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Keto Diet 101: What to Know Before You Commit

Every January, we’re told that detoxes, diets, and a new gym membership are the key to a successful new year. It seems as though everyone’s trying to shave off the pounds as quickly as possible, and whatever diet can promise fast weight loss is the one they’re willing to try. Enter: the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic (often abbreviated to just “keto”) diet promises health benefits from weight loss to increased mental focus. But is it backed by science? Should you jump on the bandwagon or steer clear? Let’s dig in.

What is the ketogenic diet?

Build Your Own Breakfast Sandwich [INFOGRAPHIC]

Welcome to the fourth installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of your favorite  foods. Next up is the breakfast sandwich -- an option that’s a perfect start to your day (or anytime really!). If you’re new to breakfast sandwiches or just want to find more ways to enjoy one, keep reading.

Build Your Own Trail Mix [INFOGRAPHIC]

Welcome to the third installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of your favorite foods. Next up is Trail Mix -- the portable option that’s perfect for any adventure. If you’re new to trail mix or just want to find more ways to enjoy it, keep reading.

Kosher, Halal, Pareve: Get to Know the Labels

It’s mid-December, and you’ve decided to throw a holiday party and invited all your friends. You’ve already done your best to accommodate for everyone’s restrictions (Susan is gluten-free and Richard doesn’t eat red meat). Suddenly, you realize you don’t know what religious dietary rules your friends follow. You know there was one friend who eats Kosher, but what about the others? Better do some research on the latest labeling regulations! Luckily, we’ve done that part for you. Read on to learn the basics of Kosher, Halal, and Pareve labeling, so you can get back to planning this party.

Build Your Own Pasta [INFOGRAPHIC]

Welcome to the second installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of different foods. Next up is a pasta meal, the versatile, energy-providing option that’s perfect for any time of day. If you’re new to pasta or just want to find more ways to enjoy it, keep reading.

Resetting After a Holiday Splurge

If I had a dollar for every time someone “cheated on their diet” and had to restart, I’d have enough money to travel the entire world -- about ten times. Truth is: many diets don’t work. Yet here we are, about to start the Holiday season and I bet you could name a handful of people in your social circle who are trying to go cold turkey on the cookies, cakes, and pies that inevitably (and rightfully-so) accompany this time of year.

Build Your Own Oatmeal [INFOGRAPHIC]

Welcome to the first installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of different foods. First up is oatmeal -- the versatile, fibrous option that’s perfect for breakfast or as a snack. If you’re new to oatmeal or just want to find more ways to enjoy it, keep reading.

Kitchen Clean Out

Did you know that roughly one third of food produced in the world is lost or wasted? It seems hard to believe, yet I’m sure you’ve been there, staring at your fridge but feeling like you have nothing to eat. As time passes, you have to throw some of it away (or do you?). Or maybe you really want takeout, so you get rid of that breaded chicken you were so excited to make a few days prior (I’m not proud of this).

Fiber Fundamentals

How many times has your doctor -- or basically the entire internet -- said you could benefit from eating more fiber? And how many times have you thought, “Okay, but what is fiber?” Don’t worry - we’ve all been there. This article will ease some of your fiber worries and get you up to speed on fiber basics, some of the latest research and a possible new definition for this important nutrient.

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