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Cooks for Canines

Published on Mar 15, 2018 By: Moira Watson

Last night, I prepared simmered chicken breast and roasted sweet potatoes. The whole house smelled wonderful; there’s nothing more mouth-watering than the aroma of slow-roasting sweet potato. This feast wasn’t for my husband and myself, however, it was for our furry kids. Yes, I am one of those pet parents: I augment my dogs’ foods.  While I do feed both of my guys canned dog food, I also then top it with extras like chicken, turkey, lamb, or salmon, and veggies like carrots, peas, pumpkin, and yes -- slow-roasted sweet potatoes. 

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Tags: pet food ingredients

Dogs and Unicorns

Published on Feb 26, 2018 By: Moira Watson

Last year, 2017, was the year of the unicorn. We saw unicorn pancakes, unicorn frappuccinos, and so much glitter, everywhere! This trend continues this year as well, sites such as Instagram and Pinterest are bursting with images of glitter in foods and beverages.

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Tags: pet food

How the New Nutrition Label Serving Sizes Will Affect Consumers

Published on Feb 21, 2018 By: Nikki Sepe

The Food and Drug Administration has finally decided to make some changes to the nutrition facts label in hopes of improving the diets of American consumers.  Scanning the label from top to bottom the first difference that will be noticed is the serving size.  This will be changed to a more accurate depiction of what is typically consumed, rather than the prior reference amount.

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Tags: diet, food, food labeling, nutrition, millennial

Dairy-Free Milk Provides Calcium for Children with Milk Allergies

Published on Feb 19, 2018 By: Nikki Sepe

A recent study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 6% of children with an allergy to cow's milk had a lower bone mineral density in their lumbar spine than those that consumed milk (1).  Milk allergies are the most common allergies among children, estimating 2.5% of youth.  Calcium intake was significantly lower in those with a milk allergy and few subjects supplemented their diet with calcium and vitamin D, two important nutrients for children obtained from milk (2). 

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Tags: Fortification, diet, nutri-knowledge, food, nutrition

Facts About Potassium That Will Make You Go Bananas!

Published on Feb 15, 2018 By: Blake Powers

In the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, potassium is noted as a nutrient of public health concern. This is due to low intakes of fruits, vegetables, and dairy (1).

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Blackstrap Molasses

Published on Feb 7, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

The old saying “slow as molasses” came about because of the thick and viscous texture of molasses. Blackstrap molasses is a supplementary food from the sugar cane plant. In the processing of cane sugar, blackstrap molasses is the byproduct after the sugar crystals have been removed. The three types of molasses: light, dark, and black strap depending on the number of times it has been boiled, or concentrated. 

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The Kombucha Boost

Published on Jan 31, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

Recently a new tart, sour, bubbly drink called Kombucha has been all the rave. This drink that resembles cider has been claimed to have many health and possibly curative properties.

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6 Flax Facts

Published on Jan 29, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

1. The Difference between Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil


Flaxseeds, also known as linseed, are seeds from the plant Linum usitatissimum. Historically, flaxseed has been woven into linen to make fabric and clothing. Actually, this is how we got the word linen, meaning cloth woven from Linum usitatissimum or flaxseed (1). 

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Cheese Please!

Published on Jan 24, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

Cheese is ubiquitous! From pizza and pasta to cheesy enchiladas, everywhere we look there is cheese on our plate. Cheese is produced from milk. The curd (milk solids) is removed from the whey (milk liquid) and then the curd is processed for ripening. The flavor and texture of cheese depend on the time of ripening, also known as aging. The longer the aging process, the more brittle the cheese and the sharper the taste. In the US, the home of cheese is Green County, Wisconsin, where cheese production settled from Europe. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, 1/3 of milk produced in the United States each year is used to produce cheese and 10.6 billion pounds of cheese were produced in 2011 (1).

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From C to Shining C!

Published on Jan 22, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential vitamin. Vitamin C is water soluble vitamin, thus if an excess is consumed it is merely excreted from the body without any toxic effects. Because vitamin C is relatively unstable on exposure to heat, air, and light, it is oxidized and lost from the food item. 

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Tags: nutri-knowledge, Spray Drying