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Why Are Sweet Potatoes Sweet?

11/27/2014

Recently, a Best Food Facts reader submitted a question asking, "Why are sweet potatoes sweet? Are they watered with sugar water?" To answer this question, we reached out to Kenneth Pecota, Researcher, North Carolina State University.

Thanksgiving by the Numbers

11/27/2014

Did you know that American farmers produced nearly 1.8 billion pounds of green beans and 9 million barrels of cranberries in 2013? The USDA gives us a look at Thanksgiving by the numbers.

Let's Talk Turkey!

11/26/2014

What's the best way to thaw a turkey? Should you wash your turkey? How do you know when your turkey's done? Don't fret! The USDA has prepared this handy guide to help make sure your Thanksgiving meal preparations include food safety!

Do Hormones in Milk, Meat and Eggs Cause Early Puberty?

11/25/2014

Do hormones in milk, meat and eggs cause early puberty?

Meet Victoria from Love Laugh Cook

11/24/2014

You might be surprised to find out blogger Victoria, behind the mouth-watering blog Love Laugh Cook, has a full-time job in sports medicine, but don’t let her love for exercise fool you! Her love for food is evident with just one peek at her blog.

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!

Eating Better: Keen on Kale

11/18/2014

Ever thought about letting this leafy green take the spotlight in your next dish? Kale is known for its versatility and mighty nutritional punch.

Meet Lynn from Order in the Kitchen

11/17/2014

A self-described attorney in the apron, Lynn is a law school graduate bringing order to the courtroom and the kitchen. Her blog, Order in the Kitchen, is mains meets desserts, cocktails and beyond!

Meet an Expert: George Kent, PhD

11/15/2014

George Kent, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Kent's research has centered on human rights, international relations, peace, development, and environmental issues, with a special focus on nutrition and children. To get to know Dr. Kent, Best Food Facts asked him a few questions.

Eating Better: The Amazing Avocado

11/14/2014

There’s nothing like the bright green of the avocado to spruce up an otherwise boring dish! Avocados not only appeal to the eye but are also packed with nutrients that can complement daily health.

9 GM Crops Grown Commercially in the United States

11/13/2014

There is conversation aplenty about GMOs. In fact, there is so much talk of GMOs and GM foods that you may find it surprising to know there are only nine GM crops commercially available in the United States.

The Role of the Mighty Insect

11/12/2014

Some may see insects and arachnids as being a pest in their home, a nuisance at their family barbeque or even something they are deathly afraid of; but do we ever consider the POSITIVE impact that these little critters make on our everyday lives? If you can look past the bee stings and the spider bites, you will see that simple things such as the growth of the vegetables you feed your family and the population control of all those pesky flies and gnats buzzing around your head on a hot summer day would be inhibited with the loss of the mighty insect.

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!

New Potato: Less bruising and browning

11/10/2014

The USDA approved commercial planting of a potato that resists browning and has fewer unsightly and wasteful bruises. It’s called the Innate™ brand and could be coming to a supermarket near you in the not-too-distant future.

Meet an Expert: Ethan Bergman, PhD, RD, CD, FADA

11/9/2014

Ethan Bergman, PhD, RD, CD, FADA, is Professor of Food Science & Nutrition; Associate Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies; Acting Chair, Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences; and Former President, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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