Pick Your Poison: Artificial Colors

March is here, spring is near, and on the 17th some of us may imbibe in a green beer . . . or two. We’ve all heard of the health risks and even benefits of…

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Pick Your Poison: Natural and Artificial Flavors

As many of the major American holidays have passed, new year's resolutions are occupying our minds rather than visions of sugarplums – or are they? February is here and that means Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day,…

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Nutrient Spotlight Series: Unsaturated Fat

The fat-free craze in America started in the late 1980s when the scientific community started to correlate high-fat diets with heart disease and premature death. Rather than focusing on certain types of fats over others,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Healthy Options

Serving Up Healthy Options

When it comes to health and nutrition, self-serve buffets and salad bars can be a dangerous place for ravenous diners with endless appetites. Although they offer wide selections and the flexibility to create custom menu…

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Nutritional Analysis Menu Labeling

Smart Phones Not So Smart After All?

On the surface, doing the nutritional analysis for your restaurant on your own might not seem so complicated. You log on to your favorite calorie counter app on your smartphone and then enter your restaurant’s…

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Nutrition Spotlight Series: Protein

From building Superman-worthy muscles to promoting rapid weight loss, protein has been cast as the superhero-nutrient in the world of health and fitness. Although there is value supporting these claims, protein is a nutrient that…

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