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This week, FDA released their risk assessment on arsenic levels in rice products. Their main conclusion? "Consumers can certainly eat rice as part of a well-balanced diet."

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It’s April, the month of rain showers and filing taxes. Though filing taxes may not be the most fun thing in the world, getting that tax refund sure is! While you wait for your tax refund to arrive in the mail, consider using it to splurge on these food items: Vanilla Beans Vanilla beans are...
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From April 2–6, 2016 some big things were happening. You might think I’m talking about the NCAA college basketball tournament, but nope. NCAA basketball is pretty important to me (next year, Heels!), but I was actually attending the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting in San Diego. EB is a...
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I don’t know what it is about me and my dates, but I’ve noticed a pattern of poor hygiene and food safety practices. One time I found out my date didn’t wash his hands after using the bathroom; his logic was that if he didn’t touch anything, it wasn’t necessary. Another date took the time to make...
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It’s that time of year- The Environmental Working Group released its annual “Dirty Dozen” list today. The list features twelve fruits and veggies that EWG says have the “highest pesticide loads.” In actuality, the report features a lot of pseudoscience, misinformation, and questionable methodology...
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Let’s play a quick game. What is an essential macronutrient that has become both a target for us to banish from our bodies and is commonly used as an adjective to describe physical appearances and/or feelings? If you guessed fat, you are correct. It can be extremely disheartening to see and hear...
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The minute that bag of flour hits the countertop, you know you’re in for something delicious. Warm, homemade bread, cakes and pastries are the epitome of comfort food. A great way to experiment with your old favorites is by trying out some of the new ingredients popping up on store shelves. All-...
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You may have played the fun ice-breaker game "3 truths and a lie," but have you ever played this game through a diet and nutrition lens? This article gets pretty “gutsy” by focusing on an expanding and burgeoning field that, despite the mega amount of interest of interest it's gaining, actually...
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The acai berry hails from South America and Central America and is locally known as the “fruit that cries.” The indigenous people of the Amazon have long used the acai berry for health-related reasons. Now, the acai berry has crept into the United States where it has claimed “superfood” status....
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We're wrapping up Caffeine Awareness Month with one last post: How we get our buzz! Whether it's coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, or even espresso and lattes, caffeine isn't just a quick pick-me-up. It's our morning mainstay, a tasty treat and even a daily ritual.  I have two lattes each morning (...
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Diabetes is one of the “big four” non-communicable diseases, along with cancers, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory diseases.  In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide nearly one in 10 adults live with diabetes. The WHO and its partners know that it takes a...
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The fermentation craze is still going strong!  We are officially obsessed with—gasp!—rotting food, and for good reason; fermented foods are tasty and good for the gut because they contain probiotics, a group of living cultures that help balance the intestinal flora. You may have heard of kefir....
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Is your bracket busted? Well, then take a shot at ours. We want to know "What are you doing more often to improve your diet?" Every few days we will update the bracket with your favorite method of improving your diet. Check back and keep voting to determine a winner! Will your choice come out on...
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We all know grains are good, but there is more to the grains story than that. Prepare to be wowed by the nutritional benefits of whole grains. Check out this infographic to learn more about what whole grains are, why they are good for you, and how much you should be eating. The Whole (Grains)...

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