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The More You Know, the More You Can Eat!

11/14/2013

Confused about all of the crazy food advice out there? Registered dietitian Carolyn O'Neil says, "The more you know, the more you can eat." From Carolyn's perspective, no fat, no salt and no sugar means no flavor and no fun! Hear directly from Carolyn about how her love of science and writing motivated her to become a registered dietitian, and get a sneak peek into her philosophy on healthy eating.

To Juice? Or Not to Juice?

11/13/2013

Juicing is a popular approach to getting your diet back on track, and it's certainly a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into the diets of picky eaters! But is it actually healthy? While no one can dispute that adding fruits and veggies to your meals is a win, registered dietitian, Judy Barbe explores the benefits and the watch-outs of this interesting and delicious trend. 

Meet an Expert: Sean O'Keefe, PhD

11/13/2013

Sean O'Keefe, PhD, is one of the many Best Food Facts experts. He is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech.

Trans Fats Moving Off the Menu

11/12/2013

Blamed as a key dietary culprit in causing heart disease, trans fats are getting kicked all the way to the curb. Best Food Facts Nutrition Advisor, Carolyn O’Neil, MS RD dishes up insight from nutrition experts on the issue of trans fats.

Food Expiration Dates - Eliminating Confusion

11/9/2013

Looking for ways to eliminate food waste and increase food safety? Check out this handy Expiration Date graphic!

Scientifically Speaking, What Are Trans Fats?

11/9/2013

What are trans fats anyway? The American Heart Association says, “Trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid.” They are used because they are easy to handle, inexpensive to produce, they have a great shelf life and they create a great taste and texture as a food ingredient.

For more information on the science behind trans fats, Best Food Facts reached out to sports nutritionist Dr. Liz Applegate and food scientist and registered dietitian Dr. Ruth MacDonald.

Trans Fat Ban: What Does that Mean?

11/8/2013

The Food and Drug Administration has taken an initial step to ban trans fats. This means that any trans fats that are artificially created will be off the menu and out of our food for good. Why does that matter, and what does it mean for our food? We asked the experts.

Trans Fat Ban: Now What?

11/7/2013

If the FDA decides trans fats will not be allowed as an ingredient in foods anymore, what would that mean for the foods we love?

Should I Avoid Gluten?

11/5/2013

There’s a dilemma in the breadbasket! A growing number of people are being diagnosed with sensitivity to gluten found in grains. Additionally, some are claiming grains might be a culprit in the growing prevalence of certain diseases, like obesity and dementia. Registered Dietitian Carolyn O’Neil explains the issue and provides insight.

What Is the Definition of Gluten-Free?

11/5/2013

Tossing pizza dough into the air may be critical to the art of making a perfect crust, but when a fine dust of flour flutters down, it isn’t so fine for patrons who’ve ordered the gluten-free pies.

Meet an Expert: Ronald E. Kleinman, MD

10/31/2013

Best Food Facts would like to introuduce you to one of our experts Ronald Kleinman. He is the Physician in Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children; Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Charles Wilder Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Does Halloween Candy Expire?

10/30/2013

Many moms and dads will check their child’s Halloween candy to be sure it’s safe to eat. But how long will that candy last? Best Food Facts reached out to Fadi Aramouni, PhD, professor of food science, Kansas State University, about the shelf life of candy and guidance on how much candy we should really eat.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Halloween Candy

10/30/2013

Do you indulge in Halloween candy? Take our latest poll!

What’s in Chicken Nuggets?

10/30/2013

Researchers in Mississippi recently tested chicken nuggets from two national fast food chains. They took one nugget from each restaurant and examined the ingredients. The result was that about half of the nuggets were muscle with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin or internal organs. The second was 40 percent muscle and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone.

Is this unusual? Is it a safety concern? We took these questions and others to Dr. Casey M. Owens at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas.

Inulin: Is This Fiber Source Too Much of a Good Thing?

10/29/2013

We received an inquiry from a Best Food Facts reader about “functional fibers” that are being added to foods. There are reports that inulin, a popular food additive, can cause gastrointestinal discomfort if over-ingested.

We spoke with Dr. Joanne Slavin, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, to find out more.

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