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An analysis of purchase drivers from the 2017 Survey reveals six distinct groups of consumers, including foodies. These profiles help us understand how different consumers think about and shop for food beyond traditional demographics like age, income or gender.

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Bone health is extremely important, especially as we age. Strong and healthy bones are supported by micronutrients like vitamin D and calcium. Lucky for us, yogurt is a healthy and tasty food that contains vitamin D and calcium as well as protein. Yogurt has always been a popular choice when it...
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Many of us have heard the term “GMOs,” but how many of us know what they are as well as their benefits to the food supply and the environment? GMO (genetically modified organism) technology uses specific scientific innovation to genetically alter plants and promote desired characteristics. For...
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Every January, we’re told that detoxes, diets, and a new gym membership are the key to a successful new year. It seems as though everyone’s trying to shave off the pounds as quickly as possible, and whatever diet can promise fast weight loss is the one they’re willing to try. Enter: the ketogenic...
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Welcome to 2018, everybody - a time where we can hand-select everything from the ingredients in our fast-casual salad to the patterns we get in our Sock of the Month Club, all from the comfort of our own homes and offices. With customization as king, the demand for a more personal approach to...
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Here at the IFIC Foundation and in my time spent as a nutrition researcher, I’ve read piles of studies showing that some research subjects showed a health benefit from a dietary intervention, while others responded in the opposite way or didn’t change at all. One of the typical explanations is that...
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Not even a week into 2018 and a new food fad has spread throughout social feeds and news outlets. This one was particularly surprising to me given that I spend so much of my day reading and hearing about food science, nutrition and food production. This new trend is all about disrupting the common...
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Much of the country has been in the grip of a bitter, record-setting cold snap so intense that meteorologists have even called it a “bomb.” For a lot of us, that means a little hot cocoa, and a lot of streaming videos. Netflix on Jan. 5 released a six-part docuseries called “Rotten,” created by the...
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Taste is overwhelmingly the top driver in our food choices. This is seen on an almost yearly basis in the Food and Healthy Survey. This past year, 84 percent of American consumers said taste is a top driver of purchases. Many times, in our own cooking and what we decide to buy, the answer is...
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Ever heard the term “One Health”? It is used to describe a wellness concept that focuses on the health of our planet and its inhabitants. With this comprehensive focus, various health- and wellness-related organizations (i.e. government agencies, scientific groups and universities) aim to create...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 3, 2018                    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Food waste, digital and online innovations, and consumer values are expected to drive some of the major food and nutrition trends in 2018, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation. “The...
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2017 is almost at a close, and as we say goodbye to this year, we’re preparing for next year with our 2018 New Year’s resolutions. Over the years, we’ve had a pretty varied list of ways to eat and be healthier: from walking more to getting five servings of fruits and vegetables, brown bagging lunch...
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Welcome to the fourth installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of your favorite  foods. Next up is the breakfast sandwich -- an option that’s a perfect start to your day (or anytime really!). If you’re new to...
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From GMOs to lectins, veganism to sugar, we debunked and dispelled 2017’s most common and cringe-worthy myths. 1. New Food Fad: Lectin-Free Diet From Gwyenth Paltrow to Tom Brady, many celebrities are touting a lectin-free diet as a way to clear all your health ailments. But not only is this diet...
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In 2017, the IFIC Foundation provided cream of the crop insight into all things food. As the year comes to a close, we look back on some of our most popular posts of the year. 1. A Nutrition Showdown: Canned Green Beans vs. Fresh Green Beans It’s the showdown of the year. When it comes to canned...

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