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Low-FODMAP diets have getting some press lately!  But what exactly are they? For starters, “FODMAP” stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. (Obviously there’s an acronym for a reason). Oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols are...
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I am a big fan of documentaries- they are usually a good mix of entertainment and education (#nerdalert). But the latest documentary I watched, What the Health, missed the mark on both fronts for me. The film focused on promoting a vegan, plant-based lifestyle while denigrating all animal products...
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When most people think of processing and handling meat, they might think of a butcher carving tender cuts of meat or of dad grilling the perfect, medium-well steak. In reality, a lot more goes into getting meat safely to your plate. In order to enjoy a burger or a chicken wing, animals need to be...
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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 aspartame. What sets aspartame apart from other low-calorie sweeteners is its parts...
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For the first time, in 2015, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) included a recommendation to limit added sugars in the diet to less than 10% of total calories. According to the DGA’s definition, “added sugars” are “syrups and other caloric sweeteners used as a sweetener in other food...
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When you think of eating meat, what comes to mind? Is it pulled pork covered in BBQ sauce? A juicy cheeseburger? Savory bacon with eggs? A variety of choices may pop into your head. There are so many different types of meats to enjoy. Now that we have meat on your mind, let’s explore how the food...
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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.” Ace-K provides no calories, has been FDA...
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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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