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The potential health benefits of consuming adequate amounts of dietary fiber are diverse, just as the definitions of fiber and the foods that provide it are varied. A wealth of scientific evidence supports the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendation to choose fiber-rich fruits, vegetables,...
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(Washington, D.C., October 23, 2008)  As food prices soar and the need to feed more people with fewer resources becomes increasingly challenging, new International Food Information Council (IFIC) research shows more and more people are thinking about the concept of sustainable food production and...
Data & Survey
The 2008 Food Biotechnology: A Study of US Consumer Trends Survey, commissioned by the International Food Information Council is the 13th annual nationally representative survey designed to gain insights into consumer perspectives on food biotechnology. This research provides the opportunity to...
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This IFIC Review provides background information on caffeine, examines its safety and summarizes key research conducted on caffeine and health. Topics addressed include caffeine and: heart disease, hydration, addiction, pregnancy, fertility and miscarriage, diabetes, cancer and caffeine content...
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Research is evolving about the relationship of diet to cancer. Cancer is a very complex disease, having few definitive answers regarding its cause. Factors to be considered include: There are well over 100 different types of cancers, with many differing causes. The average diet contains a...
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PDF Version Caffeine is one of the most comprehensively studied ingredients in the food supply. There is considerable knowledge of this compound, with centuries of safe consumption in foods and beverages. However, some questions and misperceptions about the potential health effects associated with...
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Background Plant sterols and stanols are phytosterols—essential components of plant membranes—that resemble the chemical structure of animal cholesterol and carry out similar cellular functions in plants.1-2Sterols are present naturally in small quantities in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds,...
Data & Survey
After a decade of consumer attitudinal research, it is clear that a majority of consumers are confident in the safety of the U.S. food supply and express little to no concern about food and agricultural biotechnology. A significant majority also have no outstanding concern about labeling foods...
Data & Survey
PDF Version Introduction In 2005, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) commissioned its fourth survey studying Americans’ attitudes toward foods that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition, also known as “functional foods.” Such health-promoting foods can range from broccoli to...
Data & Survey
Full Report (PDF) INTRODUCTION Background & ObjectivesThe benchmark IFIC Foundation Food & Health Survey provides insights regarding specific catalysts and barriers to healthful eating. This consumer data is important to guide communication efforts with the goal of improving public health...
Data & Survey
Since 1995, health and how food impacts Americans' health have emerged as the single-most important focus of media reports about nutrition and food safety. That’s the conclusion of a decade-long tracking survey by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation and the Center for Media...
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The recently released 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that Americans wisely choose carbohydrate-containing foods to ensure adequate nutrient intake and still keep their weight within healthful limits. Consumers now have numerous questions about carbohydrates and sugars. This...
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Over the years, nutrition messages have become more accessible through the Internet, media, celebrities, and many other sources.  Multiple inputs of different information can create a confusing environment where consumers become unsure of who or what to believe.  The most popular advice usually...
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Background and Objectives The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service published an interim final rule on control of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat meat and poultry products (9 CFR 430). The provision in 9 CFR 430 states: An establishment that controls...

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