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Growing Your Food #LikeAGirl

When you think of your food growing, who do you picture? If it’s a grizzled old Andy Griffith character, you’re probably not alone. But you’re missing a big part of the picture.

Last night, one of the favorite Super Bowl Ads was #LikeAGirl, an online video that spread last summer. The video has now taken a simple message to the big game: being #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.

Super Bowl XLIX Food Showdown: Seattle v. New England

This weekend, the Patriots and the Seahawks will battle it out in Arizona. But if you’re someone who cares as much about the party food as the game itself, you’ll appreciate the match-up we’re watching. It’s Seattle’s fish market seafood versus New England’s chowder!

3 Things Serena Knows about Caffeine & Performance

After losing her initial set of her Hopman Cup match against Flavia Pennetta 6-0, Serena Williams felt like she needed a boost. She asked for a court-side espresso (the judge couldn't tell if Serena was kidding - she wasn't), and came back and won the following two sets 6-3 and 6-0.

The Latest Study on Red Meat: Get an Expert Perspective

When we read about the latest study on red meat, performed at UC San Diego and published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences,1 we were a bit taken aback. Claims about the safety of red meat based on a laboratory experiment with mice seemed like a pretty enormous leap.

7 Can't-Miss Pieces from FoodInsight in 2014

In 2014, our team had a better time than ever answering your questions and creating great content to inform food conversations. During this year, you've challenged us to be smarter, faster, and more engaging. With your contributions, here are our favorite pieces of content from the year.


5 Christmas Movie Meal Hacks

In the spirit of the season, we’re bringing you 5 Christmas Movie Meal Hacks! So curl up with some classic Netflix, a few of these seasonal meals, and our secrets to make the most out of them:



The Santa Clause

Meal of Choice: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rice Advice: When It Comes to Consumer Reports, Think Twice

When many of us hear the word 'arsenic,' we often pair it with 'old lace' and the two little old ladies from the play and movie who liked to poison visitors. It's understandable, then, that thoughts of arsenic--atomic number 33 on the periodic table of elements--might make us jumpy. Why on earth would something so ‘scary’ be in our food?

‘Dirty’ Myths: Fact-Checking the Lists

File this in the category of “here we go again.” After establishing the Dirty Dozen brand with questionable science on pesticide residues, the Environmental Working Group released a ‘dirty dozen’ list of food additives.

Let’s see how some of the additive dirty dozen myths stand up to FACTS.

Naturally Confusing: Two Things You Need to Know from New York Times’ ‘Natural’ Debate

Lately, the use of the word 'natural' has become the source of much public debate, since the definition can vary by product, as opposed to terms like 'organic' that have a standardized definition.  In the recent New York Times’ opinion column Room for Debate, Vani Hari, also known as The Food Babe, wrote on the use of the word natural on food products, stating, “The word natural has become polluted.” That’s a catchy sound bite, but unfortunately, Hari and others are using the term natural inaccurately, as a proxy for quality or safety.