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Sound Science: History of Soy and Health

A walk into any restaurant, coffee shop or grocery store confirms that there are few foods as versatile as soy. We can sub soy milk in a morning latte, toss tofu in a stir fry for dinner, throw a veggie burger on the grill or enjoy edamame while waiting on sushi. Soy’s presence in our diets has grown over the last several decades due to scientific research recognizing its potential health benefits and shifts in consumer demand toward more plant-based diets.

Whey-ing The Options: Which Yogurt Is Best?

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, including choosing between many different types and quantities of protein, fat and sugar. To make matters even more confusing, different styles of yogurt are becoming increasingly available, such as Greek, Icelandic and French varieties.

Coffee & Health: What the Science Says

What does a morning without coffee sound like to you? If you answered “scary, sleepy, and confusing”, you’re not alone. Over 80% of U.S. adults drink coffee at least occasionally, and 60% of us drink a cup or more every day. Long considered to be a habit (or a crutch) that delivers a quick boost of energy to power through the day, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the perks of moderate coffee consumption extend far past its ability to wake us up in the morning. Here’s a rundown of some recent, evidence-based findings on one of our favorite hot beverages:

Here’s What Your Diet Would Look Like If You Ate Based on Internet Headlines

Do you find today’s headlines about diet and nutrition to be endlessly confusing? Are you tired of trying to separate the "bad" foods from the "good" foods? Do your eyes glaze over while reading blogs about gluten-free, raw, vegan diets, only to snap out of it with an empty bag of potato chips in your lap? Well, then I guess it’s your lucky day.

We here at the FACTS Network pulled the Internet Headline Guide to what you should definitely* stop eating immediately, based on recent news headlines. Take a deep breath … here we go.

Cold-Pressed Juice: Hipster Hype or Health Hero?

Whether you’re a yoga guru on a cleanse, a gym rat looking for antioxidants, or just perusing the beverage options at the corner coffee shop, chances are you’ve seen cold-pressed juice. This trend has caught the attention of health-conscious people looking to get their fruits and greens in a quick, drinkable form. Bottles can be found anywhere from specialty juice shops to chain grocery stores.

But why are we infatuated with liquefying our fruits and veggies? Are the health benefits worth the hype? Let’s take a closer look.

Is Everything You've Been Told About Breakfast Wrong?

From an early age, we’ve been taught that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. We hear that eating first thing in the morning can help to control our weight, and can even help us shed unwanted pounds.

Hot Off the Presses: 5 Key Takeaways for Evaluating Nutrition in the Media

Every day, we are bombarded with the results of new nutrition studies proclaiming the latest on everything from red wine to coconut oil. We read about the “battle” between low-fat versus low-carb diets and question whether juice cleanses really are “fat-busting”. Sure, the headlines grab our attention, but how do we know if there’s strength beyond the media hype? Last week, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsored “Hot Off the Presses: Evaluating the Evidence Behind Today’s Nutrition Media Headlines”, a webinar mediated by IFIC’s Director of Nutrients Communications, Kris Sollid.

Keeping Up with Kombucha: Fact-Checking the Fad

Kombucha is one of the trendiest beverages on store shelves today. Like many other products that have found themselves in the spotlight, enthusiasts have touted kombucha as delivering a variety of health benefits, including boosting energy, improving digestion, perking up the immune system, and even preventing cancer. But where are these health claims coming from?