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Fairytale Brownies makes a commitment to kids playtime
Mail-order baker finds a way to improve the health of children through the KaBOOM! nonprofit builder of playgrounds.

Whats the best approach to making foods healthy for children
An expert panel at IFT advises: ‘nutrient dense but energy light.’

For some children too little food is also a concern
Food insecurity affects 16 million kids, according to USDA.

Kids health needs urgent care from product formulators
When developing foods to improve the health of the next generation, bakers and snack food makers must provide nutrients necessary to well-being but avoid loading on the calories.

Lowering sodium with leaveners part 3
Expert from Church and Dwight provides insight on cutting sodium while retaining product quality.

Weight control via resistant potato starch
A new resistant starch derived from potatoes can cut calories, hold down glycemic index and raise the fiber level of baked foods.

Enzymes work behind the scenes
Because enzymes behave in highly specific ways, they act as consistently effective functional ingredients yet are all but invisible to consumers.

Enhanced enzymes emerge
Biotechnology allows development of more sophisticated enzymes for baking.

Form and function for fortification
How to select the optimal medium for fortifying with fruits and vegetables.

Why kale is hot
Can formulators take advantage of the sudden popularity of a bold-flavored, leafy green vegetable?

Tomatoes appeal to the fifth and sixth tastes
Tomato-based ingredients provide antioxidants that aid eye health and flavor enhancers that reduce the need for salt.

Speaking of ORAC
Measurements of antioxidant content don’t do well at predicting behavior in the body.

Putting fruit through the extruder
Researchers learn that fruit and vegetable ingredients improve the nutrient quality of extruded snacks.

How to fortify the natural way
Fruits and vegetables not only beautify foods, they can fortify them with important nutrients.

Delivering probiotics part 2
Expert from Lallemand offers insight into microencapsulation for probiotics.

Ways to cut sodium part 1
Expert from AB Mauri answers questions about sodium-reduction strategies.

Tech showcase Nutritive sweeteners
Examining the options for sugars and carbohydrate syrups on the market.

How to get the flour you need part 2
Experts from Horizon Milling offer insight on choosing the right flour.

Prepare for a whole grain future part 3
Expert from Dakota Specialty Milling answers questions about whole grain formulations.

Soluble Insoluble Fiber Blended to Balance
Nexira starts with all-natural acacia gum, one of the first hydrocolloids to be used in foods, and combines it with gluten-free wheat fiber via a proprietary process to make Equacia, a balanced fiber for bakery and snack applications.

Committing to New Product Research
Ingredient suppliers invest in R&D centers to collaborate with baking and snack companies.

Equipment and ingredient companies innovate together
Reading Bakery Systems works with ingredient companies to develop new products for customers.

Growing beyond a flour mill
Bay State Milling's new innovation center takes the company from miller to supplier.

How to evaluate nutritive sweeteners for bakery and snack uses
Functionality comes first, but flavor and consumer appeal can trump that choice.

Honey boosts the image of baked foods
Bakers can leverage the natural, clean-label appeal of honey by using it in liquid and dry forms in baked foods.