Foods and Supplements

Find information and resources concerning hot topics, such as dietary supplements, probiotics and popular food ingredients. Learn about the latest trends in functional foods and how to help clients evaluate health claims for certain foods and supplements.

  • Coconut Oil

    07/20/2020 - After its use decreased in recent decades due to its high saturated fatty acid content, coconut oil has been making a comeback.

  • Dietary Nitrates and Nitrites

    07/13/2020 - There is emerging evidence that conversion of dietary nitrate and nitrite to nitric oxide may have beneficial effects in cardiovascular disease.

  • Dietary Supplements

    6/23/2020 - The use of dietary supplements in the United States has continued to rise despite concerns regarding their safety and effectiveness.

  • Probiotics

    5/18/2020 - In 2001, the Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization formed a joint workgroup which classified probiotics as, "live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amount confer a health benefit on the host."

  • Dietary Fiber

    04/29/2020 - Dietary fiber is undoubtedly an essential part of a healthy eating plan, yet its effect as a nutrient has been somewhat elusive.

  • Calcium Supplements

    11/07/2017 - The addition of a calcium supplement to their daily regimen was the first line of defense for the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis.

  • Milk Consumption and Acne

    05/05/2017 - Many factors are suspected to contribute to the development of acne, including genetics, hormones and diet. The question regarding diet and acne has been debated for many years, and there is still a perception by many young adults that certain foods and drinks exacerbate it.

  • Mushrooms and Their Contribution of Vitamin D

    09/23/2016 - There are few naturally occurring sources of vitamin D, especially ones suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Mushrooms that are cultivated in the wild have historically contained higher amounts of vitamin D in comparison to those grown commercially.

  • Edible Flowers - Safe to Consume?

    02/17/2016 - The renewed interest in cooking and garnishing with flowers has prompted the interest of research into the nutritive value of edible flowers. But one of the biggest concerns regarding edible flowers is whether they are safe to consume.

  • Is Vinegar an Effective Treatment for Glycemic Control?

    12/29/2015 - Many of the trials evaluating the effectiveness of vinegar and glycemic control were small in scale, and the amount of vinegar, type of vinegar, its acidity, timing of consumption, and composition of the meal varied. The participants ranged from healthy adults to people at risk for diabetes to those with a diagnosis of prediabetes or diabetes and controlled their condition either with diet or with medication.

  • Is Caffeine Considered a Diuretic?

    10/23/2015 - Although slight variations have existed, the prevalent message has been that eight 8-ounce glasses of water will assure hydration and that caffeinated beverages should be excluded or the volume significantly reduced when assessing fluid intakes. It was thought that consumption of caffeinated beverages could lead to a total body water deficit.

  • What Is Açaí Berry?

    Until the health benefits of the acai berry are scientifically proven, it seems more reasonable, cheaper and safer to get antioxidants from other fruit and vegetable sources.

  • Is One Type of Salt Healthier than Another?

    08/26/2015 - Today, there are a many types of salt available to consumers. From a scientific standpoint, salt is salt (sodium chloride), regardless of what word comes before it, and many Americans are still consuming too much of it.

  • What Impact Does pH Have on Food and Nutrition?

    05/16/2016 - Acidity and alkalinity are measured on the pH scale, which ranges from 1 to 14, with 1 the most acidic, 14 the most alkaline, and 7 being neutral. Most foods have a pH below 7.