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WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the eve of a first-of-its-kind law on GMO labeling scheduled to go into effect on July 1 in Vermont, Americans remain divided on their perceptions of GMO labeling and their use in the food supply, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2016...
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What’s not to love about jerky? It is a portable snack that is full of protein and goes great with some veggies or nuts. I used to think getting some jerky required a trip to the store, but to my surprise, it’s actually really easy to make. You just need an oven and a broiler pan. The best thing...
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If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s the constant source of fresh fruits and vegetables. Growing up, my mother would take my brother and me to a local farm, where we would pick as many fruits as we could. I would stand in the fields picking and eating sweet strawberries, tart raspberries...
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Want to know how to pique someone’s interest if you are talking about food or nutrition? Mention the word “antioxidant.” Seriously, it has some special power or something. Family and friends, ranging from my teenage sister to my best friend from college to my 80-year-old grandpa—each person has...
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This past weekend, I treated myself to a sunrise hike up Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park. And it was spectacular. When starting a hike at such an odd time (2:45 a.m.), it is important to pack food and drinks that will help keep energy levels up. This hike promised some chilly...
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I have a riddle: What’s only 1 mm in length, created a cult indoor garden classic, and can be added to a variety of foods and drinks for a nutritional lift? If you guessed chi-chi-chi-chia seeds, then you guessed right! Originating in Central America and a staple in the ancient Aztec diet, the chia...
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Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  As we celebrate the summer solstice and the year's longest day of sunshine, many people also are coming together to participate in the Alzheimer's Association's "The Longest Day" event. The purpose of the "The Longest Day" is to...
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Every weekend morning for a span of my childhood, my grandma and grandpa, living on the street behind me, would open their house and brew coffee. I remember rolling out of bed way too early, used to my Monday through Friday routine, and being aggravated by my body’s affinity for habit. But the...
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Father’s Day is almost always accompanied with grilling and spending time together outside with your old man. Don’t let this year be an exception.   You may have heard of some risks from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs) from grilled meat. According to the NIH,...
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It’s officially National Splurge Day, or as Parks and Recreation fans may know it: “Treat Yo Self 2016”. Splurge Day reminds me of an article I saw recently. The author, Gretchen Rubin, proposed that there are two kinds of people: “abstainers” and “moderators.” According to Rubin, these two groups...
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Our favorite morning beverage and afternoon pick-me-up was evaluated for how it impacts the risk of cancer in people. Well, good news! Coffee is no longer deemed as a possible carcinogen and recent research even shows drinking coffee might help prevent cancer.  What is IARC and what do they have to...
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A vast body of information and research has grown regarding cancer. But for several decades, the illness was at best a mystery. This gave rise to knowledge-seeking organizations such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). In the mid-1960s, a group of French public figures ...
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Oh, sweet summertime. These long, hot days are the perfect chance to enjoy cool, refreshing fruits and vegetables. They keep you hydrated, are chock full of vitamins and are, of course, delicious. Pineapple. Watermelon. Strawberries. I could go on. But one popular summertime fruit, the papaya, was...
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Nitrites. Fear the word! I am betting at some point in the endless ritual of perusing the internet, you have stumbled across the topic of nitrites/nitrates in food. You might recall a headline like, “Did You Know Bacon is Slowly Killing You?” or maybe, “Eating Bacon is Just as Bad for You as...
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Granola is to food as a bow is to a beautifully wrapped gift. Granola makes food just a little more special with added flavors, nutrients and a satisfying crunch! What’s not to love? Sure, you can buy granola from the store when you are crunched (ha!) for time. There are plenty of varieties to...

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