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7 Crazy Ways They're Trying to Scare You About Fruits and Vegetables

Call it the straw that broke the camel’s very, very overwhelmed back.

The latest crazy headline driving people away from fruits and vegetables was too much for us. The last couple weeks have been a heyday for pesticide residue misquotes, misrepresentations, and misinformation. Here are seven of the worst offenders, along with why they don’t need to push you away from some of the most nutrient-dense foods in your kitchen: your produce.

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War on Food Science: Part 4 - Meet the Warriors FOR Science

This month’s issue of National Geographic arrived in mailboxes (yes, those still exist) covering a pretty heated topic: The War on Science. You can dig into their feature online, which covers everything from the anti-vaccination movement to fear of “GMOs” or food biotechnology. In the spirit of the NatGeo exploration of the War on Science, we’re digging into key issues of the War on Food Science whether it's about agricultural production, ingredients, or nutrition.

War on Food Science: Part 3 – Low-Calorie Sweeteners

national-geographic-war-on-scienceThis month’s issue of National Geographic arrived in mailboxes (yes, those still exist) covering a pretty heated topic: The War on Science. You can dig into their feature online, which covers everything from the anti-vaccination movement to fear of “GMOs” or food biotechnology.

Dairy Products: The Whole Nutrient Package

dairy-processed-nutritionWith some of the recent controversy we are seeing about cheese, we are going to take this opportunity to “milk” the benefits of packaged dairy products. As our latest infographic illustrates, you can’t always judge a food by its package. Dairy products are no different.

War on Food Science: Part 2 - Bisphenol A (BPA)

national-geographic-war-on-scienceThis month’s issue of National Geographic arrived in mailboxes (yes, those still exist) covering a pretty heated topic: The War on Science. You can dig into their feature online, which covers everything from the anti-vaccination movement to fear of “GMOs” or food biotechno

Nature Study on Emulsifiers Lacks Relevance to Humans, Does Not Reflect Actual Consumption

A recent study published in Nature raising concerns about the impact of emulsifiers on obesity and metabolic disorders lacks real world application and needs to be viewed in the proper context. In addition, the findings do not provide sufficient evidence to show a causal relationship between emulsifiers and metabolic disorders.

50 Shades of Science: Navigating Science in the Media

The big screen is heating up with 50 Shades of Grey this week. I may be a bit unconventional, but it’s got me pondering the shades of gray I encounter every day. As a student of science, I find myself operating in shades of gray more often than not. The more I learn, the less I seem to know, and the more questions I have. As a religious TV watcher and news reader, I find it particularly troubling to deal with “scientific literature” presented in some media outlets.

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Poultry Fears and Facts: What Dr. Oz Did and Didn’t Say about Chicken Safety

If you were taking in some daytime TV this week, you may have caught Tuesday’s episode of Dr. Oz in which the host and his guest Christopher Leonard, author of The Meat Racket, voiced concerns about the safety of the chicken we purchase at the grocery store. To his credit, Dr. Oz let the audience know some important food safety tips, including using a meat thermometer to ensure chicken is cooked to 165 degrees and not washing raw chicken.

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