Among plant-based foods, soy is unique because the protein in soy products—processed in ways that retain protein integrity—can, like the protein found in meat, milk, and eggs, be considered a complete protein (all essential amino acids are present in sufficient quantity to support normal growth and development after correcting for protein digestibility).
Eating seafood is important to good health, especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Dietary fat is a nutrient needed for an overall healthful lifestyle. Like carbohydrates and protein, dietary fat is an important source of energy for the body. Fat is the most concentrated source of energy in the diet, providing nine calories per gram compared with four calories per gram from either carbohydrates or protein.
Fats provide much of the great taste and texture for which we prize these and other foods. Indeed, the fats in foods play a vital role in their ultimate acceptability. Neither the amount nor type of fats can be changed indiscriminately without changing the very features that make a food appealing. Without fats, foods—and eating—just wouldn't be the same.
As consumers have increasingly had access to more information via the Internet about health and nutrition, many have found information about dietary fats to be confusing. Language used to communicate about dietary fats (e.g., saturated, unsaturated, omega-3, trans fat) has been particularly unclear to consumers.
Understanding Food Allergy provides an overview of food allergies, including the Big 8 food allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, soy, wheat, and shellfish), food allergy symptoms (including anaphylaxis), avoidance, and management. Understanding Food Allergy also describes how a food allergic reaction differs from a food sensitivity or food intolerance.
Healthy eating and physical activity habits are key to your child’s well-being. Eating too much and exercising too little can lead to overweight and related health problems that can follow children into their adult years. You can take an active role in helping your child—and your whole family—learn healthy eating and physical activity habits that can last for a lifetime.
Sugar alcohols or polyols, as they are also called, are sugar replacers and have a long history of use in a wide variety of foods. Recent technical advances have added to the range of sugar alcohols available for food use and expanded the applications of these sugar replacers in diet and health-oriented foods.
This easy-to-use booklet provides information and checklists for evaluating weight loss programs and helps consumers to choose a safe and effective weight loss method.
Gestational diabetes occurs when high blood sugar levels develop during pregnancy. This happens when the mother’s body can’t make and use all of the insulin it needs to “process” blood sugar normally. Women with gestational diabetes are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes at any time after the baby is born if diet is poor and too much weight is gained.
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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?