Blog entry | Nov 15 2017
Farmers have a number of practices in their “toolbox” to grow all the nutritious fruits, vegetables and grains our diets rely upon. But the use of pesticides is not well understood. Pesticides are...
Blog entry | Nov 07 2017
I grew up learning to love the science of food while watching my parents cook. My mom is known for her chocolate chip cookie recipe. When we made this recipe together, my first task was always to...
animal antibiotics: what you should know
Article | Nov 01 2017
Raising healthy and safe animals is a high priority for farmers, ranchers and the veterinarians who work alongside them. Despite this, animals may still become sick and require treatment, just like...
Blog entry | Nov 01 2017
There are lots of examples of nutritional boogeymen. Online circles always seem to be in a frenzy about some hidden danger lurking in your food. Despite all the variations of these food freak-outs,...
Blog entry | Oct 27 2017
In light of a recent wave of media coverage related to a report stating that “alarming” levels of arsenic, lead and cadmium were found in baby food, we called a pediatric nutrition expert to help us...
Blog entry | Oct 26 2017
I had only eaten a bug once before learning about the significant health benefits of edible insects. The first time, I was in the second grade, and my brother dared me to eat it. I don’t think I’m...
Blog entry | Oct 25 2017
Eating food to survive is not a choice, it is a necessity. Thus, food safety is of the highest importance to all of us. How can food safety be upheld? How can our food supply be protected?...
Blog entry | Oct 19 2017
Identifying new mechanisms and pathways are key in science. They help answer long-term questions and also generate new scientific questions. And figuring out even one step of a pathway takes a...
Blog entry | Oct 18 2017
Nitrites don’t make it on your grocery list but likely end up in your fridge. They have several roles in foods and have become a necessary component in many of our favorite products. Their most...
Blog entry | Oct 12 2017
The web is once again abuzz with suspicious claims about the alkaline diet. A staple of some alternative medicine circles for years now, this eating plan isn’t new to the pantheon of internet health-...
Blog entry | Oct 06 2017
In recent years, apple cider vinegar has been heralded as a magic elixir that controls blood sugar levels, prevents heart disease, whitens teeth and slows the aging process. According to numerous...
Blog entry | Oct 04 2017
With any diet online trend, you can assume someone is eventually going to take it too far and that time just came for the Paleo diet. Proponents of the Paleo diet are now recommending this “ancestral...
Blog entry | Sep 29 2017
Every time I chew a piece of sugar-free gum I marvel at how it’s able to be so cool and sweet, while remaining sugar-free. This paradox is attributed in part to the use of two key groups of...
Blog entry | Sep 28 2017
Wake up, check the weather, get dressed and maybe grab some light breakfast. Lace up your shoes and out the door you go. You’re about to start a long run and know what to expect, whether it’s 10...
Blog entry | Sep 25 2017
Some raw foods taste great and are good for you from a nutrition and food safety perspective. But from a food safety position, you should skip food fads that can put your health at risk—like eating...
Blog entry | Sep 21 2017
September means several things to me- the start of my favorite season (fall), my birthday (hooray!) and the beginning of football season. I grew up watching college football with my family on the...
Blog entry | Sep 20 2017
“Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes,” was what my mom always used to tell me. She was right, carrots are filled with carotenoids, including lutein, that help protect against macular...
Blog entry | Sep 14 2017
“Paleo” and “gluten-free” have become household names over the past few years. But have you heard about the Paleo diet for your baby? As trendy eating styles become increasingly popular, the next...
Blog entry | Sep 08 2017
Chatter about protein and protein supplements have been getting a good deal of attention recently. With so much misinformation about amounts, timing and sources here are the answers to five common...
Blog entry | Aug 31 2017
Research was recently published that provides some hope in finding a practical treatment for individuals living with peanut allergies. Many headlines covering this research in the news suggest the...
Blog entry | Aug 30 2017
Low-fat, high-carb: new data from the PURE cohort study The internets are abuzz with a new study from the journal Lancet surrounding an age-old controversy in the nutrition community: low-fat versus...
Blog entry | Aug 30 2017
I love the vibrant color of red velvet cupcakes. The deep, red coloring paired with the moist texture and slightly chocolatey taste is truly indulgent. But what gives these cupcakes their beautiful...
Blog entry | Aug 24 2017
These days, there are too many food myths to count. Even with so much noise out there, some common myths continue to capture our attention. Some of these common misperceptions center on monosodium...
Blog entry | Aug 15 2017
About a week ago, I ordered my first jar of a casein protein supplement. Throughout five years of resistance training, I have consumed protein supplements maybe twice. So this purchase was kind of a...
Blog entry | Aug 02 2017
I am a big fan of documentaries- they are usually a good mix of entertainment and education (#nerdalert). But the latest documentary I watched, What the Health, missed the mark on both fronts for me...
Blog entry | Aug 01 2017
For the first time, in 2015, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) included a recommendation to limit added sugars in the diet to less than 10% of total calories. According to the DGA’s...
Blog entry | Jul 25 2017
The Whole30 is EVERYWHERE. The Whole30 book is even a New York Times “Food and Diet” bestseller. Essentially, the Whole30 is a 30 day eating plan. Completing a “Whole30” involves eating from a very...
Blog entry | Jul 21 2017
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...
Blog entry | Jul 17 2017
If your curiosity about low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) is growing, you’re not alone. We get a lot of questions about them: “Will they help me lose weight? Are they safe? Should I avoid them?”, to cite...
Blog entry | Jul 14 2017
Mac and cheese: a childhood favorite for many and a go-to comfort food. Unfortunately, this classic dish is under attack because of a common packaging compound. A new report found the presence of...

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