Friday, April 28, 2006

No. 1 Ethnic Food Of Choice



In the U.S...It's Italian.

Italian food is the most popular ethnic food in the United States, but Mexican food is gaining rapidly with a 10 percent surge of adults naming it their favorite, according to data published by the Institute of Food Technologists.

Here are some other interesting food trends:

· Four of 10 restaurant-chain chefs think portion size will be a new major trend. More than 3 in 10 expect comfort foods, such as meatloaf, macaroni and cheese or pot roast, to be a driver.
· No-fat and low-fat foods have slimmed to single-digit growth, but it's still a $32-billion segment--more than twice the size of the widely acclaimed organic foods category.
· Coffee is the No. 1 consumed breakfast food. Fully 53 percent of Americans begin their day with a cup of java. Now quick service restaurants are bringing designer brands to their menus.
· Vegetable consumption is falling by 2 percent, but fresh fruit is rebounding after 14 years in decline. Fresh fruit is the No. 1 snack of kids age 2 to 12.

Who knew??

Anyway, there are always even more interesting facts, stats, and basic info on the way we eat and why in Food Technology magazine. Interesting stuff.
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Okay, that's all for now and I'm officially outta here for this week. Make it a great weekend, gang. Peace.

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