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Aging in humans is often accompanied by chronic, low-grade inflammation. This inflammation poses a risk for the elderly as most age-related diseases start due to inflammation. Scientists aren’t sure what causes this inflammation and its role in adverse health conditions. That’s why research...
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When it comes to weight management, eating some foods may be more beneficial for you than others. This infographic is the first in a series inspired by the International Food Information Council Foundation's 2016 Food & Health Survey, where we inquired about the health benefits Americans want...
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It only took two weeks into 2017 to have splashy, click bait headlines from a new study, generating a swirl of confusion about food.  Even more troubling is the complete disregard of the important findings in Pascual, et al.'s study, published in Nature.  This study was the first to link a specific...
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New Year, new superfood! And this year, we’re discussing the super green food spirulina. What’s spirulina, you ask? It’s a blue-green algae that grows in the ocean and has been used as a nutritional supplement in recent years. Along with its nutritional benefits, there are other super(inflated)...
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January is usually filled with optimism. But this year, not so much. No, I’m not talking about politics, but I am talking about a new perspective recently published online in PLoS Medicine in which the authors campaign hard against consuming low-calorie sweetened beverages (LCSBs). According to the...
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One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to reduce my food waste. Last year, I bought a pound of chicken, only to leave it in the refrigerator for a week before I could figure out how I wanted to cook it. After that, well … the chicken was no longer safe to eat. I had a tendency to do this...
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Last year, a few of us here at the IFIC Foundation shared with you our New Year’s resolutions. Let’s check in to see how we did last year and make some new goals for 2017! Megan Meyer, PhD: In 2016 I made an early effort to step away from my desk and get outside for about 15 minutes a few times a...
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Consumer interest in protein, sustainability, and functional foods, along with breakthrough technologies like CRISPR, are among 2017’s top U.S. food and nutrition trends, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation. Drawing from its in-house survey...
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In case you didn’t hear, it’s that time of year again. You know, the one where you need to lose weight, eat less, work out more and become a “new you.” The New Year always brings countless resolutions surrounding health and fitness, but with that comes the stress of maintaining new (and sometimes ...
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A healthy eating style focuses on overall diet quality, proper portion sizes and can include added sugars within recommended amounts. Eating fruit is an important part of building a healthy eating style. Whether it’s canned, dried, fresh or frozen, eating fruit in all forms contributes to good...
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Ever hear that natural sugars are better for you? Or that they have vitamins and minerals, so they’re healthier? There’s a lot of misinformation about natural sugars, but at their very core, they are made up of the same stuff as granulated, white table sugar. The biggest misconception is that...
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If you came across a book or article about diet and nutrition called “You’re Doing Everything Right,” you probably wouldn’t read it, would you?  Sadly, when it comes to food and health, readers love the simplicity of a good, quick fix, regardless of whether there is any real science behind the...
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Daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere are at their shortest of the year. The temperature is beginning to drop, and Netflix recently added its new December lineup of TV shows and movies. The conditions are just right for the perfect binge watch. It's great to spend a day catching up on your...
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The other night I was watching "Seinfeld." This isn’t really any different than any other night because I watch "Seinfeld" most nights; it is, after all, one of my favorite shows. But this episode was different, I hadn’t watched it since I was a kid, when I would sit in the living room with my...

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