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Raising the Bar

Knowing why something is not a good idea can be almost as important as knowing why a choice is the correct path. A good example is in the nutrition world. Americans are looking at more dietary options and variations than ever before, eager to find products that help support their dietary lifestyle, and one of …

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Playing With Percentages

Having successfully run corporate businesses, built brands and gained an expertise in research and insights, I'm no stranger to data and percentages. When building a business case, creating segmentation and assessing the risk/reward profile of an investment or initiative, we are constantly playing with percentages. However, one of the rules that applies to both this …

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Stating the Obvious

With today's 24/7 barrage of news and information, it's hard to decipher what's really important, what is actually true & factual, and what pieces of "news" are so obvious that we have to stop and question whether those are actually newsworthy at all. A few days ago I came across a news article with the …

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Change the Trajectory

Typically when we talk about a record being broken, it's a good thing. Whether it's an individual athletic event where a sprinter or swimmer smashes a world record with a scintillating performance, a team accomplishment like winning a Super Bowl or Stanley Cup, or a major milestone by a company or industry, we tend to …

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A Better Way

Here's a hypothetical question. If I asked you to eat a substitute item that was more expensive, provided a poorer nutritional profile, was made with more additives & fillers, delivered less of a critical macronutrient, and tasted worse, would you buy it? It's actually not a hypothetical question, as that is what Beyond Meat is …

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Five Takeaways From Low Carb 2022

From August 25 - 28, I had the opportunity to attend the Low Carb Conference in beautiful San Diego, CA. I was particularly keen to learn more about the scientific advances of how a low carbohydrate lifestyle contributes to metabolic health, and I was not disappointed. At this conference we covered low-carb diets, the ketogenic …

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Improving Metabolic Health

Recent data from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) 2022 survey reaffirmed the trend of more people looking to follow diets. In this year's survey, roughly 52% of respondents confirmed following a "diet or eating pattern" in the last year, up 13% from the 2021 survey. The segment driving this increase were those aged below …

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Delving Into Dairy

In the latest issue of People Magazine, the People Food Awards highlighted over 60 of their favorite new items to hit store shelves. Not surprisingly, the bulk of the foods highlighted were a sugary mess…waffles, sugary cereals, candy, ice cream, snacks, etc. However, there is one product I wanted to highlight as an example of …

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The Rise of Flexitarian

According to a new CFANS Insights survey from the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, 80% of consumers prefer animal-based protein, but plant-based protein is on the rise as 31% suggest they will eat more in the next five years. https://www.nationalhogfarmer.com/news/umn-survey-80-us-consumers-prefer-animal-based-protein Protein Importance Among the three macronutrients, protein is arguably …

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Europe’s Obesity Problem

At the recent 2022 European Congress on Obesity, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared obesity rates in Europe have reached epidemic proportions, and that COVID-19 was a key contributor in making the obesity trend worse. https://www.gbnews.uk/news/who-declares-obesity-in-europe-has-reached-epidemic-proportions-after-covid-19-made-things-worse/286184?utm_source=ground.news&utm_medium=referral In North America, we tend to think of Europeans as generally healthier & less obese, but that perception may …

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A Ketogenic Hat Trick

How many times have you heard the term "fad diet?" It seems like every year there is a new miracle way to lose weight, improve metabolic health and achieve a leaner physique. If I had $1 for every time someone mentioned the ketogenic diet and "fad diet" in the same sentence, I would be comfortably …

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Can the Ketogenic Lifestyle Help with Multiple Sclerosis?

As if we need another reason to consider the benefits of a ketogenic lifestyle, a recent study suggests the ketogenic diet can help people who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS). https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-03-keto-diet-people-multiple-sclerosis.html Overview The study included 65 people who suffered from a common type of MS that includes relapses and remissions, with participants following a strict …

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Diabetes: A Dire Direction

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/diabetes-death-america/2022/01/31/id/1054720/ You can’t exercise your way out of a bad dietDR. MARK HYMAN In January 2022, the National Clinical Care Commission issued their report to Congress & the Secretary of Health & Human Services on the pathway to prevent and control diabetes, and better manage complications. For a link to download and read the full report, …

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Questioning the U.S. News Best Diets of 2022 Ranking

Happy New Year! 2022 is off to an auspicious start: (1) The more contagious but less severe omicron COVID-19 variant runs wild: (2) Governments take draconian measures to enforce vaccine compliance; (3) New Year's Resolutions around health & wellness take center stage, as people begin the new year with a renewed sense of adherence to …

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Can Artificial Sweeteners Contribute to Insulin Resistance?

As consumers seek ways to improve their dietary behaviors, one area that continues to be controversial is the role of artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweetening ingredients such as saccharine, sucralose, monk fruit, stevia leaf & allulose are added to a wide range of foods to offer a sweet treat without the guilt. But are they really …

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