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Put Raw Milk Out to “Pasteur”

If you’re city-dweller like me, you may have thought that raw (unpasteurized) milk was put out to pasture (or, better yet, “Pasteur”) in the 19th century. This old-fashioned food safety faux pas has made a comeback in recent years, with a small but outspoken audience that hypes raw milk as a cure-all.  The dangers of raw milk have been gaining more media attention, thanks to a new CDC report that shows a drastic increase in disease outbreaks from raw milk in recent years.

The Face of Food Safety: Lessons Learned From the 2014 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference

Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill: it’s the mantra of the food safety world.Food-Safety-Equals-Behavior-Frank-Yiannis

This message says a lot in four simple words, but, at the 2014 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference, I learned that it takes more than just a simple, science-based message to keep families safe from food-borne illness.

Why You Should Care About Carrageenan

The food fear-mongers are at it again, and carrageenan is the latest ingredient in their sights. Despite their lack of any scientific degrees or credentials, some bloggers have managed to mobilize an entire “army” of readers to help eliminate another ingredient from the food supply. This time it’s carrageenan.

What it Means to be an RDN: Stereotypes Vs. Reality

By: Liz Sanders, MPH, RDN, LDN Date: 3/12/14

National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to say it: I am very proud to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


A Chocolate-Lovers Guide to Valentine's Day Weight Management

By:Liz Sanders MPH, RD Date: 2/14/2014

Trick or Treat: Are the Food Colors in Halloween Candy Safe to Eat?

By: Liz Sanders, MPH/RD Student at UNC Chapel Hill Date: 10/31/13

Going "Beyond Basic Nutrition": Highlights from the Functional Foods Survey Webcast

By: Liz Sanders, IFIC Intern and MPH/RD Student at UNC Chapel Hill Date: 10/24/13 

2013 Functional Foods Consumer Survey Results: Consumer Insights to help Americans Step Up to the (Functional Foods) Plate

Think about oatmeal, yogurt, frozen blueberries, and orange juice with Vitamin D, and you'll quickly realize that functional (or "health promoting") foods come in a rainbow of colors and a variety of tastes. Whether naturally occurring, fortified, or in supplement form, there are many ways we can consume health promoting nutrients and food components.   The International Food Information Council recently released the 2013 Functional Foods Consumer Survey which is the eighth in a series of quantitative studies focused on Americans' awareness of and attitudes toward functional foods.

Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Weight: Sweet and Simple Answers

By: Liz Sanders, IFIC Intern/MPH student at UNC Chapel Hill Date: 9/27/13

Breaking Bad Habits or "Breaking Bad" Habits: Quick Tips for Primetime Snacking

Fall TV is back! Summer reruns are over and I'm ready to hit the couch for my long awaited return to the world of primetime TV. Unfortunately, more time in front of the TV can mean more time to pack in excess calories. We have all been there: you sit down with a bag of chips to watch an episode of your favorite show, but when the show is over you notice that the whole bag is gone. This year I'm ready to set some guidelines to keep my primetime snacking under control. Here are some tips to help you indulge in your favorite show...