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An Introduction to the Different Types of Grain


September is National Whole Grains month, so we thought it would be appropriate to wrap it up with a roundup of 10 of the hottest grains we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. We also included an awesome recipe for each grain so you have no reason to not try ‘em out!

Menu Planning 101


Originally posted February 24, 2015.

How often do you find yourself wondering what's for dinner? If you answered "every night," you're certainly not alone. We checked in with registered dietitian Ann Dunaway Teh and food blogger Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes for some helpful menu planning tips.


The 4-1-1 on IBS


A sensitive topic for many to discuss but something that nearly 42 million Americans live with, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal ailment that causes painful and uncomfortable symptoms. While no specific cause is known and there is no way for doctors to make a definitive diagnosis, it is certain that food plays an important role in the treatment and management of this disorder.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar a Health Cure-All?


A reader recently reached out to Best Food Facts to learn more about apple cider vinegar after seeing various articles such as this about its reported health benefits. According to the article, posted on HealthImpactNews.com, apple cider vinegar can help with a variety of health problems including diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure and heart health, cancer and weight loss. To better understand these claims, we reached out to Carol Johnston, PhD, RD, Professor and Director of the Nutrition Program at Arizona State University.

Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat: Which Diet is Best for You?


Atkins. Low-carb. Paleo. Low-fat. These days it seems like there are endless options for weight management, but do they actually work and, if so, which ones work best? A research study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that cutting back on carbs is more effective in losing weight versus cutting back on fat.

The Mediterranean Diet: A Heart Health Miracle?


Have you heard that following a Mediterranean diet is better for your heart than exercise? When we heard we might be able to skip the gym and eat our way to good heart health with the Mediterranean diet, we reached out to registered dietitian Anne Cundiff to see if this diet is all it is cracked up to be. 

March into National Nutrition Month


March is National Nutrition Month, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, shares ways you can bite into a healthy lifestyle!

18 Minutes Can Make All the Difference. Here's Why.


Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, explains why you should put family meal time back on the menu.

What's on the Menu Now for a Healthier Diet?


The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its recommendations for Americans. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, breaks down the recommendations and what they mean for the American diet.

Should You Eat Fat Free?


Is fat-free always the best choice? Karman Meyer, RD, of KarmanNutrition.com says not always!

Calorie Myths Busted


Does diluting a sweetened beverage take away the calories? Patricia Murray, RD, of St. Ann's Bay Hospital busts this myth along with whether toasting bread takes away calories.

Healthy Eating with Diabetes


Do diabetics need to sacrifice and adhere to a strict diet? We asked Arielle "Dani" Lebovitz, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CDE, of Robins Air Force Base for her advice.

Should You Rinse Canned Food?


When you're purchasing canned food, for instance, canned beans, do you look for low-sodium varieties? Or, once you open a can, do you rinse the food, hoping to rinse away the salt? Have you wondered if there is enough difference between the low-sodium and regular-sodium items to make it worth the cost difference?

To learn more about sodium content in canned goods, we reached out to Linda Benjamin Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N, Dept. of Family, Youth & Community Sciences, University of Florida, and Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD, Extension Program Specialist, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

How Much Water Should You Drink?


Are you drinking enough water? We checked in with Hy-Vee dietitian Stacey Loftus, RD, LD, to find out!

A Heart-Healthy Diet Starts in the Heart of the Home


The kitchen is called the heart of the home, and it can be good for your heart if you follow some simple guidelines for a heart-healthy diet!

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