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Meet Registered Dietitian Holley Grainger


If you’re looking for kitchen inspiration with a hefty helping of sound nutrition knowledge, registered dietitian Holley Grainger has you covered. 

Just What Exactly is a Dietitian?


Just what exactly is a registered dietitian nutritionist? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RDN and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, explains why this profession is so critical to overall health.

What do Guacamole and Oysters Have in Common?


Guacamole and oysters - not a very likely food combination. But even though they may not go well together, they do have something in common. We recently received a question about high pressure pasteurization and whether there are any health concerns associated with this technology. To find some answers, we reached out to Diane Barrett, PhD, Fruit & Vegetable Products Specialist in the Department of Food Science & Technology and Site Director for the Center for Advanced Processing & Packaging at the University of California-Davis.

5 Best & Worst Fast Food Kids Meal Options


We recently received a question from a reader asking us about the healthiest fast food kids meal options and what preservatives are found in these food items. Luckily for all of us, most, if not all, fast food chains have the nutritional value of their food available to the public. We visited five of the most popular fast food chains to figure out what their healthiest and least healthy options are. We also realize that the health value of a food is not solely determined by the number of calories it does or does not contain. When it comes to food – not just fast food – it’s important to understand the nutritional value of what you’re eating. We reached out to Dr. Sean O’Keefe from Virginia Tech for more insight on what parents should consider when purchasing fast food for their children.

Meet an Expert: Pat Curtis, PhD


Patricia A. (Pat) Curtis is a native Texan and received her PhD at Texas A&M. Before joining the Food Systems Institute at Auburn University as Professor and Director, Dr. Curtis taught at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and North Carolina State University. Dr. Curtis has focused her research on quality and safety attributes of poultry and egg products. To get to know Dr. Curtis, Best Food Facts asked her a few questions.

Potluck of the Irish


Is there anything worse than showing up to a party empty-handed? If there is, we can’t think of it right now. It's St. Patrick’s Day, and to help make sure you not only show up to your St. Paddy's Day festivities with something, but something delicious as well, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Irish-inspired recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers.

This Fruit Salad Will Make Your Friends Green with Envy


Looking for something a little different for St. Patrick's Day? Look no further than this avocado fruit salad from Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RDN, and nutrition advisor to Best Food Facts!

Why It's OK to Eat Fruits and Veggies Sprayed with Pesticides


Recently, the Environmental Working released its annual Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, a guide to what the group claims are the most contaminated fruits and vegetables. For perspective on the report and what it means for consumers, we reached out to Dr. Carl Winter, Extension Food Toxicologist and Vice Chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California-Davis.

Is Red Wine Exercise in a Glass?


You've seen the headlines - Red wine is healthy! Red wine is good for you! But what does that mean? How is it healthy? Well, now we may have the answer as a recently published research study shows that resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine, may enhance exercise training and performance.

Meet Melanie from Melanie Makes


Meet Melanie, the gal behind Melanie Makes – a food blog filled with everyday eats, delicious desserts and everything in between. 

Why Is the United States the Only Country to Allow Hormones in Food Animal Production?


Do you buy milk labeled rBST-free? Are you worried about hormones in milk? We recently posted Are There Growth Hormones in Milk? and Hormones in Milk: Are They Causing Early Puberty in Girls?, but a recent consumer question about why hormones are used in food animal production had us reaching back out to Dr. Ann Macrina, Research/Teaching Associate at Penn State University.

Is the Mushroom a Vegetable?


Mushrooms have been a part of the human diet for many, many years but one question always remains: is the mushroom a vegetable? You've probably heard before that mushrooms are fungi, but does that mean it's not a vegetable? Or is it both? To clear this up, we reached out to Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator of Nutrition, Food Safety, and Cooking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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.


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

Curiosity Fuels the Future of Food


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.

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