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I was happy to be assigned the Flexible Diet for our office diet challenge. What can be so hard about something that begins with “flexible”? I got the easiest one…or so I thought until I started reading about it. As it turns out, there is a lot of flexibility in terms of what you can eat, as long...
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A new study from a European farm organization highlights just how important crop protection tools – like insecticides, herbicides and fungicides – are to farmers. The report found that if regulations were to limit the crop protection products available in Europe, food supplies will be put at risk...
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You may have many questions about this important milestone. When are babies ready for solid foods? Which foods should be given? How much food is enough? This resource provides tips for starting solid foods and keeping infants safe when they are eating. Keep in mind that each infant is different....
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We’re all about breaking down scientific findings, especially when the research focuses on nutrition. Most of the time, we are providing important perspective to particularly popular studies, working to ensure that the totality of science is promoted rather than one-off, fringe findings. So instead...
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I’m a bit of a mad scientist in the kitchen. Sometimes my dishes are new takes on old favorites, other times they are just mashups of my favorite ingredients. This Weekend Chew is a little of both. I call this one “Caprese Lasagna Salad.” It’s deconstructed lasagna with a twist. The perfect treat...
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Buh bye eggs benny. So long sushi. RIP Thursday happy hour. This was the beginning of my eulogy to food once I found out I was pregnant. Of course there was excitement, but that excitement was also followed by a wave of fear. In terms of food and nutrition, as an RD, I already knew about all the...
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The past few months have given me quite a few reasons to break out my I Love GMOs shirt.  First in May, the National Academy of Sciences released a comprehensive 388-page report concluding GMOs are safe for humans and animals to eat. This is the latest report confirming that there is no reason to...
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A healthy eating pattern is very important during pregnancy. Good nutrition plays a key role in the health of both mother and baby. As a mom-to-be, you have higher nutrient needs than you did before conception. Yet the general principles of good nutrition—variety, balance, and moderation—still...
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Have you ever watched "Degrassi: The Next Generation"? It was one of my favorite shows growing up. I remember an episode where Emma does a science project on how food, specifically “healthy” foods, can positively impact your body and cognitive function. Her project was flawless, except for one...
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Looking for some easy new recipes to incorporate into your busy life? Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn has created three delicious, healthy recipes that are super simple and can fit into any budget. All of the videos below show how you can make healthy, balanced meals for you and your family using a...
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WASHINGTON, DC – The ideal presidential candidate is not the only thing Americans have a hard time agreeing on. An ideological rift exists on certain food issues too. The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2016 Food and Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes Toward Food Safety,...
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Earth’s most popular medium of life has recently experienced exponential growth in options at the grocery store. Sparkling, tonic, seltzer … there are likely a dozen more versions of H2O, but how do they differ from one another? On top of that, there are several extra elements that can drastically...
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Here we go again. Another day, another headline touting questionable science. This time, findings in a study published in Cell Metabolism suggest that consuming sucralose might increase appetite.  This is important because low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) can provide an alternative to caloric...
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Get your Pokéballs (and your smartphones) and gear up: Pokémon is back and it’s stronger than ever. Creeping up to popularity levels of apps like Tinder and Twitter, Pokémon Go is bringing out the inner Ash Ketchum of Pokémon lovers all over the world. If you haven’t caught the Pokébug just yet,...

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