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Food Packaging: More Than Just Plastic, Tin or Metal

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 — durable, strong and resistant — is one of the many reasons we have a safe food supply: It protects food. It’s also efficient and convenient for transporting food.

Preserving Food Safely is More Science Than Art

Food preservation has been part of just about every culture throughout history. Prior to today’s technology, ancient societies froze meat and seafood in icy climates or dried foods in tropical ones. Regardless of the century, all harvested or butchered food begins to spoil immediately. Food preservation methods are employed to slow down these spoilage processes and in some cases, stop them from taking place altogether. Let’s take a look at the different methods used for preserving food at home today.


Recalls, Allergens and Bacteria. Oh My! [Podcast]

Foodborne illness outbreaks and food recalls can cause many of us to think twice about what to buy in our local grocery stores and restaurants. While the United States has one of the safest food systems in the world, it appears as though our food is not without flaws. If you want to understand better how food recalls happen, how our food system is regulated, and what does the future hold for our food system, read on.

Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Body Weight with Rick Mattes [Podcast]

If you’re looking for ways to reduce the calories, carbohydrates and sugars from your diet, then you’re not alone. Low-calorie sweeteners are one option many people turn to, but conflicting information about them has left other people sour.

On this edition of DataDish: Your Trusted Serving of Science, we speak with Dr. Richard Mattes to give us a taste of where the science stands on low-calorie sweeteners. He is a Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science at Purdue University, where also directs the Public Health Graduate Program and Ingestive Behavior Research Center.

Microplastics in Foods: A Microscopic Health Concern?

When you were a kid, chances are you played with little plastic food items and maybe even tried to take a bite every once in a while.  Now that you are an adult, you may have heard that there could actually be tiny-sized pieces of plastic in the food you are eating. These are known as “microplastics,” and here’s what you should know about your food and your health.

Are microplastics just really tiny pieces of plastic?

Tracking Americans’ Love-Hate Relationship with What We Eat

As both a food-loving and food-phobic society, Americans have a tendency to obsess over certain foods and diet trends—vilifying them after they lose their allure and championing them anew when they return to favor. Some of these shifts are driven by emerging research or a reframing of the science, but in reality, perception and consumer opinions are major drivers of these transitions.

Dietary Fats with Kris Sollid, RD [Podcast]

There are enough contradictory headlines about dietary fats to make your head spin, so it’s time to set the record straight about the different types of fat and the food sources we should be emphasizing in our diets. On this episode of DataDish: Your Trusted Serving of Science, we talk with Kris Sollid, RD, senior director of nutrition communications at the IFIC Foundation.

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Health Coaches with Jacqui Bryan, RN [Podcast]

Health Coaches have become an increasingly popular way in recent years to seek out nutrition guidance and advice. IFIC Foundation’s data shows them as highly trusted, yet science communicators know little about how health coaches work, where they learn about nutrition and how they reach consumers.

The Science of Taste

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.

Sound Science: Caffeine and Athletic Performance

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 aerobic activity may improve athletic performance under certain circumstances.