Blog entry | Feb 25 2015
Earlier this year, we heard the European Food Safety Authority confirming the safety of bisphenol A (BPA).  Just when I thought we were off to a good start, we’re now hearing about a recent study...
Blog entry | Feb 12 2015
The big screen is heating up with 50 Shades of Grey this week. I may be a bit unconventional, but it’s got me pondering the shades of gray I encounter every day. As a student of science, I find...
Blog entry | Feb 12 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced that it has approved two varieties of apples that will produce much lower levels of an enzyme...
Blog entry | Feb 11 2015
It's hard to see headlines about vaccinations and not think about another promising technology for humans: biotechnology. But the analogies only go so far. First there was news about cases of mumps...
Blog entry | Feb 05 2015
“To turn caring into action, we need to see a problem, find a solution, and deliver impact.”- Bill Gates Bill Gates is a billionaire with a heart as big as his brain. He’s a computer geek turned...
Blog entry | Feb 04 2015
It always impresses me when I think about how pizza has become the universal comfort food. Anywhere you go, pizza seems to have a presence and answers so many different needs. There aren’t many foods...
Blog entry | Feb 02 2015
Research has confirmed that the type of fat we eat is more important than how much we eat. But which fats are the healthiest, and where can we find them? Find key fat information about coconut oil,...
Blog entry | Jan 29 2015
You probably thought you could escape all of the “Deflategate” drama surrounding the Super Bowl by reading a food and nutrition blog. I’m sorry to say you can’t even escape it here, because believe...
Blog entry | Jan 28 2015
Sometimes it seems as though the food/nutrition world is obsessed with labels. Grain-free, clean, gluten-free, low-carb, vegan, raw, cruelty-free, Paleo, sugar-free, sustainably-sourced, the list...
Blog entry | Jan 26 2015
An orange might have more health benefits for you when it’s in the form of juice than as piece of fruit. Surprised? A recent study found that when orange juice and oranges were thrown into a test...
Blog entry | Jan 26 2015
Headlines on the latest consumer survey popped up all over my feeds this week. They varied from exasperated (80% Of Americans Support Mandatory Labels On Foods Containing DNA. DNA!) to insulting (Are...
Blog entry | Jan 22 2015
Protein. It’s perhaps the most discussed macronutrient for gym buffs everywhere. There is a ton of questionable information about protein out there, so it can be hard to find accurate information....
Blog entry | Jan 21 2015
Juicing and cayenne water and supplement-popping, oh my! After an indulgent holiday season, you may be feeling bloated or sluggish. Before you jump onto the newest detox wagon (“souping” anyone?), ...
Blog entry | Jan 07 2015
The latest study examining the health effects of sugars has dangled another piece of cheese in front of us. Will you bite? This week, researchers at the University of Utah published a study in The...
Blog entry | Jan 06 2015
After losing her initial set of her Hopman Cup match against Flavia Pennetta 6-0, Serena Williams felt like she needed a boost. She asked for a court-side espresso (the judge couldn't tell if Serena...
Blog entry | Jan 05 2015
Does having access to unlimited information make it easier for consumers to be informed or does it lead to more confusion? There's persuasive evidence that it leads to confusion. In the IFIC...
Blog entry | Jan 02 2015
When we read about the latest study on red meat, performed at UC San Diego and published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences,1 we were a bit taken aback. Claims about the safety of red...
Blog entry | Jan 02 2015
Whenever a new study comes out that makes some big health conclusions, we like to put it through the wringer, using the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Study Evaluation Checklist to...
Blog entry | Dec 19 2014
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...
Blog entry | Nov 19 2014
When many of us hear the word 'arsenic,' we often pair it with 'old lace' and the two little old ladies from the play and movie who liked to poison visitors. It's understandable, then, that thoughts...
Blog entry | Nov 17 2014
In 1983, the first scientific report on the development of genetically engineered (GE or food biotechnology, also inaccurately referred to as GMOs) plant cells was published (1). Since then,...
Blog entry | Nov 14 2014
File this in the category of “here we go again.” After establishing the Dirty Dozen brand with questionable science on pesticide residues, the Environmental Working Group released a ‘dirty dozen’...
Blog entry | Nov 12 2014
Lately, the use of the word 'natural' has become the source of much public debate, since the definition can vary by product, as opposed to terms like 'organic' that have a standardized definition.  ...
Blog entry | Nov 07 2014
There's an old watch that I bought who knows how many years ago that I absolutely love. With its chunky, bubble-like crystal and shiny, substantial bezel, it easily spans my entire wrist. The...
Blog entry | Oct 29 2014
Maybe you are dressing up like a caveman for Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat like one.  Lately the ghost of ancient diets have been getting resurrected in modern meals, but is there...
Blog entry | Oct 27 2014
Database ≠ Science One thing that we’ve seen popping up in the public food consciousness is databases: databases of ingredients, calories, nutrients, you name it. While we’re excited to see such an...
Blog entry | Oct 16 2014
The latest FoodInsight video, shared for World Food Day, takes us through a bit about our food, where it comes from, and everything that goes into it. I am an agriculture enthusiast, but I could...
Blog entry | Oct 16 2014
We love to see key nutrients like protein get some time in the spotlight, but Buzzfeed’s latest nutrition listicle is showing that not everyone with a set of GIFs is qualified to give health advice...
Blog entry | Oct 14 2014
This weekend, somewhere in between the Shia Labeouf segment and the LL Cool J segment, Jimmy Kimmel started lighting up my favorite blogs and newsfeeds. In his ever-beloved man-on-the-street segment...
Blog entry | Oct 14 2014
Packaged foods, also referred to as processed foods, have been getting a bad rap for a while now. It seems every day that there are new fad diets or guidance that encourages us to avoid all processed...

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