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Keeping Menus Clean

With the increasing popularity of food bloggers, wellness gurus, and “foodies,” it is becoming clear that eating healthy isn’t just a lifestyle, but a growing trend among Americans. In a study conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), 1,000 consumers between the ages of 18-80 were surveyed about their diet. 64% of those surveyed […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Saturated Fat

Is coconut oil the cure for all that ails us? Is the Paleo diet, focused on higher-fat ingredients coming largely from animal sources, the healthiest way to eat? Should full-fat dairy be re-introduced to the school lunch program? All of these hot button nutrition topics can lead back to one previously sinister nutrient: saturated fat. […]

Menu Labeling Deadline Drama

Last week was full of excitement and worry, as the FDA released a menu labeling deadline update that shook the foodservice industry. Within 4 days, we went from thinking the industry still had 5 months to become compliant with menu labeling, to menu labeling taking effect, and finally having the FDA officially make May 5, […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Sugar

Over the last decade, the major nutrients of concern in most dietary recommendations have shifted to include sugar. Although a large body of evidence relating long-term sugar consumption to health disparities is lacking, sugar has become one of the more targeted nutrients when discussing healthful eating. The negative view on sugar is spurred by the […]

With the promise of cold and flu season on the horizon, nutrition and healthful eating come to the forefront of wellness and warding off pesky illnesses. When it comes to a balanced diet, there are many key minerals to focus on to help the immune system perform optimally. One mineral commonly associated with wellness when […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Antioxidants

Antioxidants are known to be the dynamo defenders that help fight against chemicals called free radicals, found in our bodies. Free radicals contribute to the destruction of cells by stealing their electrons, thus altering our cells’ structure and function. Research attests to the role free radicals play in the onset of a host of chronic […]

Is This Really Vegetarian?

If you talk to most people about their diet they’re likely to tell you the foods they don’t eat, if they have special dietary restrictions, or if they refrain from eating animal products (vegan or vegetarian). When it comes to vegetarians there’s a lot of wiggle room. Some people eat eggs, milk, and cheese (Lacto-Ovo), […]

Nutrient Spotlight Series: Fiber

Recently, fiber has become a prominent nutrient of concern in the standard American diet due to inadequate fruit, vegetable and whole grain intake. Fiber is found in plants and provides many benefits for the human body. Ironically, our bodies need fiber, however unlike other nutrients, it’s never actually absorbed. The distinctive path of digestion fiber […]

facts sodium

Sodium plays a critical role in aiding a number of biological functions that we often take for granted. For instance, without sodium we would be continually dehydrated because we wouldn’t be able to maintain fluid balance. Sodium also helps our intestines absorb important compounds like amino acids, glucose, water, and chloride, and helps our brains […]

Congress Makes History with GMO Labeling Bill

A bill to create a national standard for labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was recently passed by the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. President Obama signed the bill into law on Friday, July 29th. “While there is broad consensus that foods from genetically engineered crops are safe, we appreciate the […]