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Sound Science: New Developments for Those Who Deal With Peanut Allergies

Research was recently published that provides some hope in finding a practical treatment for individuals living with peanut allergies.

Many headlines covering this research in the news suggest the possibility of a “cure” for individuals living with food allergies today. We thought it would be important to hear directly from key experts to provide knowledgeable insights and a bit more perspective.

First off, how many people are impacted by food allergies?

Let's Bust 3 Common Myths About MSG

These days, there are too many food myths to count. Even with so much noise out there, some common myths continue to capture our attention. Some of these common misperceptions center on monosodium glutamate, or MSG. It’s about time we expose a few of the common myths you may have heard.

Would You Like Some Protein With That?

About a week ago, I ordered my first jar of a casein protein supplement. Throughout five years of resistance training, I have consumed protein supplements maybe twice. So this purchase was kind of a big deal. 

Fad Diets: The Whole30

The Whole30 is EVERYWHERE. The Whole30 book is even a New York Times “Food and Diet” bestseller.

Fad Diets: The 5:2 Diet

Intermittent fasting, or restricting calorie intake to a certain number of hours per day, has become pretty popular lately. A version of intermittent fasting called the 5:2 diet entails restricting calories (“fasting”) for two days a week, while eating a normal amount on the other five days.

Fast Take: Is Coffee Really Going to Extend your Life?

Holy coffee, Batman! Guess what’s been the highlight of nutrition news this week? Yup, it’s coffee. And don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of this beverage, but is it really going to make me live longer?

Sound Science: The Mediterranean Diet and Heart Health

Heart disease affects many people in the U.S., with almost half of Americans having at least one of three risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking) for heart disease. A 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined if following a Mediterranean-style eating pattern would impact heart health.

Fortification FTW (For the Win)

Since 2011, I’ve lived in Minnesota, part of the “goiter belt,” a term for parts of the U.S. (including the Great Lakes region and Appalachia) where soil levels of iodine are naturally low and iodine-rich foods like seafood and seaweed are not exactly dietary staples. 

Before the 1920s, over half of the population in some parts of this region had goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland caused by insufficient iodine intake.

Food Evolution: The GMO Debate Hits the Theaters [VIDEO]

Few subjects about food and nutrition spark more intense discussions than genetic engineering, or GMOs. While no documentary is perfect, we were curious to see if the same will hold true for the "Food Evolution," a new documentary that's the latest entry into the GMO debate on the Silver Screen. Academy Award nominee filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy recently sat down with us to talk about his new film that opened in New York City on June 23.

Fast Take: Are you frying your health with french fries?

Each time a nutrition study descends upon the internet I cringe internally. I have to brace myself as I click through the various news outlets covering it, knowing that I may encounter sensational reporting, regardless of the actual content of the scientific study.  Here’s what you need to know about a new study that found an association between fried potatoes and increased mortality.