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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.

Keeping Your Kids Hydrated and Healthy

Did you know that water is an essential nutrient?

While it’s always important to drink enough fluids to stay hydrated, this habit becomes especially important in the summertime. It’s hot and sweaty out there, which means our bodies are losing water to keep us cool.  

Better Know a Nutrition Scientist: Meet Julie

We invite you to meet Julie Hess, this year’s Sylvia Rowe Fellow. Julie is finishing her Ph.D. in human nutrition at the University of Minnesota and has bachelors’ degrees in English and French from the University of Texas at Austin.

What’s in the Dietitian’s Bag?

Registered Dietitian (RD): a food and nutrition expert who goes through rigorous academic and clinical nutrition training, culiminating in a standardized exam. When it comes food and health advice, RD's will give you the facts, but have you ever wondered what these health nuts have in their bags? Well, now you can find out! The RD’s of Food Insight are opening their purses (or man-purses) to give a look into what they carry with them every day. Check it out and you may be surprised – it’s not just snacks!

Questions and Answers on Lead in the Food Supply

What is lead?

Lead (Pb) is a naturally occurring mineral that’s found throughout our environment.  In the U.S., we are exposed to lead through a number of sources including soil, air, water, dust and paint.  At much smaller levels, lead can be detected in many plant based foods and beverages.

How does lead get into our food supply?

Make Room for Legumes

What are Legumes?

Legumes are the edible fruits, pods, or seeds of plants from the pea family Leguminosae. Sounds fancy, but you’ll probably find them in every grocery store, a burrito, or hidden in the back of your kitchen pantry. The Leguminosae family includes beans, peas, and lentils.

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