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Nutrition facts labels will soon have a whole new look, but concerns are emerging about how consumers will interpret and apply them. Consumer research just published in a peer-reviewed journal suggests that pitfalls might lie ahead, and that the proposed labeling could backfire.
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(Washington, D.C., June 12, 2015) — Nutrition facts labels will soon have a whole new look, but concerns are emerging about how consumers will interpret and apply them. Consumer research by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation just published in a peer-reviewed journal...
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Aside from the typo in his name, American Pharoah is perfect. For the first time in 37 years, he dominated the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Winning the Triple Crown is one of the rarest achievements in sports history....
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We have received a number of questions regarding a petition to the FDA by seven primarily environmental advocacy groups seeking to ban eight food additives, so we wanted to help put it into context. The substances are benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, eugenyl methyl ether, myrcene, pulegone, pyridine,...
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Fact: Aside from health organizations and government agencies, health professionals are the #1 most-trusted source for consumers for information on food biotechnology. As a result, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) may be getting more questions from clients and patients about the technology...
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As I dietetic intern preparing for my RD exam this summer, I was excited to participate in the Food and Health Survey Webinar on June 3, 2015.  We typically generalize what we think Americans want to hear about their health, but some of the data can be surprising. Here are 5 of my takeaways from...
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A lot of caffeine conversations have focused on coffee, but many people turn to energy drinks for a quick caffeine boost. Are energy drinks different? Do other typical ingredients in energy drinks (such as taurine and D-glucurono-γ-lactone) affect the way your body responds to caffeine? The...
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There are a lot of rules that change when you’re pregnant. But thankfully for those of us who love to wake up to warm java, the need to cut out caffeine is a myth. In a scientific opinion on caffeine safety, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) just reconfirmed that caffeine intakes of up to...
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Nearly two-thirds of Americans have thought about whether their foods and beverages are produced in an environmentally sustainable way. But, there isn't much consensus about the meaning of a sustainable diet: 39% see it representing a ‘balanced, nutritious diet,’ 25% say it means foods are ‘...
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Urban living has its perks. A gourmet cooking environment isn’t one of them. I would know (yes, that really is my kitchen in the photo above!) I recently had my first night in a new (to me) studio apartment in the Washington DC metro area, and I was joined by a firetruck and a crew of firemen. What...
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What does the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have to say about your favorite morning ritual? Well, your latte (or second latte) is fine by them. EFSA just released its Scientific Opinion on caffeine safety. In the new opinion, EFSA reconfirmed that caffeine intakes of up to 400 mg per day...
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From baby shower banter to podcast episodes, we’ve been hearing about the ‘Bulletproof Coffee’ trend everywhere. We’ve heard our fair share of anecdotes touting health benefits from the strange breakfast substitute. Because everyone out there is Googling it, we figured we would dig into the science...
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The 2015 Food & Health Survey is hot off the presses and has yielded some surprising results on dietary fats. 3 in 10 Americans have recently changed their opinion about the healthfulness of saturated fat (31%). We followed up with that 31% to better understand how their opinion had changed. 77...
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Before I joined the FoodInsight team, I’d spend work days in one of two ways. Some days, I’d be riding between African farms in the back of a pickup, learning the Nkole word for ‘thank you’ and seeing first-hand the barriers to and impact of technology for small farms. The rest of the time, I’d be...
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EFSA Publishes Scientific Opinion on Caffeine: Confirms Daily Intakes that Do Not Raise Safety Concerns and Invites Public Comment The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently published its Scientific Opinion on Caffeine Safety. The document addresses concerns raised by national and...
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 “What’s for dinner?” is a question that has been asked for centuries. But depending on the type of tummies and appetites in your home, the answer may not always be clear.  How should parents of picky eaters tackle dinner or any other meal? Picky eaters can vary in age, usually starting around age...

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