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It’s no secret around the office that I love to cook. Spending time making dinner is one of my favorite ways to unwind after a long day at work. It’s also something that I love to do with friends and family. This is why I am so excited about this new video series with Chef Spike Mendelsohn! Chef...
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It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a trendy diet or new food fad that has taken over food conversations. I mean, we’ve even created a new series over on Foodinsight.org called Try It Tuesday, where we try new foods/diets and write about these sometimes less-than-ideal experiences on … you...
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Few topics in nutrition get more attention these days than added sugars. As much or more than any other dietary component or lifestyle factor, sugars have been studied for their role in health. The latest comes from the American Heart Association (AHA) in their recently published Scientific...
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“Healthy” is a nearly ubiquitous word. But is there any consensus on what the term means when it is applied to food? One quick web search for “what is a healthy food” generates over 567,000,000 results. Needless to say, there is a lot of variation in the definitions of “healthy food” found on these...
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The great thing about working at the IFIC Foundation is that my coworkers are reality show addicts just like myself. And when your only outlet for discussing what happened on last night’s guilty pleasure is Twitter, this is pretty big deal. A few weeks ago we were discussing the very first season...
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Twitter users often use #FF (short for "Follow Friday") to highlight people they think their followers should follow as well. Today, though, I’m using #FF for "Follow Farmers." When I first started to explore agriculture a few years ago, I was surprised to discover what a great resource Twitter is...
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We all know how important fruits and vegetables are in a healthy diet. With micronutrients like vitamins A, B6, and C, antioxidants, and fiber, fruits and vegetables are vital components to a well-balanced diet. For me, the easiest way to get them in the diet is with smoothies, which is probably...
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I recently got back from an epic adventure: two weeks backpacking through India. This was my first time traveling in a country so different from my home, the United States. All of the advice in the world couldn’t have prepared me for what was ahead. I just knew I needed an open mind, patience, and...
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On a recent trip to Prague, I got to taste true Bohemian food. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and former capital of the region of Bohemia, which is where the food gets its name. Prague turned out to be more beautiful than any of the photos I have seen, and the locals are some of the...
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When it comes to my Tuesday evenings, there’s always one show I tune into, "Chopped." If you haven’t seen it, it’s a show where four chefs compete by using an unusual combination of ingredients to create a delicious meal. Entertaining and exciting, as a foodie, I just can’t get enough of it. One of...
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I’m always up for a challenge, particularly when it comes to food. My mission this summer (and I chose to accept it) was to visit two fish markets in regions of the country renowned for their seafood: New England and the Northwest. My first stop was Block Island, Rhode Island—a tiny isle with...
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If you’ve enjoyed any of our recent posts from IFIC Foundation staff trialing various diets and eating styles, then you may be interested in this one as well. I came across this diet many years ago—never followed it (until know, that is), but never forgot about it either. After all, who could...
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With the Olympics in full swing, we had the opportunity to sit down with two-time Olympic swimmer Gideon Louw to see how he uses nutrition to fuel him through training, competing, and recovery. Read on to see what this superstar swimmer had to say about fueling for fitness. Megan Meyer: Thanks for...
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Floral, grassy, sweet, slightly bitter, nutty, astringent—only a few of the many flavors of tea. For us purists, tea is the beverage produced by adding hot water to leaves of Camellia sinensis, a shrub originating in Asia. So how do we get so many flavors and styles of tea, if it all comes from the...
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Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance to reduce sodium in packaged and processed food products. While sodium is essential for many basic human activities, such as muscle and nerve function, too much can increase blood pressure and lead to hypertension. The new Dietary...

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