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The Recovering Foodie

Look, we all love food. It’s what keeps us alive. But a certain thing can happen when a person gets immersed in the lifestyle and trends that surround food. Something that can affect a person’s life, relationships, and work. Yes — brace yourself — we are talking about when someone you love (or maybe even […]

100 Food Myths, Busted

As misinformation about food proliferates on social media and online, it’s more important than ever to counter these myths with science-based evidence. RDNs are the original food-myth busters, so in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, we’re sharing 100 food myths and the facts that refute them. 1. Myth: […]

Fiber: What It Is and Why You Need More of It In Your Diet

Eat more fiber. If your doctor didn’t give you this advice at your last checkup, she probably should have: 97 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended daily amount of dietary fiber they need to stay healthy. But what is fiber, and why is it good for you? Dietary fiber, sometimes called “roughage,” is a […]

Decoding Food Labels: Scary Additives or Gifts from Nature?

Food-ingredient labels are getting shorter. Why? Because the people have spoken: We want fewer, better ingredients in our foods. We asked, and the companies that make our food responded by replacing artificial colors and flavors, removing what’s unessential, and using naturally derived ingredients. But even shorter “clean” labels can still read like a technical manual. […]

Is Seaweed the Next Superfood?

There’s a new superfood in town. And it’s not kale. Seaweed may be a hot new food trend in the United States, but this leafy green from the sea has been used in Asian cuisine for thousands of years. Not only is seaweed low in calories and fat, it’s also packed with essential nutrients like […]

Essential and Natural: Why This Ingredient Belongs in Organic Food

The “certified organic” seal is synonymous with healthy living and clean eating. But what exactly does it mean? And who decides what is or is not certified organic? In the United States, food is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. The seal verifies a product has been made with 95 percent “certified […]

Cornucopia Institute ‘Report’ Touts Flawed Science

The trade/lobbying group Cornucopia Institute has issued a ‘report’ that alleges a ‘smoking gun’ in carrageenan data published more than 10 years ago on an industry-supported website. The Cornucopia report was issued just as the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is conducting ‘sunset reviews’ of additives that may or may not be included in U.S. […]

Who regulates fear in the American diet? – The Hill, 4/14/16

Dr. Roger Clemens on food science and fear Image: The Hill  Anyone who has watched what passes for political discourse lately will agree that we live in a polarized society and that this polarization extends far beyond our politics. Some of us don’t trust business unless it is our own. Some of us believe that […]

In defense of ingredients – Food Business News, 3/8/16

Science, safety, seaweed and how to deal with misinformation.   Company executives may feel a scientific study gives a misleading view of their food product. Researchers may feel the study contains information about an ingredient that needs a further explanation or even a correction. A response may seem necessary, but consider the investment. “It takes […]