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Blog entry | Jun 28 2016
"Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it." This phrase would rattle around in my head every time I had a negative thought about juice cleanses, or cautioned a friend against them. Sure, I could point to...
Blog entry | Jun 23 2016
Want to know how to pique someone’s interest if you are talking about food or nutrition? Mention the word “antioxidant.” Seriously, it has some special power or something. Family and friends, ranging...
Blog entry | Jun 21 2016
I have a riddle: What’s only 1 mm in length, created a cult indoor garden classic, and can be added to a variety of foods and drinks for a nutritional lift? If you guessed chi-chi-chi-chia seeds,...
Blog entry | Jun 16 2016
It’s officially National Splurge Day, or as Parks and Recreation fans may know it: “Treat Yo Self 2016”. Splurge Day reminds me of an article I saw recently. The author, Gretchen Rubin, proposed that...
Blog entry | Jun 15 2016
Our favorite morning beverage and afternoon pick-me-up was evaluated for how it impacts the risk of cancer in people. Well, good news! Coffee is no longer deemed as a possible carcinogen and recent...
Blog entry | Jun 13 2016
Nitrites. Fear the word! I am betting at some point in the endless ritual of perusing the internet, you have stumbled across the topic of nitrites/nitrates in food. You might recall a headline like...
Blog entry | Jun 09 2016
This past weekend, I had a girl’s night with some of my friends. We hadn’t seen each other in a while, and what better way to catch up than over dinner and drinks … of course, I had to pick the place...
Blog entry | Jun 07 2016
Coffee is the most important part of my diet, immediately following all the essential nutrients. In the past year, I have upgraded to pour over in the mornings and cold brew on hot days. Beyond...
Blog entry | Jun 07 2016
At the time of this blog post, there are approximately 30 different teas in my kitchen. Green, black, Earl Grey, hibiscus, white, rooibos, orange and mango, Thai, blackberry, and many more. But...
Blog entry | Jun 02 2016
Science communication is at the heart of what we strive to do here. When new scientific results are oversold and/or sensationalized, it can leave us with all.the.feels. And it’s not like we are the...
Blog entry | May 23 2016
If you don’t know already, I am pretty diligent about washing my hands. It’s a great way to keep me, and others around me, from getting sick or putting the safety of the food I prepare at risk. (...
Blog entry | May 20 2016
Actress Emma Watson might be best known for playing “the brightest witch of her age,” Hermione Granger, in the Harry Potter movies, but she has gotten some of her facts wrong about agriculture....
Blog entry | May 11 2016
Sunday nights are the only part of the week that matters for me during the next three months when HBO’s “Game of Thrones” airs. The time in between each new episode is simply for reviewing the last...
Blog entry | May 04 2016
In the past week, there has been a lot of media attention around a recent study of participants from The Biggest Loser.  Six years after their transformations, some losing 200+ pounds, all but one...
Blog entry | Apr 27 2016
With the constant chatter about sugars, there are probably at least a few things you’re unsure of and would like more information about.  If so, this infographic, "4 Things You May Be Wondering About...
Blog entry | Apr 26 2016
There are 7 billion people on the planet, and in 30 years, that number will grow to 10 billion. While the population boom in the last century has encouraged an abundance of advancements in food...
Blog entry | Apr 25 2016
It can be extremely difficult to determine if the latest trending news story is reporting accurate or credible scientific information—seriously, who has time for that? Because so many stories in the...
Blog entry | Apr 21 2016
The taste of sweets is a basic biological adaptation that evolved to allow humans to find hard-to-find, energy-rich foods, specifically fruit. Once hard to get, fruit rots quickly after it ripens,...
Blog entry | Apr 19 2016
In honor of this year’s March Madness, Foodinsight decided to create our own bracket to find out what you are doing more often to improve your diet. Well, the votes are now in and the options have...
Blog entry | Apr 19 2016
Contributing to the rise of misinformation, junk science is defined as untested or unproven when presented as scientific fact. It could be the result of a poorly designed study published in a...
Blog entry | Apr 13 2016
I don’t know what it is about me and my dates, but I’ve noticed a pattern of poor hygiene and food safety practices. One time I found out my date didn’t wash his hands after using the bathroom; his...
Blog entry | Apr 12 2016
It’s that time of year- The Environmental Working Group released its annual “Dirty Dozen” list today. The list features twelve fruits and veggies that EWG says have the “highest pesticide loads.” In...
Blog entry | Apr 07 2016
The acai berry hails from South America and Central America and is locally known as the “fruit that cries.” The indigenous people of the Amazon have long used the acai berry for health-related...
Blog entry | Apr 04 2016
The fermentation craze is still going strong!  We are officially obsessed with—gasp!—rotting food, and for good reason; fermented foods are tasty and good for the gut because they contain probiotics...
Blog entry | Mar 30 2016
In the competition for supposedly scientific headlines that are so, so wrong, we have some doozies this week: “Being a vegetarian could kill you, science warns” “Vegetarian diet 'raises risk of heart...
Blog entry | Mar 29 2016
Bisphenol-A, or BPA, has long been an incredible example of just how far chatter can run away from science. We even profiled the BPA “debate” as part of our War on (Food) Science series last year....
Blog entry | Mar 29 2016
Dear Chronic Internet Dieter, They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. We get it. Google is the answer for (almost) everything. Guides for child-proofing your living room, what movie...
Blog entry | Mar 28 2016
When people ask my why I’m wearing my “I love GMOs" shirt, I like to talk about a little-known biotech success story: mycotoxins. Biotech crops have dramatically reduced the prevalence of a toxic...
Blog entry | Mar 25 2016
The latest problematic study, rooted in spurious correlation and statistical manipulation, has sparked a round of headlines that connect couples’ caffeine consumption to miscarriages. It’s an...
Blog entry | Mar 23 2016
I always look forward to attending events organized by The Atlantic. They are informative, smart, and provide a balanced view of the topic presented. On March 16, 2016, a sold-out forum at the...

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Imagine you actually had a resource that broke down the sensationalism about food, agriculture, and nutrition into real, science-based information.

  • Join more than 50,000 mythbusters out there fighting against bad information on food
  • Get no-nonsense, easy-to-understand nutrition and safety insights
  • Read Q&As with experts explaining the latest studies, debates, and news stories
  • Be empowered to make your own decisions about your diet
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