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Fast Take: Added Sugars Consumption for Children

Few topics in nutrition get more attention these days than added sugars. As much or more than any other dietary component or lifestyle factor, sugars have been studied for their role in health. The latest comes from the American Heart Association (AHA) in their recently published Scientific Statement: Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children. You may have noticed it in media headlines or shared within your social networks.

Olympic Swimmer Gideon Louw on Olympian Nutrition

With the Olympics in full swing, we had the opportunity to sit down with two-time Olympic swimmer Gideon Louw to see how he uses nutrition to fuel him through training, competing, and recovery. Read on to see what this superstar swimmer had to say about fueling for fitness.

Gideon Louw

Sound Science: Consuming Unsaturated Fats May Help Those With Diabetes

We’re all about breaking down scientific findings, especially when the research focuses on nutrition. Most of the time, we are providing important perspective to particularly popular studies, working to ensure that the totality of science is promoted rather than one-off, fringe findings.

Fast Take: Can Low-Calorie Sweeteners Increase Your Appetite?

Let’s make sure to keep perspective on what one recent finding may report versus the totality of science supporting low-calorie sweeteners.

Try It Tuesday: Ditching Dairy

My take on Try It Tuesday involved cutting all dairy from my diet for the week. Initially, I thought this diet would be a piece of (dairy-free) cake, especially compared to what some of my fellow Food Insighters tried out (ugh, hi, juice cleanse). Turned out that this dairy-free week just wasn’t for me. Before I give too much away, let’s see how each day played out during this dairy-free week.

Day 1: Monday, 8:42 a.m.

Data Points:

News Bite: 5 Beach-Friendly, Healthy Snacks

Summer is here, and it's time to hit the beach! But before you slather on the sunscreen, what are some easy, healthy snacks that complement this perfect beach weather? 

Here are some simple, portable snacks to help keep you cool and energized for a day of fun in the sun.

Antioxidants: The Anti-Cancer Cure-All?

Want to know how to pique someone’s interest if you are talking about food or nutrition? Mention the word “antioxidant.” Seriously, it has some special power or something. Family and friends, ranging from my teenage sister to my best friend from college to my 80-year-old grandpa—each person has asked me a series of questions about antioxidants, such as common sources, health effects, and my general opinion of them.

The Microbiome: A Mega-Field That’s Just Getting Started

We are on the edge of something big, yet microscopic. Emerging research about the microbiome is hitting media outlets from large newspapers to small blogs. Consumers are eager to learn more and to harness the health benefits of this field. Unfortunately, the small amount of existing research, and a flood of media coverage, leave the topic of the microbiome vulnerable.  Fortunately, much research has been conducted in the past 10 to 15 years to clue us in on what’s on the horizon for the microbiome.

News Bite: Decision 2016: More Than Just Politics

How do Americans feel about food and health? The "votes" are in, and the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation has the results. The IFIC Foundation's 2016 Food and Health Survey gives insight into all kinds of issues surrounding Americans’ views on food and nutrition.

The survey discusses such hot topics as:

News Bite: The Top 5 Things You Need in Your Food

I don’t know about you, but I’m so tired of hearing what not to eat; I want to hear what foods I can eat!  Certain food components are being forbidden, banned, and outlawed in news headlines on the regular. All this talk about what I need to avoid is not helpful. In fact, I find it less helpful in making positive health changes. Instead, we should be hearing about the foods that are full of nutrients and health benefits.