Assalaamu alaikum,

The IFANCA team has been busy this summer!

Representatives attended the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) First Annual Event and Expo and the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) 2023 National Conference in the same week. Then, a few days later, IFANCA brought together a team of food equity advocates to speak at an event at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) 2023 International Conference.

We have been busy here at Halal Consumer Magazine as well. This issue features articles on a whole host of topics and delicious halal recipes you’ll want to try yourself.

To start, read about millet on page 6. This grain is so important that the UN declared 2023 the International Year of Millets.

If you consistently skip breakfast, you may want to rethink your approach. The article on chrono-nutrition in our Health & Nutrition section talks about how eating on a schedule may improve your well-being.

According to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average adult age twenty and over consumes seventeen teaspoons of added sugar daily. If you’re concerned about your sugar intake, check out the article “Sugar Reduction: The Sweet and Low of It” on page 10.

Though self-care is undoubtedly important, helping those around you can also improve your overall well-being. Uncover the topic of community care in the article in the Mental Health section.

Some of you, especially the tech-savvy, may be familiar with vertical farming. Learn about the pros and cons of this practice on page 24.

Many food recalls have captured headlines in the past few years. Discover some of the reasons in the article “Putting (Food) Safety First? The Ins and Outs of Food Recalls” on page 28.

Lastly, weightlifting can be a great way for women to improve their overall strength. If you want to get started, you can find tips on page 32.

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Happy reading!


Alison DeGuide, editor