Educating consumers on the agricultural supply chain, the effect on our environment, and the importance of healthy food ingredients in our diet. 

Food Ingredients

Do you worry whether your milk has extra hormones or your meat has antibiotics?  What about the difference between all natural and organic?

Dirt to Dinner will take the mystery out of food ingredients and help you wade through the labels at the grocery store.

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Edible Insects

Insects are in the spotlight as a healthy, affordable, and easily produced protein source for the future. We’ve examined the health benefits, but now it’s time to put these critters to the taste test.

Are there hormones in milk?

All milk contains naturally-occurring hormones. But, consumer perception is that the hormones in milk that has been treated with rBST is bad for your health. In reality, this is not true.

D2D in the Kitchen: Prepping a Clean Turkey

Gobble Gobble. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many of you will soon be prepping the old butter-ball for your friends and family. Thanksgiving turkey…

More Of The Good Guys…

Kombucha is a tasty tea-based, probiotic drink that has recently become extremely popular in the health-crazed market. This carbonated “cure-all” boasts the ability to regulate digestion…

Digging Deeper: Pasteurization

In our recent “Journey”, Milk: From Cow to Carton, the D2D team explored the process and production of of milk. A few of our readers have questioned why milk needs to be pasteurized. They heard that raw milk has superior nutritional benefits and are curious–what happens during the heating process of pasteurization? We decided to dig deeper into the important role pasteurization plays in the production of milk.

Did You Hear the Joke About the Germ?

We’re not telling— we don’t want to spread it around!
Many people may think they have a  “summer stomach bug” when it actually may be a germ from your kitchen.
Let’s get ready for BBQ season and stay safe from foodborne illnesses.

Ancient Spice Gets New Reputation

Turmeric is everywhere! From supplements to golden latte to turmeric poached eggs—why all of a sudden has this spice jumped back onto the map?

Greek Yogurt: Wasting A-whey

The D2D team discovered that much of the milk used in the production of Greek yogurt doesn’t end up in the final yogurt product. Are there ways to repurpose this “acid whey”?

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has become an extremely popular “cure all,” that many believe has the ability to help fight weight gain, keep your gut healthy, regulate your stomach acidity, clear up your skin, stabilize blood sugar, and fight cancer cells. It sounds too good to be true. Is it…?

Is Salt worth its Salt?

Geologists call it Halite, chemists call it sodium chloride (NaCl)— the rest of us just call it salt.  Salt has a remarkable history, which dates back to the earliest civilizations. It is a vital component in the functioning of our bodies and it boasts over 14,000 known uses. You can cook, flavor and finish your food with fine, coarse or flakey salt, and select from white, grey, pink, red, black and even blue salts.  So, what should we make of all these choices? Is there a difference in taste or nutritional quality of the different salts? Lets take a look…

Moguls on the Powder Run!

Protein is extremely important. It helps your body build muscle, repair issue, and creates important hormones and enzymes. While every person is different and may require different amounts of protein, one thing is for sure— we all need it. To make it easier to get protein, many consumers turn to protein supplements. But, do you know where these powders or products are coming from? The D2D team took a deeper look at some protein supplements—here is what we learned…

CTRL+ALT+P…here comes your dinner!

When you think of eating a well-balanced, homemade meal full of fresh ingredients the last word that comes to mind is technology. Today, culinary experts are exploring how food can be… printed! Is it possible to print food that is fresh and tasty? Will our kitchens soon be equipped with printers?! Where is this new technology headed?

Are You Chicken of Antibiotics?

Many of us would not be alive today without antibiotics. While antibiotics have certainly been a life – saver, there is also a downside to overuse. What is the healthy balance? And how do animals treated with antibiotics affect this balance? Many organizations often argue that giving animals antibiotics leads to human resistance. Is there any truth to this? Let’s find out…

What’s With Alkaline Water?

Water is the most important substance for the human body– it’s over 50% of our body mass. But does the type of water you drink make you healthier? Recently, alkaline water has become hugely popular in the U.S. It promises to balance out acidity in your body, help neutralize free radicals, and protect against osteoporosis. Is this true? Let’s find out…

The Lowdown on Antioxidants

What is an antioxidant? Do you know if your body needs antioxidants? If not— you are not alone! These days, millions of products are labeled as containing a strong source of antioxidants. But do you need to buy into the craze? Let’s find out…

The Powder Run

Do you throw protein powder in your morning breakfast drink? Or do you rely on protein powder to supplement your meals? The sports nutrition market is projected to reach 20 billion dollars in the United States by 2020. Clearly we are buying into the protein fad! But do our bodies actually need these supplements?

Sugar is Sugar is Sugar!

Most of us eat two to three times more sugar than is recommended. What does this mean for your health? And what about the various types of sugar on the market—are there healthier options?


Coconuts as a “superfood” hit the mainstream food market in big way a few years ago, and the products are endless (water, oil, milk, juice, sugar, flour). Each product touts a dense nutritional content of antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals… is this true?

A “New” Burger

The protein staple that often occupies 50% of your dinner plate has turned from traditional beef, pork, or chicken to vegetable-based proteins and cultured meat. How is food technology influencing our protein options?

Crazy for Cocoa

How healthy is chocolate? How much (or how little) do you need to reap the nutritional benefits? Is it just dark chocolate or can it be found in other chocolate products as well?

How Safe is Our Food?

What is being done by the food industry and government agencies to keep you healthy and trust the food you buy?

Your Second Brain: Gut Microbiota

We are being told that our gut is our second brain! Is this true? And if it is, are probiotics the intelligence behind the brain?

Supplements: Natural or Synthetic?

With a few exceptions—such as vitamin E, natural beta-carotene, and vitamin B12—all of the vitamins used in dietary supplements are synthetic.

Why Take a Vitamin?

It can be next to impossible to get all the micronutrients you need in your daily diet. Supplements are important to ensure you reach the daily recommended amount of vitamins.

Investigating the “Natural” Label

Labeling food as “natural” is often more of a marketing ploy than anything else. Guess what, foods without the “natural” label can still be good for you…

Glycemic Index vs. Glycemic Load

Glycemic load is calculated by taking a foods glycemic index, multiplying it by the carbohydrate content (measured in grams) and divided by 100. The glycemic load is actually more reliable than the glycemic index.

Polystyrene – The Other Plastic

While it is important to be aware of your plastic use, you need to understand the point at which these plastics become harmful. How much is too much? 90,000 milligrams per person, per day.

Should We Eat Wheat?

Eliminating an entire food group will ultimately result in rapid weight loss, however this is not sustainable. Whole grain is an important part of your daily nutrition and while you don’t want to have a big bowl of pasta every day, eating a well balanced meal, which includes wheat, is healthy.

BPA: Harmful or Harmless?

Is BPA harmful? Not if you are smart about your plastics!  There has been a lot of debate surrounding this topic. And the debate is certainly valid. While BPA has been used in plastic since 1981 it has only been tested for safety since 1996!

Is Red Meat Carcinogenic

The World Health Organization released a statement saying red meat consumption should be limited as it is considered carcinogenic. But before you ditch the steak or even occasional bacon, we need to take a closer look at the studies behind this statement and whether the potential risk is something to worry about…


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