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January is usually filled with optimism. But this year, not so much. No, I’m not talking about politics, but I am talking about a new perspective recently published online in PLoS Medicine in which the authors campaign hard against consuming low-calorie sweetened beverages (LCSBs). According to the...
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One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to reduce my food waste. Last year, I bought a pound of chicken, only to leave it in the refrigerator for a week before I could figure out how I wanted to cook it. After that, well … the chicken was no longer safe to eat. I had a tendency to do this...
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Last year, a few of us here at the IFIC Foundation shared with you our New Year’s resolutions. Let’s check in to see how we did last year and make some new goals for 2017! Megan Meyer, PhD: In 2016 I made an early effort to step away from my desk and get outside for about 15 minutes a few times a...
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Consumer interest in protein, sustainability, and functional foods, along with breakthrough technologies like CRISPR, are among 2017’s top U.S. food and nutrition trends, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation. Drawing from its in-house survey...
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In case you didn’t hear, it’s that time of year again. You know, the one where you need to lose weight, eat less, work out more and become a “new you.” The New Year always brings countless resolutions surrounding health and fitness, but with that comes the stress of maintaining new (and sometimes ...
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A healthy eating style focuses on overall diet quality, proper portion sizes and can include added sugars within recommended amounts. Eating fruit is an important part of building a healthy eating style. Whether it’s canned, dried, fresh or frozen, eating fruit in all forms contributes to good...
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Ever hear that natural sugars are better for you? Or that they have vitamins and minerals, so they’re healthier? There’s a lot of misinformation about natural sugars, but at their very core, they are made up of the same stuff as granulated, white table sugar. The biggest misconception is that...
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If you came across a book or article about diet and nutrition called “You’re Doing Everything Right,” you probably wouldn’t read it, would you?  Sadly, when it comes to food and health, readers love the simplicity of a good, quick fix, regardless of whether there is any real science behind the...
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Daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere are at their shortest of the year. The temperature is beginning to drop, and Netflix recently added its new December lineup of TV shows and movies. The conditions are just right for the perfect binge watch. It's great to spend a day catching up on your...
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The other night I was watching "Seinfeld." This isn’t really any different than any other night because I watch "Seinfeld" most nights; it is, after all, one of my favorite shows. But this episode was different, I hadn’t watched it since I was a kid, when I would sit in the living room with my...
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The saying “having your cake and eating it too” resonates with many people—of course we all want to be able to eat our cake! You also don’t want the cake to make you sick, right?! Getting sick from eating or drinking contaminated foods or beverages is something that all of us want to avoid as we...
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This year, the FACTS network had a lot of health advice to debunk and poor studies to evaluate. While we had over 50 blog posts on common misconceptions about food, nutrition, and agriculture, these 7 were our most popular. Fast Take: Sucralose & Health Another sour study on low-calorie...
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Throughout 2016, the IFIC Foundation has brought you the scoop on all things food. Let’s take a look back at our top posts from the year (based on the total number of views):   New Dietary Guidelines: What Changed & What Stayed the Same When the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines were released in...
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“Don’t eat raw cookie dough or you’ll get salmonella,” is something my mom consistently told me growing up, and I’m sure you have probably heard that too at one point or another. Most people are familiar with Salmonella and E. coli, but there are numerous other foodborne illnesses that aren’t as...

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