Consumer Insights: RDNs Can Clear Up Confusion
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Bag of groceries

As a health enthusiast, I treasure summer for its warmer temperatures, longer days, abundant farmer’s markets, fruit and herb-infused waters, and the yearly food and health survey from the International Food Information Council and Foundation (IFIC). So maybe I don’t hold the same level of enthusiasm for each of these summer treats, but I really do enjoy gathering more insights about consumers, and that’s why I look forward to the 2018 Food and Health Survey. Each year, I dig in to look for contradictions. I want to know what erroneous ideas consumers hold, so I can address them in my private practice and write and speak about them to my various audiences.

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The Role of Healthy Fats in Plant-Based Eating
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Salad dressings are made with good fats

As consumer awareness and interest in health and well-being rises, it is no wonder the popularity of plant-based eating has become a top food trend. While much of the plant-based focus is directed toward replacing meat with alternative sources of protein, there are other ways you can coach your clients to incorporate more plant foods into their diets. Specifically, replacing animal fats with certain plant-based fats and oils can help consumers reduce their intake of bad fats and increase intake of good fats. Read the full post to learn more!

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A Look at Popular Nutrition Trends
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The Good Fats 101™ team is committed to keeping nutrition professionals up to date on popular food and nutrition trends, dietary fats research and food regulations all year long. In honor of National Nutrition Month®, the team is sharing our list of top 2018 food and nutrition trends. Check out what’s at the forefront of consumers’ minds.

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Go Further with Fats During National Nutrition Month®
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National Nutrition Month® is here once again! To help celebrate, Good Fats 101™ is supporting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2018 theme, “Go Further with Food.” The right foods can help fuel the body for the day ahead, boost mental or physical performance and improve or maintain health, but the Academy is also stressing the importance of making food go further to help reduce food waste. Here, we discuss how dietary fats can help address some of the Academy’s key messages — and help nutrition experts incorporate these recommendations into their work.

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Dietary Fats, Cancer and Heart Health: What’s the Connection?
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During specific times of year, our minds tend to focus on certain things. In October, our eyes are on pumpkin-flavored anything, December is about spreading holiday cheer, and February is a matter of the heart, both in love and health. And while heart health is one of the Good Fats 101™ program’s favorite topics, it would be remiss to ignore another, often overlooked, February health observance: National Cancer Prevention Month. Keep reading to learn more about the connection between dietary fats, cancer prevention and heart health!

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