Determined to be an essential nutrient for humans in 1963, zinc is an antioxidant and trace mineral that we need to consume daily, since our bodies cannot store it. Zinc primarily is involved in supporting
Essential to many of the body’s regulatory and metabolic functions, selenium is part of at least 25 proteins called selenoproteins, many of which are oxidant defense enzymes. Roles in health Selenium is involved in reproduction,
Fried foods traditionally have been limited in healthy dietary patterns. But when you use small amounts of healthy unsaturated oils and the technology of an air fryer, fried foods can be back on the menu.
Emulsifiers made from plant, animal and synthetic sources commonly are added to processed foods such as mayonnaise, ice cream and baked goods to create a smooth texture, prevent separation and extend shelf life.
Processed foods that sit on supermarket shelves for a while would deteriorate if certain food additives were not included. Humectants and anticaking agents contribute to consumer expectations for quality and performance of favorite foods if certain
Consumers demand a certain quality and eating experience from processed foods. This is achieved, in part, by the addition of stabilizers, thickeners and gelling agents, which give foods consistent texture, taste and mouth feel. Definition
An ancient practice designed to prevent spoilage, among the first food preservation practices were the salting of meat and fish, adding sugar in canned foods and pickling vegetables. Today, preservatives continue this important role. Definition
Few ingredients cause as much confusion, or consternation, as food additives. For some, it might be the long chemical names found on labels, uncertainty of how the use of additives is regulated or skepticism in
Whole foods are the hallmark of a healthful diet — not to mention a resounding message from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. But the whole foods movement is manifesting in other areas of nutrition
Found in virtually every tissue and cell in the body and enabling many biological functions, vitamin D comes from three sources: food, supplements and the sun. It's also one of four fat-soluble vitamins, the other
Gluten-free diets have become one of the hottest approaches to a long list of health ailments and weight loss. An ongoing debate asks whether gluten sensitivity truly exists or if it is a media-driven fad,
Say goodbye to cupcakes and hello to all-natural, whole-grain popcorn. According to the Popcorn Board, Americans consume about 51 quarts of popcorn per person each year. Beyond movie theaters, popcorn is replacing nuts as a
Some say sugar — including natural sugar found in 100-percent fruit juice — is behind the obesity epidemic, responsible for heart disease and causes cancer. Are concerns about sugar overshadowing fruit juice's positive contributions to
Fats may be on a public opinion roller coaster, but between complicated terminology and oversimplified diet trends there is new evidence that challenges age-old wisdom. It wasn't long ago that the general recommendation for most
In 1974, Charles Butterworth, MD, wrote a landmark article titled “The Skeleton in the Hospital Closet,” which brough to light clinical malnutrition’s adverse effect on the treatment and recovery rates of inpatients. Fast-forward nearly four
Put off by the chemicals found in commercial cleaning solutions, some are turning to Grandma's recipes for household cleaners to keep their kitchens sparkling. Homemade kitchen cleaners are celebrated as natural, eco-friendly and less expensive