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Confucius said, “Everyone eats and drinks, but few appreciate taste.” When you understand a bit about the science of taste, you may join the few who appreciate it. In fact, the science of taste is amazing. The human sensory systems allow us to distinguish about 100,000 different flavors.  Flavors...
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You may recall hearing someone years ago tell you, “Milk does a body good.” Most of us grew up drinking milk at home, school, at summer camp and all those other places kids go. But did you ever ponder where milk comes from? Well, we’ve told you in the past that safe milk starts on the farm. It’s...
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Whether you run on caffeine or caffeinate up before your run, here’s a bit of good news to jump start your day. In a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, researchers from Dublin City University found that caffeine consumption before high-intensity...
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This is the second installment of a new video series in partnership with Osmosis, a group that focuses on health science education, highlighting the basics of several nutrition topics. Click here to watch the first video in the series, “Fundamentals of Fats”. Water is essential for human life. It...
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I have a soft spot in my heart for cereal. Growing up, it was common for me to sit at the table eating cereal before I left for school, and as an adult, when I’m too lazy to make something to eat, I grab a bowl of cereal. So it’s no surprise that I would find reason to celebrate Cereal Day, but of...
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The first article in our “Go Further with Food” series focused on food waste. Now we turn our attention from throwing out less food to throwing in more nutrient-dense food to further our health. Food has a lot offer. It’s how we sustain life and it’s a big part of how we enjoy life too. But food...
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It was only a few years ago that online food shopping seemed be a relatively novel concept. Yet it is certainly gaining ground, with new research from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation revealing that over one-third of the time, consumers are shopping for groceries online...
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Here at the IFIC Foundation and across the internet, we’re seeing, reading and writing more and more about personalized nutrition. Our genetics and environment play significant roles in how our bodies respond to and use certain foods and nutrients. Today let’s focus on sodium. Sodium is a vital...
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It’s (finally) March. The month where we celebrate St. Patrick, college basketball, spring and, if you’re a registered dietitian, March madness is all about National Nutrition Month. Every March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics launches a nutrition education and information campaign,...
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In previous posts we’ve highlighted the importance, safety and other positive attributes of genetically engineered (GE, Genetically Modified Organism or GMO) crops. Biotechnology's use in food production has the ability to safely decrease food waste, give multiple populations reliable and...
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Sugar can seem simple, but the science is pretty complicated. While many of us are familiar with sugar (aka sucrose), which is found in foods as diverse as sugar cubes, salad dressing, fruits and vegetables, this is only one type of sugar. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides, and they’re made...
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Parents and their children may never see eye to eye when it comes to eating vegetables. A recent study highlighted in Medical Daily suggests that children are triumphing over parents’ efforts to feed them vegetables. The study observed that, on the day caregivers were surveyed, 25 percent of six to...
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Ever wonder why the eight most common allergens include peanuts and tree nuts? Have you ever assumed that peanuts were a nut? And do you even know what a tree nut is? If you, like I, have ever wondered this, this post explains all the nitty gritty, or rather nutty gritty, on nuts.  What Is a Peanut...
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Low-carb? Low-fat? Personalized to your DNA? There’s a lot of hype about which diet, if any, is best for your long-term health. New research from JAMA may suggest that neither a low-carb nor a low-fat diet outweighs the other in terms of weight loss. What’s more, participants in this study achieved...

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