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Halloween is an exciting time of the year especially for kids filling their bags with candy and other treats. It can also be a stressful time for parents and caregivers of children with food allergies. Thinking about the potential risk of a reaction to a candy can impact the quality of life for the...
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I had only eaten a bug once before learning about the significant health benefits of edible insects. The first time, I was in the second grade, and my brother dared me to eat it. I don’t think I’m too different from most people since I likely would have never thought to eat a bug after a dare....
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Eating food to survive is not a choice, it is a necessity. Thus, food safety is of the highest importance to all of us. How can food safety be upheld? How can our food supply be protected? Authoritative and reputable scientific agencies, like the World Health Organization (WHO), are relied upon to...
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Grilled chicken breast, barbecue chicken, curry chicken, chicken parmigiana— I could go on and on about all the yummy chicken options available to us (if we choose chicken as a protein source). But you may wonder about how farmers raise chickens—how they are bred, given veterinarian care and safely...
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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 saccharin. What is Saccharin and How is it Different Than Sugar? Saccharin is...
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Identifying new mechanisms and pathways are key in science. They help answer long-term questions and also generate new scientific questions. And figuring out even one step of a pathway takes a significant amount of time. For example, I spent five years in graduate school teasing apart a very small...
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Nitrites don’t make it on your grocery list but likely end up in your fridge. They have several roles in foods and have become a necessary component in many of our favorite products. Their most common use in foods is inclusion in cured meats, but they are present in many dietary sources including...
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Food animal production is an important part of agriculture. Advances in farming, animal breeding, genetics and veterinary care have increased the quality, safety and quantity of animal protein available to consumers — an important source of protein in the human diet. Veterinarians, farmers and...
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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: you are what you eat. It’s a common saying that essentially means your health and wellness reflect what you regularly eat and drink. Part of good health is a digestive system (a.k.a. gut) running on all cylinders. Keeping our gut in good shape is critical to...
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The web is once again abuzz with suspicious claims about the alkaline diet. A staple of some alternative medicine circles for years now, this eating plan isn’t new to the pantheon of internet health-woo.  Practitioners of this food fad claim that it can help prevent many ailments, including cancer...
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Feeding your infant or toddler can sometimes feel daunting, especially if you're a first-time caregiver or dealing with a picky eater.  Despite the challenge, there are many helpful tips that can make the process of starting complementary foods a lot easier on new parents and caregivers. A patient...
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Technology can help make life easier and more efficient. Well, most of the time anyway—I hate when my cell phone GPS gives me wrong directions. Farmers have also benefited from technological innovation. Their animals and crops are jazzed about it too! Where farming and technological advances meet...
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In recent years, apple cider vinegar has been heralded as a magic elixir that controls blood sugar levels, prevents heart disease, whitens teeth and slows the aging process. According to numerous blogs and natural remedy sites, it seems like there is nothing it can’t fix. While apple cider vinegar...
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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 monk fruit. What is Monk Fruit and Where Did it Come From? Monk fruit sweeteners,...

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