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ABCs of Food

Eating Better: Craveable Coffee


What’s in your mug? Chances are it's coffee. With more than 500 billion cups of coffee served every year, it’s no surprise coffee is the world's second-most-valuable commodity.

What do I need to know about carrageenan?


Recently, the ingredient carrageenan has been in the news. Some food companies are removing this ingredient from their products. But why?

To find out more about carrageenan, we reached out to Dr. Roger Clemens, Adjunct Professor, Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy.


Should I Eat Carbs?


There’s a whole lot of confusion about whole grains.  A battle over the breadbasket rages as advocates and experts take sides – either for or against the grain.

Eating Better: Get Creative with Cauliflower


No longer relegated to the veggie tray, vitamin C-rich cauliflower is showing up on pizzas and adding a healthy halo to pastas and sauces.

Is Coconut Oil Good for Me?


Coconuts are all the rage! Coconut water, coconut milk and coconut oils are continually touted for their health and nutrition benefits and versatility for baking and cooking. But is coconut oil really good for us? 

ABCs of Food: C is for Cake


Want to have your cake and eat it, too? Enter our C is for Cake sweepstakes! One lucky cake lover will win a $200 gift certificate from a local bakery. That’ll buy a lot of cake! Also, check out our ABCs of Food post - "C" is for Cake ... and Cupcakes!

Consumer questions: White goo on chicken - what is it?



We received this inquiry from Best Food Facts reader Kathleen:

“Can anything be done on how we raise our chickens? The breasts are huge. Way too big. Then they put some solution in them which leaks out white goo while they’re cooking. On top, they have no taste. We can’t afford to buy Bell and Evens. There’s got to be a better way.”

Bleach on carrots? Consumer question answered.


We received the following inquiry from DeLyla regarding the white film on carrots:

"What is the scoop regarding baby carrots made from deformed carrots and then added bleach to them? Then, after a few days in your refrigerator the carrots get a white film on them? Is this chlorine and is it safe or does this cause health issues and or cancer?"

Chicken: Keeping it healthy


We noticed a discussion on a social media website asking, “Buying a chicken should be easy; labeling is confusing, what’s the healthiest?” Our food system expert Brenda Roche Wolford, M.S., R.D., University of California, Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County, answers this question.

ABCs of Food