Dining Without Borders

It’s hard times in the ol’ USA and people are looking for ways to escape. What better way to do this than to take a journey through some delicious international foods?

Your customers may soon be asking you about the new movie, The Informant. What is it all about and why does it affect you? When we chatted with Mark Whitacre, Ph.D., in April about the weaknesses of the SELECT trial, and comparing high-selenium yeast and selenomethionine, I mentioned that I would interview him again about an upcoming Matt Damon movie and a Discovery Channel documentary called Undercover, in which Dr. Whitacre is the main subject of both.

 

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Just prior to its summer recess, the House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R.2749), which had been launched by industry nemesis Representative John Dingell (D-MI) and amended by equally repugnant Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA). This bill replaced other food “safety” bills about which this column reported previously (see “Goon Squad on the March” June 2009).

ColdpackAirLiner by Coldpack is an inflatable, recyclable insulating liner that converts corrugated boxes into coolers. Designed to replace foam packing, AirLiner helps protect perishable products from degradation due to high temperatures and ships/stores flat while reducing the shipment’s carbon footprint.

ComaxComax Flavors now offers a stevia-masking flavor as part of its line of special effects flavors. Other enhancing/masking agents in the line include bitter blocker, acid reduction, caffeine masking and sweetness enhancers. “Special effects flavors, a Comax offering for the past several years, provide the taste and aroma sensations that consumers want,” adds the firm.

BioActives LLC now offers Cardio HB, a standardized extract of Hibiscus that promotes heart health. The product is a full-
spectrum water-soluble extract that contains anthocyanins, various bioactive flavonoids and phenolic acids. It is also pesticide and fertilizer free.
1 Dix St., Worcester, MA 01609, www.bioactives.com

CyvexCyvex Nutrition launches a flavonoid line of nutraceuticals that includes Nobiletin, Tangeritin, Diosmin, Apigenin and Luteolin. According to the firm, the line answers food manufacturers’ need for flavonoids “showing anti-proliferative activity, supporting vein elasticity and immunity and cognition [support].”

CapsugelCapsugel now offers a new line of natural colorants for capsules. A palette of 16 colors is available in hues such as Plum Punch, Ocean Blue, Candy Apple and Kiwi Pearl. Natural ingredients such as caramel, riboflavin, carmine and spirulina were used to create the colors. Colors can be made opaque using titanium dioxide.

PromilinPromilinPro, new from TSI Health Sciences, Inc., is a highly concentrated fenugreek extract standardized 60% 4-Hydroxyisoleucine (4-HI). This extract is a matrix of amino acids that work in synergy with 4-HI to deliver an efficacious dose of the extract. The product is said to “improve endurance during aerobic training by sustaining glycogen stores,” according to the company.