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Happy National Homemade Soup Day!


February 4 is National Homemade Soup Day! It's perfect timing - a pot full of homemade soup is sure to warm you up this time of year! Instead of the usual chicken or vegetable soup, try out this Turnip Greens Stew from Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD.

Meet an Expert: Robyn Metcalfe, PhD


Desert running and a PB&J sandwich – what connects these topics? A tenacious curiosity to see what you can learn by just jumping in! The same sense of wonder that called Robyn Metcalfe, Founder & Executive Director of The Food Lab, to run the great deserts of the world has led her to take on the task of mapping our current food supply. An historian, desert distance runner, and food futurist with a lifelong hunger to take on irrational challenges, Robyn Metcalfe marvels at what it takes to simply create a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Treat Yourself: The Health Benefits of Chocolate


With Valentine's Day approaching, there's one thing we just can't get off our minds: chocolate! This decadent treat makes an appearance at most major (and even minor) holidays, but it's on February 14 when it truly shines. In honor of this sweet day, we wanted to treat you with some facts that just might have you reaching for another piece of chocolate (everything in moderation, right?).

How Many Football Fields are in an M&M?


How much exercise is needed to burn calories? We asked Linda Rankin, RD, of Idaho State University to break it down for us.

Can Chicken Soup Cure Tom Brady Before the Big Game?


The Super Bowl is just days away, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced...he has a cold. The QB says he'll be fine for the big game, but is chicken soup part of his strategy? Should it be? We reached out to an expert to find out whether chicken soup can help cure the common cold.

What's Healthier? Pork Bacon or Turkey Bacon?


Bacon, bacon, bacon! Everybody loves bacon! These days, you can find bacon everywhere, it seems. It's not just a breakfast food anymore!

Recently, a reader asked about center-cut bacon. To find out about all things bacon, we reached out to Janeal Yancey, PhD, Meat Science, Animal Science Department, Divison of Agriculture, University of Arkansas.

Meet Krista from Joyful Healthy Eats


We’ve been getting an extra helping of joy with stops by one of our favorite food blogs, Joyful Healthy Eats, by Krista, one of our favorite bloggers. 

Super Bowl Recipe Huddle


For us here at Best Food Facts, the Super Bowl is all about the party food. Luckily for us (and you!) we have amazing food blogger friends who are willing to share their recipes for delicious and easy-to-share game day favorites. We are sorry in advance for the hunger this post may induce. Go sports!

Can You Get Ebola from Food?


We've all heard that Ebola can be spread via bodily fluids, but what about food? Is there a possibility that Ebola could be spread by food?

To answer this question, we reached out to Carl Winter, PhD, Director, FoodSafe Program, Extension Food Toxicologist, University of California; and Roger Clemens, DrPH, CFS, CNS, FACN, FIFT, FIAFST, Adjunct Professor, Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy, International Center for Regulatory Science.

ABCs of Food: V is for Vitamins


Do you take vitamins or do you get all the vitamins you need from the food you eat? Either way, vitamins are an important part of your diet! To learn more about vitamins, we reached out to Dr. Joanne Slavin, Professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.

Meet an Expert: Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D.


Dr. Julie Garden Robinson is a Professor and Extension Specialist at North Dakota State University, with expertise in Nutrition and Food Safety. Along with Dr. Robinson’s dense expertise, she is also a musician! Dr. Robinson’s passion lies between helping people stay healthy and addressing misinformation about food, nutrition and health. Read below to learn more about our Best Food Facts Expert, Dr. Robinson!


Why Doesn't Your Body Digest Corn?


Why doesn't your body digest corn?

Satisfying Soup!


It's winter, and what better time of year to enjoy a homemade bowl of soup? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, shares a good-for-you chicken soup recipe that's sure to keep you warm!

Of Mice and Men...And Sugar


A new study scheduled for publication in the March 2015 issue of The Journal of Nutrition claims that fructose is more toxic than table sugar when fed to mice in doses proportional to human consumption. We wanted to know more about what that may mean for human health, so we enlisted the help of Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD; Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University; and Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, Director of University Nutrition at Washington University.

Is Eating At Home Healthier Than Dining Out?


Do you prefer heading out to your favorite (or perhaps nearest) restaurant for meals rather than cooking at home? If so, you're not alone. We get it! Dining out, whether heading through a drive-thru or sitting down at your favorite restaurant, is often more convenient and sometimes even more delicious than cooking your own food at home. Even those who love to cook need a break from the kitchen every now and then - but is dining out versus eating at home a healthy and nutritious option? Doesn't it seem that eating at home is the healthier option? This is a question we recently received from a reader and set out to find the answer!

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