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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.

Are Fruits and Vegetables Sprayed with Pesticides Less Safe than Organic Produce?

10/28/2013

In all forms, fruits and vegetables are inherently nutritious, no matter whether eaten fresh, canned or frozen. In recent years, a number of marketing tactics have presented organic fruits to be safer, based on the premise that they are grown without pesticides. In truth, both organic and conventional farmers use pesticides on their crops.

Will Garcinia Cambogia Really Help Me Lose Weight?

10/24/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a question regarding whether celebrities are using garcinia cambogia to lose weight. We called Stephen Heymsfield, MD, the George A. Bray, Jr. Endowed Super Chair in Nutrition Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System, to find out.

Are High-Carb Foods Fattening?

10/23/2013

With the rise of low- and no-carb diets, the word “carb” has taken on a negative connotation. Just as there is no one-size-fits-all diet there is also no one perfect food. A balanced diet includes a wide variety of foods consumed in moderation. But carbohydrates shouldn’t be considered to be “empty” calories. Carbohydrates can be rich sources of fiber such as those found in vegetables, whole grains, fruits and beans, all of which play a role in decreasing the risk of chronic disease. 

Are Protein Shakes Healthy?

10/21/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question. Shelly asked,  "I see Facebook pages of people advocating against GMOs but promoting the use of protein shakes. What’s in them and are they healthy?" We asked nationally-renowned nutrition and fitness expert Dr. Liz Applegate, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California-Davis, to answer the questions.

What Do Cows Eat?

10/18/2013

Ever wonder what went into the steak that winds up on your dinner table? It’s common knowledge that corn is a dietary staple for food animals, but what else do they eat? We contacted Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, lecturer and associate director at the Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University, to find out more.

Are There Growth Hormones in Milk?

10/16/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader comment asking which brands of milk contain growth hormones. To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ann Macrina, Research/Teaching Associate at Penn State University. Dr. Macrina previously answered questions about hormones in milk.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Favorite Pumpkin-Flavored Food

10/16/2013

What is your favorite pumpkin-flavored food item? Take our latest poll!

Meet an Expert: Wendy J. Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC

10/15/2013

Best Food Facts would like to introduce Wendy J. Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC. She is an Assistant Professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida.

Should My Kids Eat After-School Snacks?

10/14/2013

Are your kids hungry when they get home from school? Is it OK to give kids an afternoon snack? Best Food Facts asked nutrition advisor Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, about healthy snacks to fill the gap between school lunch and dinner time.

Is It OK to Eat Soy?

10/11/2013

Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "Does eating soy negatively impact our health?" To answer this question, we reached out to Barbara Klein, PhD, Professor Emerita of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Should I Be Concerned about Salmonella in Chicken?

10/9/2013

The U.S Department of Agriculture recently issued a public health alert, saying it has linked some raw chicken products produced in California to a salmonella outbreak. We went to Dr. Scott Hurd, DVM, Associate Professor and Director of the Food Risk Modeling and Policy Lab at Iowa State University and a former USDA Deputy Undersecretary, for insight.

What Food Safety Guidelines Should I Follow When Cooking Chicken?

10/7/2013

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reminds consumers of the critical importance of following package cooking instructions for frozen or fresh chicken products and general food safety guidelines when handling and preparing any raw meat or poultry. All poultry products should be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165° F as determined by a food thermometer. Using a food thermometer is the only way to know that food has reached a high enough temperature to destroy foodborne bacteria.

What is the Paleo Diet? Is it Safe?

10/4/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question about the Paleo diet - what is it, and is it safe? We asked Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, about the diet and if it is safe for otherwise healthy adults.

Are School Lunch Bags Bacteria Magnets?

10/3/2013

A simple rule of thumb for keeping food safe is to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. But what about school lunches in backpacks and lockers? Registered Dietitian and nutrition expert, Carolyn O'Neil, provides clarity on ensuring school lunch bags don't become hot spots for bacteria.

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