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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently announced the “deregulated” status for a new variety of genetically engineered potato that has been improved to produce less of the heat-formed compound, acrylamide, as well as to reduce black spot resulting from bruising. This...
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When many of us hear the word 'arsenic,' we often pair it with 'old lace' and the two little old ladies from the play and movie who liked to poison visitors. It's understandable, then, that thoughts of arsenic--atomic number 33 on the periodic table of elements--might make us jumpy. Why on earth...
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(NU) - From farm to table, much about food production has changed - for both farmers and consumers. Like any other business, farmers must adapt to a changing world - one that will see its population grow to 9.6 billion by 2050. With finite resources, it will take innovation and a variety of...
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Protein is a “hot topic” in the news and there is plenty of scientific research on the benefits of protein to warrant the attention. Dietary protein plays a key role in weight management, muscle building, appetite control, and preventing loss of lean body mass and osteoporosis. There are a variety...
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What is propylene glycol? Propylene glycol is a common ingredient found in many products we use in our daily life. Propylene glycol and other substances such as baking soda are often used in common foods, it also have a variety of uses outside of food, such as serving as an ingredient in many...
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In 1983, the first scientific report on the development of genetically engineered (GE or food biotechnology, also inaccurately referred to as GMOs) plant cells was published (1). Since then, agricultural biotechnology farming has dramatically increased. The 2013 International Service for the...
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File this in the category of “here we go again.” After establishing the Dirty Dozen brand with questionable science on pesticide residues, the Environmental Working Group released a ‘dirty dozen’ list of food additives. Let’s see how some of the additive dirty dozen myths stand up to FACTS....
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Lately, the use of the word 'natural' has become the source of much public debate, since the definition can vary by product, as opposed to terms like 'organic' that have a standardized definition.  In the recent New York Times’ opinion column Room for Debate, Vani Hari, also known as The Food Babe...
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Register Today for Free ASN Webinar! CPEUs will be provided for dietitians and dietitian technicians. Date: Wednesday, November 12Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET  Featuring: James O. Hill, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine Marianne Smith-Edge, MS, RD...
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Looking Back at the “Health Reality” Campaign, and Looking Forward to Your Behavior Change This month, we introduced three consumer profiles corresponding with stages along the behavior change continuum based on analysis of our 2014 Food & Health Survey: Health Survivors are less influenced by...
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With food trends constantly changing, there’s always something new on the horizon.  Is seems like the focus recently has been on kale, quinoa, and Greek yogurt but new foods are making their way into mainstream diets.  Often times chefs, “foodies”, and the media will make predictions about what...
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What are the Influencers that Impact How & Why People Eat? New Research Insights Presented by Marla Reicks, PhD, RD and Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA Date: November 18, 2014Time: 11 am – 12 noon (CST)CPEUs: 1.0Cost: WM DPG Members, Free; Non-WM DPG Members $35 Sponsored by the...
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Maybe you are dressing up like a caveman for Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat like one.  Lately the ghost of ancient diets have been getting resurrected in modern meals, but is there actually merit in eating like it’s 1999 (B.C.)?  We break down the caveman diet, more formally known...
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Kris Sollid, RD, Associate Director, Nutrients and Colleen Abbott, MS, Dietetic Intern, University of Maryland, College Park. When most people hear the phrase “coconut oil” their mind turns to the tropics. The smell, the sand, the sound of the ocean—what’s not to love? Lately, coconut oil has come...
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Database ≠ Science One thing that we’ve seen popping up in the public food consciousness is databases: databases of ingredients, calories, nutrients, you name it. While we’re excited to see such an emphasis on making food information more accessible to consumers, we’re also seeing some major issues...
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Can a single number sum up your food? EWG’s latest food database aims high, falls short (Washington, D.C., October 27, 2014) — Making food information accessible, clear, and easy to understand is a great goal that many of us in the nutrition and food safety communities share. However, accomplishing...
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Foods Containing Ingredients Produced using Biotechnology are as Safe as Conventional The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation would like to correct media reports raising concerns about infant formula containing ingredients produced using biotechnology (also referred to as “...
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Use of Low-Calorie Sweeteners by the Nation’s “Biggest Losers”: Members of the National Weight Control Registry Drop Pounds and Keep Them Off Chandler Ray, University of Maryland Dietetic Intern When it comes to weight loss and maintenance, drinking low/no-calorie sweetened beverages is a popular...

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