What is the best way to cook vegetables?

By Emanueli Backes   Vegetables have been an important item of the human diet since the very beginning of their existence, and it is not in vain. They are a source of important macro (e.g., carbohydrates, and proteins) and micronutrients (e.g., vitamins, and minerals). In addition, plant foods show high levels of phenolic compounds with […]
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The Best 5 Exercises if You’re 65 and Older

There’s a lot to consider as you age when it comes to your wellbeing. You not only have to be mindful of social wellness, but you should also be aware that physical wellness is at a critical point. At any age, physical activity keeps us feeling and looking our best. Still, when you get older,…
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6 Tips to Make the Transition to Assisted Living Easier on Your Loved One

The transition from living an independent life into living in an assisted living community is probably the biggest transition seniors will make in their older years. Everyone in the process will inevitably experience worry and anxiety, but it will especially be difficult on your loved one who is moving.  Luckily, there are a lot of…
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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Laughter for Seniors

Long before a baby utters its first word, they have their first laugh. Laughter is a universal language on its own that every age, country, and culture knows and appreciates. But laughter doesn’t just feel good in the moment; there are actually short and long-term health and spiritual benefits of laughter, too.  With National Let’s…
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Conducting a Senior Home Safety Assessment

For an aging senior, continuing to live independently at home in the comfort and familiarity of their usual surroundings may be a top priority. But as their loved one, making sure that the familiar home is safe for them to do so should be your top priority.  According to Age Safe America, 90% of older…
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60 Questions in 60 Minutes | The Top Way to Elevate Your Agency

If we told you that with just 60 questions you could have a better grasp on where your business is currently than ever before, would you want them?

Food Out of Thin Air: A Novel Approach to Alternative Protein

By Mary-Ann Chen   What comes to mind when you think of alternative proteins?  With the growing amount of options on the market, you might think of the soy-based Impossible Burger, tofu scrambled “eggs,” or the no-longer-so-far-fetched idea of eating insects or algae.  But what if there was such a thing as protein made from […]
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Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Food Science for the Non-Food Science Students: Part Three

By Karin Cho Part Three: Recruitment/Visit Weekend Welcome back to part three of the series “Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Food Science for the Non-Food Science Students”. In part one, I described different strategies for how non-food science students can get involved with food science events (Link: https://sciencemeetsfood.org/graduate-degree-in-food-science/). In part two, I described the graduate […]
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A Greater than Zero Effort for Food Waste

By Alexander J. Taylor   Over the past decade, we have seen a resurgence in audiobooks and podcasts.  With how busy our daily lives are, it is an easy way to learn something new, enjoy a story, or engage in a community or conversation without much effort.  From Audible to Spotify to Apple Podcasts, there […]
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Heart Health & Aging: American Heart Month

Every 34 seconds, someone experiences a heart attack. February is American Heart Month, and while you may already know that heart disease is the number one killer in America, were you also aware that heart disease is a major cause of disability, too? 84% percent of those 65 and older die from heart disease. Yes,…
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Older Adults in the Technology Age

According to the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of people in the U.S. age 65 and older use the internet, a dramatic increase from only 14 percent of older adults in 2000. The older the person, the less likely they are to embrace technology, the internet, social media, and smartphones, but when seniors actually adopt…
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Five Tips to Finance Assisted Living

It’s hard to put a price on all of the benefits that come with assisted living. Unfortunately, that price tag is all too real. Sooner or later, families may find themselves in the position of trying to figure out how to finance the cost of senior living.  When researching the price of assisted living, keep…
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Understanding Butter vs. Margarine Controversy

By Emanueli Backes   I am sure at some point in your life you have heard someone give their – unscientific – opinion on how eating margarine or butter is good or bad for your health. In fact, there is still controversy about the technical differences between both products and how it relates to our […]
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Food Science — The Best Major You’ve Never Heard Of

By Abbey Thiel   People are usually surprised to find out I’m a food scientist. Mostly because they didn’t know being a food scientist was ever an option. Since food science is a largely unheard-of field, even after introductions most people assume I’m some type of dietician or nutritionist, which is definitely not true. I […]
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Do Your Genetics Affect How You Taste?

By Jacob Webster-Jones   People follow different dietary patterns for many reasons such as environment, culture, availability, and marketing. However, there is a growing body of literature that links genetics to how we perceive different tastes and sensations. The implications for this relationship expand beyond just preferences since what we eat directly impacts our health. […]
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How Music Can Benefit Seniors

Music is a powerful thing. Perhaps more than any other human activity, music has the ability to cross cultural boundaries and unify people with its power.  However, music is especially powerful when it comes to the mental and physical well being of seniors. There is even such a thing as music therapy. In this older…
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Coping with the Emotions of Downsizing

Getting older involves a lot of transitioning from what you used to know as “normal” to an entirely new normal in a lot of different situations. One of these situations is when you find yourself having to downsize to a smaller home. Perhaps your home is just too big with your kids grown and moved…
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Enzymatic Browning: Advancements in the Food Industry

By Emanueli Backes   The problem with enzymatic browning Think back to a time when you ate an appetizing apple. After a few moments of eating the first bite, the exposed area you just bit begins to darken. You’re probably wondering  how it went from a white to brown color so quickly? Amazing! Could it […]
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Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Food Science for Non-Food Science Students: Part Two

By Karin Cho Welcome back to the second part of “Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Food Science for Non-Food Science Students”. For part one, please go to this post (https://sciencemeetsfood.org/graduate-degree-in-food-science/). In part two, I’ll be sharing my experience with the graduate application process for food science programs. I didn’t apply to all the food science […]
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The Science Behind the Perfect Cutout Cookie

By Abbie Sommer I’ve been on a quest for the perfect cut out cookie recipe for the holidays. In my mind, the perfect cutout cookie is a light golden brown with sharp edges. It should retain its shape and not spread beyond recognition. The icing on top should cover the surface without flowing over and […]
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