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File this in the category of “here we go again.” After establishing the Dirty Dozen brand with questionable science on pesticide residues, the Environmental Working Group released a ‘dirty dozen’ list of food additives. Let’s see how some of the additive dirty dozen myths stand up to FACTS....
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Lately, the use of the word 'natural' has become the source of much public debate, since the definition can vary by product, as opposed to terms like 'organic' that have a standardized definition.  In the recent New York Times’ opinion column Room for Debate, Vani Hari, also known as The Food Babe...
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There's an old watch that I bought who knows how many years ago that I absolutely love. With its chunky, bubble-like crystal and shiny, substantial bezel, it easily spans my entire wrist. The protruding, pea-sized stem is milled, making it easy for even the fumble-fingered to adjust the time. It...
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Register Today for Free ASN Webinar! CPEUs will be provided for dietitians and dietitian technicians. Date: Wednesday, November 12Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET  Featuring: James O. Hill, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine Marianne Smith-Edge, MS, RD...
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Looking Back at the “Health Reality” Campaign, and Looking Forward to Your Behavior Change This month, we introduced three consumer profiles corresponding with stages along the behavior change continuum based on analysis of our 2014 Food & Health Survey: Health Survivors are less influenced by...
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With food trends constantly changing, there’s always something new on the horizon.  Is seems like the focus recently has been on kale, quinoa, and Greek yogurt but new foods are making their way into mainstream diets.  Often times chefs, “foodies”, and the media will make predictions about what...
Continuing Professional Education
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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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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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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