There’s an old Johnny Mercer song that reminds us to “…accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative…and latch on to the affirmative.” It turns out Mr. Mercer knew what he was talking about, especially when it comes to food. Emphasizing food’s positive aspects, such as high protein or high fiber, is one of this year’s compelling retail and foodservice food trends.
Protein used to be the province of bodybuilders alone. Now, everyone from baby boomers and teen athletes to men and women are on the search for foods that are high in protein – not just to build lean muscle but also to take advantage of protein’s ability to satisfy hunger and manage weight.
A 2012 Food & Health Survey from The International Food Information Council cited that protein was the #3 nutrient consumers most want to consume. (Whole grains and fiber were #1 and 2 respectively.)
Remember, protein is much more than meat, chicken, fish, and cheese. Legumes like beans, peas and lentils are a great source of heart-healthy protein. And, they’re typically low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and have beneficial fats and soluble and insoluble fiber.
How about you? Are you accentuating the positive proteins on your menu? Let us know!