Health & Nutrition

A NYC Restaurant That Brings Healthy Drinking to Life

When opening up a vegan restaurant in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, one must consider how it would fit into the area steeped in cultural history and diverse cuisine. Home to a large percentage of Dominicans, the neighborhood’s restaurants have exhibited this culture—from bakeries and chicken joints to roadside stands and carts offering everything from sliced mangoes to chicharrones.

FDA: Avocados are Officially Heart Healthy

Nutrition experts have been touting for years the health benefits of fresh Avocados, and now the FDA is making it official.In response to a petition submitted by the American Heart Association, the FDA has amended the regulation about the relationship between dietary saturated fat and cholesterol and the risk of coronary heart disease.

These 3 Pleasures Make Desserts Healthy and Enjoyable

When I go out to eat, I ask the waiter if the restaurant has a creative chef. Of course, no one ever says no, so I make a simple request: Make me a dessert using only nuts, fruit, and dark chocolate, and present it in a creative way.

Study Shows Diners Remain Worried about GMOs

U.S. consumers are now more informed about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the benefits of their use in producing food, but many still have concerns about them, finds The NPD Group, a leading global information company.

FDA Extending Compliance Date for Menu Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will be publishing a final rule that formally extends the compliance date for menu labeling regulations to May 5. Below is a statement from Cicely Simpson, executive vice president of government affairs at the National Restaurant Association.

Organic Trailblazer Nora Pouillon Reflects on Her Legacy

Part of what excites Nora Pouillon about the future is the uncertainty. She has helmed her eponymous Washington, D.C., restaurant for so long that one employee, who swam across the Rio Grande when he was 17, is now approaching middle age.

The Healthy Fats Coalition Comes to Life

A group of like-minded organizations, companies, and individuals formed the Healthy Fats Coalition, a new educational initiative dedicated to the proposition that healthy fats aren’t merely having a moment—they’re here to stay, as an essential part of the American diet.

Peanuts are Now Healthy, According to the FDA

America’s favorite nut has a new descriptor, healthy. Peanuts are now classified as healthy due to their high levels of unsaturated fats that provide a source of plant-based protein and overall beneficial nutrient profile, according to new guidelines issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Texas Chef Marcus Paslay is a Food Purist

There aren’t many chefs I’d send into my grandmother’s kitchen, but Marcus Paslay is one she would have loved. That’s because they’d see eye to eye on what it means to be cooking from scratch.

What Exactly is a Superfood?

There’s a lot of chatter about superfoods, but not a lot of clarity on the subject. Superfood, as defined by Datassential, is a non-medical, non-scientific term commonly used to describe nutrient-rich foods—such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dark leafy greens, salmon, nuts, seeds, and more—that are thought to provide functional health benefits.

Woods Hill Table Makes Good on the Farm-to-Table Promise

Kristin Canty planned to open a small diner in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, one of those New England towns where the farms historically outnumber the restaurants. Local sourcing was going to be her gospel and she wanted like-minded eaters to finally discover a place they could dine without guilt.

US Foods Centers on Sustainability in Latest Product Line

Across the foodservice lexicon, witnessing a brand “clean up” its menu is becoming commonplace. McDonald’s developed chicken nuggets parents can be proud of. Breakfast titan Denny’s transformed its pancakes into a “50 percent fluffier” edition made with real eggs and fresh buttermilk.

P.F. Chang's New Menu Offers More Than 40 dishes at 600 Calories or Less

P.F. Chang’s Farm to Wok food philosophy comes to life in its new menu, highlighting scratch kitchens, wholesome, simple ingredients, and the power of the fiery wok. It also emphasizes 16 gluten-free options, several vegetarian entrees and offers guests more than 40 delicious dishes that are 600 calories or less.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Honored for its Commitment to Fresh Produce

Sometimes the sincerest form of flattery is complete surprise. Steven Sturm, the corporate executive chef at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, a 39-unit polished-casual dining chain, had never heard of the Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award when he discovered he was on this year’s short list.