Food Facts Round-Up #19

MSN: This Is What Best-By, Use-By, and Sell-By Dates Really Mean

Confused by “best by,” “sell by,” and “use by”? You’re not alone. In fact, a Harvard University study found that more than 90 percent of Americans throw away perfectly good food due to label confusion—resulting in 398,000 tons of food waste each year. Because, as it turns out, those eggs with a sell-by date don’t suddenly turn rotten at midnight.

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Food Dive: New Report Slashes Guidelines For Sodium Consumption

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reduced intake recommendations for sodium that were set in 2005 after reviewing evidence in the U.S. and Canada. It revised age-based adequate intakes of the mineral, which estimate the amount healthy individuals need to consume.

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Meat+Poultry: Study: 10% of US Adults Deal With Food Allergies

A study published Jan. 4 in JAMA Network Open estimated 10.8 percent of US adults, or more than 26 million, have food allergies. Researchers from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University also found 19 percent of US adults think they are food allergic although their reported symptoms are inconsistent with a true food allergy.

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