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Fad Diets: The Whole30

The Whole30 is EVERYWHERE. The Whole30 book is even a New York Times “Food and Diet” bestseller.

Fad Diets: The 5:2 Diet

Intermittent fasting, or restricting calorie intake to a certain number of hours per day, has become pretty popular lately. A version of intermittent fasting called the 5:2 diet entails restricting calories (“fasting”) for two days a week, while eating a normal amount on the other five days.

Fast Take: Is Coffee Really Going to Extend your Life?

Holy coffee, Batman! Guess what’s been the highlight of nutrition news this week? Yup, it’s coffee. And don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of this beverage, but is it really going to make me live longer?

Sound Science: The Mediterranean Diet and Heart Health

Heart disease affects many people in the U.S., with almost half of Americans having at least one of three risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking) for heart disease. A 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined if following a Mediterranean-style eating pattern would impact heart health.

Fortification FTW (For the Win)

Since 2011, I’ve lived in Minnesota, part of the “goiter belt,” a term for parts of the U.S. (including the Great Lakes region and Appalachia) where soil levels of iodine are naturally low and iodine-rich foods like seafood and seaweed are not exactly dietary staples. 

Before the 1920s, over half of the population in some parts of this region had goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland caused by insufficient iodine intake.

Food Evolution: The GMO Debate Hits the Theaters [VIDEO]

Few subjects about food and nutrition spark more intense discussions than genetic engineering, or GMOs. While no documentary is perfect, we were curious to see if the same will hold true for the "Food Evolution," a new documentary that's the latest entry into the GMO debate on the Silver Screen. Academy Award nominee filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy recently sat down with us to talk about his new film that opened in New York City on June 23.

Fast Take: Are you frying your health with french fries?

Each time a nutrition study descends upon the internet I cringe internally. I have to brace myself as I click through the various news outlets covering it, knowing that I may encounter sensational reporting, regardless of the actual content of the scientific study.  Here’s what you need to know about a new study that found an association between fried potatoes and increased mortality.

#CenterYourFocus: 5 Foods to Include in Your Shopping Cart

You know that first day of school feeling, when you walk into a large, new room and suddenly don’t know where to sit? Unsure if it’s safe to dive into a center aisle, you choose to sit along perimeter because you’ll be less confused on the outside. That’s how I used to feel when I entered a grocery store. Scared of the unknown center aisles and their supposed “hidden dangers”, I only scanned the outside perimeter of the grocery store. I mean, that is what I was hearing on my social channels and in the news.

Give Your Baked Goods a Boost with Coffee Flour

From banana flour to quinoa flour, it can be hard to keep up with all these new, trendy flours. Sorting out the potential cooking, baking and health benefits they all offer can be overwhelming. But exotic flours can be an exciting way to incorporate different flavors and nutrients into our favorite baked goods. As a sustainable and nutritious food, coffee flour may be worth checking out the next time you do your flour shopping or want to add some pizzazz to a recipe.

What is Coffee Flour?

New Food Fad: Lectin-Free Diet

There have been a few articles written in recent days discussing lectins (proteins found in plants and animals), how they are damaging to your health, and why you should avoid them. *Insert eye roll*.

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