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Here at the IFIC Foundation and across the internet, we’re seeing, reading and writing more and more about personalized nutrition. Our genetics and environment play significant roles in how our bodies respond to and use certain foods and nutrients. Today let’s focus on sodium. Sodium is a vital...
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It’s (finally) March. The month where we celebrate St. Patrick, college basketball, spring and, if you’re a registered dietitian, March madness is all about National Nutrition Month. Every March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics launches a nutrition education and information campaign,...
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In previous posts we’ve highlighted the importance, safety and other positive attributes of genetically engineered (GE, Genetically Modified Organism or GMO) crops. Biotechnology's use in food production has the ability to safely decrease food waste, give multiple populations reliable and...
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Sugar can seem simple, but the science is pretty complicated. While many of us are familiar with sugar (aka sucrose), which is found in foods as diverse as sugar cubes, salad dressing, fruits and vegetables, this is only one type of sugar. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides, and they’re made...
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Parents and their children may never see eye to eye when it comes to eating vegetables. A recent study highlighted in Medical Daily suggests that children are triumphing over parents’ efforts to feed them vegetables. The study observed that, on the day caregivers were surveyed, 25 percent of six to...
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Ever wonder why the eight most common allergens include peanuts and tree nuts? Have you ever assumed that peanuts were a nut? And do you even know what a tree nut is? If you, like I, have ever wondered this, this post explains all the nitty gritty, or rather nutty gritty, on nuts.  What Is a Peanut...
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Low-carb? Low-fat? Personalized to your DNA? There’s a lot of hype about which diet, if any, is best for your long-term health. New research from JAMA may suggest that neither a low-carb nor a low-fat diet outweighs the other in terms of weight loss. What’s more, participants in this study achieved...
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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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