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An analysis of purchase drivers from the 2017 Survey reveals six distinct groups of consumers, including foodies. These profiles help us understand how different consumers think about and shop for food beyond traditional demographics like age, income or gender.

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Americans are confronted with nutrition and food information all the time. It can come from all angles: the news, friends, social media and advertisements. But much of that information is conflicting, making deciding what to eat more complicated. The 2017 Food & Health Survey gives a new...
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Imagine that the minivan is packed with fresh twin XL sheets and too many plastic drawers and bins to bother counting. You get to campus to unload and before you know it, your teary-eyed family drives away leaving you on your own. With this moment comes a new-found independence and the...
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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 sucralose. What is Sucralose and How is it Different Than Sugar? Sucralose is derived...
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Information about the food we eat surrounds us, yet much of it is low on evidence and high on hype. To help counter this misinformation, our team of self-proclaimed “food nerds” is focused on the facts. 
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Chatter about protein and protein supplements have been getting a good deal of attention recently. With so much misinformation about amounts, timing and sources here are the answers to five common questions about this important macronutrient. Why is protein important? Protein plays vital functions...
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Are you confused about “sell-by,” “best-by,” or “use-by” language and dates you see stamped on the packaging of your favorite foods and beverages? You are not alone! While food safety is a primary concern for consumers, food waste is also an issue. To help combat consumer confusion about expiration...
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Farmers don’t just wear a straw hat, but they also must constantly wear their “thinking caps” too! Productive farming relies upon integrating efficient methods to feed, house and keep animals healthy.  Also, famers have to map out effective ways of seeding, harvesting and protecting crops. And don’...
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From animal welfare to sustainability, check out these resources to learn more about today's agriculture industry. You'll find information on the guidelines in place to make sure animals are raised properly; how farmers are using state-of-the-art technology to grow food more efficiently than ever...
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Do you consider yourself a foodie? According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2017 Food and Health Survey, foodies are more confident in their nutrition know-how, will sacrifice cost and convenience to get foods that align with their values, and even define “healthy...
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Research was recently published that provides some hope in finding a practical treatment for individuals living with peanut allergies. Many headlines covering this research in the news suggest the possibility of a “cure” for individuals living with food allergies today. We thought it would be...
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When extreme weather conditions result in environmental hazards such as flooding, it is important to still practice food safety measures to help support your health. Safe food handling precautions are important under optimal conditions, but they should also be practiced under stressed, emergency...
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Low-fat, high-carb: new data from the PURE cohort study The internets are abuzz with a new study from the journal Lancet surrounding an age-old controversy in the nutrition community: low-fat versus high-carbohydrate diets. This macronutrient debate has been going on since long before millennials...
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I love the vibrant color of red velvet cupcakes. The deep, red coloring paired with the moist texture and slightly chocolatey taste is truly indulgent. But what gives these cupcakes their beautiful color? Food coloring. Did you know food coloring can be made using natural and artificial ingredients...
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“Know your audience” is a common refrain among communicators of all kinds. As health and nutrition professionals, this age-old advice is key to tapping into your clients’ motivators and helping them overcome their barriers to healthy eating. The IFIC Foundation Food & Health Survey provides...

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