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Pesticides: Myths vs. Reality [INFOGRAPHIC]

When it comes to pesticides, there is a lot of debate in the media about what is true and what is false. Once and for all, let's debunk some of the most common myths about pesticides.

Try It Tuesday: The Blue Zone Diet

Have you ever heard of Blue Zones? They aren't places where people are sad, but instead can tell us a lot about healthy diets and longevity.

Hand Me the Hand Sanitizer: When and When Not to Use It

If you don’t know already, I am pretty diligent about washing my hands. It’s a great way to keep me, and others around me, from getting sick or putting the safety of the food I prepare at risk. (According to the CDC, "A large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands. Appropriate hand washing practices can reduce the risk of foodborne illness and other infections.")

Extreme Dieting: The Real Biggest Loser

In the past week, there has been a lot of media attention around a recent study of participants from The Biggest Loser.  Six years after their transformations, some losing 200+ pounds, all but one have gained back a considerable amount of weight.  Shows such as the The Biggest Loser, Extreme Weight Loss, and Fit to Fat to Fit have shown incredible transformations of people who lose 200 pounds or more and can now play with their children, go on dates, and live a full life.  This seems

Feed the World [VIDEO]

There are 7 billion people on the planet, and in 30 years, that number will grow to 10 billion. While the population boom in the last century has encouraged an abundance of advancements in food safety, science, and convenience, we still have 795 million people worldwide who go hungry every day.

The Science on Low-Calorie Sweeteners [VIDEO]

The taste of sweets is a basic biological adaptation that evolved to allow humans to find hard-to-find, energy-rich foods, specifically fruit. Once hard to get, fruit rots quickly after it ripens, and before refrigeration, it could only be eaten seasonally. In 1822, Americans ate 6.3 lbs. of sugar per year, and with the rise of modern technology and more food options, it has risen to 96 lbs. annually. 

No Matter the Food, Ingredients Produced with Biotechnology Are As Safe As "Non-GMO"

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation would like to correct media reports raising concerns about infant formula containing ingredients produced using biotechnology (also referred to as “genetically engineered” ingredients or “GMOs”):

Foods produced using biotechnology have been consumed widely for nearly 20 years, with no evidence of any harm to health found, including in pregnant women and children. In addition, scientific research has shown foods produced through biotechnology to be as safe and healthful as their counterparts.

Packaged Foods Series: Perishability and Convenience

“I want to make eating healthy and preparing meals as difficult and complicated as possible” … said no one ever. Packaged foods provide a convenient and time-efficient way to eat balanced, nutritious foods without the hassle.

Don't Judge a Food by Its Package Series [VIDEO]

When it comes to healthy, convenient, and nutritious, packaged foods can deliver all of these results. But it can be hard for us to see their true value when headlines vilify packaged foods. Well this is our headline, “don’t automatically judge a food by its package”. Packaged foods can be part of a healthful diet by contributing important nutrients that we need for a healthy diet.  Through packaging and processing, some foods even have enhanced nutritional value! (Hint: tomato, tomahto . . .

Warriors for Science: The RDs in Biotech Edition

From calculating the nutrients for a TPN drip to answering the question “what’s the deal with kale?,” registered dietitians are equipped to handle any nutrition issue. But RDNs aren’t only giving advice about nutrition anymore. With more and more focus being put how food is produced, RDNs have been tasked with answering some tough questions about agriculture.