It's pumpkin Time! No Calcium Supplements. And Caffeinated Peanut Butter?

The Lempert Report
October 07, 2015

This week in Food News!

Pumpkin Time! 
From Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte to pumpkin cookies, fall means it’s time for the pumpkin craze to begin. A new infographic from Nielsen is showing us just how popular it is! The most popular pumpkin products include pie filling, cream, coffee, baking mixes, baked bread, pumpkin flavored dog food (yes dog food!) yogurt, ice cream, fresh desserts and milk. Nielsen reports that pumpkin products accounted for $361 million in sales in the last year alone, having grown 79 percent since 2011.  Interestingly, however, actual fresh pumpkin sales have been declining over the past few years.
Forget the Calcium Supplements
A new study from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and published in, found that people over 50 don't get stronger bones from either calcium supplements or eating extra servings of calcium-rich foods such as dairy products. In fact researchers say that it’s actually harmful as the extra calcium doesn't go to strengthen bones but instead can build up in the arteries, causing heart disease, or in the kidneys, causing kidney stones.

Move Over Coffee, It’s Time for Caffeinated Peanut Butter!
A company in Massachusetts has decided it’s time peanut butter had an extra buzz. The company, Steem has created a peanut butter that will give you the equivalent of two cups of coffee in two tablespoons, using only a handful of ingredients. Steem is hoping that you'll replace that second cup of coffee with just a few scoops of its peanut butter. Ingredients include peanut oil, salt, peanuts, and agave nectar, with a green-coffee extract mixed in for the caffeine. And not surprisingly, it’s not recommended for children!