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TRENDS: Twinkie defense; coconut water flood; pine nut mouth; about balut

A compendium of food, dining and beverage trend information from the U.S. and the world

Comments by Michelle Obama reported by politicsdaily.com:

 “A Twinkie is not a cigarette, you know. And what parents need is just information about what’s in the Twinkie and how much of this we can eat. It’s not that we can’t have a Twinkie. And our kids would be pretty upset. And I am not supporting that.”

Reported by bevnet.com:

Kombucha, the vinegary, sour product of tea fermentation, has some pretty sweet growth prospects, if last week’s Natural Products Expo West is any measure. While kombucha wasn’t the only product type attracting attention – both stevia-sweetened products and coconut water also carried buzz on the show floor – it was certainly the most consistently discussed, mainly because the bootstrap entities who have long typified the natural products channel were feeling pressure from larger companies like Honest Tea and the Hain Celestial Group. Both big tea makers showed off flavor and ingredient profiles that masked much of the vinegar bite in an attempt to attract new consumers.

Reported by the Associated Press:

According to various sources, pine nut mouth is the result of a sensitivity to imported pine nuts, which are actually the seeds found in cones of pine trees. While it’s not life-threatening, it can be tough  for the seven to 10 days sufferers experience it. Last year, 53 people reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that they suffered some form of “pine nut mouth.”
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Reported by the Associated Press:
From Boston’s Gastronauts to the Organ Meet Society of New York City to the San Francisco and Denver Food Adventure Clubs, the limits of cuisine are being explored by adventurous eaters. The Denver club’s next menu includes frog curry, pork-brain lettuce wraps, and balut, a fertilized duck egg, poached or deep-fried and containing a partially formed embryo.  “As a chef, sometimes opportunities land in your lap,” said group founder Jon Emanuel. “You get assorted pig parts or the random case of tongues. In these times, this is a responsible way to eat.”

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