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Of Mice and Men...And Sugar

1/15/2015

A new study scheduled for publication in the March 2015 issue of The Journal of Nutrition claims that fructose is more toxic than table sugar when fed to mice in doses proportional to human consumption. We wanted to know more about what that may mean for human health, so we enlisted the help of Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor; Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University; and Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, Director of University Nutrition at Washington University.

Is Eating At Home Healthier Than Dining Out?

1/14/2015

Do you prefer heading out to your favorite (or perhaps nearest) restaurant for meals rather than cooking at home? If so, you're not alone. We get it! Dining out, whether heading through a drive-thru or sitting down at your favorite restaurant, is often more convenient and sometimes even more delicious than cooking your own food at home. Even those who love to cook need a break from the kitchen every now and then - but is dining out versus eating at home a healthy and nutritious option? Doesn't it seem that eating at home is the healthier option? This is a question we recently received from a reader and set out to find the answer!

Nutrition Advice on Processed Foods

1/12/2015

Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, dishes out some sage advice on processed foods.

Eating Better: Yogurt

1/5/2015

Yogurt, Greek yogurt especially, has been on the watch list of many foodies for the past few years and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon. Good news for yogurt aficionados - a recent study adds lowered risk of diabetes to the list of health benefits of yogurt!

New Year's Hangover? Let Us Help!

1/1/2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Oh, sorry. Did we just say that too loudly? Feeling a little sensitive to sound and light? Perhaps feeling a little unpleasant in general? If you spent last night celebrating the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 by imbibing on a few libations here and there, then you, my friend, are most likely suffering from a hangover.

High Animal Protein Diets: Is There a Cancer Connection?

12/18/2014

A recent study (referred to in this article as Levine et al (2014)) followed more than 6,300 adults over the age of 50, to see what effect high-, medium-, and low-protein diets had on lifespan. A high-protein diet was defined as 20 percent of a person’s daily calories coming from protein, a moderate-protein diet is 10-19 percent of calories from protein, and a low-protein diet consists of less than 10 percent protein. People in the study ate, on average, 16 percent protein, with two-thirds coming from animal sources, which is typical of an American diet, according to the researchers.

Eating Better: Bold Brussels Sprouts

12/17/2014

Previously known as the food foe of children, this bold veggie is coming into style. And it’s no wonder why - Brussels sprouts are packed with undeniable benefits! As a member of the cabbage family, they are also known as a baby cabbage. Brussel sprouts have been known for approximately 400 years.

Try Baked Pears this Holiday Season!

12/12/2014

Looking for a new recipe to share with family and friends this holiday season? Take advantage of one of winter's splendid fruits - pears! Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, shares a favorite recipe from her book "Slim Down South!"

Stuck in a Food Rut? Check out These Food Trends!

12/11/2014

Are you stuck in a food rut, resorting to the same foods and recipes over and over again? Here are some new ideas using some of the latest food trends from Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and Best Food Facts nutritioni advisor!

Holiday Gifts for a Healthy Lifestyle

12/3/2014

Do you need some gift ideas? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, shares some gift ideas to support a healthy lifestyle.

Tasty Tips to Indulge Without the Bulge

11/19/2014

Did you know that the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and 230 grams of fat during a traditional holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, shares some tasty ways you can indulge without the bulge!

How to Make your Thanksgiving Meal Healthy

11/11/2014

Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the dreaded holiday weight gain season, but it doesn't have to! Many of Thanksgiving's staple items are actually good for us, and by making a few substitutions, it can be a meal your health will thank you for!

Scary Good Advice for a Healthy Halloween

10/31/2014

Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, doles out some scary good tips for treating kids and adults to a healthier Halloween!

Eating Better: The Powerful Pumpkin

10/14/2014

Getting ready to carve pumpkins for Halloween? Think twice about tossing that pile of pumpkin pulp while carving. The orange flesh is more than just the remnants of a spooky jack-o-latern. This viscous material is loaded with nutrients you do not want to throw away!

Does Draining Fat From Meat Make it Leaner?

10/2/2014

If you cook a pound of 80% lean ground beef and drain the fat, have you eliminated the need to buy the more expensive 90% lean ground beef? A Best Food Facts reader asked just that, so we reached out to Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, RD, from North Dakota State University.

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