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A “Basic” Examination of the Alkaline Diet

The web is once again abuzz with suspicious claims about the alkaline diet. A staple of some alternative medicine circles for years now, this eating plan isn’t new to the pantheon of internet health-woo.  Practitioners of this food fad claim that it can help prevent many ailments, including cancer, by regulating your internal pH.

Sound suspicious yet? You don’t need a PhD in chemistry for this diet to raise some major red flags. A quick examination of the science, and a few simple facts about the human body, show that this diet is… pretty basic.

4 Steps to Build Healthy Eating Habits

Feeding your infant or toddler can sometimes feel daunting, especially if you're a first-time caregiver or dealing with a picky eater. 

Food Fad Friday: Apple Cider Vinegar

In recent years, apple cider vinegar has been heralded as a magic elixir that controls blood sugar levels, prevents heart disease, whitens teeth and slows the aging process. According to numerous blogs and natural remedy sites, it seems like there is nothing it can’t fix. While apple cider vinegar has been used to pickle and preserve foods for centuries and continues to be a great flavor option for sauces, dressings and marinades, we decided to see if these common internet claims are backed by any scientific evidence.

Newsbite: Is the Paleo Diet Healthy (Or Even Safe) for Babies?

With any diet online trend, you can assume someone is eventually going to take it too far and that time just came for the Paleo diet. Proponents of the Paleo diet are now recommending this “ancestral” eating plan for kids… and even babies. But, unsurprisingly, many experts warn caregivers against feeding babies like they’re characters from “The Flintstones”.

The IFIC Foundation provided some context on the issue in a recent article.

A Spotlight on Low-Income Older Adults

Research has long shown that lower-income Americans face unique barriers to good health. The 2017 Food & Health Survey builds on this body of research while identifying new ways in which income affects nutrition knowledge, health priorities, perceived health status and food purchases. Low-income older adults are especially unique in their use of nutrition information and the barriers they face when it comes to eating healthy.

Food for Thought This Healthy Aging Month

Healthy Aging Month is a great time to consider how beliefs and behaviors around food change as we age.  Aside from what is often a distinct set of beliefs about nutrition, and an evolving set of eating behaviors, older adults also have different nutritional needs than their younger counterparts.

2017 Food & Health Survey: Food Confusion

Americans are confronted with nutrition and food information all the time. It can come from all angles: the news, friends, social media and advertisements. But much of that information is conflicting, making deciding what to eat more complicated.

Healthy Eating on Campus: 101

Imagine that the minivan is packed with fresh twin XL sheets and too many plastic drawers and bins to bother counting. You get to campus to unload and before you know it, your teary-eyed family drives away leaving you on your own. With this moment comes a new-found independence and the responsibility of making your own decisions for the first time- including decisions about what to eat!

Food Waste 101

Food waste is a huge issue piling up on the world’s dinner plate. And, while the U.S. is fortunate to enjoy one of the most productive and plentiful food supplies in the world, our abundance has also created an enormous trash pile.

News Bite: Don’t Fall for These 5 Pregnancy Nutrition Myths

Fearing all fish? Cutting all coffee? Figuring out what to eat during pregnancy can be tough.

But don’t despair! You don’t have to give up all your favorite foods or follow some crazy strict diet to eat healthy during pregnancy. The first step towards taking control of your eating habits during pregnancy is to arm yourself with information. Check out our new post on The Bump’s blog. This article will help you separate nutrition myths from fact… and maybe even rest a little easier.