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With the holidays upon us, I am getting so excited about which recipes my family is going to focus on for our feast. But these days, especially with the focus of the holidays being about indulgence and copious amounts of food, I find myself trying to practice more sustainable eating practices. Did...
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Loving Those Leftovers "Leftovers are almost my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I love the opportunity to get creative. My family has a real knack for creating unexpected delicacies out of leftover turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing. The real upside of our leftover creations: They reduce the...
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You have probably heard that calcium plays a key role in keeping your bones strong. But did you know that in order to maximize your calcium absorption and function you also need vitamin D? Yup, it’s true! Most of the calcium you eat in food is in its inactive form and needs to be converted to an...
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As the world’s population grows, the need to provide food for all people will intensify the conversation about food security. According to estimates by the U.S. Department of State, global food production will have to increase 70 percent by 2050 in order to feed the world's growing population, and...
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This week, self-proclaimed consumer product “experts” released a report that examined the residue presence of glyphosate, an herbicide that is widely used by growers (as it is the main ingredient in many commercial weed-killers, such as Roundup), in a variety of common foods. Before you “join the...
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You’re already planning your activities for school vacations, but are you planning on how to keep your kids eating healthy while they are out of school? Wait. Do breaks from school equal breaks from daily healthy habits? With school breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas lurking around the corner,...
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As a third-year student embarking on the journey of receiving my PhD, I planned on spending my summer in a lab, carrying out experiments. Instead, I was fortunate to be offered the 2016 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship. For my PhD, my work is focused around food chemistry. I also added a minor in computer...
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“We shouldn’t be consuming chemicals, only things found in nature.” I’m sure all of us have heard this phrase or some variation before. Believing that we should avoid food and food ingredients with “deadly chemicals” is a noble pursuit, but often one where the chemical culprits are also found...
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Every day, we at the IFIC Foundation are working hard to bring you great content by qualified experts. But who are these experts toiling away? In our series "Better Know a Dietitian" (or an expert in nutrition, food safety, or agriculture), we introduce you to the smart folks who make sure that you...
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Avocado buns, banana soft serve, cauliflower pizza crust. The ABCs, if you will, of healthy foods being transformed to satisfy our cravings for not so healthy foods. I mean, I have tried the “B’ and “C” of that list and found banana soft serve to be delish. Cauliflower pizza crust? Not so much....
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Here at FoodInsight.org, we love blogging and sharing educational materials about all things food, nutrition and agriculture. If you are curious to learn even more about the food you eat, check out these seven food bloggers and websites for some inspiration!  Budget Bytes Budget Bytes is all about...
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This vitamin powerhouse is the perfect pick. In addition to the vitamin C in orange juice, fortified options offer calcium and vitamin D as well! Fortified orange juice can be paired with oats to help with iron absorption, or it's a great addition to a nutritious smoothie.   Vote for Fortified...
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With cooler temperatures, crisper air, and the return of comfort food, fall has got to be one of my favorite seasons. Another reason why I particularly love this season? Because of fall races, of course! For the past five years or so, I have competed in some sort of (running, biking, swimming, or a...
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Is there a more discussed topic in food these days than sugar? While sugars can be found naturally in some foods and beverages, they can also be added as ingredients in others. With a revised Nutrition Facts label that will include "added sugars" coming by 2018, now is the perfect time to brush up...

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