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In our last video and article, we gave you a bit of background info on bacteria—the good and the bad. We also talked about a pretty infamous potential foodborne illness-causing bacteria, E.coli. Remember, safe food handling tactics are key in minimizing your contact with bad bacteria and the threat...
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In today’s food-centric culture, the phrase “processed foods” gets thrown around a lot. Typically the term carries a negative undertone and sometimes for good reasons. For example, research has shown that over-consuming processed foods high in salt, sugar and fat can lead to poor health outcomes....
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Registered dietitians and nutrition scientists have a somewhat complicated history of being a bit … well ... critical of the food you may (or may not) be eating. Sometimes it goes too far, and the knowledge we have about food becomes too objective. This over-analysis of nutrient composition...
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Following diets or eating patterns is pretty common in the United States, with one in seven Americans reporting that they stick to a specific eating pattern or diet.  While fad diets and trends rotate in and out over time, there are a few tried-and-true eating styles (hey, there Mediterranean diet...
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As we try to incorporate healthier habits into our busy lives, it helps to be more mindful of our food choices. But that doesn’t mean we have to skimp on taste. Our favorite foods can pack a nutrient punch and knock you out with flavor too! Think delicious AND nutritious. Many tasty foods are known...
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I hope that you’re reading this before you decided to throw that new bunch of asparagus directly in the trash can (if not, I’m sorry for your loss). Many of you may have come across several news stories this week detailing the relationship between the amino acid asparagine and breast cancer...
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When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Many kids grow up fascinated with science. This can start with a love of animals, bugs or flowers. As a kid, I was obsessed with digging for earthworms and beetles! Even if you didn’t want to be a scientist while growing up, chances are...
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This is the first installment of a new video series in partnership with Osmosis, a group that focuses on health science education, highlighting the basics of several nutrition topics. Fats are an essential part of a healthy diet. They’re involved in everything from providing a major source of...
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Ahh, February. The official month of candy hearts, slushy grey weather (at least in DC) and getting real about health goals. The rosy optimism of our New Year’s diet resolution has faded, and it’s time to be a little bit more realistic. Maybe your three day cleanse lasted about six hours (believe...
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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...
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What do you know about bacteria? Your first thought is likely something like “yuck” and that may be fair. Still, we should point out that there are good bacteria and bad bacteria. Bacteria are all around us, but not all bacteria are harmful. For example, you have a community of bacteria that live...
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Welcome to the sixth installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of your favorite foods. Next up is snack dip -- an option that’s perfect for a midday snack. If you’re new to snack dips or just want to find more ways...
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If I were to go out and do a Jimmy Kimmel-esque Pedestrian Question on why fiber is good for us, I’ve got a few guesses on how it would go: “Fiber keeps you regular (hehe)” “I think fruits and vegetables have a lot of it?” “It feeds our gut” “You’re the dietitian, aren’t you supposed to be the one...
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When some people hear the term “selective breeding,” they assume it’s a fairly recent technology. Well, they would be off just a little bit — by about 12,000 years, to be precise. Practices such as breeding crops for desirable traits are almost as old as agriculture itself. Fast-forward to barely...

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