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The Rising Agent: Nutritional Yeast

Most people think about light, airy baked goods when it comes to the word “yeast”. However, yeast comes in many different forms with various purposes; one being nutritional yeast. Known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the scientific world, nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast that is cultured and grown on a glucose medium such as molasses. It differs from Brewer’s yeast, which is a product of the beer fermentation process and cannot be used to help your bread rise.

Process Contaminants: An Expert Perspective

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?

Sorghum: From Salads to Syrups, This Grain is Cropping Up Everywhere

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 scene: sorghum.

What is sorghum?

A Deep Dive on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guideline's Inclusion of Caffeine

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.

March Madness Bracket Challenge: Trendy Food Face-Off

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 again to choose who will compete in the championship round! 

The Facts on Caffeine [INFOGRAPHIC]

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 adults can consume 300 to 400 mg of caffeine a day, which equates to a little more than four 8-oz. cups of coffee.*

Caffeine Webinar: Caffeine Literacy to Make Better Health Choices

CPEUs will be provided for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Dietetic Technicians Registered (DTRs).

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

No pre-registration required. The link will be active only on March 21, beginning at 12:45 p.m. ET.  

Eat These Foods for Increased Energy [INFOGRAPHIC]

Between work, hobbies, family, exercise, and sleep, there’s a lot to get done in a day. Sometimes it feels like there’s barely enough time to breathe, let alone eat. That’s why it’s so important to choose foods that will give you the energy you need to get where you need to be.

As we’re sure you know, not all foods are created equal when it comes to providing long-lasting energy. There are many nutrients in foods that can provide you with energy such as protein and dietary fats, but let's focus on foods rich in caffeine, carbs, and B vitamins.

Pantry Hacks: 3 Easy and Healthy Recipes with Canned Foods

If you are anything like us, you rely on pantry staples to create quick, affordable and nutritious meals to get you from one meal to the next. We decided to create three mouth-watering recipes that incorporate at least one canned food.

In addition, we built these recipes around pantry staples, including jarred and boxed items. Each one also features notable nutrients to help you feel good about what you are eating.

A Useful Guide to Understanding GMOs

As food producers aim to provide a secure and reliable supply of food for the growing public, food biotechnology advances are evolving fast. Genetically modified food resources are helping farmers, food manufacturers, and companies produce safe, healthy, great-tasting and environmentally-friendly foods. However, understanding how these foods are created, how they end up on our plates, and the science behind the ingredients can be confusing. Below we have some insightful resources to help you understand how GMOs are shaping our food supply. 

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