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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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With any diet online trend, you can assume someone is eventually going to take it too far and that time just came for the Paleo diet. Proponents of the Paleo diet are now recommending this “ancestral” eating plan for kids… and even babies. But, unsurprisingly, many experts warn caregivers against...
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On Sunday mornings, you make your grocery list before heading to the store. It is easier to get your fill of fresh produce and healthier foods by performing this simple task. As the days pass, you make your meals. Almost inevitably though, by Thursday evening, you are exhausted, and it...
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Every time I chew a piece of sugar-free gum I marvel at how it’s able to be so cool and sweet, while remaining sugar-free. This paradox is attributed in part to the use of two key groups of ingredients: low-calorie sweeteners and sugar alcohols.  While you may be familiar with low-calorie...
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Wake up, check the weather, get dressed and maybe grab some light breakfast. Lace up your shoes and out the door you go. You’re about to start a long run and know what to expect, whether it’s 10 miles or maybe more. Either way, you start running. A few miles in and you’re feeling pretty good, but a...
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Aging. It’s something we all experience and can’t avoid. Fortunately, there are things we can do to make sure we stay healthy. Maintaining good health as we age reduces our risk for chronic disease, supports quality of life, helps maintain independence and promotes longevity. Let’s take a look at a...
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What makes gelatin snacks jiggle? How does the chocolate in my chocolate milk not sink to the bottom? If any of these questions ever crossed your mind, you have already been exposed to the wonders of hydrocolloids! Hydro–what-oids? Hydrocolloids.  They are the jiggle of your gelatin snacks and the...
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Some raw foods taste great and are good for you from a nutrition and food safety perspective. But from a food safety position, you should skip food fads that can put your health at risk—like eating raw chicken. Yes, eating raw chicken is trending. We thought we would set the record straight and...
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Research has long shown that lower-income Americans face unique barriers to good health. The 2017 Food & Health Survey builds on this body of research while identifying new ways in which income affects nutrition knowledge, health priorities, perceived health status and food purchases. Low-...
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September means several things to me- the start of my favorite season (fall), my birthday (hooray!) and the beginning of football season. I grew up watching college football with my family on the weekends and going to some home games of our favorite teams. You could say that I am a pretty big...
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“Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes,” was what my mom always used to tell me. She was right, carrots are filled with carotenoids, including lutein, that help protect against macular degeneration and damaging free radicals. Lutein, along with other carotenoids, also occurs naturally in egg...

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