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Curiosity Fuels the Future of Food

3/4/2015

Fear of food is not healthy, and as people's interest in food and conversations about food grow, so does unnecessary fear about what to eat and what not to eat. We reached out to Robyn Metcalfe, PhD, Executive Director of The Food Lab at the University of Texas, to gain insight on re-channeling our interest in food to curiosity that can help lead to new ideas we can all chew on.

Meet an Expert: Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD

3/3/2015

Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD, is an Extension Program Specialist, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. To get to know Danielle, we asked her a few questions.

Bulletproof Coffee Explained

3/2/2015

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you've probably heard of Bulletproof coffee. What is it? A coffee drink made up of coffee, butter, and medium-chain triglyceride oil, Bulletproof coffee is meant to replace breakfast. Created by Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof coffee cult has grown fast and it doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Meet Ali from Gimme Some Oven

2/26/2015

Our mouths have been doing a lot of watering lately, and we can’t help but assume it’s the result of frequent stops at Gimme Some Oven - the oh-so-scrumptious blog by Ali. 

Menu Planning with SCALES

2/24/2015

Do you find yourself wondering what's for dinner every night? With a little bit of menu planning using SCALES, you'll save time and money, and may even reduce your stress level!

 

 

Are Our Kids Overdosing on Salt?

2/23/2015

New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates roughly seven in 10 toddler meals contain excess levels of sodium, and most snacks, breakfast pastries and cereal bars for infants and toddlers have extra sugars. What's a parent to do?

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

2/20/2015

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

Should You Eat Fat Free?

2/18/2015

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

Calorie Myths Busted

2/17/2015

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

2/16/2015

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.

Developers Hope New Fruit Becomes the Apple of Consumers’ Eye

2/13/2015

Does an apple that doesn’t turn brown after taking a bite sound appealing? Such an apple has been developed with the help of biotechnology by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) of British Columbia, Canada. After a lengthy government process, they have now been approved in the United States, though it will still be a few years before they’re available in stores. We spoke about these new fruits, called Arctic® apples, with Neal Carter, OSF’s president and founder, and reached out to Dr. Herbert Aldwinckle, professor emeritus at Cornell University's Department of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology, for some insight.

Should You Rinse Canned Food?

2/13/2015

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?

2/12/2015

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

2/10/2015

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!

The Pockmarked Cucurbit!

2/9/2015

What do you get when you soak zucchini and yellow squash in water and white vinegar? A pockmarked cucurbit! A Best Food Facts reader recently experienced this phenomenon and wanted to know more.

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