Blog entry | Feb 28 2018
In previous posts we’ve highlighted the importance, safety and other positive attributes of genetically engineered (GE, Genetically Modified Organism or GMO) crops. Biotechnology's use in food...
Blog entry | Feb 26 2018
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...
Blog entry | Feb 22 2018
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...
Blog entry | Feb 21 2018
Low-carb? Low-fat? Personalized to your DNA? There’s a lot of hype about which diet, if any, is best for your long-term health. New research from JAMA may suggest that neither a low-carb nor a low-...
Blog entry | Feb 16 2018
In today’s food-centric culture, the phrase “processed foods” gets thrown around a lot. Typically the term carries a negative undertone and sometimes for good reasons. For example, research has shown...
Blog entry | Feb 15 2018
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...
Blog entry | Feb 09 2018
I hope that you’re reading this before you decided to throw that new bunch of asparagus directly in the trash can (if not, I’m sorry for your loss). Many of you may have come across several news...
Blog entry | Feb 08 2018
This is the first installment of a new video series in partnership with Osmosis, a group that focuses on health science education, highlighting the basics of several nutrition topics. Fats are an...
Blog entry | Feb 07 2018
Ahh, February. The official month of candy hearts, slushy grey weather (at least in DC) and getting real about health goals. The rosy optimism of our New Year’s diet resolution has faded, and it’s...
Blog entry | Jan 31 2018
If I were to go out and do a Jimmy Kimmel-esque Pedestrian Question on why fiber is good for us, I’ve got a few guesses on how it would go: “Fiber keeps you regular (hehe)” “I think fruits and...
Blog entry | Jan 29 2018
When some people hear the term “selective breeding,” they assume it’s a fairly recent technology. Well, they would be off just a little bit — by about 12,000 years, to be precise. Practices such as...
Blog entry | Jan 23 2018
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...
Blog entry | Jan 17 2018
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...
Blog entry | Jan 10 2018
Not even a week into 2018 and a new food fad has spread throughout social feeds and news outlets. This one was particularly surprising to me given that I spend so much of my day reading and hearing...
Blog entry | Jan 09 2018
Much of the country has been in the grip of a bitter, record-setting cold snap so intense that meteorologists have even called it a “bomb.” For a lot of us, that means a little hot cocoa, and a lot...
Blog entry | Dec 26 2017
From GMOs to lectins, veganism to sugar, we debunked and dispelled 2017’s most common and cringe-worthy myths. 1. New Food Fad: Lectin-Free Diet From Gwyenth Paltrow to Tom Brady, many celebrities...
Blog entry | Dec 15 2017
After moving to Washington, D.C., I quickly learned that a favorite weekend pastime of Washingtonians is brunch. While I’d like to consider myself an adventurous person, nine times out of 10 I order...
Blog entry | Dec 13 2017
Ever thought about all the “travel steps” needed for food to reach your plates? We’re talking about before you buy it in a store or order it off a menu. Many of us want more information about where...
Blog entry | Dec 07 2017
We’ve officially (finally) made it to the last few weeks of 2017, and that means that foodies and trend forecasters are busy compiling their lists of food trends to watch for in 2018. While new fads...
Blog entry | Dec 05 2017
A walk into any restaurant, coffee shop or grocery store confirms that there are few foods as versatile as soy. We can sub soy milk in a morning latte, toss tofu in a stir fry for dinner, throw a...
Blog entry | Dec 01 2017
We talk quite a bit about the safety of pesticides and their federally regulated use by farmers to grow both conventional and organic produce. But we thought it would be a good idea take some time to...
Blog entry | Nov 15 2017
Farmers have a number of practices in their “toolbox” to grow all the nutritious fruits, vegetables and grains our diets rely upon. But the use of pesticides is not well understood. Pesticides are...
Blog entry | Nov 07 2017
I grew up learning to love the science of food while watching my parents cook. My mom is known for her chocolate chip cookie recipe. When we made this recipe together, my first task was always to...
animal antibiotics: what you should know
Article | Nov 01 2017
Raising healthy and safe animals is a high priority for farmers, ranchers and the veterinarians who work alongside them. Despite this, animals may still become sick and require treatment, just like...
Blog entry | Nov 01 2017
There are lots of examples of nutritional boogeymen. Online circles always seem to be in a frenzy about some hidden danger lurking in your food. Despite all the variations of these food freak-outs,...
Blog entry | Oct 27 2017
In light of a recent wave of media coverage related to a report stating that “alarming” levels of arsenic, lead and cadmium were found in baby food, we called a pediatric nutrition expert to help us...
Blog entry | Oct 26 2017
I had only eaten a bug once before learning about the significant health benefits of edible insects. The first time, I was in the second grade, and my brother dared me to eat it. I don’t think I’m...
Blog entry | Oct 25 2017
Eating food to survive is not a choice, it is a necessity. Thus, food safety is of the highest importance to all of us. How can food safety be upheld? How can our food supply be protected?...
Blog entry | Oct 19 2017
Identifying new mechanisms and pathways are key in science. They help answer long-term questions and also generate new scientific questions. And figuring out even one step of a pathway takes a...
Blog entry | Oct 18 2017
Nitrites don’t make it on your grocery list but likely end up in your fridge. They have several roles in foods and have become a necessary component in many of our favorite products. Their most...

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