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Google Can’t Diagnose Your Food Allergy

I have a love-hate relationship with the internet. On the one hand, it’s a great place to learn how to fix a hem, Scrabble-certified words with Z and X, and the capital of Malta. Unless you know where to search and the credible sources, the internet is not always a great place to learn about science and nutrition, and food allergies are no different.

Thanks to the many symptom checkers that can be searched on Google, a few checks in a box can “diagnose” someone with an allergy. But while people flock to Dr. Google, they forget that he never got his M.D.

Can Cereal Be a Quick AND Healthy Breakfast?

I have a soft spot in my heart for cereal. Growing up, it was common for me to sit at the table eating cereal before I left for school, and as an adult, when I’m too lazy to make something to eat, I grab a bowl of cereal. So it’s no surprise that I would find reason to celebrate Cereal Day, but of course, many have already taken to demonizing something that can be a quick and healthy breakfast.

What is Allulose?: A Different Kind of Low-Calorie Sweetener

Sugar can seem simple, but the science is pretty complicated. While many of us are familiar with sugar (aka sucrose), which is found in foods as diverse as sugar cubes, salad dressing, fruits and vegetables, this is only one type of sugar. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides, and they’re made up of a single sugar molecule. Two sugar molecules bound together are called disaccharides. Sucrose is a disaccharide of glucose and fructose.

Peanut vs. Tree Nuts Allergy and Why It Matters

Ever wonder why the eight most common allergens include peanuts and tree nuts? Have you ever assumed that peanuts were a nut? And do you even know what a tree nut is? If you, like I, have ever wondered this, this post explains all the nitty gritty, or rather nutty gritty, on nuts. 

What Is a Peanut? And How Does It Differ From a Walnut?

The 10 Favorite FACTS Blogs of 2017

From GMOs to lectins, veganism to sugar, we debunked and dispelled 2017’s most common and cringe-worthy myths.

Is Honey Organic?: Navigating the Definition of Organic

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed I was low on honey, and figured I would buy some more before running out and having nothing to sweeten my green smoothies and tea. I went online and perused what was available; there was raw honey, unfiltered honey, clove honey, blueberry honey, really there was every honey you could imagine. I settled on one and before clicking “buy,” I looked at reviews to make sure there were no problems. Luckily, there was nothing wrong with the honey, but there were a lot of people that seemed to be confused about the definition of organic.

5 Nutrition and Food Safety Pregnancy Myths

Nutrition advice often feels like it’s coming in from all angles during pregnancy. Everyone from your doctor to your great-aunt has an opinion on what you should, or shouldn’t, be eating. With all this advice coming from a variety of sources, it’s inevitable that there are some myths in the mix. This infographic takes aim at some of the most common myths about nutrition and food safety during pregnancy.

Goodbye Sugar: A Diet With No Sugar?

Ever heard someone say they don’t consume sugar? Not that they don’t consume added sugars, but that they don’t eat any sugars? I have, and to be honest, it really makes no sense. Considering that sugars are naturally found in so many foods, how can they possibly eat a diet with absolutely none? In fact, I’m not even sure there are any foods that don’t contain natural sugars, but honestly, I’m not sure. So I decided to dig a little further.

Conserving Water on the Farm and in the Home

Did you know that 70 percent of the Earth is covered in water? Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But did you also know that only 2.5 percent of that water is fresh (doesn’t contain salt), and only 1 percent of that water is accessible to people?

Try It Tuesday: Reading Food Labels

A couple months ago, we wrote a post about added sugars. Like most of our sugars posts, it garnered quite a bit of discussion on social media. One comment really stood out to me: “How are we supposed to know what’s in our food?” A little confused, I asked if the commenter reads ingredient labels. He told me “no” and that "it takes too much time.” And with that, another Try It Tuesday was in the making.