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Our nutritional landscape is changing. If you’re not feeling too inspired by your tupperware servings of chicken & broccoli, you’ll be licking your lips by the end of this list.


Formerly condemned by FDA as a magnet for diabetes, saturated fat is starting to be seen in a whole new light. This greater understanding of nutrition science has the FDA proposing a clearer delineation of fats, although it may be a while before we see a change on nationwide food labels (FDA action usually moves slower than molasses in January). More specifically, they’re proposing “Calories from Fat” be removed, as research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount. Why the sudden change of heart? Well, because your heart seems to be at a far less of a risk for cardiovascular disease from saturated fats than nearly four decades worth of nutrition policy suggested. Meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal and by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee found no association between high levels of saturated fat and heart disease, risk of stoke, or diabetes. So if you’re keeping active… bring on the butter!


Quest has taken in-house innovation to a whole new level. They’re opening up to a small (but ever-expanding) group of fans with an invite-only program that allows members to purchase new products before they hit shelves. You can’t even get them from Quest’s public online store! Quest dropped this megaton bomb announcement on a Facebook Live broadcast last month, announced three new Quest Bar flavors (fans will decide which one goes to market), revealed a new line-up of Protein Crunch cereal bars, and an entire CATEGORY of new ketogenic food – Snacks, meals, desserts, literally everything you’d need to pull off a ketogenic diet. The coolest part of all: If Quest Labs members don’t like a certain product, Quest will change it or cancel it. They’re getting serious about community involvement.

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We’ve seen an array of diets created in the spirit of losing weight and trimming body fat. One method seeing a huge surge in the last year or two is ketogenic eating. You’ve probably heard of Atkins, essentially a watered-down version of Keto. There’s one huge difference: Fat. Lots of it. This enables you to achieve a state of metabolic “ketosis,” where your body runs off ketones (the energy produced from burning exclusively fat). The high-fat macro regimen requires that you keep the carb intake low as possible, even managing protein intake with moderation. The specific macro ratio (Fat to Protein plus Carbohydrates) will fluctuate based on personal goals, but just know that butter and bacon are your new best friends. If the science sounds a little far-fetched, you needn’t interrogate a gym full of bodybuilders for validity; just take a minute to shop around online. Many emerging brands are releasing high-fat bars, snacks, and drinks. Quest is even testing out an entire line of ketogenic products in their new “Quest Labs” (see above), designed from the gram up with beneficial fats in mind. Going Keto takes “cutting carbs” and literally kicks it up to the level of “shredding fat.”


Sweetener chemists and manufacturers have been trying to find a half-decent sugar substitute for years. Stevia leaves that bad aftertaste, people are terrified of aspartame, and sucralose is a wildly potent Thor’s Hammer of sweet ingredients (approximately 600x sweeter than sugar). Allulose is just breaking onto the scene though and it’ll make waves in the next few years. Why? Allulose naturally occurs in things like figs, raisins, and maple syrup, with the same mouth feel and texture of normal sugar, making it almost indistinguishable. The big difference is caloric density, or lack thereof… as allulose only contributes 0.2 calories per gram instead of 4! And it doesn’t spike blood sugar. Give it some time and allulose will soon be hard to miss.

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