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Frequently Asked Questions on Pesticides and Food Safety

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. Either way, our frequently asked questions (FAQ) list below should shine some light on any lingering questions about farming and pesticide use:

What A Pediatric Nutrition Expert Says About Baby Food and Infant Formula

In light of a recent wave of media coverage related to a report stating that “alarming” levels of arsenic, lead and cadmium were found in baby food, we called a pediatric nutrition expert to help us navigate this news cycle. Dr. Keith T. Ayoob, a pediatric nutritionist and registered dietitian at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, answered our questions about the safety of baby food currently on the market today. Here are Dr. Ayoob’s tips for parents:

The Not So Creepy Crawly Side of Alternative Proteins

I had only eaten a bug once before learning about the significant health benefits of edible insects. The first time, I was in the second grade, and my brother dared me to eat it. I don’t think I’m too different from most people since I likely would have never thought to eat a bug after a dare. Years later, with some convincing from some persuasive articles online, I decided to revisit the thought of eating insects.

A Clearer Look at Lutein

“Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes,” was what my mom always used to tell me.

She was right, carrots are filled with carotenoids, including lutein, that help protect against macular degeneration and damaging free radicals.

Lutein, along with other carotenoids, also occurs naturally in egg yolks and dark, leafy greens, such as spinach and kale.

Diet Trends: OK for Social Media Posts But Not for A Baby’s Diet

“Paleo” and “gluten-free” have become household names over the past few years. But have you heard about the Paleo diet for your baby? As trendy eating styles become increasingly popular, the next step for some parents is to put their baby on the same diet plan. However, feeding a baby or toddler according to some trendy diets can be very dangerous.

Sound Science: New Developments for Those Who Deal With Peanut Allergies

Research was recently published that provides some hope in finding a practical treatment for individuals living with peanut allergies.

Many headlines covering this research in the news suggest the possibility of a “cure” for individuals living with food allergies today. We thought it would be important to hear directly from key experts to provide knowledgeable insights and a bit more perspective.

First off, how many people are impacted by food allergies?

Let's Bust 3 Common Myths About MSG

These days, there are too many food myths to count. Even with so much noise out there, some common myths continue to capture our attention. Some of these common misperceptions center on monosodium glutamate, or MSG. It’s about time we expose a few of the common myths you may have heard.

Would You Like Some Protein With That?

About a week ago, I ordered my first jar of a casein protein supplement. Throughout five years of resistance training, I have consumed protein supplements maybe twice. So this purchase was kind of a big deal. 

Fad Diets: The Whole30

The Whole30 is EVERYWHERE. The Whole30 book is even a New York Times “Food and Diet” bestseller.

Fad Diets: The 5:2 Diet

Intermittent fasting, or restricting calorie intake to a certain number of hours per day, has become pretty popular lately. A version of intermittent fasting called the 5:2 diet entails restricting calories (“fasting”) for two days a week, while eating a normal amount on the other five days.