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If you’re a sports fan like me, then you were glued to the couch watching the Final Four and National Championship game this past week. March Madness is one of the greatest spectacles in sport. It rarely disappoints, and this year was no different. Congrats to the Tarheels, by the way! As I...
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What are "process contaminants" in food?  What are 3-MCPDs (3-monochloropropanediol) and GEs (glycidol/glycidyl esters)?  How did they get there, and what do they mean for the safety of our food? These and other questions are discussed briefly in this educational podcast (and in a Q&A below)...
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Gluten-free, ancient grains have been the star of grocery store aisles and nutrition articles alike over the past few years, and they’re not leaving the spotlight any time soon.  We’ve discussed the gluten-free diet at length, so let’s dig into a new (or actually, really, really old) player on the...
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We’re rounding out National Nutrition Month, with a new Sound Science analysis. In fact, this Sound Science piece includes a double feature. Recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a pair of studies focused on a variety of health benefits associated with whole grain...
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Ever heard someone say they don’t consume sugar? Not that they don’t consume added sugars, but that they don’t eat any sugars? I have, and to be honest, it really makes no sense. Considering that sugars are naturally found in so many foods, how can they possibly eat a diet with absolutely none? In...
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Fearing all fish? Cutting all coffee? Figuring out what to eat during pregnancy can be tough. But don’t despair! You don’t have to give up all your favorite foods or follow some crazy strict diet to eat healthy during pregnancy. The first step towards taking control of your eating habits during...
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Humans have a long-lasting love affair with caffeine. How we consume it continues to evolve, but we have certainly found and created ways to do so for centuries, with tea being the earliest known caffeine-containing beverage, steeped in China in the 2700s BC. Why, after these thousands of years of...
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Did you know that 70 percent of the Earth is covered in water? Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But did you also know that only 2.5 percent of that water is fresh (doesn’t contain salt), and only 1 percent of that water is accessible to people? Water is essential for leading a healthy, happy life,...
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A couple months ago, we wrote a post about added sugars. Like most of our sugars posts, it garnered quite a bit of discussion on social media. One comment really stood out to me: “How are we supposed to know what’s in our food?” A little confused, I asked if the commenter reads ingredient labels....
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OK, so you’ve recently jump-started a health kick, and you’re ready to grocery shop for healthy foods. You know you need some whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, fruits, and veggies. Great. But where do you start? A good place to begin might be with whether you’re going to buy fresh...
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National Ag Day is upon us (March 21)!  It’s a great time to shine a light on agricultural practices and food production advancements that bring you the foods you love to eat at your favorite restaurants. Many of the delicious meals, snacks, and beverages served at restaurants have ingredients that...
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Food trends come and go and can be pretty difficult to keep track of. The team here at the IFIC Foundation works hard to give you the low-down on what these new, trendy foods can offer. But now we would like to know: What is your favorite food trend? 3/29 UPDATE: The Final Four is upon us!  Vote...
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We all have at least a bit of a sweet tooth, right? Well, most of us deprive ourselves at one time or another out of fear of excess calories. But some people also avoid foods and beverages containing the low-calorie sweetener aspartame because they see confusing headlines and suspicious "science"...
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Caffeine is naturally found in many foods and beverages; along with coffee and tea, it’s also found in cocoa, kola nuts, guarana, yerba mate, and more than 60 other leaves, seeds, and/or fruits. While there are many sources of caffeine, the source doesn’t matter: It’s the amount that does. Healthy...

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