Food For Thought - June 2024

Spotting interesting trends and finding noteworthy food facts and figures is a big part of what we do at Ceres. Here are 10 recent articles, reports and long reads that made us stop and think.

June 27, 2024
Katie Mannings
June 27, 2024
Katie Mannings

Convenience over cooking

Younger generations are leaning more towards convenience foods rather than cooking, due to not having the time, or desire, after work to cook. [Source: Food Navigator]

Just a spoonful of marmite keeps the doctor away

Love it or hate it, Marmite could help you to reduce anxiety and stress and could, in fact, improve sleep due to its B vitamin content [Source: Express]

What drinking coffee can do to your gut

Coffee lovers are in luck as there is evidence that an espresso may positively influence your microbiome, which in turn can lead to overall better health and even prolonged life. [Source: Telegraph

Men eat more meat

A study from the Zurich University says that men will eat more meat in countries such as the United Kingdom where there is a greater equality between the sexes, with women more likely to be vegetarian or vegan. [Source: Mail Online]

The eighties are making a comeback

Before the world became obsessed with Avocado and chia seeds, foods like grapefruits and prunes were all the rage in the health world - and now it appears they are back. [Source:  The Times]

Disposing of food in secret

A new study revealed that half of brits throw away food when it is passed its best by date, but do so behind their partners back! [Source: Mirror]

Are you Team Pickle Juice? 

Pickle juice is the new sports trend that athletes are jumping onto. Pickle juice is high in electrolytes, sodium and potassium which help with dehydration. [Source: inews]

Energy drinks are putting health at risk

Everyone is always looking for the cure to tiredness, however energy drinks are filled with sugar and caffeine that could lead to life threatening conditions. [Source: Independent]

McDonald's see future for AI Drive Thrus

AI drive thrus are coming – but not quite yet. Early tests have proved unreliable at taking orders, with customers receiving bacon topped ice cream, as well as hundreds of dollars' worth of McNuggets being added to orders. It just shows that the hospitality industry isn't for everyone. [Source: The Caterer

Where have the organic cows gone? 

Dairy farmers are switching from organic milk to conventional milk, due to a rise in inflation. If farmers were to try and meet the demand for organic milk, it could take two to three years they say. [Source: Grocery Gazette]