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FOR RELEASE: 10 a.m. EST, January 24, 2019 Download the Survey (PDF) (Washington, D.C.) —Health-related factors have a significant impact on the foods people buy. With the seemingly overwhelming number of products on shelves, a new survey offers insights into which information on food labels is...
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THE BASICS OF CHOLINE Choline (pronounced KOH-leen) is an essential nutrient needed for brain and nervous system function and regulation of mood and memory. It’s also critical for supporting the membranes that hold our body’s cells together, is a key player in fat transport and metabolism, and is...
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Feeding our ever-growing population will take the diligent work of many farmers and food producers. As we ponder how much food needs to be produced to feed us all, should we also consider the ecological demands that food production takes? Many of us do. This week, a globally represented group of...
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The Basics of the MIND Diet For many years, researchers have examined the relationship between the foods we eat and their effects on our health. In 2015, researchers began to specifically examine the relationship between certain foods and their effect on brain health with the intention of (1)...
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Whether it was cookies or candy, frozen or fried, or chocolate or crackers, I’m willing to bet that there was no shortage of carbohydrates in most of our holiday-season diets. The start of the new year often coincides with the end of the overindulgence and the start of…dieting season. Low-...
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Good ol’ breakfast—it’s the meal many of us eat to start off our days in a healthy way. There are many great options for our first meal of the day: bagels with cream cheese, hot or cold cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs, French toast and pancakes. If you like variety, the list can go on and on....
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Five Food Trends To Watch in 2019 Consumers Adopting an Origins-Focused Approach When Buying Food (Washington, D.C.) — While consumers cite broad aspects like taste, price and familiarity as the top reasons to purchase certain foods, they also crave a deeper understanding of what they are eating....
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THE BASICS OF XYLITOL Xylitol (pronounced Zy-Li-Tall) is a type of carbohydrate called a sugar alcohol, or polyol. They are water-soluble compounds that occur naturally in many fruits and vegetables. Xylitol is also commercially produced from birch bark and corn cob for use as a sweetener to...
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Infancy and early childhood are significant stages of growth and development, particularly during the first twelve months of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) notes that “given the documented short- and long-term medical and neurodevelopmental advantages of breastfeeding, infant...
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Many healthy and delicious foods that come from cows, including milk, cheese and yogurt, are staples in many of our homes. While some people opt for cow’s milk alternatives, a great number of us desire cow’s milk instead. A recent consumer survey of ours found that 62 percent of Americans only buy...
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THE BASICS OF LYCOPENE Lycopene (pronounced LIE-co-peen) is a nutrient in the carotenoid family (where you can find lutein, zeaxanthin and many others) that’s naturally found in some plants. Lycopene provides the pigment that gives red and pink fruits their color and is known to have antioxidant...
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Download the Monk Fruit Factsheet There’s no mistaking it: Americans love to eat. Enjoying good food with good company is one of life’s great pleasures. And yet, frequent over-indulgences can have a detrimental impact on conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes, which take a substantial toll on...
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Cold winter nights often call for baking sweet treats and sipping hot cocoa. While we get comfy and cozy, we should not negate the importance of food safety practices while preparing our winter goodies, especially cookies and other tasty baked goods. While we often recommend our safe food-handling...
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Sugar, in one form or another, is added to many of our favorite foods and beverages. Most people know that sugar adds sweetness but many may not know that sugar is added for other reasons too. For example, sugars help preservation, stabilize emulsions, add flavor and improve texture – all of which...
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The Basics of Lutein Lutein (pronounced loo-teen) is an antioxidant belonging to a group called carotenoids, which make the bright yellow, red and orange colors in fruits, vegetables and other plants. Antioxidants neutralize the activity of reactive compounds called free radicals, which can cause...

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