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Food Colors: Resources You Can Use

Why do we choose the foods we eat?  What makes this food more appealing than that food?  What are the things you like about your favorite food?  Take a look and you’ll see that the color makes a difference in what you choose to eat.  Food colors provide a familiar look to foods and often function in food in other ways too.  They enhance colors that occur naturally in food.  They offset any discolor when food is exposed to light, temperature and storage conditions.  Food colors are unique; they are classified as ‘color additives’ and are certified by FDA which confirms their safe use.  They

Potassium: You Make My Heart Beat

Potassium – how could I live without you? Well, the answer is…I couldn’t. Potassium is essential to life. It might not be the first nutrient that comes to mind when you consider healthy living, but this mineral has many important functions, and many people struggle to get sufficient amounts in their diet.

Potassium is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, and is often a component of foods that are marked as low- or reduced-sodium. Let’s take a deeper look at the role of potassium and how we can incorporate this nutrient into our daily diet.

Newsbite: Double Down with Dairy & Yogurt

Bone health is extremely important, especially as we age. Strong and healthy bones are supported by micronutrients like vitamin D and calcium. Lucky for us, yogurt is a healthy and tasty food that contains vitamin D and calcium as well as protein. Yogurt has always been a popular choice when it comes to breakfast food, but it can function as a snack or ingredient substitute, too. Yogurt’s versatility, along with its health benefits, make it a tasty, nutritious treat you can enjoy at any time of day.

Our Health and Wellness Goals for 2018

2017 is almost at a close, and as we say goodbye to this year, we’re preparing for next year with our 2018 New Year’s resolutions. Over the years, we’ve had a pretty varied list of ways to eat and be healthier: from walking more to getting five servings of fruits and vegetables, brown bagging lunch and reducing food waste. So, if you’re looking for health-focused New Year’s resolutions, check out what the Food Insight team plans to do next year.

 

The 10 Favorite Food Insight Blogs of 2017

In 2017, the IFIC Foundation provided cream of the crop insight into all things food. As the year comes to a close, we look back on some of our most popular posts of the year.

Better Know a Nutrition Scientist: Meet Ali

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've got the very best information in food safety, agriculture, and nutrition.

A Mindful Approach to the Holiday Party Buffet

With the holiday season in full swing, the festive e-vites have already flooded your inbox. Whether it’s a party with co-workers, a dinner with friends, or an eventful family gathering, the holidays are a wonderful time to relax and spend time with the people that you care about most.

How to Build a Healthy Plate at Holiday Parties

The thought of maintaining a healthy diet during the holiday season can seem daunting, even to the most seasoned nutrition experts. But one way to ensure you stay on track and eat a well-balanced dinner at your holiday dinners this year is to focus on one main goal: getting a good mix of different foods.   

In order to help you balance your plate at upcoming gatherings, I challenged myself to follow the MyPlate guide to building healthy meals at my family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year.

How to Talk to Your Cab Driver About Nutrition

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 even after years of practice, I still struggled to answer some of the most common questions: what should I be eating? Should I be worried about this new study? Do I need to avoid preservatives, artificial colors, carbohydrates?

Better Know a Dietitian: Meet Alyssa

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've got the very best information in food safety, agriculture, and nutrition.

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