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Be the Master of Your Grill

7/1/2015

It's officially grilling season! Grill masters armed with tongs, spatulas, sauces and seasonings fire up the pit and celebrate the season with burgers, brats, chicken, steak - the list goes on and on. You've no doubt got your favorites! But do you ever wonder if that meat you've sizzled to perfection is truly done? Fear not, grill master! Best Food Facts is here to help you master the art of internal cooking temperatures!

Why has there been an increase in food allergies?

6/29/2015

According to Dr. Stephen Taylor, no one knows the exact answer to why the prevalence of food allergies is increasing. He doubts any experts would hypothesize that chemicals used in food production play a role in the prevalence of food allergies. He explains other theories that seem much more plausible, but have not been proven, like cleanliness, c-section births and avoidance of specific foods.

Raw Milk Q&A

6/29/2015

Did you know that each year 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) will become sick from a foodborne illness? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that this may cost over $15.5 billion! One of the culprits of these outbreaks is from the consumption of contaminated raw milk or milk that has not been pasteurized. We chatted with Best Food Facts expert Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, RD, from North Dakota State University to find out more about raw milk. 

Preventing Peanut Allergies: Is it Possible?

6/29/2015

Over the past 10 years the prevalence of peanut allergies in American children has nearly doubled, and currently about 2 percent of children have a peanut allergy. While there are many theories and speculations behind this increase, definitive reasons remain unclear. We take a look at a recent study that may change the guidelines for peanut allergies and feeding practices for infants. 

Can You Re-Grow Lettuce and Other Veggies in Water?

6/26/2015

Originally posted May 3, 2013.

The Theory: You can re-grow lettuce in water.

The Verdict: It makes a cool science project for the kids, but it’s not something you would want to eat.

We noticed a post on Facebook telling friends to save the stump at the end of the lettuce and re-grow it in water. We wanted to know if it was true. Should we all start saving the end of our lettuce and put it in water, so that it will grow back?

To answer our questions, we reached out to Dr. Joe Kemble, Professor of Horticulture at Auburn University.

Meet Wanda from Minnesota Farm Living

6/24/2015

From a place known for its 10,000 lakes, you might not think of agriculture when you hear Minnesota. Meet Wanda from Minnesota Farming Living who hopes to change that.

How Cosmic-Ray Probes and Drones Help Grow Food

6/23/2015

The use of technology in farming is nothing new. In fact, farmers are innovators. And with a global population expected to increase by 3+ billion people by 2050, technology will play a critical role in meeting the demand for food. One of the ways in which farmers are utilizing technology on the farm is for water conservation. For more information on ways farmers conserve this precious resource, we reached out to Dr. Derek Heeren with the University of Nebraska.

Spittin' Seeds? Not with Seedless Watermelons

6/19/2015

One of our favorite summer treats is watermelon, but have you ever wondered why some watermelons are seedless? We asked an expert to explain. Spoiler alert: It's not genetic modification!

Trans Fats: FDA Sets Deadline

6/19/2015

The Food and Drug Administration recently finalized its determination that artificial trans fats are not “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, for use in human food. Best Food Facts Registered Dietitian Sarah Downs breaks down this ruling and what it means for the food system.

Meet an Expert: Derek M. Heeren, PhD, PE

6/18/2015

Derek Heeren, PhD, PE, is Assistant Professor of Irrigation Engineering, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute Fellow, Biological Systems Engineering, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We wanted to get to know Dr. Heeren a bit better, so we asked him a few questions!

 

Best Food Facts & Blogger Friends Head to California to Kick Off TASTE

6/16/2015

Best Food Facts and blogger friends experienced strawberry patches, wineries, honey tastings and more in California during the kickoff event for TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food blogger program. 

Eight Tips for Shopping the Farmers Market

6/11/2015

It's summer, and there's no better way to up your consumption of fruits and vegetables than by visiting your local farmers market. Registered Dietitian Melissa Joy Dobbins shares these eight tips for adding some fun to the shopping adventure, including ways to involve your kids in the process.

Meet an Expert: Anne Cundiff, RD, LD, FAND

6/10/2015

Anne Cundiff is a registered and licensed dietitian with Hy-Vee supermarkets in Des Moines, Iowa. To get to know Anne, we asked her a few questions.

Dairy Fun Facts: Just in Time for National Dairy Month

6/9/2015

From milk to cheese and much more, dairy provides us with many products to enjoy during National Dairy Month, and all year long, for that matter!

Can Honey Help My Allergies? And Other Honey Facts

6/8/2015

As summer allergy season gets into full swing, many people look to alternatives like honey to provide relief. But can honey actually help alleviate your allergy symptoms? We asked Registered Dietitian Sarah Downs to weigh in.

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