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You may not be interviewed on ESPN any time soon, but if you're hitting the gym (or the running path, or the dance studio ... ), it could still affect your protein needs. Check out our latest infographic to figure out how much protein you need, and read Top Protein Myths for Gym-goers – Exposed...
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Protein. It’s perhaps the most discussed macronutrient for gym buffs everywhere. There is a ton of questionable information about protein out there, so it can be hard to find accurate information. Fret no longer! Here are the top three protein myths, exposed: Myth: I only need to eat the...
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We’re a month into 2015, and it’s time to check up on your New Year’s Resolutions.  Are you hitting the gym, getting more sleep, or watching your calorie intake? If you consume foods with low-calorie sweeteners, you may have a head start on your health resolutions. Research has already established...
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Juicing and cayenne water and supplement-popping, oh my! After an indulgent holiday season, you may be feeling bloated or sluggish. Before you jump onto the newest detox wagon (“souping” anyone?), consider these four cleanse reality checks: #1. Your body is already ‘cleansing’ itself. The...
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EFSA Releases Draft Scientific Opinion on Caffeine: Confirms Daily Intakes that Do Not Raise Safety Concerns and Invites Public Comment The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today released a draft Scientific Opinion on Caffeine Safety. The document addresses concerns raised by national and...
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The upcoming 87th Academy Awards have us holding our breath to see who wins for best picture, best director, and best actor and actress. With the awards spirit in the air, we have decided to recognize some stars in the food and nutrition world. Remember, there are a lot of health promoting foods...
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New year, new research. The Journal of the American Medical Association released a new study this week on whole grains. We already knew that studies associate whole grains with a lower risk several chronic diseases. Now, researchers associate whole grain consumption with lower total mortality and...
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Every day, we at FoodInsight are working hard to bring you great content by qualified experts. But who are these experts toiling away? In our new series, "Better Know a Dietitian," we introduce you to the smart folks who make sure that you've got the very best information in food safety and...
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The latest study examining the health effects of sugars has dangled another piece of cheese in front of us. Will you bite? This week, researchers at the University of Utah published a study in The Journal of Nutrition claiming that High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is more “toxic” than sucrose. Many...
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After losing her initial set of her Hopman Cup match against Flavia Pennetta 6-0, Serena Williams felt like she needed a boost. She asked for a court-side espresso (the judge couldn't tell if Serena was kidding - she wasn't), and came back and won the following two sets 6-3 and 6-0. Reporters...
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Does having access to unlimited information make it easier for consumers to be informed or does it lead to more confusion? There's persuasive evidence that it leads to confusion. In the IFIC Foundation Food & Health Survey, three out of four consumers reported that changes in nutritional...
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When we read about the latest study on red meat, performed at UC San Diego and published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences,1 we were a bit taken aback. Claims about the safety of red meat based on a laboratory experiment with mice seemed like a pretty enormous leap. Dr. Roger...
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Whenever a new study comes out that makes some big health conclusions, we like to put it through the wringer, using the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Study Evaluation Checklist to systematically evaluate the hypothesis, design, methods, and analyses. Below, check out our evaluation...
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Authored by Tony Flood with input and review from Dr. Aurora Saulo, University of Hawaii This holiday season, myfriend and colleague, Dr. Aurora Saulo and I feasted on turkey (cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees) and talked about the most recent food safety issue: the candied apple...
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In 2014, our team had a better time than ever answering your questions and creating great content to inform food conversations. During this year, you've challenged us to be smarter, faster, and more engaging. With your contributions, here are our favorite pieces of content from the year. 1. Power-...
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Keeping Resolutions: Stop, Drop, and Control Your Diet This article was written by Marianne Smith-Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety, and was published by Supermarket Guru in January 2014. It has been updated and adapted, looking ahead to the new year! Flash...
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In the spirit of the season, we’re bringing you 5 Christmas Movie Meal Hacks! So curl up with some classic Netflix, a few of these seasonal meals, and our secrets to make the most out of them:   The Santa Clause Meal of Choice: Chocolate Chip Cookies Our Food Hack: Make your splurges sensible...
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If you’re city-dweller like me, you may have thought that raw (unpasteurized) milk was put out to pasture (or, better yet, “Pasteur”) in the 19th century. This old-fashioned food safety faux pas has made a comeback in recent years, with a small but outspoken audience that hypes raw milk as a cure-...
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Whether it's the latest celebrity athlete or your mom's best friend, it seems like everyone is talking about “gluten” and going “gluten-free.” So what IS gluten? Gluten is the collective term for the proteins found in the grains wheat, rye and barley and their various forms. It is best known for...

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