Pictures and Text by Rachel Nash Perlow
The annual summer NASFT Fancy Food Show was held this past Sunday-Tuesday, June 29-July 1, 2008. I was only able to attend on Monday, but my quick perusal found a few definite trends. Obviously, with OffTheBroiler’s current focus on healthier eating, I was looking for items that fit that bill — not that I didn’t sample my fair shair of cheese and chocolate! Which reminds me, my mom asked what it’s like at the Fancy Food Show, “it’s like a really good sample day at Whole Foods or Costco, only it’s the entire Javits Center,” was my response.
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Anyway, when I mentioned I was looking for healthier products to the various vendors, many touted the “gluten-free” status of their products. “But you’re marketing potato chips! I don’t think there’s any gluten in potato chips?” Apparently, there could be gluten in some chip flavorings, so gluten avoiders: beware! However, gluten is not our main concern. I was mostly looking for products that were advertising low fat, no sugar, low glycemic index, whole grains — stuff like that.
There were at least two flavored waters, with no sweeteners of any kind.