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Celebrate Dairy for Health Benefits

Let’s celebrate dairy! Time to thank a dairy farmer, hug a cow, and splurge on ice cream, and highlight the nutritious qualities of dairy products.  

What is California’s Prop 65?

Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is a California law proposed initially as the Safe Water and Toxic Enforcement Act and approved by voters in 1986. The law was intended to address public concerns in the 1980s when residents started learning more about chemicals and compounds in the environment. This law became commonly known as Prop 65. 

Saying “I Do” Soon? Don’t Forget About Food Safety!

With summer in full swing, this also means it’s wedding season. While you might not immediately associate weddings with food safety, the two have been recently linked, especially with the rise of “do it yourself” weddings. Since catering is one of the largest expenses in a wedding budget, couples can often keep costs low by doing the catering themselves.

Resources to keep in mind for having a food safe wedding

Acrylamide: What To Know When You Cook and Bake

It’s human nature to fear the unknown, so when people hear about something called acrylamide in food, it’s understandable why many of us would be concerned. That’s why a little context and science-based information could help alleviate some fears about a naturally occurring chemical in food that few people are familiar with (our research shows that three-quarters of moms haven’t even heard of it) or understand.

What is acrylamide, and why is it in some foods?

“Tune in” with Intuitive Eating [VIDEO]

Summer is finally here. For many, this means barbecues, vacations, celebrations, and relaxation.  Summer is a time to come out of indoor hibernation and spend time getting back in touch with nature and the great outdoors.  This summer, consider also celebrating and reconnecting with your natural hunger cues through intuitive eating.

Everything You Need to Know About Grains

Known as the “harvested seeds of grasses”, humans have been consuming grains for thousands of years. From maize (corn) originating in Mexico, to rice in Asia, to wheat in the Middle East, grains are diet staples in most cultures. In fact, these three account for 51% of the calories consumed globally. Grains seem to be everywhere, but now its time to take a hearty bite into the bounty.

Listen Up About Listeria: Here is the 411

Listeria (Listeria monocytogenes) pops up in the news every so often with stories of it being found in places like cookie dough or even in refrigerator door linings.  It seems as though Listeria monocytogenes has the potential to grow in the strangest of places. This unique quality is primarily attributed to Listeria’s ability to grow at the near freezing temperatures of refrigerators and freezers.

Enjoy a Variety of Food? Thank a Pollinator.

Imagine a beautiful, orange Monarch butterfly flying around your garden. Do you know why it’s there? Do you know what would happen if it wasn’t there? Probably not. But, this beautiful butterfly can pollinate all of the flowers in your garden and make it possible for more flowers to grow!

Expert Perspective on Lead and Children's Health

Lead has been getting a lot of attention in the media recently. Questions linger about lead’s impact on health and ways in which we get exposed to it. To set the record straight, we spoke to a leading expert on pediatric health and nutrition, Dr. Keith Ayoob, Ed. D., associate clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, to get his perspective. Here’s what Dr. Ayoob had to say:

How do children get exposed to lead? 

Going Beyond the Grill: Nutrition Tips for Dad

My dad does most of the grocery shopping. He did while I was growing up, and he still does for my mom and for my brothers and sisters who live at home.

But, even though he grills sometimes, my dad doesn’t really cook (spoiler: my mom does most of it).

And, actually, if I had to guess, I would say that my dad is not really that interested in food at all.