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From Frontline to message boards, there is a lot of discussion about animal antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. It's easy to have more questions than answers, so here are three things to keep in mind.
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Maybe you are dressing up like a caveman for Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat like one.  Lately the ghost of ancient diets have been getting resurrected in modern meals, but is there actually merit in eating like it’s 1999 (B.C.)?  We break down the caveman diet, more formally known...
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What are the Influencers that Impact How & Why People Eat? New Research Insights Presented by Marla Reicks, PhD, RD and Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA Date: November 18, 2014Time: 11 am – 12 noon (CST)CPEUs: 1.0Cost: WM DPG Members, Free; Non-WM DPG Members $35 Sponsored by the...
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Kris Sollid, RD, Associate Director, Nutrients and Colleen Abbott, MS, Dietetic Intern, University of Maryland, College Park. When most people hear the phrase “coconut oil” their mind turns to the tropics. The smell, the sand, the sound of the ocean—what’s not to love? Lately, coconut oil has come...
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Database ≠ Science One thing that we’ve seen popping up in the public food consciousness is databases: databases of ingredients, calories, nutrients, you name it. While we’re excited to see such an emphasis on making food information more accessible to consumers, we’re also seeing some major issues...
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Can a single number sum up your food? EWG’s latest food database aims high, falls short (Washington, D.C., October 27, 2014) — Making food information accessible, clear, and easy to understand is a great goal that many of us in the nutrition and food safety communities share. However, accomplishing...
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Foods Containing Ingredients Produced using Biotechnology are as Safe as Conventional The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation would like to correct media reports raising concerns about infant formula containing ingredients produced using biotechnology (also referred to as “...
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Use of Low-Calorie Sweeteners by the Nation’s “Biggest Losers”: Members of the National Weight Control Registry Drop Pounds and Keep Them Off Chandler Ray, University of Maryland Dietetic Intern When it comes to weight loss and maintenance, drinking low/no-calorie sweetened beverages is a popular...
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Everyone knows we need protein, but how much? And when? And how is your work out supposed to fit in? Our new infographic shows just how much and when you should consume your protein. The journey to getting protein on your plate doesn't have to be tough, just follow this path to getting the right...
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Millennials and Food
This report presents the results of six focus groups with Millennials about their nutrition knowledge and behavior. The main objective was to gain an understanding of Millennials’ current eating habits as well as their views toward nutrition and healthful eating in order to help them balance their...
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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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