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Blog entry | May 31 2016
While the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation is primarily a U.S.-based educational organization, the "international" in our name recognizes the global nature of food and health issues.  Out of our 1+ million annual website visits, 35 to 40 percent typically come from outside the...
Blog entry | May 31 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 31 2016
We are on the edge of something big, yet microscopic. Emerging research about the microbiome is hitting media outlets from large newspapers to small blogs. Consumers are eager to learn more and to harness the health benefits of this field. Unfortunately, the small amount of existing research, and a flood...
Blog entry | May 31 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 31 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 31 2016
I don’t know about you, but I’m so tired of hearing what not to eat; I want to hear what foods I can eat!  Certain food components are being forbidden, banned, and outlawed in news headlines on the regular. All this talk about what I need to avoid is not helpful. In fact, I find it less helpful in making...
Blog entry | May 31 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 | Apr 12 2016
Let’s play a quick game. What is an essential macronutrient that has become both a target for us to banish from our bodies and is commonly used as an adjective to describe physical appearances and/or feelings? If you guessed fat, you are correct. It can be extremely disheartening to see and hear how this...
Blog entry | Apr 11 2016
The minute that bag of flour hits the countertop, you know you’re in for something delicious. Warm, homemade bread, cakes and pastries are the epitome of comfort food. A great way to experiment with your old favorites is by trying out some of the new ingredients popping up on store shelves. All-purpose...
Blog entry | Apr 11 2016
You may have played the fun ice-breaker game "3 truths and a lie," but have you ever played this game through a diet and nutrition lens? This article gets pretty “gutsy” by focusing on an expanding and burgeoning field that, despite the mega amount of interest of interest it's gaining, actually refers to...
Blog entry | Apr 06 2016
We're wrapping up Caffeine Awareness Month with one last post: How we get our buzz! Whether it's coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, or even espresso and lattes, caffeine isn't just a quick pick-me-up. It's our morning mainstay, a tasty treat and even a daily ritual.  I have two lattes each morning (one...
Blog entry | Apr 05 2016
Diabetes is one of the “big four” non-communicable diseases, along with cancers, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory diseases.  In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide nearly one in 10 adults live with diabetes. The WHO and its partners know that it takes a...

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