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Caroline B. Cunnane

Caroline B. Cunnane

Bud Light - Foul Play!

Bud Light - Foul Play!

Bud Light fouled consumers and corn farmers with their Super Bowl LIII commercials. Wielding corn syrup as the knife to cut down the competition confused and misled consumers by engaging in a fear-based marketing ploy.

Food Ingredients

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Should I Go Gluten Free?

Should I Go Gluten Free?

Are you thinking about going “gluten-free”? Many people claim it helps them lose weight or ease inflammation. But gluten-free isn't for everyone.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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The 3 Triggers of Chronic Inflammation

The 3 Triggers of Chronic Inflammation

Are you inflamed? There are three main reasons your body could have chronic inflammation: digestive issues, obesity, and ingesting too many toxins.

Diet, Health

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Is Cold-Pressed Juice Healthier than a Smoothie?

Is Cold-Pressed Juice Healthier than a Smoothie?

Cold-pressed juices are very popular these days. But when you juice fruits and vegetables, you remove almost all of the fiber from your favorite produce and leave behind a lot of sugar.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Juice Press's Misleading Marketing on Conventional Farming

Juice Press's Misleading Marketing on Conventional Farming

Fear-based marketing tactics are hurtful to farmers and spread false information to uninformed consumers.

Food Ingredients, Food Production

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How Much Protein Should You Eat a Day?

How Much Protein Should You Eat a Day?

Do you rely on protein powder to supplement your meals? How much protein do you really need?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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A Stop Sign for Obesity?

A Stop Sign for Obesity?

Obesity is a global health challenge that requires action. Recently, Chile has adopted black stop sign labels to warn consumers of food products high in sugar, saturated fat, calories, and sodium.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Food Regulations and Policy, Health

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Milk and

Milk and "Milk" Alternatives: Which one is right for you?

Consumers are switching from traditional dairy to substitutes. But are dairy-free alternatives better for you than traditional milk?

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There Is No Such Thing As A Dirty Vegetable

There Is No Such Thing As A Dirty Vegetable

Have you heard the buzz about the dirty dozen? These fruits and veggies have gotten a bad reputation and consumers are being told to buy them only when organically grown. But is this fear justified?

Diet, Food Production, Food Safety, Health

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D2D on the Farm: Support Local Farms

D2D on the Farm: Support Local Farms

Consumers love buying locally grown produce. Some consumers push local farms to go organic, but real support is listening to farmers about what's best for their crops.

D2D on the Farm, Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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In the News: Bill Gates gives GMOs a vote of confidence

In the News: Bill Gates gives GMOs a vote of confidence

Bill Gates announced his support of GMOs to raise awareness and highlight the benefits for a growing global population.

Food Production, Food Technology

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D2D on the Farm: America's Salad Bowl

D2D on the Farm: America's Salad Bowl

Did you know that 80% of the leafy greens and berries grown in the USA during the spring, summer, and fall come from the same region? Join D2D as we explore the farms of Salinas Valley, CA!

D2D on the Farm, Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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Coffee: Friend or Foe?

Coffee: Friend or Foe?

Coffee speaks a global language. This potent little bean wakes up millions of people every morning. Are there any health risks associated with your morning cup of caffeinated joe? Alternatively, are there any benefits?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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D2D on the Farm: GMOs

D2D on the Farm: GMOs

D2D visited a CSA farm in Boynton Beach, FL. One of the most interesting conversations we had was about one of the most heavily debated topics in Ag. You guessed it…GMOs.

Agricultural Technology, D2D on the Farm, Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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Are Insects the Future of Food?

Are Insects the Future of Food?

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.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Food Technology, Health

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Stonyfield's Marketing Misstep

Stonyfield's Marketing Misstep

Stonyfield yogurt is under fire. After posting a controversial video marketing their organic yogurt as "safer for children", consumers fought back…and rightfully so! Fear-based marketing is misleading and harmful to customers.

Food Ingredients, Food Production

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Are There Hormones in Milk?

Are There Hormones in Milk?

Are there hormones in milk? Yes! All milk contains naturally-occurring hormones.

Animal Welfare and Health, Diet, Food Ingredients, Food Production, Health

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What is an Artificial Sweetener?

What is an Artificial Sweetener?

Does consuming these artificial confections contribute to health issues or are they indeed a healthy alternative to sugar?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Sustainable Ag Series: Farmers

Sustainable Ag Series: Farmers

What role do farmers play in agricultural sustainability? And how does this affect your food and the environment?

Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Soil and Crop Management

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Sustainable Ag Series: Governments

Sustainable Ag Series: Governments

What does sustainability mean to government regulators? How do local or national governments work with NGOs, farmers...

Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Soil and Crop Management

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D2D in the Kitchen: Prepping a Clean Turkey

D2D in the Kitchen: Prepping a Clean Turkey

Gobble Gobble. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Here is how to properly clean, prepare, and cook your turkey for a delicious and safe Thanksgiving meal.

Food Safety

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Sustainable Ag Series: Corporations

Sustainable Ag Series: Corporations

What does sustainable agriculture mean to big corporations? Do corporations reach across the aisle to government regulators, NGOs, farmers and consumers...

Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Soil and Crop Management

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Sustainable Ag Series: NGOs

Sustainable Ag Series: NGOs

What is sustainability? How do non-government organizations (NGOs), corporations, governments, farmers, and consumers address sustainability? And how does this affect you, your food, and the environment?

Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Soil and Crop Management

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Nix The Toxins!

Nix The Toxins!

We are told to live in fear of toxic substances and their effects on our health. But what makes something toxic? And how does our body process toxicants?

Food Ingredients, Food Production

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What is Clean Eating?

What is Clean Eating?

What does "clean eating" mean? Is it a sensible lifestyle change or a marketing gimmick?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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The Ketogenic Diet: Fueling the Body with Fat

The Ketogenic Diet: Fueling the Body with Fat

The Ketogenic Diet embraces healthy fats and asks you to kick carbs, sugar, and even some protein to the curb. It’s proven to be successful in very overweight patients, but what does the research say about long term potential, especially if you are not obese?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Agave: Too Good to be True

Agave: Too Good to be True

Agave nectar is a popular sweetener that many people use to replace sugar. Don't let marketing fool you.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Kefir, Kombucha, and Sauerkraut…Oh My!

Kefir, Kombucha, and Sauerkraut…Oh My!

Probiotics are not just limited to Kefir or Kombucha, but gut health is very important!

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Crazy for Kombucha

Crazy for Kombucha

Kombucha is a probiotic drink claiming to benefit digestion, inflammation, and general health.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Digging Deeper: Pasteurization

Digging Deeper: Pasteurization

Milk is pasteurized to make it safe for extended storage and human consumption.

Diet, Food Production, Food Technology, Health

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Grilling Season: Food Safety Best Practices

Grilling Season: Food Safety Best Practices

Before you fire up the grill, let’s review safe food storage, handling, and preparation to help you protect yourself, your families, and your guests from food-borne illnesses.

Food Safety

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Ancient Spice Gets New Reputation

Ancient Spice Gets New Reputation

Turmeric claims to reduce inflammation and prevent disease, including cancer and Alzheimer's. What does the research say?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Greek Yogurt: Wasting a-Whey

Greek Yogurt: Wasting a-Whey

Two-thirds of the milk used in the production of Greek yogurt doesn't end up in the final yogurt product.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a popular “cure-all” with a myriad of health and dieting claims. What does the research say?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Got Milk?

Got Milk?

Milk is a perfect and easy vehicle for many important nutrients. It is high in calcium, protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, D, B2, and B12.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Is Protein Powder Healthy?

Is Protein Powder Healthy?

Protein helps your body build muscle, repair issue, and creates important hormones and enzymes. The best source for protein still lies in a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Can Intermittent Fasting Prevent Age Related Diseases?

Can Intermittent Fasting Prevent Age Related Diseases?

New research indicates that controlled fasting may keep your cells healthy and enable your body to replace damaged cells.

Diet, Health

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What's With Alkaline Water?

What's With Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water claims to balance out the acidity in your body, help neutralize free radicals, and protect against osteoporosis. What does the research say?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Let’s go to the MED!

Let’s go to the MED!

The Mediterranean Diet has been touted as one of the most beneficial “diets” on the market. Can it help hopeful healthy-eaters enjoy a better relationship with their food?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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What are Antioxidants?

What are 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.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Do You Matcha?

Do You Matcha?

Matcha green tea is the highest grade and most potent green tea available. Its nutritional profile boasts high antioxidants, a strong amino acid content, and a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Diet, Health

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Is a Plant-Based Diet Better for You?

Is a Plant-Based Diet Better for You?

As the demand increases for new “meatless options”, we asked ourselves— should we be making a switch or simply incorporating more plant-based products into our diet?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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CocoNUTs!

CocoNUTs!

Coconuts are full of heart-healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals—-and no sugar. Should coconut be part of your diet?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Crazy for Cocoa

Crazy for Cocoa

How healthy is chocolate? How much (or how little) do you need to reap the nutritional benefits?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Does Activated Charcoal Detoxify?

Does Activated Charcoal Detoxify?

Activated charcoal is believed to be a detoxifier! But how much of this is factual and how much is strategic marketing?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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The Atkins Diet - Does it Work?

The Atkins Diet - Does it Work?

While the Atkins Diet may help you shed some quick pounds, is your overall body health benefitting from the program?

Diet, Health

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Skin: Your Body's Largest Organ

Skin: Your Body's Largest Organ

Skin is your body's largest organ. Like the rest of your body, it needs the proper protection and nutrients to stay healthy.

Diet, Health

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The Red Wine Diet

The Red Wine Diet

A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour in the gym? That cannot be real—can it?

Diet, Health

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The 5:2 Fasting Diet

The 5:2 Fasting Diet

While you may need to jump start your system with an extreme diet, long term weight loss is really only successful if you develop and maintain healthy eating habits.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Understanding the Paleo Diet

Understanding the Paleo Diet

While keeping Paleo can help you maintain a diet free of both additives and preservatives, eliminating entire food groups probably isn’t the way to go.

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Investigating the “Natural” Label

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…

Food Ingredients, Food Production

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Glycemic Index vs. Glycemic Load

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.

Diet, Health

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Should We Eat Wheat?

Should We Eat Wheat?

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.

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The Truth about Juice Cleanses

The Truth about Juice Cleanses

There are no known long term health benefits to cleansing. And if we’re being honest, juice cleansing doesn’t taste or feel that great… So, do you really need to starve yourself with green juice to detoxify your body?

Diet, Health

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Is Red Meat Carcinogenic

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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