Managing sodium intake can seem daunting, but there are some surprisingly simple ways people can reduce the amount of sodium they consume as part of a healthful diet.more »
“Functional Foods” are foods or dietary components that may provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition. You can take greater control of your health through the food choices you make, knowing that some foods can provide specific health benefits. Examples can include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fortified or enhanced foods and beverages, and some dietary supplements.more »
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastic or epoxy resins. These resins are used in some food packaging materials, such as the lining inside metal-based food and beverage cans, coatings on metal closures / lids for glass jars, reusable plastic containers for food and beverages and tableware.more »
Low-calorie sweeteners (sometimes referred to as non-nutritive sweeteners, artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes) are ingredients added to food to provide sweetness without adding a significant amount of calories. Low-calorie sweeteners have been the subject of extensive scientific research looking at a variety of health conditions, including weight.
When you think of sodium, salt probably comes to mind. Although the two terms, “sodium” and “salt” are often used interchangeably, they are different substances. The chemical name for salt, sodium chloride, reveals that sodium is in fact a component of salt. By weight, salt is composed of 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. One teaspoon of salt weighs 5 grams and contains about 2,300 milligrams of sodium.
Endocrine disruptors are chemical compounds, either naturally-occurring or man-made, that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system. Trace amounts of these compounds are just about everywhere in our environment, in things like cosmetics, foods, pesticides, consumer products, and even pharmaceuticals. Everyone can be exposed to them through normal routines such as breathing, touching and eating, as they enter the body through the lung, skin and the mouth.
While agriculture and food production practices seem to be a source of endless debate, advances in modern food production and technology have made it possible to enjoy healthful, nutritious foods that are safe, affordable, and more readily available than ever before. This fact sheet provides a brief glimpse into our modern food production system and some of its nutritional and safety impacts on our food supply.
Have you ever heard that it is important to “eat a rainbow” of foods? This is may be a good way to think about your diet because numerous functional foods can be recognized and grouped together by their color. Functional Foods are foods or dietary components that may provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition. Examples can include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fortified or enhanced foods and beverages and certain dietary supplements.
By: Catherine Gensler, Food Science Undergraduate Student at University of Massachusetts, Amherst Date: 4/15/14
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To celebrate National Nutrition Month and the theme, "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," the IFIC Foundation filmed our very own taste test challenge. Take a look, think you would have passed?