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  • Bisphenol A (BPA) Resource Page

    BPA (Bisphenol A) is a chemical used in certain food contact materials and was first approved by FDA in the early 1960s. According to the FDA, the scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe. Many health authorities around the world recognize this consensus science and confirm the safety of BPA.

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  • Sugars and Health Resource Page

    This is a collection of all IFIC Foundation resources about Sugars and Health. Included are Fact sheets and Q&As to help clear up confusions about the role of sugars in a healthful diet.

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  • Dioxin Resource Page

    U.S. dioxin emissions from man-made sources have declined more than 92% since 1987 due to a number of industry and government initiatives. Dioxin is a byproduct commonly found in the environment as a result of natural and industrial processes. There have been concerns over the years about the potential health impacts of dioxins, but consensus science reports indicate that there are no known established health effects in people resulting from typical dioxin exposure through diet and environment.

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  • Expert Perspectives on Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Weight

    Low-calorie sweeteners (sometimes referred to as non-nutritive sweeteners, artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes) are ingredients added to food to provide sweetness without adding a significant amount of calories. Low-calorie sweeteners have been the subject of extensive scientific research looking at a variety of health conditions, including weight.

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Aspartame

    Aspartame is a low-calorie sweetener used in foods and beverages in more than 100 countries around the world. It is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. The calories in foods can be substantially reduced, and in some products eliminated, by using aspartame in place of sugar.

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  • Sodium & Health Resource Page

    When you think of sodium, salt probably comes to mind. Although the two terms, “sodium” and “salt” are often used interchangeably, they are different substances. The chemical name for salt, sodium chloride, reveals that sodium is in fact a component of salt. By weight, salt is composed of 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. One teaspoon of salt weighs 5 grams and contains about 2,300 milligrams of sodium.

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  • Questions and Answers about Endocrine Disruptors

    Endocrine disruptors are chemical compounds, either naturally-occurring or man-made, that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system. Trace amounts of these compounds are just about everywhere in our environment, in things like cosmetics, foods, pesticides, consumer products, and even pharmaceuticals. Everyone can be exposed to them through normal routines such as breathing, touching and eating, as they enter the body through the lung, skin and the mouth.

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  • Is Sodium on American Plates and Minds?

    Dietary sodium has received increasingly intense attention due to its effect on blood pressure and the increasing prevalence of hypertension in the U.S. population. Since 2005, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans , has recommended that healthy Americans without risk of hypertension should consume no more than 2,300 mg sodium per day. Those with or at risk for hypertension are advised to consume no more than 1,500 mg sodium per day.

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  • 2011 Food & Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes Toward Food Safety, Nutrition & Health

    The International Food Information Council Foundation’s 2011 Food and Health Survey takes an extensive look at what Americans are doing regarding their eating and health habits and food safety practices.

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  • Background on Functional Foods

    “Functional Foods” are foods or dietary components that may provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition. You can take greater control of your health through the food choices you make, knowing that some foods can provide specific health benefits. Examples can include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fortified or enhanced foods and beverages, and some dietary supplements.

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IFIC Foundation Taste Test Challenge

To celebrate National Nutrition Month and the theme, "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," the IFIC Foundation filmed our very own taste test challenge. Take a look, think you would have passed?