The World Cancer Research Fund found that some iced coffees contain so many calories they increase a person's chance of becoming overweight, the second-biggest cancer risk after smoking. A survey found that some iced coffees sold by retail chains contain more than 500 calories, "the amount of calories you might expect to have in an evening meal, not in a drink," a WCRF official said.
A new study by Hershey Co. and Brunswick Laboratories found that benefiting from cocoa's heart-healthy antioxidants in finished products greatly depends on the other ingredients, specifically leavening agents. The study revealed that in chocolate cake, using baking powder instead of baking soda helps cocoa best retain its nutritional value.
Scientists are looking to nanotechnology to change the molecular structure of food, making it more healthful and better-tasting. Though the products are not yet ready for retail, experiments are taking place to make potentially beneficial ingredients more palatable and to cut salt and fat without harming taste.
Store-brand organic products account for 22.7% of organic food sales, up from 13.6% for the same 52-week period in 2007. As the trend grows, Safeway has begun selling its organic products to other retailers, and SUPERVALU expanded its Wild Harvest organic brand to 312 items, from 150 last spring.
Austin, Texas-based Cocoa Puro, which sells chocolate-covered, hand-roasted cocoa beans, sources its beans from a single organic grower in Costa Rica. The final product, Kakawa Cocoa Beans, is available at Whole Foods Market as well as local specialty stores.