to get immersed in the Olympic Games. How could you not be in awe of Team USA with the Fab Five gymnasts, the Dream Team (version 6.0) and the “The Greatest Swimmer of All Time” to root for?  In typical American style, we sent the best of the best and they did us proud with their impressive performances. These athletes are models of determination, strength and talent.

Earth Island introduces Follow Your Heart Vegenaise Gourmet, a line of heart-healthy and soy-free dipping sauces and spreads. The line includes exotic flavors such as roasted garlic, pesto, chipotle and barbecue. Also new are two classic sauces, horseradish and tartar, remixed with vegan style. All products are gluten free, kosher parve, cholesterol free, dairy free and non-GMO with no preservatives or trans-fats.

FungusAmongUs presents a line of 0.5-oz dried mushrooms, which includes mushroom medley, porcini, shiitake, maitake, crimini, black trumpet, chanterelle, portabello and oyster. These mushrooms are both low carb and certified organic, and can be used as flavor enhancers in numerous recipes.

1-2-3 Gluten Free has come out with Olivia’s Outstanding Multi-Purpose Flour Mix. The all-natural, gluten-free flour is made in a facility free of wheat, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, egg and soy. This fortified flour mix is also corn free, GMO free and made in the USA.

Little Duck Organics has a new Tiny Fruits flavor. Little Duck’s Pineapple & Mango Tiny Fruits is made with organic freeze-dried pineapple and mango, perfect for little hands. Little Duck’s mission is to distribute the highest quality, best-tasting organic kids’ snacks.