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Dining 101: Managing Food Allergies at College

As the summer winds down, a fresh crispness lingers in the air. Fall is right around the corner. This also means students are getting ready to head off to college.

Students face many new adjustments and responsibilities when they start school such as sharing a small space with a roommate they barely know and balancing difficult, fast-paced coursework.

Food Waste 101

Food waste is a huge issue piling up on the world’s dinner plate. And, while the U.S. is fortunate to enjoy one of the most productive and plentiful food supplies in the world, our abundance has also created an enormous trash pile.

Food Safety Checklist for College Students

Preparing for college can be overwhelming. Between saying farewell to close friends and making sure you’ve packed your life away, it’s easy to overlook a few things during the big move. We know you have created a laundry list of essentials to bring along on this new journey. But there’s one thing you have more than likely forgotten—food safety!

“Meat” You at the Finish Line

Including meat in your diet can provide many benefits. Meat contains nutrients like protein, vitamin B and E, as well as zinc and iron, that are essential for muscles and bone health.

Sustainable Food, Satisfied Consumer

Over the years, the Food and Health survey has found that consumers are concerned with sustainability when they make food and beverage purchases.  This year's survey is no exception. Consumers are looking to buy food products that are sustainably produced.

What You Need to Know About Farmers Markets and Food Safety

Summer time calls for barbecue, time at the pool and beach vacations. For any of these occasions, you may want to enjoy a nice slice of watermelon, a big bowl of strawberries, or a tall glass of lemonade. Where can you get the foods you need to have these summer delicacies? Why your local farmers market, of course!

Much Ado about FODMAPs

Low-FODMAP diets have getting some press lately!  But what exactly are they?

For starters, “FODMAP” stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. (Obviously there’s an acronym for a reason).

Oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols are short chain carbohydrates like lactose, fructose, and sugar alcohols. These carbohydrates are referred to as “fermentable” because they can be digested by bacteria in the large intestine.

Let’s Set the Record Straight on Animal Processing and Labeling

When most people think of processing and handling meat, they might think of a butcher carving tender cuts of meat or of dad grilling the perfect, medium-well steak. In reality, a lot more goes into getting meat safely to your plate.

In order to enjoy a burger or a chicken wing, animals need to be processed safely and humanely. To do this, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed federal laws and standards to protect animals during processing steps.

Processing Standards in Animal Agriculture 

More than Sweet: A Food Science Perspective on the Role of Sugars in Food

For the first time, in 2015, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) included a recommendation to limit added sugars in the diet to less than 10% of total calories.

Five Ways Farmers Love Their Animals

When you think of eating meat, what comes to mind? Is it pulled pork covered in BBQ sauce? A juicy cheeseburger? Savory bacon with eggs? A variety of choices may pop into your head. There are so many different types of meats to enjoy.