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How’d This Get on My Plate: Breakfast

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. Whether you like to have a big breakfast or a small one, you may not stop to think about how some of our favorite breakfast foods reach store shelves or restaurant menus. I’ll give you a hint: It all starts on the farm.

What a Dairy Farmer Wants You to Know

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 cow’s milk as opposed to other plant-based milks such as almond or cashew. It could be for a taste preference, tradition or for the hearty nutrition profile that cow’s milk offers.

Raw Dough No-No’s

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.

Taking Steps to Recycle Packaging Waste

I’ve come to the realization that we cannot live without packaging. But I do concern myself with where packaging goes after I have used it. Many of us actively recycle our food packaging at home, at restaurants, parks and other public places. With many consumers having recycling infrastructure systems in their local neighborhoods, plastic, paper and glass packaging can be processed to produce new packaging and other second life products.

Safe Turkey Prep for the Holidays

’Tis the season for planning big meals, tasty treats and of course, quality time with loved ones. Many folks love enjoying lots of delicious and nutritious foods this time of year (and all year-round, in fact), but to enjoy these foods in a safe way calls for following food safety guidelines.

The Center of Attention

Fast Take: Going Organic for Cancer Prevention?

Many of us opt to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as a part of building a healthy lifestyle. While many of us still do not consume as many fruits and veggies as we should, we have likely all been taught that these types of foods are good for us. But social media chatter and news stories informing consumers about supposed “dangers lurking” in conventionally grown produce or the “nutritional superiority” of organically grown produce can often leave us wondering if we received good advice.

The Study Rundown

Antimicrobials, FDA and You

We all know taking medication as your healthcare professional prescribes is important, including antibiotics (medications used to fight bacterial infections), to help ensure our recovery from sickness. But what if after you took the medication properly, it did not work and your infection persisted? Your health outcome could be quite serious and you’d be at an increased risk for infecting others. Sounds pretty terrible, right? Well, this is basically the premise for antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance.

Caution with Cyclospora

Recently, you may have stopped to wonder if something hazardous is lurking in your salad. Many of us love eating fresh vegetables as a way to reach MyPlate goals, but none of us want to get queasy in the process. While we aim to keep our prepared and ready-to-eat foods safe for consumption, there are times when microbial contaminants can slip past our “food safety defenses” and cause illness. Case in point: an infamous microbial fiend that has been influencing our food system lately.

Searching for Sustainability Seals

The IFIC Foundation’s 2018 Food and Health Survey indicates that many consumers want to purchase environmentally sustainable food and beverage products. But how can we find these “enviro-friendly” goods in our local markets and grocery stores? One way is to be on the lookout for sustainability labels.

Are Consumers Food Safety Savvy in 2018?

Food safety is often top-of-mind for consumers when making food purchases in stores and restaurants. Some of us are even proactive in our safety efforts by following news of food recalls and diligently using safe food-handling practices. But beyond those basics, our IFIC Foundation research team wanted to drill down into what people really think about the safety of our food supply.