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There’s Something Rank About Ranking Our Foods

Registered dietitians and nutrition scientists have a somewhat complicated history of being a bit … well ... critical of the food you may (or may not) be eating. Sometimes it goes too far, and the knowledge we have about food becomes too objective. This over-analysis of nutrient composition overlooks what food is also meant to do: provide nourishment, satisfaction and joy.

Build Your Own Snack Dip [INFOGRAPHIC]

Welcome to the sixth installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of your favorite foods. Next up is snack dip -- an option that’s perfect for a midday snack. If you’re new to snack dips or just want to find more ways to enjoy one, keep reading.

First things first: choose a base, preferably with protein. Protein may help you feel full longer and build muscle. Hummus, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt are all great options. These bases are simple and perfect for building flavor!

Build Your Own Fajita [INFOGRAPHIC]

Welcome to the fifth installment of our Build Your Own series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of your favorite foods. Next up is the fajita — an option that’s perfect as an entree or used as leftovers the next day. If you’re new to fajitas or just want to find more ways to enjoy them, keep reading.

3 Reasons to Swipe Left on the Sirtfood Diet

Here at the International Food Information Council Foundation, we talk a lot about fad diets. Usually, we’re debunking them and promoting a balanced eating plan with room for indulgences and celebrations. Sometimes the diets we talk about are based on some solid nutrition guidelines, and others we can’t believe really exist. This next diet we’re going to talk about falls into the latter category.

Keto Diet 101: What to Know Before You Commit

Every January, we’re told that detoxes, diets, and a new gym membership are the key to a successful new year. It seems as though everyone’s trying to shave off the pounds as quickly as possible, and whatever diet can promise fast weight loss is the one they’re willing to try. Enter: the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic (often abbreviated to just “keto”) diet promises health benefits from weight loss to increased mental focus. But is it backed by science? Should you jump on the bandwagon or steer clear? Let’s dig in.

What is the ketogenic diet?

Build Your Own Breakfast Sandwich [INFOGRAPHIC]

Welcome to the fourth installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of your favorite  foods. Next up is the breakfast sandwich -- an option that’s a perfect start to your day (or anytime really!). If you’re new to breakfast sandwiches or just want to find more ways to enjoy one, keep reading.

Build Your Own Trail Mix [INFOGRAPHIC]

Welcome to the third installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of your favorite foods. Next up is Trail Mix -- the portable option that’s perfect for any adventure. If you’re new to trail mix or just want to find more ways to enjoy it, keep reading.

Kosher, Halal, Pareve: Get to Know the Labels

It’s mid-December, and you’ve decided to throw a holiday party and invited all your friends. You’ve already done your best to accommodate for everyone’s restrictions (Susan is gluten-free and Richard doesn’t eat red meat). Suddenly, you realize you don’t know what religious dietary rules your friends follow. You know there was one friend who eats Kosher, but what about the others? Better do some research on the latest labeling regulations! Luckily, we’ve done that part for you. Read on to learn the basics of Kosher, Halal, and Pareve labeling, so you can get back to planning this party.

Build Your Own Pasta [INFOGRAPHIC]

Welcome to the second installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of different foods. Next up is a pasta meal, the versatile, energy-providing option that’s perfect for any time of day. If you’re new to pasta or just want to find more ways to enjoy it, keep reading.

Resetting After a Holiday Splurge

If I had a dollar for every time someone “cheated on their diet” and had to restart, I’d have enough money to travel the entire world -- about ten times. Truth is: many diets don’t work. Yet here we are, about to start the Holiday season and I bet you could name a handful of people in your social circle who are trying to go cold turkey on the cookies, cakes, and pies that inevitably (and rightfully-so) accompany this time of year.

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