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Hayley N. Philip

Hayley N. Philip

Nootropics: How to Eat for a Better Brain

Nootropics: How to Eat for a Better Brain

What if you could think better, faster, and have a stronger memory? Nootropics, found in foods and supplements, are believed to have a positive effect on our mental capabilities and brain health. Let’s see how they work and find some natural sources.

Diet, Health

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Protein Quality: Animal vs. Plant-based

Protein Quality: Animal vs. Plant-based

Recent films and fantastical food documentaries have confounded us about proteins by vilifying meat and painting a story of plants as the superior source. Are you as confused as we are? Let’s see what the science says about the quality of plant vs. animal protein.

Diet, Health

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Are We Eating Away our Covid Fears?

Are We Eating Away our Covid Fears?

COVID-19 has reshaped many things about our daily habits, including how we eat. So are we snacking more because we’re home all the time, or we’re stressed out, or a bit of both? And will these seemingly inconsequential shifts in our eating behavior affect our long-term health?

Diet, Health

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Cortisol: Our Body's Stress Response

Cortisol: Our Body's Stress Response

As stress levels rise from Covid and school reopenings, so do our cortisol levels. And too much can cause weight gain, high-blood pressure, diabetes, and insomnia. But don't fear: our diet can help manage these levels.

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How to Lend Your Support During COVID

How to Lend Your Support During COVID

Looking for meaningful ways to help those affected by the pandemic? Check out our curated list of relief funds and volunteer programs, as well as small gestures while you shop, dine, and post on social media that go a surprisingly long way.

Food Security

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A Vitamin D-lemma: Sunscreen vs. Healthy Sun Exposure

A Vitamin D-lemma: Sunscreen vs. Healthy Sun Exposure

How can we get our much-needed vitamin D while protecting our bodies from the sun and potentially harmful chemicals in sunscreens?

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Do I Eat it if I Can’t Pronounce It?

Do I Eat it if I Can’t Pronounce It?

We are told that steering clear of scary-sounding ingredients is a simple, healthy way to avoid potentially toxic chemicals. But it’s important now more than ever to understand how food can affect us, because myths like this bolster unneeded fear during an anxious time.

Food Ingredients, Health

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What's happening at our local grocers during COVID-19?

What's happening at our local grocers during COVID-19?

We have a bunch of questions about changes in product demand, managing supplier channels, and maintaining employee safety during this fragile time. So we turned to a local Midwest grocer for their insights...

Food Production, Food Safety

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Boosting Your Health with Mushrooms

Boosting Your Health with Mushrooms

Boost your immune system during COVID-19 with your diet. Mushrooms can strengthen your immunity, while also improving brain health and inhibiting cancer growth.

Food Ingredients, Health

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Personalized Nutrition & Our Unique Health Needs

Personalized Nutrition & Our Unique Health Needs

Which foods are best for you? Personalizing your diet can optimize your health and prevent illnesses like cancer and obesity. These programs create customized diets based on our personal data...but do they really work?

Diet, Health

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Superfoods: Super Healthy or Super Hype?

Superfoods: Super Healthy or Super Hype?

Blueberries, kale, and chia seeds are examples of "superfoods" -- magical foods believed to make us instantly healthier and stronger while getting rid of toxins. But can superfoods actually deliver? Or are we just being fooled?

Food Ingredients, Health

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Comparing Traditional & Alternative Burgers

Comparing Traditional & Alternative Burgers

Plant-based burgers are popping up everywhere! And while we've heard about their positive impact on our planet, what about the nutritional value? What are the differences between alt meat, beef, and veggie burgers?

Food Ingredients, Health

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Manuka Honey: Life Changer or Money Waster?

Manuka Honey: Life Changer or Money Waster?

Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties are said to help cure everything from wounds to tooth decay and even infections from cystic fibrosis. Can this supposed superfood really provide relief from these ailments?

Food Ingredients, Health

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Electromagnetic Fields: Protecting Yourself through Nutrition

Electromagnetic Fields: Protecting Yourself through Nutrition

Did you know the devices we depend on all day emit electromagnetic fields? We're taking a look at what these fields do to our bodies and which foods help us combat any ill effects.

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#CeleryJuice: Based on Facts or Followers?

#CeleryJuice: Based on Facts or Followers?

What is the deal with celery juice? How did it become a viral sensation overnight? Is its rapid gain in popularity attributed to any scientific research, or is this an example of society's demand for quick fixes and social acceptance?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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The MIND Diet: Healthy Eating for a Healthy Brain

The MIND Diet: Healthy Eating for a Healthy Brain

Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. That means that in the time it takes you to read this article, five people will have developed the disease. Alarming? Yes, but what if there was a diet that could help slow cognitive decline by targeting brain protective foods that combat the causes of dementia-related diseases?

Diet, Health

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Coming Soon to Your Favorite Foods: The New Nutrition Facts Label

Coming Soon to Your Favorite Foods: The New Nutrition Facts Label

After 25 years, the nutrition facts panel is getting an update! Many businesses have already converted to the new label, which begs the question: what changes have been made and what do they mean to me?

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