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THANK YOU MELLENNIALS!
It's not often I acknowledge the Millennial generation who now makes up the largest young generation. You guys have forced food manufacturers to provide what you want, preservative, fructose free ingredients, reducing salt and sugar and converting to all natural items. Some snacks and other unhealthy products are now being reevaluated by food manufacturers and redesigning the nutritional value from their non nutritional status that was bad for our body.
Hot dogs my favorite but so unhealthy but taste so good, has now introduced for awhile uncured hot dogs. Uncured hot dogs means no nitrates or nitrites and substituted with celery juice or celery powder which is a natural ingredient.
Whole wheat products are more the norm rather than the exception. Soda is on the decline, natural seltzer water is the norm. There's more selection of dairy products, seeing more soy milk, almond milk and cashew milks.
As there is more pressure on food manufacturers, those items we grew up with is now being reevaluated. Super sweet cereal, Pop Tarts, and all those products that have ingredients we cannot even pronounce. Margarines as compare with Kelly Gold Irish Natural butter from farm grazed cows, the test is no comparison.
The salt and sugar industry is coming under attack and rest assured they will try to combat this war.
The selection of probiotics yogurt is so popular that now they occupy aisles just for yogurt. I guess we recognize that the pesticides and insecticides on our produce and fruits is doing damage to our colon and digestive track.
Change will take time. Seafood is in jeopardy. The farm raised crave produces tasteless product. Wild seafood offers flavor but very costly. It's like paying filet mignon prices for seafood.
As they continue to grain feed cows, the meat will be tasteless. Instead of quantity on how big they can generate more beef and focus on quality of meat, marinades will only enhance the flavor of the beef than overtake the flavor of a good piece of beef. Now, the restaurant chains are adding cheese, salty sauces making the steak so tasty. Enough is enough.
The taboo with fish is , cheese is never a good combo, but now cheese is all over fish in everyway.
Seafood is so expensive now, back in the day I ordered a piece of halibut at a restaurant. It was a huge portion and cooked properly. Now you get a thin slice
of halibut and its overcooked.
Cod has been replace by white fish, the days of flaky mild flavored cod are gone, you can still get cod but its pricey.
The farm raised seafood will eventually catch up with us. Being in close quarters requires antibiotic being administered due to vulnerability of getting sick. Plastic pollution is made its way into the intestines of fish and shrimp, however microscopic it may be. but time is on our side, progress will be slow but not enough politicians are listening. Nothing new and our current administration is cutting back on every conceivable regulation to control the industry, Creating and sustaining jobs versus the livelihood of our food chain?
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocanmaryland.com