Episode 7: Healthier & Tastier | It's All In The Formula
Here at ARS we love food as much as you do, and we're also conscious of making healthy food choices. That's why in this episode we're going to show you a trio of new peaches, healthier margarines, new beer hops, tasty and healthy wraps, and even, get this, a self-fertilizing almond.
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Part 1: A Healthier Milk Chocolate
The U.S. imports around $5 billion in cocoa and chocolate products annually, and we produce millions of pounds of chocolate for consumers. The health benefits of dark chocolate are well known, mainly it has more antioxidants than milk chocolate because it contains more cacao solids. But dark chocolate can be brittle and taste bitter. What if we could make milk chocolate as healthy as dark chocolate, without sacrificing taste? And what if we could do it by adding a low value agricultural byproduct, such as peanut skins?
Part 2: Cheers to a Hearty New Hop
We travel to Corvallis, Oregon, to meet with ARS research geneticist John Henning. Here at the Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit, John and his team recently released two new beer hop varieties: Vista and Triumph.
Part 3: These Peaches are a Real Joy
We travel to Byron, Georgia, to the ARS Fruit and Tree Nut Research Unit, and visit with Research Horticulturist Chunxian Chen. Dr. Chen and his group recently released three new peach cultivars: Rich Joy, Crimson Joy, and Liberty Joy.
Part 4: Breaktime - Getting Healthy
Here at ARS, we are constantly researching ways to make the food in your shopping cart healthier and tastier, including for those who have to be careful about the food they ingest. Here are some recent creations that will get your mouth watering.
- ARS Partnership Leads To Low Glycemic Sweetener For Diabetics
- New Breakfast Cereal Made With ARS Wheat
- Get More Iron and Flavor Out of Your Beans
- How Do You Make Yogurt Even Healthier? Add Chickpea Flour
- With Alternative Grains, Consumers Can Have Their Cake and Eat It Too
- Health Benefits of Wine Grape Flours
Part 5: Waxing Poetic About Healthy Oils
Wouldn't it be great if the oils and margarines you cook with were actually healthy for you and still enhanced the flavor of your foods? Researchers at ARS's Functional Foods Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois, are mixing common cooking oils with natural waxes to create oleogels – which you can say is the secret sauce behind a healthier cooking oil.
Part 6: Wrapping Up More Flavor
Dr. Tara McHugh may be the GOAT when it comes to creating foods that are both healthy and tasty. Dr. McHugh and her team have a created a variety of delicious treats and eats, but perhaps her signature creation was a wrap made from fruits and vegetables.
Part 7: Move Over Bees, This Almond Pollinates Itself
Yorizane is the first self-pollinating almond in the U.S., and it has the traits industry and consumers are looking for. It won't be long before these delicious nuts are ready for your shopping cart.