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Does Too Much Turmeric Have Side Effects?

Dr. Atli Arnarson Ingredients

Turmeric is a popular yellow spice originating from southern Asia. It’s an essential ingredient in many Indian dishes. It’s also consumed for its health benefits. Supplements of turmeric, or curcumin — its main active ingredient — are becoming increasingly common. However, some people are concerned about the possible side effects of high-dose turmeric and curcumin […]

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Is Carrageenan Harmful and Should You Avoid It?

Rachael Link, MS, RD Ingredients

Carrageenan is a controversial ingredient that’s found in a wide variety of products. It’s used as an additive in many foods, including ones marketed as organic or healthy, such as almond milk and yogurt. While some claim that carrageenan causes everything from cancer to diabetes, the FDA considers it safe for consumption. So is carrageenan […]

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Are Coffee and Caffeine Addictive? A Critical Look

Alina Petre, MS, RD Ingredients

If you have a hard time functioning in the morning without coffee, you’re not alone. In fact, caffeine is considered the most commonly used drug in the world (1). Many people see coffee drinking, and the caffeine intake that goes with it, as one of the few socially acceptable addictions. However, some are wary of […]

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Shortening: Good or Bad?

Taylor Jones, RD Ingredients

Shortening is a type of fat used in cooking and baking. It is typically made from hydrogenated vegetable oil and has a long history of use in American kitchens that dates back to the early 1900s. However, shortening has fallen out of favor during the past few decades because of its high trans fat content. […]

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Natural Flavors: Should You Eat Them?

Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE Ingredients

You may have seen the term “natural flavors” on ingredients lists. These are flavoring agents that food manufacturers add to their products to enhance the taste. However, this term can be pretty confusing and even misleading. This article takes a detailed look at what natural flavors are, how they compare to artificial flavors and potential […]

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