Raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables.
University of Otago researchers have discovered raw fruit and vegetables provide better mental health outcomes, but the trick is in the way they are prepared and consumed.
Psychology senior lecturer and lead author Dr Tamlin Conner says public health campaigns usually focus on aspects of quantity for the consumption of fruit and vegetables – such as the 5+ a day campaigns – but for mental health, raw is best. “Our research has highlighted that the consumption of fruit and vegetables in their ‘unmodified’ state is more strongly associated with better mental health compared to cooked/canned/processed fruit and vegetables,” Conner says. “This could be because the cooking and processing of fruit and vegetables has the potential to diminish nutrient levels. This likely limits the delivery of nutrients that are essential for optimal emotional functioning.”
For the study, more than 400 young adults from New Zealand and the United States aged 18 to 25 were surveyed. This age group was chosen as young adults typically have the lowest fruit and vegetable consumption of all age groups and are at high risk for mental health disorders.
The group’s typical consumption of raw versus cooked and processed fruits and vegetables was assessed, alongside their negative and positive mental health, and lifestyle and demographic variables that could affect the association between fruit and vegetable intake and mental health (such as exercise, sleep, unhealthy diet, chronic health conditions, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and gender).
“Controlling for the covariates, raw fruit and vegetable consumption predicted lower levels of mental illness symptomology, such as depression, and improved levels of psychological wellbeing including positive mood, life satisfaction and flourishing,” she says. “These mental health benefits were significantly reduced for cooked, canned and processed fruits and vegetables. This research is increasingly vital as lifestyle approaches such as dietary change may provide an accessible, safe and adjuvant approach to improving mental health.”
The top 10 raw foods related to better mental health were carrots, bananas, apples, dark leafy greens such as spinach, grapefruit, lettuce, citrus fruits, fresh berries, cucumber and kiwifruit.
Coca-Cola Amatil has announced the launch of Amatil X, a new platform for emerging possibilities to power growth beyond Coca-Cola Amatil’s core business.
The new venture will support the development of concepts, start-ups and early-stage businesses that anticipate and address customer needs, and is a way for Coca-Cola Amatil to find new avenues of growth. Group managing director Alison Watkins says the world of customers is changing quickly, with increasing expectations driven by technology. “While remaining focused on our core is critical, we need to find new avenues of growth. We want to continue to challenge ourselves to provide our customers with ‘Only at Amatil’ experiences,” she says. At the core is AX Ventures, a multi-million dollar corporate venturing programme that has been set up to invest in future revenue growth opportunities outside of Amatil’s current business – and beyond innovation in beverages which sit within the core business. Investment opportunities will be identified via two avenues:
- Xcelerate – a corporate accelerator programme to operate in New Zealand and Australia powered by leading start-up accelerator BlueChilli. Xcelerate will seek applications from entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, gaining first-hand access to emerging technologies and trends; building a pipeline of investible businesses; and supporting the overall start-up ecosystem in New Zealand and Australia. Applications for Xcelerate opened last month.
- Xponential – an employee venturing programme. Xponential will leverage Amatil’s existing innovation programmes and other initiatives to identify internal opportunities for AX Ventures to invest.
Importantly, the programmes within AmatilX are not open to proposals for new beverages, and do not compete with existing innovation pipelines provided by brand partners including The Coca-Cola Company, Watkins says. Instead, there are three broad themes:
- Millions of moments of impact: concepts for creating a sustainable future
- One step ahead: concepts for redefining the customer experience; and
- Route to me: concepts for exploring alternative ways of getting customers what they want, when and where they want it.
The programmes will leverage Coca-Cola Amatil’s ability to rapidly test and validate relevant ideas and prototype solutions which improve the customer experience or create potential revenue streams.
At the end of the programme, AX Ventures will review participants for further investment. “Our team has been examining rapidly evolving companies across various sectors in Australia and overseas for the past six months,” Watkins says. “The result is Amatil X. Our aspiration is for Amatil X to set the benchmark for how to bridge the gap between large established corporations and the agility and innovation of start-up businesses, so that we leverage entrepreneurs to help fuel our growth agenda. We are investing today for tomorrow’s growth. We want the start-up community to know we’re open for business and supporting both the start-up community ecosystem, and the New Zealand and Australian economies.” www.ccamatil.com
If your Millennial offspring have stayed living at home pleading poverty, yet waste what ‘little’ they have on copious takeaway flat whites and smashed avocado, are you forgiven for being miffed? Kiwi consumer spending specialist Marketview managing director Stephen Bridle says yeah, nuh, maybe.
