Research on dietary fats and health has advanced considerably in recent years, revealing their complex and critical roles in overall health and well-being. A strong understanding of fats in foods and their component fatty acids is essential for guiding consumers towards a healthful eating pattern. Mixing the right measure of unsaturated fatty acids and a dash of kitchen wisdom will help consumers to enjoy foods that are both healthful and tasty.
The following resources provide science-based information regarding common questions about food colors, such as what they are and common foods containing them, how they are regulated in the United States, and whether they cause hyperactivity in children.
Here in the U.S. we enjoy one of the safest, abundant and affordable food supplies in the world. Our food safety system is designed to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone. However, we do experience unfortunate incidences where food enters our food supply that is somehow contaminated and unsafe for sale or consumption.
You can’t turn on the television, read a paper, or surf online these days without seeing the terms “gluten” and “gluten-free”. But what exactly is gluten and why are so many people avoiding it?
Not all research is created equal. Many times, scientific studies conclude results that contradict each other, and scientists express opposing viewpoints on subject matter.
The 2013 Functional Foods Consumer Survey is the eighth in a series of quantitative studies focused on Americans’ awareness of and attitudes toward functional foods. This research continues to provide insights into consumer perceptions of the roles of foods and beverages in promoting health and wellness.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are an estimated 76 million cases of foodborne illness reported in the US each year, resulting in 350,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Everyone can do their part to help ensure the safety of our food supply. This page will provide resources on foodborne illness, food safety practices,and the regulatory system in place to keep food safe in the US.
Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in our environment that is widely distributed within the earth’s crust. It is present in the air, soil and water from which our food and beverages are grown and harvested.
It is not surprising that arsenic is being found in foods and beverages because it’s present in the air, soil and water where our food supply is grown and harvested.
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. In fact, they can also play an important role in a weight management program that includes both good nutrition choices and physical activity.
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Filmed in Washington, DC asking real people real questions from the 2013 IFIC Food and Health Survey.
In this video we ask people their thoughts on food safety. Here's what they had to say...
More about the 2013 Food & Health Survey here.