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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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Posted March 14, 2023

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A box of chocolates

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?

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Hops

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.

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Peaches on a tree

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.

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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.

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Wax

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.

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Sushi made with vegetable wrap

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.

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Almonds

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.

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