Millennial consumers in New Zealand have been labelled as big spenders, wasting their money on smashed avocado and takeaway coffee. And there’s more than a bit of truth to the epitaph.
In a report analysing spending behaviour by consumers aged 25-29, Marketview found that over the past eight years, these consumers have increased their spending by 56%, outstripping their growth in population.
Much of Millennial’s spending growth is due to a growing interest in eating out… whether it be cafes, restaurants, bars or fast food, Millennials really are dining out much more than previous generations.
With their preoccupation with convenience, takeaways are an increasingly popular purchase for this age group – our spending figures revealed that in 2017, Millennials spent more on takeaways than they did at clothing, footwear, health, beauty, pharmacy and cosmetic stores combined.
We also identified that Millennials have a strong preference for online shopping, with spending growth for nearly all online categories outstripping their bricks and mortar equivalents.
Figures show that since 2009, these consumers have more than tripled the amount they spend online, now allocating 10% of their spending budgets to online purchases. Popular online categories for Millennials are fashion, accommodation and, increasingly, groceries and food, encouraged by convenience and growing availability.
While many industries both on and offline are benefitting from Millennial money, figures from Marketview identified an emerging trend with potential to impact the wider retail landscape… younger consumers are increasingly spending their money outside the central cities.
In the past eight years, spending by Millennials in non-metro areas increased by more than 50%, while the CBDs of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch combined only saw a 14% increase in spending from these consumers.
As young people increasingly turn to online options for their everyday shopping needs, the concept of the CBD and ‘High Street’ is becoming somewhat redundant, at least to Millennials. As they no longer need to head out to the shops in the city every weekend, Millennials are breathing life back into the ‘local village’, bringing business back to their communities as they go out for coffee, drinks and dinner in their local neighbourhoods – a phenomenon we are only seeing increase as this group grows.
Millennials are not to be underestimated in their spending power and ability to alter the retail environment. Retailers need to pay attention to the preferences and spending patterns of this generation if they want to profit from what is a highly valuable group of consumers, and not be left behind.
Wellington-based Marketview (https://marketview.co.nz/) analyses consumer spending patterns from reliable sources across all categories, enabling a deeper understanding of how consumers behave and helping clients across a range of industries to understand what is driving their sales growth or decline.
New Zealand is well positioned to lead the world in the meat substitute niche…and farmers should not fear the consumer-driven trend, but embrace it for full capitalisation.
Life Health Foods spokesperson Mark Roper says eco-conscious millennial consumers are reshaping demand for alternative sources of protein, and a nationwide survey commissioned by the country’s largest manufacturer of vegetarian foods shows millennials aged 18 to 34 are the target market to adopt a mostly meat-free diet in the next decade.
Life Health Foods – which makes plant-based Bean Supreme and recently launched Alternative Meat Co. products – says growing concern for the environment is leading this demographic to seek out other options to integrate into their diet. “
Among this age group, factors such as concern for animal welfare and the environment were some of the most important drivers of purchase choice,” Roper says, “whereas if you look at older consumers, health considerations and cost of meat were the primary reasons for choosing vegetarian foods.”
New Zealand is well positioned to take advantage of this emerging trend – which has seen accelerated growth in the global meat substitute market.
“Our research is showing that many consumers are not completely replacing meat in their diet – instead, they are integrating more meat-free options throughout the week. This makes development of a plant protein market complementary to our existing agricultural exports.”
Roper says the new consumer driven trend is something that farmers should not fear, but rather capitalise on.
“As a producer we are looking at this growth as a promising future market. As well as a growth industry globally, there is increasing demand for these products in the more well-established markets of the US and Europe, where there are potentially large export opportunities for us.”
At the same time, New Zealand is well positioned as a producer nation to capitalise on millennial’s demand for plant-based products.
“As a country, we have a strong agricultural research base, we are great at growing crops here, and the development of a more environmentally friendly, alternative protein market will potentially enhance the ‘pure NZ’ brand equity,” he says.
“With demand for meat alternatives expected to grow significantly in the coming years, we are looking at other sources of protein that have similar texture and taste to meat, and that can be developed into added value products for the domestic and export markets. Plants like pea, soy, mushrooms and even seaweed can be made into products with similar properties to meat and food companies around the world are investing millions of dollars to be at the forefront of this,” he says.
The local market for vegetarian food is developing quickly, with category growth exceeding 20% per annum.
Roper says his company’s recently launched Alternative Meat Co. has exceeded initial volume expectations to the point where production has been expanded.
