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Snacking is a fact of life for most of us. Research shows that, in America, about 25 percent of our daily calories come from snacks. Despite their ubiquity, snacks have developed a bit of a bad rap. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) warn against eating too many snack foods and...
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What makes you pick one type of cereal, juice, bread or milk over another while you are shopping? Purchases we make can be influenced by a variety of factors, with some having more influence than others.  Our 2018 Food and Health Survey has uncovered various insights on what drives people when they...
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When you were a kid, chances are you played with little plastic food items and maybe even tried to take a bite every once in a while.  Now that you are an adult, you may have heard that there could actually be tiny-sized pieces of plastic in the food you are eating. These are known as “...
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Lectin is a naturally occurring protein found in beans, legumes, whole grains and even some vegetables. Recently, lectin spent some time in the spotlight after a being discussed in a popular book authored by a doctor who called lectins dangerous, saying they increase inflammation, cause digestive...
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Ever notice how fruit and vegetable stands or freezer aisles in grocery stores can be such a “mixed bag?” Many of us can buy everything from apples and avocados to yams and zucchini all year long. In warmer months, many of us also see an increase in the availability and variety of many fresh fruit...
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One-third of people are dieting—counting, measuring and potentially overthinking their food choices. But what if I told you there were other options—alternatives that didn’t require you to spend significant time each day deciding on, wrestling with and often being unsatisfied by your food choices?...
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Download Report FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than two-thirds of older adults are managing more than one chronic disease. Despite this rising trend, adults today are tuning into their health and turning to nutrition to do so. A new study, conducted by the...
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For most of us, snacking is a fact of life. Whether we’re eating an apple at our desks or polishing off a box of popcorn at the movies, snacks can run the gamut from healthy sources of nutrients to occasional indulgences. Despite being commonplace, the act of snacking can be surprisingly divisive—...
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As both a food-loving and food-phobic society, Americans have a tendency to obsess over certain foods and diet trends—vilifying them after they lose their allure and championing them anew when they return to favor. Some of these shifts are driven by emerging research or a reframing of the science,...
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Tamika Sims, PhD recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by California Ag Today, the largest ag-focused radio network covering California agricultural news, to talk more about the IFIC Foundation’s 2018 Food and Health Survey and work to communicate about food production and nutrition. Much...
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As humans, we want to make sense of our decisions, habits and surroundings. And it’s clear we’re a well-intended group of people, with one-third of us adopting an eating pattern last year, most of them motivated by what they believe is best for their health. But there are some discrepancies between...
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We’re back again with another edition of Gut Check, our series on the relationship between food and the gut microbiome. So far, we’ve taken a closer look at how whole grains, fiber, and fermented foods affect our gut microbes. In this article we’re taking a closer look at low-calorie sweeteners (...
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What’s your vision of the perfect family meal? Maybe it’s having dinner on the table by five o’clock a few times a week. Maybe it’s hoping for the entire family to be seated at the dinner table at least once a week despite conflicting schedules. Or maybe it’s that your kids will actually enjoy a...
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A new study from Finland is adding fuel to the food tribe debate, and protein enthusiasts may not like the headlines this study is generating. Given the popularity of diets skewing higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates, you may find these results surprising. But should this latest diet study...
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The Nordic diet highlights the local, seasonal and nutritious foods from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It’s quite similar to the Mediterranean diet in that it emphasizes whole grains such as barley, rye and oats, berries, vegetables, fatty fish and legumes, and it is low in sweets...

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