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Protein Q&A with Dr. Jared Dickinson (Part 1)

Protein is a big focus in media headlines and on food labels. But in the foodie and fitness communities, myths are swirling around about protein use and consumption. Luckily, we are able to bust some of these myths with Dr. Jared Dickinson, assistant professor in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University.

"Superfoods": More Powerful Than a Locomotive, or Just a Misnomer?

It seems like everything these days is labeled as a “superfood.” What exactly is a “superfood?” Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg, professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and professor of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at Tufts University School of Medicine, is here to help.

Top 8 Oscar-Worthy Foods: Stars of the Plate

Oscar season is here, and there are some buzz-worthy “noms” this year. Let’s take a look at our nominees:

Super Bowl 50 Meal Match-Up: Denver vs. Charlotte

This weekend, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will be going head-to-head at the Super Bowl. The cities of Charlotte, N.C., and Denver, Colo., are known for more than just their football talent, mascots and team colors. They also both have tremendous food game. This year’s Meal Match-Up is Charlotte’s Low Country Oyster Bake vs. Denver’s Rocky Mountain Oysters. 

Aphrodisiac Foods

Ah, Valentine’s Day. It’s the time for long-stem red roses, dinner reservations at an expensive French restaurant, and the burning desire for love and passion. As you sit down at the restaurant across from your loved one, you make sure to do exactly as a recent article in Cosmopolitan said. You recall the list of sure-fire foods to spice up your love life; you order a half-dozen raw oysters requesting hot sauce on the side as an appetizer, and a bottle of Chianti Classico from Italy to share.

Packaged Food [VIDEO]

When it comes to healthy, convenient, and nutritious, packaged foods deliver a one-two punch. But it’s hard to win over public perception when they’re in the headlines for something negative. The odds aren’t stacked in their favor when they’re portrayed as being high calories, sugar, and sodium. Despite what you may hear, packaged foods can be a part of a healthful diet. Not all packaged foods are created equal.

New Year's Resolutions [INFOGRAPHIC]

According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2015 Food and Health Survey, just 29 percent of respondents made a New Year’s resolution for 2015. The good news is that those who did make a resolution were ambitious and stuck to them. By March, an impressive 92 percent claimed they were still following their resolutions. 

Healthy Snack Alternatives for Santa

Over here at IFIC, we’re concerned with Santa’s health. Being jolly alone doesn’t have the fat burning capabilities of exercise. So we’re encouraging Santa to run behind the sleigh every once in a while to increase his physical activity levels. Also, the snack of cookies and milk laid out in each home he visits may not be the best for his health. So we’ve concocted a few snack alternatives to leave for Santa that will keep him full and energized during his long night of work, while also keeping his waistline in check.

Snapshot: Animal Biotech

catfish-geWhat's the deal with animal biotechnology?

From Eric Hallerman, PhD, Professor and Head of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech University: 

Pesticides & Food: What You Need to Know

From supermarkets to farmers markets, Americans can enjoy hundreds of nutritious, fresh and high-quality fruits and vegetables. In order to provide such a plentiful food supply, conventional and organic farmers have multiple options to protect crops from weeds and pests—including pesticides. Even with strict safety standards in place to help ensure the safety of the food supply, you may have questions about the use of pesticides in food production, as well as pesticide residues on food.