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Food Additives and Ingredients: Resources You Can Use

Can you imagine your favorite savory snack without a dash of salt or a smoothie that isn’t smooth? I’m sure it’s difficult for you, just as it is for me.  We buy our favorite foods because of the way they taste, look, feel and cost.  Food additives and ingredients are responsible for some of the attributes of food that we’ve grown to love over the years.  Food additive and ingredients in the U.S. are deemed safe by the U.S. FDA and other global authoritative bodies such as EFSA. 

Newsbite: Parents and Toddlers Have Spring Fever for Seasonal Eating

Spring has sprung! Along with the promise of warmer weather, the change in seasons brings with it a wide variety of tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables. The sunny spring skies shine light on a perfect opportunity to get the whole family — toddlers included — involved in eating fresh, seasonal foods. Seasonal eating allows toddlers to experience new flavors, textures and colors of foods, helping them grow to love and have a healthy relationship with a variety of foods.

Newsbite: Why Are Americans Still Avoiding MSG?

For nearly 50 years, the “infamous” monosodium glutamate, best known as MSG, has received quite the bad rap. MSG, a variant of glutamate, is created when sodium and glutamate combine. It is naturally occurring in foods such as tomatoes, parmesan cheese, meat, walnuts, asparagus, mushrooms, clams and sardines. It has been eaten since the 20th century when a Japanese scientist extracted it from seaweed.

New Research: Evaluating Online Grocery Shopping Trends

It was only a few years ago that online food shopping seemed be a relatively novel concept. Yet it is certainly gaining ground, with new research from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation revealing that over one-third of the time, consumers are shopping for groceries online. This research sheds light on the patterns and habits of online shoppers.

Go Further with Food: Food Waste

It’s (finally) March. The month where we celebrate St. Patrick, college basketball, spring and, if you’re a registered dietitian, March madness is all about National Nutrition Month. Every March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics launches a nutrition education and information campaign, reminding us all about the importance of our food choices, eating behaviors and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food.” The first article in this Food Insight series focuses on food waste.

Newsbite: Tips to Get Your Child Vying for Veggies

Parents and their children may never see eye to eye when it comes to eating vegetables. A recent study highlighted in Medical Daily suggests that children are triumphing over parents’ efforts to feed them vegetables.

Food Colors: Resources You Can Use

Why do we choose the foods we eat?  What makes this food more appealing than that food?  What are the things you like about your favorite food?  Take a look and you’ll see that the color makes a difference in what you choose to eat.  Food colors provide a familiar look to foods and often function in food in other ways too.  They enhance colors that occur naturally in food.  They offset any discolor when food is exposed to light, temperature and storage conditions.  Food colors are unique; they are classified as ‘color additives’ and are certified by FDA which confirms their safe use.  They

Potassium: You Make My Heart Beat

Potassium – how could I live without you? Well, the answer is…I couldn’t. Potassium is essential to life. It might not be the first nutrient that comes to mind when you consider healthy living, but this mineral has many important functions, and many people struggle to get sufficient amounts in their diet.

Potassium is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, and is often a component of foods that are marked as low- or reduced-sodium. Let’s take a deeper look at the role of potassium and how we can incorporate this nutrient into our daily diet.

Newsbite: Double Down with Dairy & Yogurt

Bone health is extremely important, especially as we age. Strong and healthy bones are supported by micronutrients like vitamin D and calcium. Lucky for us, yogurt is a healthy and tasty food that contains vitamin D and calcium as well as protein. Yogurt has always been a popular choice when it comes to breakfast food, but it can function as a snack or ingredient substitute, too. Yogurt’s versatility, along with its health benefits, make it a tasty, nutritious treat you can enjoy at any time of day.

Our Health and Wellness Goals for 2018

2017 is almost at a close, and as we say goodbye to this year, we’re preparing for next year with our 2018 New Year’s resolutions. Over the years, we’ve had a pretty varied list of ways to eat and be healthier: from walking more to getting five servings of fruits and vegetables, brown bagging lunch and reducing food waste. So, if you’re looking for health-focused New Year’s resolutions, check out what the Food Insight team plans to do next year.