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DataBite: Meet kelp, the new superfood

There’s a little known but growing industry here in the US: Kelp farming. Turns out kelp, a large seaweed that grows in underwater forests in shallow oceans, has a lot of benefits -- for both people and the environment. It requires no fertilizer, pesticides, fresh water or arable land. It offers lots of iodine, potassium, calcium, protein and fiber. And its quick growth means quick carbon dioxide uptake, which can reduce ocean acidification.

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DataBite: Holy cow, it’s Dairy Month!

Did you know 99 percent of all U.S. households buy milk? In fact, the average American consumes almost 25 gallons of milk each year. That’s a LOT of moo juice. Luckily, there’s an entire month (June, duh) dedicated to celebrating all things dairy. So let’s get the party started.

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DataBite: A sweet update to the Nutrition Facts label

By now, you’ve probably heard all about the new Nutrition Facts label the FDA announced last week. (If you missed it, catch up here.) The modernized label will include lots of changes like larger, bolder font for calories and servings, serving sizes that more closely reflect the amount someone actually eats or drinks, and updated daily values for nutrients like sodium and dietary fiber.

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DataBite: Turmeric takes the spotlight

Google recently released its 2016 Food Trends report, giving us a glimpse into what everyone’s cooking, buying and ordering. Since most of America is regularly Googling meals, recipes and ingredients, the search giant sits on a wealth of information about what flavors and foods are trending. The report digs into five of these trending themes -- from pho to pasta to pork shoulder -- but one stood out to us: Turmeric. Turmeric is part of a larger trend -- a growing interest in the health-enhancing role of specific foods, or what experts call “functional foods.”

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DataBite: Food Allergy Awareness Week

Food Allergy Awareness Week is upon us. So just how big of an issue are food allergies? For starters, they affect 15 million Americans. And, every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends a person to the emergency room.

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DataBite: Mmm, it’s soooy good!

  This month we’re celebrating the mighty soybean in all its high quality, plant powered, heart healthy, lean protein glory. It’s because of these health benefits that demand for soy food has increased in recent years. In fact, analysts forecast the global soy food market will grow at a CAGR of more than 6 percent between now and 2020.

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DataBite: Aw, nuts, it’s National Pecan Day!

Pecans may not be America’s favorite nut...yet (that honor goes to almonds). But if you ask Georgia pecan growers, they’d likely argue pecans are quickly moving up the list. That’s because as consumers have become more aware of the health benefits of pecans, sales have reached record highs. Given today is National Pecan Day (yes, even pecans deserve a day of celebration), we decided to get smart about these nuts -- err, drupes, to be exact.

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DataBite: National Grilled Cheese Month

Mmm, National Grilled Cheese Month. It’s a time to treasure this all-American classic: ooey, gooey cheese melted between two slices of toasted bread. For those looking to do some serious cheese grilling this April, Thrillist has you covered. The food, drink and travel site recently released its top 10 cheeses for grilled cheese sandwiches. American topped the list, followed by pepperjack and provolone.

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DataBite: The incredible, edible egg

The Easter holiday is around the corner, and with it comes all things eggs. In a basket, on a hunt, deviled or dyed, they’re everywhere. According to the American Egg Board, the average person consumed 18 eggs at Easter last year. That’s a lot of the incredible, edible good stuff.

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DataBite: Nutty about peanuts

Today is National Peanut Lovers’ Day so it seems fitting that we go nuts with this week’s DataBite. Peanuts are everyone’s favorite legume and it’s easy to understand why. They have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any other nut. And they taste darn good, too.

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