Ingredients & Nutrients

Blog entry | Jul 01 2016
This weekend we celebrate America. It’s the Fourth of July. You will most likely don an ensemble of red, white and blue. It’s only fitting. What is the perfect accessory? Some Fourth of July ice pops. Ice pops are a refreshing, tasty treat that make...
Blog entry | Jun 30 2016
Managing our social media accounts, I engage with many of our followers in discussions about nutrition and agriculture. While most of the time we are in agreement, sometimes we aren’t. That’s perfectly OK, and oftentimes I am able to engage with...
Blog entry | Jun 23 2016
What’s not to love about jerky? It is a portable snack that is full of protein and goes great with some veggies or nuts. I used to think getting some jerky required a trip to the store, but to my surprise, it’s actually really easy to make. You just...
Blog entry | Jun 23 2016
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...
Blog entry | Jun 21 2016
I have a riddle: What’s only 1 mm in length, created a cult indoor garden classic, and can be added to a variety of foods and drinks for a nutritional lift? If you guessed chi-chi-chi-chia seeds, then you guessed right! Originating in Central...
Blog entry | Jun 15 2016
Our favorite morning beverage and afternoon pick-me-up was evaluated for how it impacts the risk of cancer in people. Well, good news! Coffee is no longer deemed as a possible carcinogen and recent research even shows drinking coffee might help...
Blog entry | Jun 13 2016
Nitrites. Fear the word! I am betting at some point in the endless ritual of perusing the internet, you have stumbled across the topic of nitrites/nitrates in food. You might recall a headline like, “Did You Know Bacon is Slowly Killing You?” or...
Blog entry | Jun 10 2016
Granola is to food as a bow is to a beautifully wrapped gift. Granola makes food just a little more special with added flavors, nutrients and a satisfying crunch! What’s not to love? Sure, you can buy granola from the store when you are crunched (ha...
Blog entry | Jun 07 2016
Coffee is the most important part of my diet, immediately following all the essential nutrients. In the past year, I have upgraded to pour over in the mornings and cold brew on hot days. Beyond everything I value in life, it gives me a reason to...
Blog entry | Jun 03 2016
This summer, we are excited to launch a new Food Insight series called the “Weekend Chew.” Each Friday, we will take the time to show you a simple way to make your weekend eats a little more special. According to the 2016 Food and Health Survey, 33...
Blog entry | Jun 01 2016
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance to reduce sodium in packaged and processed food products.  The guidance, which has been in the works since 2011, provides both short-term and long-term strategies for food companies to...
Blog entry | May 27 2016
I can’t express how much I love salad. It is perfect for every meal (well, maybe not breakfast), but many relegate the magnificent salad to a side dish. To make a salad a meal, all you need are carbohydrates (such as whole grain croutons), healthy...
Blog entry | May 24 2016
Why couldn’t the skeleton laugh? He broke his funny bone! Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party? He had no body to go with him! I could tell skeleton jokes all day, but osteoporosis is no joke.  Osteoporosis is a bone disease that affects more...
Blog entry | May 12 2016
May 13 is International Hummus Day, my new favorite holiday! National Peanut Butter Day (January 24th) and National Caramel Popcorn Day (April 6th) are close seconds, but boy, do I love hummus! Hummus, a bean dip or spread made from chickpeas,...
Blog entry | May 12 2016
Another day, another study on low-calorie sweeteners. This latest study looked at associations between women who reported drinking beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners while pregnant and the body mass index of their eventual child. With...

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