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Labels proposed by the USDA to disclose “bioengineered” foods dramatically increase a wide variety of consumer concerns over GMOs. Those are among the findings of new research by the IFIC Foundation.

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, families travel far and wide to be together and share a great meal. As we make our menu lists and prep our kitchens for the big feast to come, we may often take for granted the various food production practices that are utilized to make a bounty of food...
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Walk into any dietary supplement store and you’re likely to see a whole wall filled with nothing but protein powders. It seems like there are more varieties than the number of pounds that The Rock can bench press. While many people might grab a protein shake once in a while before or after a gym...
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Ah, holiday traditions. Every November, you and your family head to Grandma’s house and after strategically finding a seat as far away from your opinionated uncle as possible, everyone settles in for one of the most anticipated eating occasions of the year: Thanksgiving. After everyone has had...
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Haunted houses, horror movies and hilarious costumes all make Halloween a scary good time. Candy is also a big part of Halloween, which means there’s no better time of year to talk about sugar. If you read ingredients lists, then you might be familiar with different types of sugar. If you read...
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Many of us opt to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as a part of building a healthy lifestyle. While many of us still do not consume as many fruits and veggies as we should, we have likely all been taught that these types of foods are good for us. But social media chatter and news stories...
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We hear so much about eating to improve our “gut health.” These conversations almost always involve a discussion about foods that contain prebiotics and probiotics. But what exactly are they? Where can we find them? And do they really benefit our health? Read on for the details. The World Health...
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We all know taking medication as your healthcare professional prescribes is important, including antibiotics (medications used to fight bacterial infections), to help ensure our recovery from sickness. But what if after you took the medication properly, it did not work and your infection persisted...
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Download the Fact Sheet There’s no mistaking it: Americans love to eat. Enjoying good food with good company is one of life’s great pleasures. And yet, frequent overindulgences can have a detrimental impact on conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes, which take a substantial toll on individuals...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11, 2018 Download the Survey (PDF) Download the Survey (PPT) (Washington, D.C.) — As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers a proposal “to provide greater clarity on appropriate labeling of plant-based alternatives” to milk and dairy products, a new survey...
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Imagine this: You’re browsing the internet and you come across an article saying that chocolate, your favorite sweet treat, is actually good for you. Is this information just another case of junk science that’s too good to be true? Not quite: This claim is based on science that says a small amount...
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Download Full Survey  Download Full Survey (PPT) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 2018 While Medicaid recipients express similar desires for their health as non-recipients, they are having a more difficult time achieving those outcomes, reporting far higher food insecurity, more health problems...
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Download the Report. The 2018 report by Modor Intelligence estimates the global clean label market to reach $45.6 billion by 2023, and individuals interested in eating clean will ultimately shape and define what clean eating is all about. What is clean eating, clean food and clean label?  To the...
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Think for a minute: What exactly are you hoping to get from the food you choose? Is food simply a foil to hunger, or are you more deliberate about the enjoyment, taste or nutrition of your meals? It can be a tricky question to answer—and your answer might change depending on the time of day, how...
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The IFIC Foundation Food & Health Survey is in its 13th year of gauging American consumer perceptions, beliefs and behaviors around issues related to health and diet, food components, food production, and food safety. The 2018 survey explored new topics, such as food insecurity, diets and...
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In 2017, the American consumer averaged 1.5 grocery shopping trips per week.  While most of us focus a lot on the taste and price of our food, we might also stop to think for a moment about how the food is packaged and how it benefits everyone who grocery-shops, no matter how frequently. Packaging...

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