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WASHINGTON, DC – It’s no secret that Millennials are changing the food and nutrition landscape. But Boomers have their own set of unique ideas about what they want on their plate. The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation dug deep into what Boomers think about food and nutrition...
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We’ve seen taco trucks in the headlines a lot lately, and all the buzz has us thinking: Can tacos fit into a healthy diet? If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of ordering a nutritious yet delicious taco, don’t fret. We created this simple guide to help you navigate everything from the type of taco...
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We've all been there. You've just finished up your fourth plate of cobbler at the family picnic, and you wish you could travel back in time (DeLorean? Time Turner? Tardis?) to prevent the impending diet disaster.   Take these crucial steps to cope with your food coma (and prevent the next one):...
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Nutrition is top of mind for many moms-to-be. But the topic can be difficult to navigate during pregnancy. You might have heard that good nutrition plays a key role in the health of both the mom and baby, but what does “good nutrition” actually look like? This article will break down what foods to...
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It's been a long time since I’ve kept a food journal. While training to be a registered dietitian, food journaling and dietary assessments are two things I became quite familiar with. But it was usually me asking others what they ate. This week for our Try It Tuesday series, I looked inward. A...
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Labor Day weekend is upon us, and it’s been a long, hot summer. So hot, in fact, that July 2016 has been declared the hottest July on record. The issue of global warming is an important one, but that’s not the reason I brought up temperature. For those who love being outdoors, you probably know...
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Some foods enjoy a great reputation. And they should!  I love it when healthy foods are popular and flying off the shelf. But what about some less popular foods that still pack a nutritional punch? Let’s take a look at three different foods you might overlook but should consider throwing in your...
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We all lead busy lives. Sometimes it can be easy to forget to check in with ourselves, especially during mealtimes. Eating slowly with minimal distractions is a good place to start. This makes it easier to prevent overeating. Hunger scales, like the one below, are a great complement to a mindful...
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Last week I decided to take a different approach to Try It Tuesday. Unlike the paleo diet, where I cut out meat, dairy, and grains for the sake of a blog post, I decided to do a post on a very real dietary change I’m trying to make (if you didn’t read it, I was trying to get more vegetables in my...
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It’s no secret around the office that I love to cook. Spending time making dinner is one of my favorite ways to unwind after a long day at work. It’s also something that I love to do with friends and family. This is why I am so excited about this new video series with Chef Spike Mendelsohn! Chef...
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It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a trendy diet or new food fad that has taken over food conversations. I mean, we’ve even created a new series over on Foodinsight.org called Try It Tuesday, where we try new foods/diets and write about these sometimes less-than-ideal experiences on … you...
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Few topics in nutrition get more attention these days than added sugars. As much or more than any other dietary component or lifestyle factor, sugars have been studied for their role in health. The latest comes from the American Heart Association (AHA) in their recently published Scientific...
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“Healthy” is a nearly ubiquitous word. But is there any consensus on what the term means when it is applied to food? One quick web search for “what is a healthy food” generates over 567,000,000 results. Needless to say, there is a lot of variation in the definitions of “healthy food” found on these...
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The great thing about working at the IFIC Foundation is that my coworkers are reality show addicts just like myself. And when your only outlet for discussing what happened on last night’s guilty pleasure is Twitter, this is pretty big deal. A few weeks ago we were discussing the very first season...

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