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Innovation is only way to meet future food challenges | PepsiCo

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PepsiCo has been actively working on the composition of its food products, including reducing the salt in its Lay’s potato chips.

MINNEAPOLIS — If food companies think there are big challenges feeding today’s world and its 7.3 billion people, even bigger problems face them in the future, said Mehmood Khan, M.D., Ph.D., vice-chairman and chief scientific officer of global research and development at PepsiCo, Inc., Purchase, N.Y. He gave the keynote address at AACC International’s centenary meeting in Minneapolis on Oct. 20.

Speaking to an audience of cereal scientists, millers and ingredient suppliers, Dr. Khan offered his reasons for describing innovation as the answer.

“If we continue doing in 2050 what we do today, 3.5 billion people will be hungry,” he said. “The world is depending on the food industry to feed the planet. If not, even with today’s high level of conflict, we haven’t yet seen what can result when that many mouths go hungry.”

A decade ago, when PepsiCo chairman and chief executive officer Indra Nooyi recruited Dr. Khan, he was charged with changing the R.&D. climate at the company. It boosted its budget for such work by 30% but was quickly plunged into the worldwide financial crisis. PepsiCo’s stock plunged, but the company persevered.

“By 2013, net revenues from innovation accounted for 8% in sales,” Dr. Khan said. “In 2014, it was 9%. Any declines we had in traditional brands were more than offset by these innovations.”

In addition, PepsiCo products accounted for 10 of the Top 50 new products that year.

He advised his audience of scientists, “If you want to make a difference, you have to step out of the norm.”

PepsiCo did that when it hired Dr. Khan. He trained in medicine first and entered agronomy later. He received his medical degree, specializing in endocrinology, from University of Liverpool and his doctorate in agriculture…

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Reinvented 100-Calorie Snacks for Summer

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Check out these delicious re-invented summer snack ideas from Huffington Post
getting your daily fruits and veggies never seemed so SWEET!

100-Calorie Snacks: 16 Refreshing Healthy Summer Eats

Some of the best fruits and veggies are ripe for the picking in the warm weather, and yet somehow summer eating still gets a bad rap. You can blame the barbecues or theice cream trucks, or you can decide to take things into your own hands. Literally.

With a few homemade treats up your sleeve, you can guarantee refreshing, tasty summer snacks that are easy on your waistline. The 16 below require minimal ingredients and almost no time to assemble — all for under 100 calories.

1. Fruit Kebabs
Throw chunks of your favorite melon or pineapple, all the best berries and any bite-size summer fruit that tickles your fancy onto a barbecue skewer for an easy and colorful fruit kebab, suggests Angela Ginn-Meadow, RDN. At 39 calories per skewer, this recipe leaves
room for two!

Coffee and a Healthy Heart

Love your cup o’ joe in the morning? So do we! This study from Vending Market Watch suggests certain health benefits associated with your morning fix:

Study: 3 To 5 Cups Of Coffee Per Day May Reduce
Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Risk By Up To 21%
JUN 24, 2015

 

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24 June, 2015 Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day could cut an individual’s cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality risk by up to 21%, according to research highlighted in a EuroPRevent session report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organization devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health1.

The finding is significant given that coronary heart disease and stroke remain the primary cause of death across Europe, responsible for 51% of all deaths in women and 42% of all deaths in men.2  Over four million people die from CVD annually in Europe and overall, CVD is estimated to cost the EU economy €196 billion every year.3

The ISIC session report highlights the research presented at a Satellite Symposium held during the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation’s 2015 congress in Lisbon, Portugal, on the subject of ‘Coffee and CVD Mortality’. Leading researchers in this field presented on the role of lifestyle factors in CVD mortality risk reduction, the epidemiological evidence on coffee and CVD mortality, and the conclusions from meta-analyses on coffee and CVD mortality.

The lowest CVD mortality risk is seen at an intake of approximately 3 cups of coffee per day, with a percentage risk reduction of up to 21%.1

Two 2014 meta-analyses suggest an association between coffee consumption and CVD risk, proposing a ‘U-shaped’ pattern whereby optimal protective effects were achieved with 3-5 cups of coffee per day.3,4

Drinking 3-4 cups of coffee per day is associated with an approximate 25% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to consuming none or less than 2 cups per day.5 People with diabetes typically have a higher CVD mortality risk, therefore this association may be linked to…

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Ms. Choice’s Healthier Snacking Tips

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I’m Ms. Choice and I’m here to provide information and assist in promoting and implementing wellness and healthier snacking at work sites and schools.

• Top off your fuel tank several times a day with snacks; you’ll feel energized and satisfied throughout the day.

• It’s unrealistic to give up sweet treats if you really enjoy them. Like anything else, eat them “smartly” and in moderation.

• Focus on fiber and protein. Choose cereal bars or granola bars with a little protein (check the Nutrition Facts) and some fiber to help keep you full longer.

• Pretzels or baked chips are a great low-fat, low-calorie way to satisfy the mid-day munchies.

• Craving cookies? Animal crackers, fig bars, ginger snaps, pop tarts or graham crackers are great tasting lower fat choices. Pair these with low-fat milk, a protein-rich food, and you’ve satisfied that craving.

For additional resources visit the following websites:

http://www.balancedforlife.net

http://www.healthiergeneration.org

http://www.smartspot.com

Use the Healthy schools Product Calculator to determine if a snack food or side item meets the Alliance’s Guidelines for Competitive Foods:

http://www.healthiergeneration.org/productcalculator/