Megan Meyer's blog

Heart-y Snack Attack

In honor of American Heart Month and National Snack Foods Month, I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about some of the best snack foods that also support heart health. So get ready to snack your heart out!

Sound Science: Cozy Up with Some Caffeine

Aging in humans is often accompanied by chronic, low-grade inflammation. This inflammation poses a risk for the elderly as most age-related diseases start due to inflammation. Scientists aren’t sure what causes this inflammation and its role in adverse health conditions. That’s why research identifying the pathways (a series of actions inside a cell that cause it to change) that control age-related inflammation is important.

Fast Take: When Bad Headlines Overshadow Good Science

It only took two weeks into 2017 to have splashy, click bait headlines from a new study, generating a swirl of confusion about food.  Even more troubling is the complete disregard of the important findings in Pascual, et al.'s study, published in Nature. 

Making Sense of Sugars: Fruit in All Forms [INFOGRAPHIC]

A healthy eating style focuses on overall diet quality, proper portion sizes and can include added sugars within recommended amounts.

Top 8 Articles on Partner Sites in 2016

Last year, we featured articles that we published on our partner sites. We thought that we’d do the same this year as a nice way to reflect on our year at FoodInsight. This year, the IFIC Foundation continued its partnerships with Lifehack, Runtastic, and MyFitnessPal, and developed new partnerships with Elite Daily, Forbes, US News & World Report and The Huffington Post to author 35 articles on topics related to nutrition, agriculture, and health.

Vitamin C and Iron: A Perfect Match

When you think of vitamins and minerals, what is the first one that comes to mind? I know for me personally, it’s vitamin C. As an immunologist, it’s the micronutrient I get asked about a ton, especially around cold and flu season.

You might see vitamin C listed as ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, calcium ascorbate, or sodium ascorbate. Despite having different and sometimes difficult-to-pronounce names, they are the same thing.

How to Make Over Your Holiday Leftovers

With the holidays upon us, I am getting so excited about which recipes my family is going to focus on for our feast. But these days, especially with the focus of the holidays being about indulgence and copious amounts of food, I find myself trying to practice more sustainable eating practices. Did you know that about 40% of all food we produce ends up in the trash? Because of this alarming statistic, I am now thinking about how my family is going to eat the smorgasbord after we enjoy the big feast.

Vitamin D and Calcium: A Winning Combo

You have probably heard that calcium plays a key role in keeping your bones strong. But did you know that in order to maximize your calcium absorption and function you also need vitamin D? Yup, it’s true!

Sound Science: Stop Trying to "Health-ify" Everything

Avocado buns, banana soft serve, cauliflower pizza crust. The ABCs, if you will, of healthy foods being transformed to satisfy our cravings for not so healthy foods. I mean, I have tried the “B’ and “C” of that list and found banana soft serve to be delish. Cauliflower pizza crust? Not so much. Kinda dry with a weird texture and completely lacking that awesome crunch that can really only come from a traditional pizza crust. But for those who cannot eat gluten due to medical reasons—or who just really love cauliflower—it’s a pretty good pizza crust alternative.

News Bite: 3 Ways to Practice Mindful Eating During Race Season

With cooler temperatures, crisper air, and the return of comfort food, fall has got to be one of my favorite seasons. Another reason why I particularly love this season? Because of fall races, of course! For the past five years or so, I have competed in some sort of (running, biking, swimming, or a combo of the three) race. For me, having a race on the calendar also means developing a training plan.