Bacon Seaweed, Cricket Flour and Vegetables in my Yoghurt: What’s New with Food


Bacon fans rejoice! Bacon may well be on the menu for you soon in a version that’s healthier than kale.

Now I have shared the exciting news (bacon is always exciting news), stay open-minded during the rest of this post, because there are some…erm, different things going on in the food world. I present to you:

Bacon-flavoured seaweednf_bacon_longevity_0508

Wait, what?

Researchers in the United States have discovered a strain of seaweed that tastes just like fried bacon, and has twice the nutrition of kale. Touted as the next superfood, the seaweed “is an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants” (Chuck Toombs, a business researcher) containing up to 16% protein.

It’s still early days, so we won’t be seeing this one on the shelves for a while. But if we do, sounds like a great one for vegetarians, vegans and those who are trying to cut down on meat.

Cricket flour

A sustainable source of protein?buggrub-edible-cricket-flour

Insects have long been on the menu in some cuisines. However, it seems that Australia, US and UK are just starting to see the benefits in using insects as a source of sustainable nutrition.

Keep an eye out for protein bars and baked goods made using cricket flour. It’s claimed that cricket flour is a tasty source of nutrition, packed with protein, healthy fats and micronutrients.

The selling point is that it’s a more sustainable source of nutrition than your typical protein source (think beef and so on), as it’s competitively easier and cheaper to make.  

Vegetable flavoured yoghurt

Is that a potato in my yoghurt?

No, not potatoes, but don’t be surprised if you start seeing other vegetables appear in your download (8).jpgfavourite brand of yoghurt. A new concept, considered a first for Australia, is seeing yoghurt now flavoured with different vegetables.

There has been a move toward mixing sweet and savoury foods in the past few years (salted caramel being a big one), with manufacturers experimenting with ways we can use this to our advantage by boosting the nutrient profile of products.

Flavours currently include strawberry and beetroot, sweet potato and cinnamon or apple and carrot. There is currently one brand offering these yoghurts in Australia, and they score five stars on the Five Star Health Rating, and with each tub providing half a serve of vegetables it makes them a nutritious option.

What new foods trends have you seen? Would you try any of these?


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