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Labels proposed by the USDA to disclose “bioengineered” foods dramatically increase a wide variety of consumer concerns over GMOs. Those are among the findings of new research by the IFIC Foundation.

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If you’re a parent, you’re probably accustomed to your children asking, “Is dinner ready yet?” from the moment you begin preparing a meal to the moment it’s on the table. If you’re not a parent, you can surely admit to asking your mom or dad these same questions at some point growing up. While it...
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Protein is one of the three ways we get calories. But it’s much more than that, a fact that research continues to reveal. Among other things, eating enough protein help us feel full longer, and provides other essential vitamins and minerals that can support strong bones and a healthy immune system...
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Welcome to Gut Check, our running series where we explore how the food we eat is connected to our gut microbiome. We recently took a look at how low-calorie sweeteners impact the microbes living in our gut (I’ll summarize here: we still don’t know if, or how, they do). In this article we’re taking...
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For the last installment in our milk series, we thought it would be a good idea to dive into coconut milk. Plus, you might want to get an early start on celebrating World Coconut Day (Sept. 2). Even if you don’t celebrate, you may have noticed that this tropical beverage has grown quite a bit in...
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If you know me at all, you know the only thing I really want to do in this life: travel the world. I usually find any excuse to ask someone, “So where’s your dream travel destination?” -- because I care but also because I’m hoping I’ll hear a place that’s not already on my list. What’s a place on...
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Are carbohydrates your friend or foe? Given all the conflicting information you may be hearing about carbs, sometimes it’s hard to know. The truth is that we need carbohydrates in our diet and that not all carbohydrates (and carbohydrate-containing foods) are created equal. That doesn’t mean we can...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2018 Download the full report Survey: Nearly Half of U.S. Consumers Avoid GMO Foods; Large Majority Primarily Concerned About Human Health Impact  Proposed Federal Bioengineered (BE) Foods Disclosure Suggests Lower Consumer Acceptance, Less Willingness to Pay Under...
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The IFIC Foundation’s Ali Webster, PhD, RD, and Alyssa Ardolino, RD, were among the attendees at Nutrition 2018, the American Society for Nutrition’s annual conference. Nutrition 2018 brought together researchers, science communicators, registered dietitians, industry professionals, government...
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Snacking is a fact of life for most of us. Research shows that, in America, about 25 percent of our daily calories come from snacks. Despite their ubiquity, snacks have developed a bit of a bad rap. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) warn against eating too many snack foods and...
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What makes you pick one type of cereal, juice, bread or milk over another while you are shopping? Purchases we make can be influenced by a variety of factors, with some having more influence than others.  Our 2018 Food and Health Survey has uncovered various insights on what drives people when they...
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When you were a kid, chances are you played with little plastic food items and maybe even tried to take a bite every once in a while.  Now that you are an adult, you may have heard that there could actually be tiny-sized pieces of plastic in the food you are eating. These are known as “...
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Lectin is a naturally occurring protein found in beans, legumes, whole grains and even some vegetables. Recently, lectin spent some time in the spotlight after a being discussed in a popular book authored by a doctor who called lectins dangerous, saying they increase inflammation, cause digestive...
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Ever notice how fruit and vegetable stands or freezer aisles in grocery stores can be such a “mixed bag?” Many of us can buy everything from apples and avocados to yams and zucchini all year long. In warmer months, many of us also see an increase in the availability and variety of many fresh fruit...
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One-third of people are dieting—counting, measuring and potentially overthinking their food choices. But what if I told you there were other options—alternatives that didn’t require you to spend significant time each day deciding on, wrestling with and often being unsatisfied by your food choices?...

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