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FOOD TRENDS

Business Insider reports Millennials say they want food that is high quality, free of additives, and sustainable, but they aren’t always willing or able to pay for it. The article says young people are underemployed and more likely to be working multiple jobs to pay off student-loan debt.

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FOOD AND HEALTH SURVEY

36% of Americans ages 18 to 80 said “chemicals” are their top food safety concern followed by 34% who were concerned about food borne illness from bacteria, according to a 2015 survey which included responses from 1,007 people.    

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DIET AND CALORIES

Almost 1,000 calories a day of Americans’ diets come solely from highly processed #foods, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. That’s about 61% of your daily diet.

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WILL THEY EAT IT?

A new study finds giving the poor access to healthier food doesn’t mean they’ll eat it. The report found adding a #grocerystore to a poor neighborhood doesn’t make a very big difference. The cost of food — and people’s habits of shopping and eating — appear to be much more powerful than just convenience.

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FOOD FADS

A commentary in Slate by religion professor Alan Levinovitz looks at food fads. Because despite a veneer of scientific rhetoric, he says food fads are ultimately about devotion to dogma; religion, not science.

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SCIENCE VS. FEAR

If you eat food or like science, you may be aware of the current dispute between Food Babe and Science Babe. Food Babe, essentially, never met a multi-syllabic ingredient she could bring herself to like. Wired magazine takes a look at the ongoing debate.

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MEAT UPDATE

The presence of salmonella resistant to antimicrobials in meat sold in U.S. grocery stores is continuing to decrease since its peak in 2009, according to two U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports released today.

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SALTY FOOD

70% of the pizzas, pastas and meat dishes (think frozen entrees) we purchase in chain grocery stores exceed the FDA “healthy” labeling standards for salt. Americans also get a lot of sodium from soups, cold cuts and bread, according to a new  analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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PINK & PURPLE FOOD

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products. That’s some of the new GMO foods awaiting approval at this time.

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GMO LABELING

Both the Washington Post and National Geographic have editorials saying GMO labeling is unnecessary. “Mandated labeling would deter the purchase of genetically modified (GM) food when the evidence calls for no such caution,” says today’s Washington Post. National Geographic in its March edition says “there’s no evidence that GMOs are harmful to human health.”

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