One of the best ways to take in spring is to visit your local, state or national park for a hike through the woods. Whether you are planning a six-month gaunt on the Appalachian Trail or spending a day at the local park, it is important to pack lightweight foods and snacks that will keep you energized and full.
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! 5/5/15: the fifth day of the fifth month of 2015. What a symmetrical date! No, this is not a math-focused piece, but I will give you five reasons to add more Mexican flare to your meals this year. Today, I celebrate the rich food culture of our southern neighbor. Many of my...
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Myth: Fructose is worse for you than table sugar. Fact: Neither fructose nor table sugar is inherently harmful— it’s all about moderation and balancing your overall diet and activity level. There are many reasons why people become obese and unhealthy.  One blame target is fructose and other forms...
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From company announcements to government reports, there’s more attention than ever on the use of antibiotics in animals, different antibiotic types, and what producers and the FDA are doing to maintain human and animal health. There are a lot of terms flying around, so we spoke to Justin G....
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Sometimes, a cabinet full of cans doesn’t have the same power to excite that a bowl of fresh veggies does. But using canned, dried, or frozen foods can eliminate the need to throw out aging produce, creating food waste. It also has a great bonus of convenience- fruits and veggies are always there...
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Yellow, red, and blue are seemingly harmless primary colors when seen in nature or on a color wheel. But when talking about color additives in food, some people have questions about their safety. Are food colors really a threat to your health? Even more, do they belong in your family’s food?   Are...
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Last week, something wonderful happened. The Daily Show dove into the newly approved low-acrylamide potato, produced using biotechnology. The show called out Jeffrey Smith, executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), for his unscientific fear-mongering on the issue of...
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The air is warm and welcoming. Flowers are full of color.  It is spring! After a long, cold winter, it is time to get outside! One of the best ways to take in spring is to visit your local, state or national park for a hike through the woods. Whether you are planning a six-month gaunt on the...
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Sun, seeds, soil, and now… satellite positioning. Technology has added a whole new dimension to farming. New innovations don’t just make life easier for farmers, they can help to protect the environment. This Earth Day, let’s look at three ways that technology has made farming greener....
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Bird flu, or avian influenza, is once again in the headlines. It’s bad news for birds, but what does this mean for the safety of the poultry and eggs on your family’s table? We’ve answered some questions that you may have about avian flu and what it means for the safety of the food supply.   I read...
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If you're like us, you've probably come across several people who are opposed to so-called "genetically modified organisms," or GMOs. We prefer terms like "food biotechnology" or "genetically engineered" because, in reality, genetic modification has been taking place almost as long as human beings...
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Chances are, you know by now that there is no magic pill when it comes to weight loss.  Rather, the longstanding guidance is true – it's a balancing act of calories in versus calories out. It's easy to over-complicate weight loss with fancy diets, calorie counting, and elaborate physical activity...
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Happy Tax Day everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the perils of receipt sorting and reporting our 2014 home economics. This annual exercise has me thinking about economics too, but maybe not about the type of economics you’d expect. I’m thinking about behavioral economics- the reasoning we use to ...
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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has stirred up more nutrition-related controversy with a photo she tweeted showing how far $29 a week will go for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, pledging to eat only that amount of food to bring attention to that federal program. We did some...

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