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How Much Salt? New Guidelines for Healthy Living

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance to reduce sodium in packaged and processed food products.  The guidance, which has been in the works since 2011, provides both short-term and long-term strategies for food companies to meet specific reduction goals. The announced guidelines on sodium reduction are aimed to promote the health of Americans. Here's what you need to know. 

News Bite: Announcing the 2016 IFIC Foundation Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Recipient, Jacob Farr

The IFIC Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship is Jacob Farr, a PhD student in Food Science at The Ohio State University. Farr graduated with a bachelor's degree in food science from OSU in 2014 and is now pursuing his PhD, which is focused on stabilizing natural colorants with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for use by beverage manufacturers.

Nutrient Newlyweds: Marrying Nutrients for Maximum Health Benefits [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that “marrying” certain foods and nutrients together can deliver a combination of health benefits? Sure, lots of foods can deliver important health benefits on their own, but sometimes when pairing different foods together in a meal or snack, the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.

What I Learned About Nutrition As a Mom-To-Be

As a mom of three boys, I’ve had my challenges. Luckily, none of them stemmed from food or beverages. I firmly believe that good eating habits begin forming right at that first feeding shortly after birth, and that as a mom, you have a lot of influence those first few years to establish healthy habits that will carry through your children’s lives.

For Mother’s Day, I thought I’d share my tips for feeding children. If things go well in the very beginning, your child will be set for life, and by the teen years, well, at least nutrition won’t be an issue.

Five Things to Look for in Food [INFOGRAPHIC]

With all the information out there on what you should be thinking about when making food decisions, it can be confusing to know exactly what to focus on. There are so many nutrients and components in food that have associated health benefits, and this infographic highlights the five best ones to keep an eye out for.  Many common foods come with a nutritional boost in the form of macro- or micronutrients, so keeping these in mind when grocery shopping can go a long way toward fueling your body and your health!

 

Food Waste 101 [VIDEO]

Food waste is serious issue. In America, we toss out 35 million tons of food every year—and that’s just the food that is wasted in homes and thrown out at restaurants. While food waste is a complex issue that does not have a simple solution, there are easy changes that we can make to help. Check out our video to learn how!

National Soyfoods Month: Why Everyone Should Love Soy

April is National Soyfoods Month and the perfect time recognize soy as no longer just a vegetarian or vegan delicacy. Soybeans and soy ingredients continue to grow in popularity and are a common item in the refrigerator and pantry of meat-eaters as well.

Junk Science [VIDEO]

Contributing to the rise of misinformation, junk science is defined as untested or unproven when presented as scientific fact. It could be the result of a poorly designed study published in a predatory science journal, or a journalist cherry-picking data and overstepping results in a well-designed study to publish something influenced by confirmation bias.

With the help of Kevin Lieber from Vsauce2, we're cleaning up the junk so that you won't be a victim of pseudo-scientific garbage ever again.

The Scoop on Alternative Flours

The minute that bag of flour hits the countertop, you know you’re in for something delicious. Warm, homemade bread, cakes and pastries are the epitome of comfort food.

A great way to experiment with your old favorites is by trying out some of the new ingredients popping up on store shelves. All-purpose flour is no longer the only game in town. Predicted to be a big hit this year, alternative flours have been slowly sneaking into our kitchens, and it seems like there’s no end in sight. We looked into some to find out what they have to offer and the best ways to use them.  

How We Caffeinate at the IFIC Foundation

We're wrapping up Caffeine Awareness Month with one last post: How we get our buzz! Whether it's coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, or even espresso and lattes, caffeine isn't just a quick pick-me-up. It's our morning mainstay, a tasty treat and even a daily ritual. 

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