Crispy, Refreshing, Nourishing Cucumbers

Written by Andrew Akhaphong, MS, RD, LD   Updated May 30, 2024 In a consumer survey published by the International Fresh Produce Association in 2022 -(1) 50% of consumers purchases cucumbers the past year 73% prefer to eat cucumbers with a salad Persons ages 50 to 49-years are the largest purchasing group of cucumbers The […]

Juicy, Sweet, and Peach-ariny

Written by Andrew Akhaphong, MS, RD, LD Updated June 5, 2024 What produce screams spring and summer better than peaches or nectarines?   Peaches and nectarines are produced among 20 states. The top four include California, South Carolina, Georgia, and New Jersey. In 2017 approximately 56% of peaches and nectarines in retail were supplied by […]

Unraveling Delightful Tang

Written by Andrew Akhaphong, MS, RD, LD Updated May 22, 2024 Feta cheese is often associated with the dry, crumbly, mild salty add-on commonly served with Greek salads. Though this is a characteristic that is found in feta cheese, American feta cheese differs quite largely from its Greek counterpart. When we think of authentic feta, […]

Harvesting the Benefits of Asparagus

Written by Andrew Akhaphong, MS, RD, LD, Mackenthun’s registered dietitian Updated May 5, 2024 When it comes to fresh and delicious produce as the warmer season approaches, produce like asparagus and rhubarb often marks its beginnings. Asparagus is a perennial vegetable which means it can regenerate itself each year. Before asparagus can be harvested it […]

The Fresh or Frozen Produce Debate: Which One?

Written by Andrew Akhaphong, MS, RD, LD, Mackenthun’s Registered Dietitian Updated 5/6/2024 The American Frozen Food Institute conducted a survey on 1525 Americans around frozen produce, published in Spring 2023. Frozen produce offers convenience; it reduces the cooking time and prep needed for meals compared to fresh produce. The findings included -(1) 68% of consumers […]

Enriched Grains for Good Health

Written by Andrew Akhaphong, MS, RD, LD Updated May 1, 2024 The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that at least one-half of total grain consumption comes from whole grain sources.    A review by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2013-2016 found Americans consumption of whole grains accounted for an average of […]

May Food Affect Your Mental Health?

Written by Andrew Akhaphong, MS, RD, LD, Mackenthun’s Registered Dietitian Updated: April 25, 2024 According to the United States Department of Agriculture, more than 1 in 5 US adults live with a mental illness.(1) “This is equivalent to over 50 million Americans”.(2) Additionally 1 in 10 US youths have depression which creates a barrier to […]

Canned Tomatoes and Beyond

Written by Andrew Akhaphong, MS, RD, LD, Mackenthun’s Registered Dietitian Updated April 26, 2024 Tomatoes are a native crop to South America; during the Spanish colonization of the Americas the Spaniards brought with them tomatoes for trade.  Tomatoes were not available for commercial production in the United States until the mid-1800s.(1) Behind potatoes, tomatoes are […]

SILK® Protein in a Nutshell

Written by Andrew Akhaphong, MS, RD, LD, Mackenthun’s Registered Dietitian Updated April 19, 2024 The plant-based non-dairy industry grew by 15% from 2019 to 2020, an additional 6% from 2020 to 2021, and 11% from 2021 to 2022.(1) In a survey conducted in 2022 of 1217 consumers -(1) 71% consume and purchase only dairy products […]

Processed and Ultra-Processed Foods: Reading Beyond the Headlines

Written by Andrew Akhaphong, MS, RD, LD, Mackenthun’s Registered Dietitian Updated April 16, 2024 Processed and ultra-processed foods are common headliners in terms of health-related topics. Concerns for consuming processed foods include heart disease, cancer, type-2 diabetes, and obesity.   A sample size of 105,159 participants ages 18-years and older  in Europe were observed over […]