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You know that first day of school feeling, when you walk into a large, new room and suddenly don’t know where to sit? Unsure if it’s safe to dive into a center aisle, you choose to sit along perimeter because you’ll be less confused on the outside. That’s how I used to feel when I entered a grocery...
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What is lead? Lead (Pb) is a naturally occurring mineral that’s found throughout our environment.  In the U.S., we are exposed to lead through a number of sources including soil, air, water, dust and paint.  At much smaller levels, lead can be detected in many plant based foods and beverages. How...
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With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, sometimes it seems nearly impossible to eat intentionally (especially when some of your meals are on the go!). Nevertheless, research shows that mindful eating can lead to greater awareness of how and why you are eating. This enhanced awareness may...
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What are Legumes? Legumes are the edible fruits, pods, or seeds of plants from the pea family Leguminosae. Sounds fancy, but you’ll probably find them in every grocery store, a burrito, or hidden in the back of your kitchen pantry. The Leguminosae family includes beans, peas, and lentils. Why...
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From banana flour to quinoa flour, it can be hard to keep up with all these new, trendy flours. Sorting out the potential cooking, baking and health benefits they all offer can be overwhelming. But exotic flours can be an exciting way to incorporate different flavors and nutrients into our favorite...
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In case you weren’t paying attention, some juicy news circulated recently. Courtesy of the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), there are new recommendations on fruit juice consumption for infants, toddlers and adolescents. Juice has historically been a part of almost every child’s diet. But...
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You may have heard in recent news that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed a notice delaying (again) a long-awaited menu labeling rule that was to be implemented on May 5, 2017. Under the rule, restaurants and retail food establishments that offer restaurant-type food with 20 or more...
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There have been a few articles written in recent days discussing lectins (proteins found in plants and animals), how they are damaging to your health, and why you should avoid them. *Insert eye roll*. These articles are based on information found in a popular book recently released, in which a...
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“Genetic modification” and “genetic engineering” are terms we hear in relation to discussions about food production technology and the use of biotechnology for advancing our food supply. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a great glossary to help you navigate the difficult terminology. But...
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The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2017 Food & Health Survey, “A Healthy Perspective: Understanding American Food Values,” marks the 12th edition of an ongoing investigation into the beliefs and behaviors of Americans. This year, the survey investigates important...
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Do you or someone you know have a food allergy?  Chances are you do.  Food allergies affect about 15 million individuals in the U.S. Food allergies cannot be taken lightly and knowing how to manage your food allergy or provide assistance when needed could save a life. We are celebrating Food...
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Did you know food allergies affect approximately 15 million Americans?  If you’re one of the many individuals or parents of children with food allergies, you are not alone.  If you’re newly diagnosed or know someone who has just been diagnosed, it is important to know and learn the basics about...
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Java enthusiasts rejoice! While you may have been skipping out on that third mug of coffee for fear of having heart palpitations, the latest research actually shows no connection between caffeine consumption and arrhythmia. In this study published last year in the Journal of the American Heart...
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At the end of April, I had the opportunity to attend, co-chair a session, and present at this year’s Experimental Biology (EB). Last year, I wrote about the top three things I learned from EB and thought it would be a good series to continue moving forward. This conference is a wonderful...

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