“Around 80% of our added value vegetarian products that are sold in New Zealand are made here,” he says. “With increased demand locally and globally, greater volumes of ingredients will be required from suppliers to meet this opportunity.” www.lhffoodservice.co.nz
When NIWA fisheries scientist Dr Richard O’Driscoll went to sea earlier this year, he and his team measured so many fish that laid end to end, they would have stretched for 31km. That’s 71,752 fish to be exact – and a crucial part of the annual assessment of New Zealand’s hoki stock, NIWA says.
Hoki is a fish in demand. It is used by fast food chains in fish burgers, appears in supermarket freezers as fish fingers, crumbed or battered fillets, and can be bought fresh. Commercial fishing companies can catch up to 150,000 tons of hoki during the fishing season and it is an important export earner ($229M in 2017). Ensuring the hoki fishery remains healthy and sustainable includes monitoring the abundance of juvenile fish. This is done during the biennial trawl survey carried out by NIWA on the Chatham Rise, which measures the abundance of juvenile fish from both New Zealand hoki stocks – one that spawns on the West Coast of the South Island, and one that spawns in Cook Strait. “Juveniles of both those stocks end up together on the Chatham Rise, they get there when they are about a year old, stay all together until they’re about four,” O’Driscoll says. “Doing the survey here allows us to assess the numbers of small hoki from both stocks when they’re in the same place.” The hoki population has undergone some large fluctuations in the last few decades, due in part to some large annual changes in the numbers of juveniles. In the 2000s, the total allowable catch was drastically reduced from 250,000 to 90,000 tonnes following successive years of few younger fish appearing. Since then the quotas have gradually increased as the stock has grown and this year is set at 150,000 tonnes. Conducted from NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, one of the main aims of the month-long survey is to provide information that enables the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to sustainably manage the hoki fishery. “Results from this survey feed into a hoki population assessment, which supports an MPI consultation process before a decision on total allowable catch that is usually announced in late September, in time for the October 1 start to the fishing season,” O’Driscoll says. There are several additional pieces of scientific information that contribute to deciding the quota level. They include the results of an acoustic survey in Cook Strait and another biennial trawl survey in the Sub-Antarctic; information from commercial fishing vessels and MPI fishery observers who measure fish at sea and collect otoliths (earbones) which are used to determine the age of fish; and NIWA sampling of hoki in fish processing facilities. From there scientific modelling of all the available information is used to update the assessment of the stock, and a working group report is put together by MPI. The process also includes public consultation if changes are proposed. The last step is a decision and announcement by the Fisheries Minister on the total allowable catch for the next fishing year. “There is a direct link between what you go out and measure, and the management action that ensures sustainability of the fishery – that’s one of the reasons I enjoy it,” O’Driscoll says.
Highlights from this year’s hoki survey:
- 127 successful trawl survey tows were completed at 34 different depths
- Total catch of 159.8 ton comprised of hoki (42.5%), black oreo (13.9%), alfonsino (5.0%) and smooth oreo (4.8%)
- 71,752 individual fish of 139 species were measured
- 334 kg of samples were frozen for further analysis ashore
- Average surface temperature was 17.1 degrees: a couple of degrees warmer than usual
- More than 100GB of acoustic data was collected using the Tangaroa suite of multi-frequency echo-sounders.
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Altex Coatings Ltd is an authorised distributor of Flowcrete Australia in New Zealand.
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UV Solutionz are NZ and Australia’s specialists in the application of high output germicidal UVC technology as a non-thermal, non-chemical solution to microbial control in air systems, Foodtech/Packtech surfaces and water systems. We also offer systems for odour and grease reduction in industrial and commercial air extraction systems.
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EMC is a privately owned New Zealand company and is one of the country’s largest and most respected process automation and industrial weighing suppliers. We are the sole NZ representative for Endress+Hauser, which arguably supply the widest range of sanitary instruments available to ensure strict hygienic conditions are met.
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Profile Products is a dry powder blending company with a serious point of difference. Our combination of over 20 years experience and end-to-end product development capability gives us an unsurpassed versatility in the market. We use all natural GMO free ingredients, have an internationally recognised product list and maintain a commitment to integrity with all our customers. So whether you need a short run or bulk order; want an ingredient or shop-ready packaged product; or are still at concept stage and would just like to discuss the next step: we are the business to help you!
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For over 35 years Starline has produced reliable, easy-to-use, high performance dishwashers specifically designed for local conditions with the environment in mind. Offering a diverse range of machines manufactured right here in New Zealand, Starline dishwashers can be found in most small cafes through to productions kitchens around the country.
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