Ingredients & Nutrients

Blog entry | Feb 14 2017
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! Nuts: Nuts are chock-full of...
Blog entry | Feb 07 2017
Oils play a very important role in food ingredients: They enhance flavor, improve texture, keep food moist, and enhance the absorption of key nutrients. Oils, like olive and canola, are good sources of unsaturated fats that have been shown to...
Blog entry | Jan 26 2017
Nutrition conversations can be "qwerty" ... I mean, quirky. They’re eerily reminiscent of a favorite game from my youth—the telephone game. Remember it? It was always full of laughs, but it was also eventually full of falsehoods. It taught me...
Blog entry | Jan 24 2017
A lot of nutrition advice centers on which foods to eat or which to limit. But some studies show that learning how to eat can be just as important as learning which foods to eat. Mindful eating is one mealtime skill that can fit with any healthy...
Blog entry | Jan 23 2017
"More." It’s an interesting word. Generally speaking, it has a great connotation. More money? Yes, please. More time? That sounds terrific, thank you. When it comes to food issues, however, more doesn’t always seem better. A study recently published...
Blog entry | Jan 17 2017
When it comes to weight management, eating some foods may be more beneficial for you than others. This infographic is the first in a series inspired by the International Food Information Council Foundation's 2016 Food & Health Survey, where we...
Blog entry | Jan 11 2017
New Year, new superfood! And this year, we’re discussing the super green food spirulina. What’s spirulina, you ask? It’s a blue-green algae that grows in the ocean and has been used as a nutritional supplement in recent years. Along with its...
Blog entry | Jan 10 2017
January is usually filled with optimism. But this year, not so much. No, I’m not talking about politics, but I am talking about a new perspective recently published online in PLoS Medicine in which the authors campaign hard against consuming low-...
Press Release | Jan 05 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Consumer interest in protein, sustainability, and functional foods, along with breakthrough technologies like CRISPR, are among 2017’s top U.S. food and nutrition trends, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC...
Blog entry | Dec 30 2016
Ever hear that natural sugars are better for you? Or that they have vitamins and minerals, so they’re healthier? There’s a lot of misinformation about natural sugars, but at their very core, they are made up of the same stuff as granulated, white...
Blog entry | Dec 30 2016
A healthy eating style focuses on overall diet quality, proper portion sizes and can include added sugars within recommended amounts. Eating fruit is an important part of building a healthy eating style. Whether it’s canned, dried, fresh or frozen,...
Blog entry | Dec 28 2016
If you came across a book or article about diet and nutrition called “You’re Doing Everything Right,” you probably wouldn’t read it, would you?  Sadly, when it comes to food and health, readers love the simplicity of a good, quick fix, regardless of...
Blog entry | Dec 15 2016
Back in December of 2015, we made some predictions on what 2016 would bring in terms of food trends. A lot of people try their luck at pinpointing the next big thing in food when the New Year is looming. But I wanted to take things a step further to...
Blog entry | Dec 09 2016
If you pride yourself on being on top of the latest cooking trends, you’ve probably heard of aquafaba. For everyone else, you’re probably wondering if this is an ingredient or some brand of hand cream. Regardless of how immersed you are in food,...
Blog entry | Dec 07 2016
B vitamins primarily help our bodies convert food into fuel that we use for energy. While there are eight B vitamins found in foods, we are just going to focus on four: B1, B2, B3, and B9. ("Gaps" in the numbering of B vitamins from 1 to 12 are...

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