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Food Trends are Driven by Consumer Hopes, Fears

Within the past few months, the airwaves have been filled with news that big companies are moving away from scary-sounding food chemicals and additives. Kraft is removing its trademark yellowish orange dye from boxed mac and cheese. Panera announced that by 2016, artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors will no longer be on the menu. Chipotle decided that "when it comes to [thei...

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How Sweet is it Really? Delving into Sugar Substitutes

These days, so-called natural sugar substitutes are all the rage. Some are good old-fashioned favorites: honey, molasses, maple syrup. Others are newer to the scene, like agave nectar, stevia, and monkfruit extract. But wait. What exactly is a sugar substitute? The terminology can be confusing. A sugar substitute refers to any sweetener that can be used to replace table...

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*Chemical* is Not a Bad Word

Water; sugars (glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltose), starch, fiber , amino acids (glutamic acid, aspartic acid, his-tidine, leucine, lysine, phenylalanine, arginine, valine, alanine, serine, glycine, threonine, isoleucine, proline, tryptophan, cysteine, tyrosine, methionine), fatty acids: palmitic acid, omega-6 linoleic acid, omega-3 linolenic acid, oleic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid, laur...

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Store Shelves Loaded with Milk Alternatives

June is National Dairy Month , a time to celebrate all the nutritious benefits of milk, cheese and yogurt. But what if you don't do dairy? Whether it's for food preferences, religious purposes or health reasons, there are lots of reasons why people may not partake. Food companies have responded by developing scores of products to meet those needs, and I get lots of question...

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It's Grilling Season - Let's Be Safe Out There

I don't know about you, but I am fired up to fire up my grill after the brutal winter we had. Grilling is one of my favorite ways to prepare all types of foods — from the typical burgers, steaks and chicken to fish, vegetables and even fruit. It's a relatively low-fat preparation method, and the high temperatures help bring out delicious flavors (calorie-free) thanks to chemical reactions...

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Make the Most of Your Farmers Market Visit

Farmers market season is almost upon us, a sure sign that spring is finally here. After a seemingly endless winter, many are ready to get outside and browse the stalls filled with colorful, fresh produce. And if you don't already frequent farmers markets, you might want to consider a trip. But why?...

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Nutrition Facts Label to Change, but Will it Change our Eating Habits?

As you may have heard, the Nutrition Facts panel is about to undergo renovations. Seems like the same old story. Just when you've gotten used to something, it up and changes. But change isn't always bad, and we need it in order to move forward. To get a better idea of whether this one is good or bad, let's first recount the history of the Nutrition Facts label. Nutrition labe...

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Making Sense of Food Package Facts and Graphics

Have you heard? The FDA recently announced plans to revamp the Nutrition Facts label. This tool was introduced more than 20 years ago (!) and was designed to help consumers make food choices in the supermarket. Many people think this information has made it even more challenging to figure out food facts....

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