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Blog entry | Jul 12 2016
Summer is officially here, and for most of us that means fun in the sun. Extended daylight hours and warmer weather make it easier to stay active, but vacations, barbeques, birthday parties and the seemingly endless gatherings of family and friends can make this season a challenging one to maintain...
Blog entry | Jul 11 2016
Summer is here, and it's time to hit the beach! But before you slather on the sunscreen, what are some easy, healthy snacks that complement this perfect beach weather?  Here are some simple, portable snacks to help keep you cool and energized for a day of fun in the sun. Trail mix with whole-grain cereal...
Blog entry | Jun 30 2016
A group of California farmers did the unexpected this year: They beat their water conservation goals. In spite of an ongoing drought and scorching temperatures, Western farmers continue to produce food, while also cutting their water use. How is this possible? Today’s farmers make use of a variety of...
Blog entry | Jun 22 2016
This past weekend, I treated myself to a sunrise hike up Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park. And it was spectacular. When starting a hike at such an odd time (2:45 a.m.), it is important to pack food and drinks that will help keep energy levels up. This hike promised some chilly...
Blog entry | Jun 16 2016
Father’s Day is almost always accompanied with grilling and spending time together outside with your old man. Don’t let this year be an exception.   You may have heard of some risks from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs) from grilled meat. According to the NIH, these...
Blog entry | Jun 14 2016
Oh, sweet summertime. These long, hot days are the perfect chance to enjoy cool, refreshing fruits and vegetables. They keep you hydrated, are chock full of vitamins and are, of course, delicious. Pineapple. Watermelon. Strawberries. I could go on. But one popular summertime fruit, the papaya, was almost...
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 meet specific reduction goals. The announced guidelines on...
Blog entry | May 31 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 31 2016
Fourth in an occasional series. (See part one, part two and part three.) For Brian Scott, a row crop farmer in Indiana, self-driving cars aren’t all that futuristic sounding. “They’re very cool, but farmers have been able to let their tractors drive themselves for quite a while,” Scott said. “Early...
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...

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