September-October 2015

What Exactly Is Yacón Syrup?

August 28, 2015 Taylor Wolfram

The South American yacón plant is often cultivated for its edible root, which can be juiced and evaporated to produce a syrup. The high fructooligosaccharide content of yacón root has drawn recent attention. A type

July-August 2015

Fine-Tuning the Front End

June 29, 2015 Diane Quagliani

Grocery shopping. Love it or hate it, one aspect of shopping that few people relish is waiting in line to pay. But change could be coming to the checkout experience, making stores' "front end" more

July-August 2015

What Science Says about Snacking

June 29, 2015 Jill Weisenberger

American dining may have evolved from Old World custom into the "three square meals" tradition of the 20th century, but today's consumers are snackers. In fact, over the last four decades, more Americans have traded

May-June 2015

Organic Goes Mainstream

April 28, 2015 Diane Quagliani

Until recently, shopping for organic foods required a special trip to a natural foods store or farmers market. As interest in organics grew, organic foods became widely available in conventional supermarkets, but premium prices meant

May-June 2015

Urban Orchards from the Ground Up

April 28, 2015 Erin Sund

When Victoria M. Getty, MEd, RD, heard a proposal for the development of an urban orchard in Bloomington, Ind., she jumped at the chance to get involved. As director of the didactic program in dietetics

May-June 2015

Is Fruit Juice Just Another Sugary Drink?

April 28, 2015 Kathleen Zelman

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

May-June 2015

Microbiome: The Garden Within

April 28, 2015 Robin Foroutan

For every cell in the human body, there are about 10 nonhuman cells. These microbial residents of our gut, skin, eyes and nasal passages collectively are referred to as the "microbiome" — and research of

March-April 2015

Diffusing the Benefits of Essential Oils

March 20, 2015 Marisa Moore

For centuries, essential oils have been used to treat a variety of conditions, from lack of mental clarity and alertness to depression and indigestion. Today, practitioners employ essential oils using a combination of traditional medicine

January-February 2015

Co-Op Comeback: What the New Co-Ops Do Different

December 29, 2014 Monica Reinagel

With approximately 300 food co-ops in the U.S. today, cooperative grocers represent fewer than 1 percent of American grocery stores. But food co-ops — which are owned and directed by customers rather than corporations —

January-February 2015

Fares of Faith: Mawlid un-Nabi

December 29, 2014 Nour Zibdeh, MS, RD, CLT

Around the world, many Muslims celebrate the birth of the Islamic Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him,* with feasts, festivals, street parades, chants and decorations in streets, mosques and homes. Mawlid un-Nabi — also referred

September-October 2014

Saving Lives in the Sahel

August 26, 2014 Kerri-Ann Jennings

On scorching days in Niger, it is not uncommon for a mother to give water to her infant. After all, she is thirsty so her baby must be, too. But in a nation where sanitation

May-June 2014

The Mainstreaming of Global Sports Nutrition Products

May 5, 2014 Liz Spittler

From Australian miners toting 2-pound tubs of pre-workout powders into excavation sites to ready-to-drink protein supplements touting peak job performance to accountants and school teachers in the United Kingdom, sports nutrition products are attracting new

May-June 2014

Can Diet Help Manage Amenorrhea?

May 5, 2014 Nancy Clark

A woman has missed three or more consecutive periods and she isn't pregnant, she may have secondary amenorrhea. Some female athletes suffer from amenorrhea not because of their exercise intensity, but because their energy intake

May-June 2014

What is Rhabdomyolysis?

May 5, 2014 Jim White

Rhabdomyolysis (also called "rhabdo") is the death of muscle cells. When muscle is damaged under duress, it releases the protein myoglobin — a protein that stores oxygen in the muscles — into the bloodstream. High