Dietary Patterns, Fats and Healthy Brain Aging
Posted by , MS, RD, CDE

As the population ages, we registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) increasingly meet with middle aged and older clients interested in living well for decades to come. Not only does this include physical health and well-being, but brain health and cognitive functioning as well. The MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) may have the potential to deliver. Find out more.

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Canola Agriculture: Feeding Consumers’ Hunger for Food Origins
Posted by , MS, RD, LD, FADA

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Today’s consumer has a strong interest in how their food is grown and produced; in fact, the definition of health and wellness now goes beyond traditional topics such as fiber and fat type to include agriculture production methods and animal welfare. This requires registered dietitians and other health educators to become more knowledgeable about animal and planet health, presenting a total view of foods when guiding consumers to build healthy eating habits. Because food crops vary in how they are grown, we are sharing five interesting facts that will help you better understand canola agriculture.

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The Ever-Changing Landscape of Food Labeling
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The political climate in the United States can impact the status of regulations, including those related to food; often democratic administrations tend to implement regulations and republican administrations are more likely to roll back or extend the implementation timing of regulations.  We have already begun to see these changes in the first months of the new administration. Learn more.

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The Big Fat Controversy
Posted by , MS, RD, CDE

Both consumers and healthcare professionals struggle with the question of whether or not saturated fats are harmful or neutral to health. Even as I dig into the research, I still have questions. I was fortunate to speak with Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at Penn State University on this topic. Keep reading for a summary of my questions and Kris-Etherton's insights.

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2017 IFIC Survey Results Indicate Continued Need for Education on Fats and Oils
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Price, convenience, taste and nutrition – they’re the key drivers of decision-making when it comes to food purchases. Within each category, there are a host of variables that change over time, such as whether consumers are willing to pay a higher price for organic and which cuisines are “in” this year. Within nutrition, insights also ebb, flow and evolve, and the International Food Information Council’s annual Food & Health Survey is a great place to track the movement. With their 2017 survey results just released at the end of May, here’s the study’s most recent insights on fats and oils.

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