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January 2016 Newsletter

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When you think of presidents and food, you might remember some modern-day highlights like Bill Clinton’s vegan meal plan or Ronald Regan’s jelly bean obsession. But presidential cuisine has a rich history. Let’s turn back the clock to bring you some lesser-known nutrition and food safety...
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“I want to make eating healthy and preparing meals as difficult and complicated as possible” … said no one ever. Packaged foods provide a convenient and time-efficient way to eat balanced, nutritious foods without the hassle. Many packaged foods are easy to “grab-and-go” and require very little...
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It seems like everything these days is labeled as a “superfood.” What exactly is a “superfood?” Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg, professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and professor of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at Tufts...
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A new fad diet has hit social media, promising a transformation from couch potato to “Spud Fit.” An Australian man has vowed to eat nothing but potatoes for 365 days in an attempt to lose weight and improve his relationship with food. He calls his nutritional journey “The Year of The Spud.” Well,...
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Oscar season is here, and there are some buzz-worthy “noms” this year. Let’s take a look at our nominees: (Mush)Room Although they may not be the best-dressed on the red carpet, don’t underestimate these fungi. They will surprise you with their versatile performance. Mushrooms are able to play a...
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Have you ever read the label on food and saw some big words that you’d never seen before? Azodicarbonamide, propylene glycol, sodium benzoate … you can’t pronounce them, and they seem intimidating. Chatter on social media even says a particular ingredient is in other products, like yoga mats! ...
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Just when you thought fruits and vegetables were safe from the food fad coverage, we read some recent articles by self-proclaimed nutrition expert Gwyneth Paltrow. Just in time for the New Year and resolutions that are tied to it, she has a new take on what a healthy diet means. Unfortunately, her...
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Every so often, we read a new study that challenges what decades of research have demonstrated. While it makes for great headlines, we’re often left wondering: is it credible? The latest challenge comes on the safety of low-calorie sweeteners, one of the most studied ingredients in food and drinks...
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This weekend, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will be going head-to-head at the Super Bowl. The cities of Charlotte, N.C., and Denver, Colo., are known for more than just their football talent, mascots and team colors. They also both have tremendous food game. This year’s Meal Match-Up is...
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Do you rush out the door in the morning and need a quick, nutritious breakfast? Don’t worry, you don’t have to pull out the waffle iron or omelet maker to have a decent breakfast. Here are four easy, quick, and healthful options that are just as delicious. Oatmeal: It’s the one thing I always have...
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You may think that in order to eat healthfully you need to have expert chef skills and/or have the time everyday to make meals from scratch that are picture-perfect and worthy to be posted on social media. This is not the only option: Packaged foods provide a great alternative to still eat a...
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Every time we walk into the grocery store, we come face-to-face with a flood of information on food labels. I once spent five minutes reading milk carton labels at the grocery store before an employee saw the look of confusion on my face and offered to help. Who knew there were so many choices when...
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Looking for the “secret” to a healthy diet? The answer may be simpler than you think. Variety and moderation should always be the basis of any healthy meal plan. For more information on how to build a healthy diet, check out our resources: http://www.foodinsight.org/energy-calorie-balance-info...
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We don’t live in a perfect world. If we did, Beyoncé would headline the Super Bowl halftime show every year, and seven layer nacho dip wouldn’t have any calories. But this year, I’ve “consciously uncoupled” from my unrealistic Super Bowl expectations and decided to give the halftime show (Beyoncé-...
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This week, Bill and Melinda Gates spoke to the Wall Street Journal at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, about how food biotechnology can help those in Africa. During the interview, they explained how biotech foods help make crops more resistant to pests, drought, and flooding, and...

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