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Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

A healthy eating pattern is very important during pregnancy. Good nutrition plays a key role in the health of both mother and baby. As a mom-to-be, you have higher nutrient needs than you did before conception. Yet the general principles of good nutrition—variety, balance, and moderation—still apply during pregnancy.

This resource will help you learn how to eat healthy during pregnancy. This includes how to choose a variety of healthy foods, maintain healthy weight gain during pregnancy, and stay food-safe.

“Spiked” Nutrition: Fast & Easy Recipes for Total Health

Looking for some easy new recipes to incorporate into your busy life? Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn has created three delicious, healthy recipes that are super simple and can fit into any budget. All of the videos below show how you can make healthy, balanced meals for you and your family using a variety of packaged foods.  Packaged foods are affordable, convenient and can provide nutrients and components we need for good health. Each video highlights a variety of notable nutrients to help you “spike” up your nutrition game.

Recognizing “The Longest Day”: Alzheimer’s Disease and Mealtime Tips for Caregivers

Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  As we celebrate the summer solstice and the year's longest day of sunshine, many people also are coming together to participate in the Alzheimer's Association's "The Longest Day" event. The purpose of the "The Longest Day" is to raise awareness for Alzheimer's care, support and research.  From sunrise to sunset, people of all ages will be engaging in physical activity—such as walking, cooking, meditating and dancing—to honor those living wi

How Much Salt? New Guidelines for Healthy Living

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance to reduce sodium in packaged and processed food products.  The guidance, which has been in the works since 2011, provides both short-term and long-term strategies for food companies to meet specific reduction goals. The announced guidelines on sodium reduction are aimed to promote the health of Americans. Here's what you need to know. 

News Bite: Announcing the 2016 IFIC Foundation Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Recipient, Jacob Farr

The IFIC Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship is Jacob Farr, a PhD student in Food Science at The Ohio State University. Farr graduated with a bachelor's degree in food science from OSU in 2014 and is now pursuing his PhD, which is focused on stabilizing natural colorants with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for use by beverage manufacturers.

Nutrient Newlyweds: Marrying Nutrients for Maximum Health Benefits [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that “marrying” certain foods and nutrients together can deliver a combination of health benefits? Sure, lots of foods can deliver important health benefits on their own, but sometimes when pairing different foods together in a meal or snack, the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.

What I Learned About Nutrition As a Mom-To-Be

As a mom of three boys, I’ve had my challenges. Luckily, none of them stemmed from food or beverages. I firmly believe that good eating habits begin forming right at that first feeding shortly after birth, and that as a mom, you have a lot of influence those first few years to establish healthy habits that will carry through your children’s lives.

For Mother’s Day, I thought I’d share my tips for feeding children. If things go well in the very beginning, your child will be set for life, and by the teen years, well, at least nutrition won’t be an issue.

Five Things to Look for in Food [INFOGRAPHIC]

With all the information out there on what you should be thinking about when making food decisions, it can be confusing to know exactly what to focus on. There are so many nutrients and components in food that have associated health benefits, and this infographic highlights the five best ones to keep an eye out for.  Many common foods come with a nutritional boost in the form of macro- or micronutrients, so keeping these in mind when grocery shopping can go a long way toward fueling your body and your health!


Food Waste 101 [VIDEO]

Food waste is serious issue. In America, we toss out 35 million tons of food every year—and that’s just the food that is wasted in homes and thrown out at restaurants. While food waste is a complex issue that does not have a simple solution, there are easy changes that we can make to help. Check out our video to learn how!

Five Common Soy Foods

Soybeans and soy ingredients continue to grow in popularity and are a common item in the refrigerator and pantry of meat-eaters as well. In the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs), soy made a few cameos. Being a milk alternative, fortified soymilk was listed with the dairy group and touted as a source of calcium. Soy also was listed among protein foods, along with nuts and seeds, and was recognized not only for providing protein, but also selenium, polyunsaturated fatty acids, fiber, magnesium and zinc.