Natural chat: Are paleo labels the way of the future?

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This week, we featured an article by a guy who nailed it on protein, superfruits and zero-cal sweeteners, but how do his predictions for tomorrow's food trends hold up? The verdict is still out among readers, so tell us what you think!

Delicious Living editor Jenna Blumenfeld's blog about paleo certification labels also has been making the rounds on Twitter while commentary about the FDA's recent ruling on the danger of trans fats remains strong. Check out our top stories of the week and add your input!

1. 4 incredibly provocative predictions from the guy who nailed it on protein, superfruits and zero-cal sweeteners

November 7, 2013 · · When I look back at the road behind that is our recent history of the nutrition industry, I see a litter trail of intuitions, predictions and prognostications that just never materialized, and then I see the ‘others.’ You know, the ones that were just a perfect bulls-eye. Protein-centric foods, dare I say protein mania (Chobani, Special K), all natural (oops, my lawyer has just advised me to say ‘zero artificial’), zero-calorie sweeteners (Truvia, ZSweet), superfruits (Sambazon Acai, POM Wonderful), magnesium... Open this article

2. Should there be a Paleo certification label?

November 13, 2013 · · As expected in a world of special-diet neologisms (flexitarian, pescatarian), certification labels have emerged to bolster (capitalize on?) the Paleo trend. For instance, Paleo Friendly: Developed by The Paleo Foundation, the label aims to assure Paleo followers that a product adheres to diet specifications (“Grain-free, legume-free, dairy-free, artificial coloring, artificial preservatives, artificial sweeteners and artificial flavor enhancers-free,” according their website). It’s certainly a tool to bridge the gap between a 10,000-year-old hunter-gatherer and a time-strapped modern cubicle jockey. Open this article

3. FDA says bye, bye to trans fats

November 11, 2013 · · There is a long list of other ingredients, including artificial colors and sweeteners, that I hope will be next to go. But is there an ingredient or food that is considered "healthy" (as trans fats once were), which will soon become the ultimate nutritional villain? With so much exposure to conflicting science and false marketing ploys, there's no way to avoid confusion when it comes to ingredients and health. Open this article


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