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 fats (any nut or seed oil-based dressing has you covered...
Blog entry | May 26 2016
What do you think of when you hear the words “Memorial Day?” Do you think of barbecues, road trips and the excitement of summer? Does the holiday make you think of and remember all those who have given their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces? Reflection and mindfulness are important parts of...
Blog entry | May 25 2016
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...
Blog entry | May 25 2016
The IFIC Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship is Jacob Farr, a PhD student in Food Science at The Ohio State University. Farr graduated with a bachelor's degree in food science from OSU in 2014 and is now pursuing his PhD, which is focused on stabilizing...
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 than 53 million people in the United States.  When you have...
Blog entry | May 23 2016
Did you know that “marrying” certain foods and nutrients together can deliver a combination of health benefits? Sure, lots of foods can deliver important health benefits on their own, but sometimes when pairing different foods together in a meal or snack, the whole can be greater than the sum of its...
Blog entry | May 23 2016
If you don’t know already, I am pretty diligent about washing my hands. It’s a great way to keep me, and others around me, from getting sick or putting the safety of the food I prepare at risk. (According to the CDC, "A large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands....
Blog entry | May 20 2016
Actress Emma Watson might be best known for playing “the brightest witch of her age,” Hermione Granger, in the Harry Potter movies, but she has gotten some of her facts wrong about agriculture. Watson wore a dress made partially of organic silk at the recent Met Gala, a celebration of fashion and art. On...
Blog entry | May 19 2016
Since coming to the White House seven-plus years ago, Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS), has been a champion for food and fitness. Today at the Partnership for a Healthier America meeting, FLOTUS announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has a change in store...
Blog entry | May 18 2016
For years, the debate over the safety of genetically engineered crops (or genetically modified organisms or GMOS) has come down to one statement: the science isn’t there. Yesterday, the science was delivered. According to a report published yesterday by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), there is no...
Blog entry | May 18 2016
May 19 is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day. A chronic and lifelong illness, IBD includes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and it affects 1.6 million Americans, including myself. Nutrition plays an important role for those with IBD; there is no single food that should be avoided or...
Blog entry | May 17 2016
As I headed off to college in pursuit of my passion for culinary arts, I began to focus not only on eating when I was hungry, but exactly what I was eating when I was hungry.  Creating balanced meals of whole grains, protein, fruits, vegetables, and dairy following the MyPlate  method was easy for my...
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, originated in Egypt hundreds of years ago. Today, hummus has...
Blog entry | May 12 2016
Imagine sitting down for breakfast at a diner on a lazy Sunday morning. Sounds relaxing, right? Sure, until you are faced with the decision of what kind of sweetener to put in your coffee, assuming you don’t take it black, that is. What do you choose: sugar, or one of the low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) on...
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 pregnancy being such an important stage of life, this...

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