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Welcome to the second installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of different foods. Next up is a pasta meal, the versatile, energy-providing option that’s perfect for any time of day. If you’re new to pasta or just...
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After my third year of a PhD program in nutrition science, I was getting pretty used to fielding questions about nutrition from grocery store cashiers, taxi drivers, casual acquaintances, friends, family members, and really anyone else who asked about my career and got an honest answer from me. But...
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Every day, we at the IFIC Foundation are working hard to bring you great content by qualified experts. But who are these experts toiling away? In our series "Better Know a Dietitian" (or an expert in nutrition, food safety, or agriculture), we introduce you to the smart folks who make sure that you...
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If I had a dollar for every time someone “cheated on their diet” and had to restart, I’d have enough money to travel the entire world -- about ten times. Truth is: many diets don’t work. Yet here we are, about to start the Holiday season and I bet you could name a handful of people in your social...
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It’s time again to enjoy all of our favorite holiday food traditions. While loading up on pie and green bean casserole, it’s easy to feel like this time of year is one indulgence after another. But the holiday season isn’t just about treating yourself. A lot of our favorite holiday foods have...
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Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, I walk into a house full of family, friends and food. Year after year, some things never change. I can always count on the aromas of juicy turkey, delicious stuffing and appetizers that I eat way too much of yet somehow manage to find room for second...
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Welcome to the first installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of different foods. First up is oatmeal -- the versatile, fibrous option that’s perfect for breakfast or as a snack. If you’re new to oatmeal or just...
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Farmers have a number of practices in their “toolbox” to grow all the nutritious fruits, vegetables and grains our diets rely upon. But the use of pesticides is not well understood. Pesticides are used by farmers to protect crops. Maybe you know a little about pesticides or maybe you know a lot....
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Did you know that roughly one third of food produced in the world is lost or wasted? It seems hard to believe, yet I’m sure you’ve been there, staring at your fridge but feeling like you have nothing to eat. As time passes, you have to throw some of it away (or do you?). Or maybe you really want...
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The basics Let’s start by establishing an important fact: Fats are an essential component to a healthy diet. Whether you subscribe to vegan, paleo or omnivore eating styles, fat is your friend. Fats contribute to the flavor and texture of many foods, including oils, nuts, seeds, avocados, salmon...
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How many times has your doctor — or basically the entire internet — said you could benefit from eating more fiber? And how many times have you thought, “Okay, but what is fiber?” Don’t worry — we’ve all been there. This article will ease some of your fiber worries and get you up to speed on fiber...
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Over the last few decades, supermarkets in the U.S. have been inundated with a growing supply of new yogurt varieties. In simpler times, yogurt lovers only had to focus on buying flavors they liked the most. Today, however, the process of purchasing yogurt includes layers of decision-making,...
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I grew up learning to love the science of food while watching my parents cook. My mom is known for her chocolate chip cookie recipe. When we made this recipe together, my first task was always to start measuring out all the ingredients. Her recipe is fairly basic and has a few different powdered...
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While the pumpkin spice latte is synonymous with the fall, we’ve remixed this fall favorite as a smoothie recipe that you can quickly make for a delicious and nutritious drink. In addition, this recipe also includes healthy ingredients like rice milk, pumpkin, oats and coffee for busy mornings or...
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The buzzwords “mindful” and “intuitive” eating are gaining popularity in the media, and you may be wondering what all the hype is about. Though they may sound a little like fads, these strategies are backed by a small but growing body of research. Mindful and intuitive eating may help you build a...

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