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Shedding light on the science behind nutrition and food safety.

By: Dayle Hayes, MS, RD Date: 1/30/12

As you have probably heard, USDA released the long-anticipated new Nutrition Standards for school breakfast and lunch last week. The new regulations align the meals served in school cafeterias more closely with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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By: Sasha B. Bard, MSN (University of Maryland Dietetic Intern)  Date: 1/25/2012
 
Now that a new year is upon us, many people are reestablishing and refining their diet in an effort to manage their weight. While popular diet books recommend eliminating certain nutrients, foods, or entire food groups, we want to offer up sensible advice to set you on the path toward better health this year and for the rest of your years. The International Food Information Council teamed up with author and registered dietitian David Grotto to produce a video on the essentials of weight management. These tips for weight control are simple and timeless and will surely give you a push in the right direction. 

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Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RD, Senior Director, Health and Wellness, IFIC Foundation

Despite multiple efforts to assist Americans in achieving a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular physical activity, only limited success in changing behavior has been attained.

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By: Anthony Flood Date: 1/18/2012

Yes. Orange juice continues to be a safe and nutritious beverage for you and your family.    Recent reports about low levels of a fungicide (carbendazim) detected in orange juice received some attention and prompted questions about fruit juice safety.  The bottom line is that orange juice is absolutely safe to drink.

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By: Meghan Ames, Dietetic Intern, Johns Hopkins University Date: 1/13/12

Appropriately-timed with New Year’s resolutions, the message, Enjoy your food, but eat less, is the focus of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 communications campaign for early 2012. As a national strategic partner in USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) Nutrition Communicators Network, the International Food and Information Council (IFIC) Foundation supports this message and features it in our recently-published list of tips for trimming down.

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By: Jania Matthews Date: 1/11/12

The first week of 2012 has already flown by and food, health, and nutrition issues have been nothing short of top-of-mind discussions in the mainstream media and on social media platforms.

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Note: This blog is part of our new series called "From the Pantry" which will take a historical look at the food we eat and the culture around food.

By: Liz Williams, Southern Food and Beverage Museum Date: 1/9/12

It is the time of year for new beginnings.  We seem to be prodded each year at this time to make resolutions for an improved life.  There are lots of cultural underpinnings for this time of reflection on the past and a look to the future. And sharing our resolutions with each other is certainly one of the ways that we can make sure that we keep them.

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By: Sarah Romotsky, RD Date: 1/5/12

As a Registered Dietitian, I take my commitment to promoting public health very seriously just like my colleagues. I care about the safety of my food because just like you, I want to keep myself and my family protected from health risks. However, I also know as a food and nutrition expert that there is a lot of information out there that is incorrect and not based on scientific evidence. Because some of the claims about low-calorie sweeteners strike an emotional chord with us, it can be difficult to analyze the information objectively and discern fact from fiction.

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At the beginning of the year, IFIC Foundation staff blogged about some of their resolutions for 2011. As the year comes to an end, we look back at how well (or poorly) we did.

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By: Eric Mittenthal   Date: 12/27/11

Last week, my colleagues and I had an opportunity to visit the “What’s Cooking Uncle Sam” exhibit at the National Archives in Washington, DC. “What’s Cooking Uncle Sam” looks at the government’s role in what Americans eat over the years. It’s a fascinating look at the history of our food in the U.S. and I was struck by the evolution of our food system, the differences in our food today, and the many similarities as well.
 

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By: Christine Bruhn, PhD   Date: 12/23/11

Too many people get the 24 hour flu during the holidays. Was it really the extra hugs and kisses, or did an unexpected intruder barge into the holiday meal? The holidays are a time when family and friends come together to visit and enjoy a delicious meal. Keep in mind that bacteria would love to grow on you delicious holiday foods. Foil them! Follow the basic food safety guidelines of clean, chill, cook and separate to keep you and your loved ones healthy!
 

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By: Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RD   Date: 12/22/11

Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions, but most people fail to turn those resolutions into results. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released USDA’s SuperTracker, a free online tool designed to help Americans make healthful food and physical activity choices - just in time to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

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By: Kimberly Reed, Executive Director, International Food Information Council Foundation   Date: 12/20/11

I love food . . . and, growing up in West Virginia, I especially love Southern food! This past weekend, I had an amazing opportunity to enjoy Southern cuisine at Bon Appétit magazine’s Best New Restaurant in America: Husk Restaurant, which is located in a beautiful historic house in Charleston, South Carolina.

Husk made me feel right at home when I noticed an appetizer of grilled crostinis with pimento cheese, country ham, and pickled West Virginia ramps on the menu. Noting some of my previous blog posts on “Understanding Our Food” and various Farm to Fork resources, there could not be a more perfect example of food processing using southern ingredients – including ramps – for this West Virginia girl! Needless to say, I had a most delicious meal.

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By: Dr. Christine Bruhn, University of California, Davis Date: 12/16/11

Note: Dr. Christine Bruhn is the Director of the Center for Consumer Research and Consumer Food Marketing Specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis. She has authored over one hundred forty professional papers on consumer attitudes toward food.

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By: Sarah Romotsky, RD Date: 12/14/11

We’ve all seen the tragic pictures of starving children in Africa or heard stories about hungry people around the world, but what about in America? Although it’s not a picture or story we are exposed to often in the media, hunger in America is more real than many of us realize.

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By: Eric Mittenthal   Date: 12/12/11

A couple of recent stories in the media brought a great deal of attention to food “addiction.” Is it possible that a cupcake could be as addicting as cocaine or other substances of abuse? While the stories implied that, the science does not support that conclusion.

 

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By: Ashley Chrisinger   Date: 12/9/11

On July 13th, 2011, I became a mother. That date also marks the day that I moved into the population of people who don’t have time to “work out.” I’ve never had to think about exercise from this mindset. In the past I enjoyed long runs, long bike rides, and racquetball tournaments at the gym with my husband. With baby in the picture, however, the money I would have otherwise spent on a gym membership goes instead towards the exorbitant cost of daycare. On top of that, my child’s daycare isn’t open long enough for me to fit in baby-free exercise before or after work.
 

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By: Emily Izer, University of Maryland Dietetic Intern Date: 12/7/11

As a dietetic intern, I recently had the opportunity to participate in a webcast hosted by IFIC entitled “Getting to the Bottom of the Omega-6:Omega-3 Confusion.” The lecture was given by Dr. William Harris, a foremost fatty acid expert, to over 700 participants all wanting the scoop on the latest recommendations for omega-6 and omega-3. I was also looking to update my knowledge on this complex topic, and by the end of the presentation I was pleasantly surprised at the simplicity of Dr. Harris’ recommendations

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By: Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RD and Meghan Ames, Dietetic Intern, Johns Hopkins University Date: 12/5/11

With over two thirds of Americans struggling with being overweight or obese, it seems an appropriate time to not only talk about but take action to increase our physical activity levels. As health professionals who have counseled many different types of weight-loss clients, we have gained some insight into what works and what doesn’t. In reflecting on the fitness industry’s role in health, here are some thoughts for consideration…

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By: Tony Flood Date: 12/2/11

Arsenic is naturally occurring and is found throughout our environment. It’s in the ground, the soil, the water and in the air we breathe. Since arsenic can be found naturally in our environment, we shouldn’t’ be surprised to learn that arsenic can be found in our food supply in very small amounts. As with many naturally occurring compounds, they are normally part of the soil and water in which we grow and harvest our food.

So, why the big fuss about over arsenic?
 

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