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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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The emails hit the inboxes of 23andMe members earlier this year. While their customers had grown accustomed to periodic updates about their health-risk indicators and genetic traits, this particular email was different from the rest: “We're excited to offer you a chance to join our first ever...
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Most people are familiar with aloe vera in its topical form, where it’s used to soothe sunburn, eczema or acne. But recently, it’s ventured outside of the “vacation necessities” drugstore aisle: Aloe vera juices and waters have been filling the shelves of health food and grocery stores with claims...
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Many healthcare professionals and consumers either don’t know or don’t fully understand what intuitive eating is, which makes sense because it’s still a relatively new concept. In case it’s your first time reading this series, here’s a recap: Intuitive eating is a style of eating that focuses on...
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Survey Finds That Few Older Americans Grocery-Shop Online, But Lowering Hurdles Could Sway Many Online Shoppers Eager for Food Information, But Often Come Up Empty Download Full Survey (Washington, D.C.)—The number of Americans over 50 who are online grocery-shopping is relatively low, with only 17...
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The IFIC Foundation’s 2018 Food and Health Survey indicates that many consumers want to purchase environmentally sustainable food and beverage products. But how can we find these “enviro-friendly” goods in our local markets and grocery stores? One way is to be on the lookout for sustainability...
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“Darling, I love you, but give me Park Avenue.” The famous line from the theme song of Green Acres perfectly describes my desire to never move too far from a city. There’s always something to do and lots of great restaurants, and it’s pretty easy to get from one place to the other. But cities have...
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We’re back with another installment of Sound Science, the forum where we spotlight quality research studies and scientific conclusions that may have flown under your radar. This time, we take a peek at the peer-reviewed literature on polyunsaturated fatty acids and heart health. The big, fat debate...
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If you’re looking for ways to reduce the calories, carbohydrates and sugars from your diet, then you’re not alone. Low-calorie sweeteners are one option many people turn to, but conflicting information about them has left other people sour. On this edition of DataDish: Your Trusted Serving of...
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Food safety is often top-of-mind for consumers when making food purchases in stores and restaurants. Some of us are even proactive in our safety efforts by following news of food recalls and diligently using safe food-handling practices. But beyond those basics, our IFIC Foundation research team...
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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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