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Word of the Week: Mousse

2/10/2016

Valentine's Day is almost here - the holiday known for chocolates and other sweet treats. One such treat is mousse (not the animal).

Can Grape Juice Prevent the Flu?

2/9/2016

At Best Food Facts we are always looking into new studies, recipes and, of course, food myths. Recently, we heard on the radio that drinking three cups of grape juice a day can help prevent the flu....so we reached out to our experts to find out more!

The Fungus Among Us

2/8/2016

A mushroom is a mushroom, right? Turns out, there is more to this fungi than meets the eye. Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator of Nutrition, Food Safety, and Cooking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, gave us some info about different types of mushrooms and tips for enjoying this nutritious morsel.

Your Super Bowl 50 Food Survival Guide

2/5/2016

It’s almost here – the first official “food splurge” day of the year. We’ve all made our New Year’s resolutions to get fit and eat better, and then along comes Super Bowl Sunday. It’s the day when, according to the Calorie Control Council (who knew they existed?), the average American will consume at least 2,400 calories while watching the big game. And the USDA says Super Bowl Sunday is the second-biggest food day for Americans, behind Thanksgiving.

Word of the Week: Citrus

2/3/2016

In honor of National Grapefruit Month, this week's word of the week is citrus.

Meet An Expert: Londa Nwadike, PhD

2/2/2016

Londa Nwadike, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Extension Food Safety Specialist at Kansas State University. To get to know Londa, we asked her a few questions.

Fall in Love with Grapefruit!

2/2/2016

February may be best known for Valentine's Day, chocolates, roses and hearts, but did you know that February is also National Grapefruit Month?

Diet Showdown - Volumetrics

1/29/2016

The Volumetrics diet, created by terrific research done by Dr. Barbara Rolls, focuses on feeling full or utilizing the volume and calorie density of foods. Volumetrics is ultimately about getting more mileage out of what you eat. Registered dietitian Sarah Downs tells us the details about this eating pattern.

Word of the Week: Volumetrics

1/27/2016

Many successful weight loss programs focus on the feeling of satiety, or feeling full. This includes focusing on the volumetrics and energy density of a food, but what exactly does that mean?

Biotics Unite

1/26/2016

You've probably heard about the importance of keeping your digestive tract healthy and the role different foods can play in our diet. Probiotics often take center stage in these conversations, but it’s important to not forget their partner, prebiotics. Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs helps us learn more about these functional foods.

Antibiotic Resistance Part IV: Proper Kitchen Techniques

1/21/2016

Food blogger Alice Choi discusses proper food handling and storage techniques with registered dietitan Jen Haugen.

Word of the Week: Probiotics/Prebiotics

1/20/2016

We hear a lot about probiotics and their benefits to human health. But what exactly are probiotics? And what are prebiotics?

Antibiotic Resistance Part III: Navigating Food Labels

1/19/2016

Food blogger Alice Choi gets help navigating labels on food packages at the grocery store from registered dietitian Jen Haugen.

Diet Showdown - Cleansing!

1/15/2016

Sometimes called a cleansing diet, the rise of the “detox” diet continues as we start the New Year. Detoxes and cleanses have become very popular the past few years and many claim they can provide positive impacts to your health. But the truth is that many detoxes and cleanses aren’t right for everyone. We talked with registered dietitian Sarah Downs to find out more about this diet trend.

Antibiotic Resistance Part II: Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

1/14/2016

While we know that the discovery and use of antibiotics represents one of the greatest human and veterinary medical advances in history, recent concerns about overuse have people wondering about the impact on human health of use of antibiotics in animals raised for food. For answers on antibiotic use in livestock production, Alice Choi visited with Jeff Bender, DVM, MS, DACVPM, with the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Minnesota.

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