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Megan Smith, @meganmichel33, University of Maryland Dietetic Intern Thank goodness caffeine exists in this world. What would we do without that extra little boost that makes us feel so happy and productive?   But are all forms of caffeine created equal? The answer is no, but sadly, this was not...
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Megan Smith, @meganmichel33, University of Maryland Dietetic Intern The end of summer and start of fall is always a little bittersweet. To stay optimistic, I like to think about the positive things the fall season brings. The leaves begin to turn brown and pumpkins become a staple crop, humidity...
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Jennie Schmidt, @FarmGirlJen Odd title, I know, but I think you will get the gist of what I’m talking about… food safety! I have to say, I have never walked into a grocery store, farm stand or farmer’s market and felt concerned about whether or not the food I’m looking to buy is safe. The one thing...
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Tony Flood & Brittany Mountjoy “This is an important public health issue that requires the combined forces of both the human medical, veterinary, food industry and pharmaceutical industry to resolve – recognizing that it is clearly a one health issue that crosses multiple areas of interest” Dr...
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Here we go again. Researchers with a study of dubious relevance and so-so design said "jump," and many media said "how high?" Now, please bear with me here. This is a rather long post, but it's an important one. The scientific brouhaha du jour involves a study published Sept. 17 in the journal ...
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News Background from the IFIC Foundation September 17, 2014 – A study published today in the journal Nature suggesting an adverse impact of low-calorie sweeteners (also commonly referred to as non-nutritive or artificial sweeteners, or sugar substitutes) on blood glucose levels, has many...
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Artificial sweeteners
Low-calorie sweeteners have a long history of safe use in a variety of foods and beverages, ranging from soft drinks to puddings and candies to table-top sweeteners. They are some of the most studied and reviewed food ingredients in the world today and have passed rigorous safety assessments. In...
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The volume of science that's out there on food and nutrition is staggering, and living in a Google-based world is a blessing and a curse. Every time I've had a question about food, I've instantly been able to find dozens of sources...all saying conflicting things. They're constantly telling me 'Ten...
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DATE September 25, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT Add to calendar   LOCATION Twitter   Couldn't participate in the chat? Check out our Storify below! Cooking delicious food for your family is good. Making sure they're safe is even better. Helping parents manage both these efforts at the same...
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Amelia Kermis MPH CHES, Food Safety Education Staff, Food Safety Inspection Service, USDA Food poisoning is a serious public health threat. CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) could suffer from food poisoning illness this year, resulting in roughly 128,000...
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I'm a sports fan. Let me rephrase that. I'm fanatical about sports: all sports. I'm also a registered dietitian. So you can imagine my intrigue when I saw the commercial for this fall's season of The Biggest Loser. This season, the show's contestants are all former elite athletes. Some athletes...
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Wednesday, September 17, 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM EDT Hosted by: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Presenters Jeannie Sneed Professor and Head, Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics, Kansas State University Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD Senior Vice President,...
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Washington, D.C., Sept. 10, 2014) — Is it possible for experts from the leading nutrition and sport medicine professional organizations to come to consensus on how to strategically address obesity? The answer can be found in a peer-reviewed paper, Energy Balance at a Crossroads: Translating the...
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Ever worry about food poisoning, or keeping food safe? Here are 4 simple steps to making sure your food is safe to eat.  Consumer's Guide to Safe Food Handling Infographic from Food Insight The United States provides one of the safest food supplies in the world. With the U.S. Food and Drug...
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Whom do you trust on food issues? What's FACTS and how do you use it? Get the quick answers here.
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When my kids were starting the school year, I was always filled with anticipation for them to gain knowledge. But each new school year is about more than academic education (though that’s very important!) It’s also about important life skills that your kids will need when they become independent...
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Been hearing some crazy news about caffeine lately? So have we! That's why we were keen to check out this infographic by Andy Brunning, a chemistry teacher in the UK. It shows just how much coffee, water, and alcohol would be 'potentially toxic' at high doses – and it's pretty surprising! It really...

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