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 valuable lessons about how easily facts can get distorted as...
Blog entry | Jan 25 2017
You may have heard of “mindful eating” a hundred times before. But what does it mean? The term “intuitive eating” gets bounced around a lot too, but are they the same? What’s the difference, and more importantly, why should you care? In the hustle and bustle of the real world, we get so caught up in the...
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 eating style. This practice involves applying simple...
Blog entry | Jan 23 2017
New Year, new Try It Tuesday, and for our first installment of 2017, we’re making small dietary changes with a big payoff. It’s "getting the recommended five fruits and vegetables a day"! Something I’ve been hearing since I was a kid, fruits and vegetables are definitely part of a healthy eating pattern...
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 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and...
Blog entry | Jan 18 2017
Aging in humans is often accompanied by chronic, low-grade inflammation. This inflammation poses a risk for the elderly as most age-related diseases start due to inflammation. Scientists aren’t sure what causes this inflammation and its role in adverse health conditions. That’s why research identifying...
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 inquired about the health benefits Americans want from...
Blog entry | Jan 12 2017
It only took two weeks into 2017 to have splashy, click bait headlines from a new study, generating a swirl of confusion about food.  Even more troubling is the complete disregard of the important findings in Pascual, et al.'s study, published in Nature.  This study was the first to link a specific...
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 nutritional benefits, there are other super(inflated) claims...
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-calorie sweetened beverages (LCSBs). According to the...
Blog entry | Jan 09 2017
One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to reduce my food waste. Last year, I bought a pound of chicken, only to leave it in the refrigerator for a week before I could figure out how I wanted to cook it. After that, well … the chicken was no longer safe to eat. I had a tendency to do this with meat...
Blog entry | Jan 06 2017
Last year, a few of us here at the IFIC Foundation shared with you our New Year’s resolutions. Let’s check in to see how we did last year and make some new goals for 2017! Megan Meyer, PhD: In 2016 I made an early effort to step away from my desk and get outside for about 15 minutes a few times a week....
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) Foundation. Drawing from its in-house survey research...
Blog entry | Jan 04 2017
In case you didn’t hear, it’s that time of year again. You know, the one where you need to lose weight, eat less, work out more and become a “new you.” The New Year always brings countless resolutions surrounding health and fitness, but with that comes the stress of maintaining new (and sometimes ...
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, eating fruit in all forms contributes to good health....

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