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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.

Word of the Week: Cleansing

1/13/2016

In reference to diet, cleansing is often defined as detoxifying or removing harmful substances from the body. Typically a cleansing or detox diet involves a dietary regimen that attempts to remove toxins from the body. 

Antibiotic Resistance Part I: Trust Your Doctor

1/12/2016

The discovery and use of antibiotics represents one of the greatest human and veterinary medical advances in history. According to a 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, at least two million people annually in the U.S. "acquire serious infections with bacteria that are resistant to one or more of the antibiotics designed to treat infections, and at least 23,000 people die annually from antibiotic-resistant infections."

New Year's Resolutions: Keep It Simple for Success

1/8/2016

As we ring in 2016, many of us set goals and make resolutions. This could be losing weight, exercising more, spending more time with family -- the list goes on and on. One of the most common of these goals involves our health and, more specifically, our weight. Cue the long list of diets and plans that claim to guarantee to help us achieve our weight loss goals. However, these can be extremely hard to stick with in the long term and can leave us feeling discouraged and likely to go back to our old habits. Instead of relying on one single diet or plan this year, I like to focus on lifestyle changes that can lead to success beyond this year. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks that can help you feel your best not only in 2016 but for many years to come!

What You Need to Know About the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

1/7/2016

The long-awaited 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been released! We chatted with Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs to find out more.

Word of the Week: Gastronomy

1/6/2016

Gastronomy is the practice or art of cooking and eating good food.

The Devil's in the Details: How to Hard Boil an Egg

1/4/2016

Hard-boiled eggs can be used in many delicious dishes like deviled eggs or egg salad, or they can be eaten by themselves for a quick source of protein. 

2015: The Year in Review

12/31/2015

Is it just us, or was 2015 the year of food knowledge? From how to properly clean produce to using leftover produce to hormones and antibiotics in animal protein to the cost of food, consumers wanted to know everything about what they were eating. Let’s take a look back at Best Food Facts' hottest food stories of 2015…

Word of the Week: Mincemeat

12/30/2015

Mincemeat is a mixture of fruits, nuts, spices and sometimes meat, and is usually used as pie filling.

Food Packaging 101

12/25/2015

Brown paper packages tied up with strings…. They may be some of our favorite things, but when it comes to food, there are many options for keeping food fresh and safe. As many of us are opening packages today, here is some background on food packages.

Word of the Week: Fruitcake

12/23/2015

The fruitcake has become somewhat of a joke in these modern times, but this dessert is often served at weddings and on other special occasions.

Farm-Raised Chickens: Answers on Antibiotics, Hormones and More

12/21/2015

Consumers have a lot of questions about how chickens are raised these days. Are chickens fed additional hormones? How about antibiotics? And what does the label farm-raised chickens really mean?

Desert Safe Foods

12/18/2015

The holiday season is upon us and that means the post office bins will soon be full of boxes and boxes of gifts and care packages headed for loved ones near and far. Some may be headed just over the state line to your favorite college student while some may be headed overseas to servicemen and women looking forward to a piece of home. There’s no doubt that some packages will include delicious holiday treats homemade with love, so how can you make sure they'll still be enjoyable when they reach their final destination?

Word of the Week: Gingerbread

12/16/2015

Gingerbread is a tasty treat, especially around the holidays. From houses to men, baking with gingerbread can be lots of fun!

12 Days of Food Safety

12/14/2015

Whether you’re serving three French hens, two turtle cheesecakes or a partridge and a pear cobbler, it’s important to pay attention to food safety. Holidays are a time for family gatherings and special meals, which means it also presents risk of cross-contamination or foodborne illness. But if you follow best food safety practices, like the 12 tips below, your holiday meals should remain safe and delicious!

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