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Today’s foods and beverages contain many different ingredients that perform a variety of specific functions, including to improve our food’s taste, texture, nutrition, convenience, safety, and affordability. While there is more than one path to determine an ingredient’s safety, their safety mustbe...
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The latest FoodInsight video, shared for World Food Day, takes us through a bit about our food, where it comes from, and everything that goes into it. I am an agriculture enthusiast, but I could count my farm days on my fingers (with room to spare!). So in honor of World Food Day learnings, I...
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We love to see key nutrients like protein get some time in the spotlight, but Buzzfeed’s latest nutrition listicle is showing that not everyone with a set of GIFs is qualified to give health advice.   It seems like this list is mixing and matching dietary guidance to suit the end conclusion that...
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Many of you may have seen the recent PBS Frontline segment titled “Trouble with Antibiotics.”  I can understand why one might have more questions than answers about the use of animal antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. Here are a few things you should remember about animal antibiotics and...
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Scientists and consumers alike are asking, “What is the deal with fat?” Research has confirmed that the type of fat we eat is more important than how much we eat. But which fats are the healthiest? And we eat food, not just fats—so what should we eat?  Some say coconut oil will soothe and even cure...
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On Friday, the team here at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation visited Food & Friends, a DC-area nonprofit that prepares and delivers specialized meals and groceries (in conjunction with nutrition counseling) to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and...
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Packaged foods, also referred to as processed foods, have been getting a bad rap for a while now. It seems every day that there are new fad diets or guidance that encourages us to avoid all processed foods. "Processed" may be the new four-letter word for food, but what is the real role of processed...
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Will you be at the annual Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) October 18-21? If so, we can't wait to connect with you in Atlanta! Here is a quick tutorial on all the great things we'll have going on, and how you can get involved: Home Base Stop by the...
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What’s Your Health Reality? 2014 Food and Health Survey Paints Varying Portraits of Consumers on the Path to Dietary Behavior Change (Washington, D.C., October 6, 2014) — Have you ever wondered how your health and nutrition stack up against your friends, family, and neighbors—or how certain traits...
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American Health Idol: 'Health Reality' Profile Series Pt. 3 This month, we are highlighting three behavior change profiles identified in the IFIC Foundation 2014 Food & Health Survey. Earlier this year, the Survey revealed consumers are increasingly considering healthfulness when purchasing...
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Health Apprentices: 'Health Reality' Profile Series Pt. 2 This month, we are highlighting three behavior change profiles identified in the IFIC Foundation 2014 Food & Health Survey. Earlier this year, the Survey revealed consumers are increasingly considering healthfulness when purchasing...
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Health Survivors: 'Health Reality' Profile Series Pt. 1 This month, we are highlighting three behavior change profiles identified in the IFIC Foundation 2014 Food & Health Survey. Earlier this year, the Survey revealed consumers are increasingly considering healthfulness when purchasing foods...
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If your eating and health behaviors were part of a TV reality show, what type of contestant would you be: an American Health Idol, a Health Apprentice, or a Health Survivor? Take the quiz to find out, and then check out your profile below! For more on the Health Reality Profiles project, check out...
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Consumer Reports did wonders for me when I was buying my first appliances. As a kitchen newbee, it made a big difference to have a brand-impartial commentator predicting all the practical errors I was sure to run into with every toaster oven. I had so much trust in those reviews, which is why it's...
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Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG, has gotten a pretty bad rap. In fact, MSG is one of the most extensively researched substances in the food supply. Numerous international scientific evaluations have been undertaken over many years, involving hundreds of studies. This year, MSGDish, a blog by the ...
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Megan Smith, @meganmichel33, University of Maryland Dietetic Intern  According to data from the IFIC Foundation’s 2014 Food and Healthy Survey, 41 percent of Americans report that they have given “a lot of thought” to the safety of their food and beverages. As an intern on my journey to becoming a...
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Learn more about your food and where it comes from
  Animal Agriculture Resources Biotechnology Resources 2014 Food Technology Survey    
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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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