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Curious about low-calorie sweeteners?  You’re not alone.  Conflicting information about low-calorie sweeteners seems to be reaching new heights, so we’ve searched high and low for the facts. Here’s the low-down on acesulfame potassium, also known as “Ace-K.” If you’re a baseball fan, when you hear...
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The Whole30 is EVERYWHERE. The Whole30 book is even a New York Times “Food and Diet” bestseller. Essentially, the Whole30 is a 30 day eating plan. Completing a “Whole30” involves eating from a very specific list of foods for 30 days as a sort of “diet reset.” According to the Whole30 website, this...
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Intermittent fasting, or restricting calorie intake to a certain number of hours per day, has become pretty popular lately. A version of intermittent fasting called the 5:2 diet entails restricting calories (“fasting”) for two days a week, while eating a normal amount on the other five days. Seems...
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Early life nutrition may be the key to successful eating habits later in life. Starting in the womb, infants begin to develop flavor preferences. From gestation to the first two years of life, an important “window of opportunity” is presented: shaping a newborn’s food preferences. Although we are...
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When you shop for groceries, you have a lot on your mind: finding the bread that has the latest expiration date, deciding what ingredients you need for a quick crock pot meal, comparing calorie counts, calculating which unit price is actually a deal. Keeping track of the different factors involved...
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I recently had the opportunity to attend the World Pork Expo (WPX) in Des Moines, Iowa. This annual meeting showcased strategies farmers and pork industry professionals use to take care of pigs that will enter the food supply. The meeting also gave me the chance to sample lots of pork treats,...
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If your curiosity about low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) is growing, you’re not alone. We get a lot of questions about them: “Will they help me lose weight? Are they safe? Should I avoid them?”, to cite a few. Researchers have sought to answers such questions through decades of scientific research. For...
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Mac and cheese: a childhood favorite for many and a go-to comfort food. Unfortunately, this classic dish is under attack because of a common packaging compound. A new report found the presence of phthalates, commonly used in food packaging, in macaroni and cheese. Cue for fear-mongering media...
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Holy coffee, Batman! Guess what’s been the highlight of nutrition news this week? Yup, it’s coffee. And don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of this beverage, but is it really going to make me live longer? This hubbub stems from two studies (here and here) published this week in the Annals of...
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Let’s celebrate dairy! Time to thank a dairy farmer, hug a cow, and splurge on ice cream, and highlight the nutritious qualities of dairy products.   The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 3 daily servings of dairy. There must be a good reason for this (other than dairy’s creamy,...
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Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is a California law proposed initially as the Safe Water and Toxic Enforcement Act and approved by voters in 1986. The law was intended to address public concerns in the 1980s when residents started learning more about chemicals and compounds in the environment. This law...
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Heart disease affects many people in the U.S., with almost half of Americans having at least one of three risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking) for heart disease. A 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined if following a Mediterranean-style eating...
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With summer in full swing, this also means it’s wedding season. While you might not immediately associate weddings with food safety, the two have been recently linked, especially with the rise of “do it yourself” weddings. Since catering is one of the largest expenses in a wedding budget, couples...
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Since 2011, I’ve lived in Minnesota, part of the “goiter belt,” a term for parts of the U.S. (including the Great Lakes region and Appalachia) where soil levels of iodine are naturally low and iodine-rich foods like seafood and seaweed are not exactly dietary staples.  Before the 1920s, over half...

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