Blog entry | Apr 12 2017
Most people think about light, airy baked goods when it comes to the word “yeast”. However, yeast comes in many different forms with various purposes; one being nutritional yeast. Known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the scientific world, nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast that is cultured...
Blog entry | Apr 07 2017
Nutrition advice often feels like it’s coming in from all angles during pregnancy. Everyone from your doctor to your great-aunt has an opinion on what you should, or shouldn’t, be eating. With all this advice coming from a variety of sources, it’s inevitable that there are some myths in the mix. This...
Blog entry | Apr 05 2017
If you’re a sports fan like me, then you were glued to the couch watching the Final Four and National Championship game this past week. March Madness is one of the greatest spectacles in sport. It rarely disappoints, and this year was no different. Congrats to the Tarheels, by the way! As I watched the...
Blog entry | Apr 04 2017
What are "process contaminants" in food?  What are 3-MCPDs (3-monochloropropanediol) and GEs (glycidol/glycidyl esters)?  How did they get there, and what do they mean for the safety of our food? These and other questions are discussed briefly in this educational podcast (and in a Q&A below)...
Blog entry | Apr 03 2017
Gluten-free, ancient grains have been the star of grocery store aisles and nutrition articles alike over the past few years, and they’re not leaving the spotlight any time soon.  We’ve discussed the gluten-free diet at length, so let’s dig into a new (or actually, really, really old) player on the scene...
Blog entry | Mar 30 2017
We’re rounding out National Nutrition Month, with a new Sound Science analysis. In fact, this Sound Science piece includes a double feature. Recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a pair of studies focused on a variety of health benefits associated with whole grain consumption...
Blog entry | Mar 29 2017
Ever heard someone say they don’t consume sugar? Not that they don’t consume added sugars, but that they don’t eat any sugars? I have, and to be honest, it really makes no sense. Considering that sugars are naturally found in so many foods, how can they possibly eat a diet with absolutely none? In fact,...
Blog entry | Mar 29 2017
Fearing all fish? Cutting all coffee? Figuring out what to eat during pregnancy can be tough. But don’t despair! You don’t have to give up all your favorite foods or follow some crazy strict diet to eat healthy during pregnancy. The first step towards taking control of your eating habits during pregnancy...
Blog entry | Mar 27 2017
Humans have a long-lasting love affair with caffeine. How we consume it continues to evolve, but we have certainly found and created ways to do so for centuries, with tea being the earliest known caffeine-containing beverage, steeped in China in the 2700s BC. Why, after these thousands of years of...
Blog entry | Mar 22 2017
Did you know that 70 percent of the Earth is covered in water? Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But did you also know that only 2.5 percent of that water is fresh (doesn’t contain salt), and only 1 percent of that water is accessible to people? Water is essential for leading a healthy, happy life, and...
Blog entry | Mar 21 2017
A couple months ago, we wrote a post about added sugars. Like most of our sugars posts, it garnered quite a bit of discussion on social media. One comment really stood out to me: “How are we supposed to know what’s in our food?” A little confused, I asked if the commenter reads ingredient labels. He told...
Blog entry | Mar 20 2017
OK, so you’ve recently jump-started a health kick, and you’re ready to grocery shop for healthy foods. You know you need some whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, fruits, and veggies. Great. But where do you start? A good place to begin might be with whether you’re going to buy fresh vs....
Blog entry | Mar 20 2017
National Ag Day is upon us (March 21)!  It’s a great time to shine a light on agricultural practices and food production advancements that bring you the foods you love to eat at your favorite restaurants. Many of the delicious meals, snacks, and beverages served at restaurants have ingredients that...
Blog entry | Mar 15 2017
Food trends come and go and can be pretty difficult to keep track of. The team here at the IFIC Foundation works hard to give you the low-down on what these new, trendy foods can offer. But now we would like to know: What is your favorite food trend? 3/29 UPDATE: The Final Four is upon us!  Vote again to...

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