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What You May Have Missed: Food Recalls

Recently, we’ve seen a number of stories about food recalls, from potential Salmonella in potato chips to golf ball pieces in hash browns.  Whether you hear about them from your favorite news channel or see them as the latest trending topic on Twitter, food recalls are a frequent issue that affects us all.

Hitting the Wall: Nutrition Tips for Marathoners

While training for my first marathon, I had heard the term “hitting the wall” in long distance running, but of course, I thought that it would never happen to me. Well, it turned out, that was far from the truth. Even with my nutrition knowledge, I underestimated the importance of nutrition when preparing for a long distance race, especially a marathon!

Vitamins and Minerals Fact Sheets

From Vitamin A to Zinc, there are so many vitamins and minerals in foods that are important to our health. It can be hard to keep track of what vitamin is beneficial for which body function and most importantly, where to find these important nutrients in food. These fact sheets provide all the info you need to know about vitamins and minerals in food. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list but it’s a good start towards making sure you are eating the right foods to get the nutrients you need.

Converting to Seitanism

Did you say “Satanism?”

If you’re looking for a blog about the religious figure of evil, you’ve come to the wrong place. This blog is about seitan (pronounced “say-tan”), the vegetarian and vegan-friendly meat-alternative. But Seitan isn't just for those avoiding meat, it is a worthwhile source of nutrients in your diet. Let’s take a closer look at seitan and what magical forces (or just basic nutrition) it provides.

What IS seitan anyway?

Earth Day and Agriculture: Let's Celebrate the Planet!

This year, for Earth Day, we thought we would highlight some the key ways farmers and food science are supporting the environment and our appetites!

A Few Thank Yous for Food Science

The IFIC Foundation, along with more than 170 other organizations, has partnered with the March for Science movement. The March, scheduled for April 22, 2017, is the first step in a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments. It is a broad, nonpartisan, and diverse coalition of organizations and individuals who stand up for science, advocating for a variety of science-based topics including science education and accessible science.

Foods that Promote Cardiovascular Health [INFOGRAPHIC]

There are many foods that can have a positive effect on heart health, such as fruits and veggies, unsaturated fats and grains. They are vital to maintain a healthy weight, to regulate blood sugar levels, blood pressure and to decrease the risk of a heart attack. With all these positive health benefits, go ahead and eat your heart out!

Check out this infographic to learn more!

The Rising Agent: Nutritional Yeast

Most people think about light, airy baked goods when it comes to the word “yeast”. However, yeast comes in many different forms with various purposes; one being nutritional yeast. Known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the scientific world, nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast that is cultured and grown on a glucose medium such as molasses. It differs from Brewer’s yeast, which is a product of the beer fermentation process and cannot be used to help your bread rise.

Process Contaminants: An Expert Perspective

What are "process contaminants" in food?  What are 3-MCPDs (3-monochloropropanediol) and GEs (glycidol/glycidyl esters)?  How did they get there, and what do they mean for the safety of our food?

Sorghum: From Salads to Syrups, This Grain is Cropping Up Everywhere

Gluten-free, ancient grains have been the star of grocery store aisles and nutrition articles alike over the past few years, and they’re not leaving the spotlight any time soon.  We’ve discussed the gluten-free diet at length, so let’s dig into a new (or actually, really, really old) player on the scene: sorghum.

What is sorghum?