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Much Ado about FODMAPs

Low-FODMAP diets have getting some press lately!  But what exactly are they?

For starters, “FODMAP” stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. (Obviously there’s an acronym for a reason).

Oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols are short chain carbohydrates like lactose, fructose, and sugar alcohols. These carbohydrates are referred to as “fermentable” because they can be digested by bacteria in the large intestine.

Let’s Set the Record Straight on Animal Processing and Labeling

When most people think of processing and handling meat, they might think of a butcher carving tender cuts of meat or of dad grilling the perfect, medium-well steak. In reality, a lot more goes into getting meat safely to your plate.

In order to enjoy a burger or a chicken wing, animals need to be processed safely and humanely. To do this, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed federal laws and standards to protect animals during processing steps.

Processing Standards in Animal Agriculture 

More than Sweet: A Food Science Perspective on the Role of Sugars in Food

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.

Five Ways Farmers Love Their Animals

When you think of eating meat, what comes to mind? Is it pulled pork covered in BBQ sauce? A juicy cheeseburger? Savory bacon with eggs? A variety of choices may pop into your head. There are so many different types of meats to enjoy.

The Secret to Raising a Healthy Eater? Start Early!

Early life nutrition may be the key to successful eating habits later in life. Starting in the womb, infants begin to develop flavor preferences. From gestation to the first two years of life, an important “window of opportunity” is presented: shaping a newborn’s food preferences.

“Meat-ing” Consumer Expectations of Ethical Animal Welfare

When you shop for groceries, you have a lot on your mind: finding the bread that has the latest expiration date, deciding what ingredients you need for a quick crock pot meal, comparing calorie counts, calculating which unit price is actually a deal. What about how animals are raised? Keeping track of the different factors involved in food can be overwhelming. 

Celebrate Dairy for Health Benefits

Let’s celebrate dairy! Time to thank a dairy farmer, hug a cow, and splurge on ice cream, and highlight the nutritious qualities of dairy products.  

What is California’s Prop 65?

Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is a California law proposed initially as the Safe Water and Toxic Enforcement Act and approved by voters in 1986. The law was intended to address public concerns in the 1980s when residents started learning more about chemicals and compounds in the environment. This law became commonly known as Prop 65. 

Saying “I Do” Soon? Don’t Forget About Food Safety!

With summer in full swing, this also means it’s wedding season. While you might not immediately associate weddings with food safety, the two have been recently linked, especially with the rise of “do it yourself” weddings. Since catering is one of the largest expenses in a wedding budget, couples can often keep costs low by doing the catering themselves.

Resources to keep in mind for having a food safe wedding

Acrylamide: What To Know When You Cook and Bake

It’s human nature to fear the unknown, so when people hear about something called acrylamide in food, it’s understandable why many of us would be concerned. That’s why a little context and science-based information could help alleviate some fears about a naturally occurring chemical in food that few people are familiar with (our research shows that three-quarters of moms haven’t even heard of it) or understand.

What is acrylamide, and why is it in some foods?