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SLIM Holiday Strategies

12/19/2013

Registered dietitian Carolyn O’Neil knows that holiday eating means maximizing traditions and enjoying food with friends and family. While holiday time, with its large platters of food favorites, might not seem like the best time to consider healthy eating, Carolyn shows you some SLIM strategies such as setting a time frame for consumption and appropriate portion sizes. For example, "I'll enjoy fried chicken only once a month." Or the holiday version, “I’ll enjoy a big buffet tonight, but I’ll have a bowl of soup for lunch.” You can find these SLIM strategies and more deliciousness in Carolyn’s new book, The Slim Down South Cookbook. 

Are Canned Fruits and Veggies Healthy?

12/18/2013

Missing some of your favorite juicy summer fruits? Or, maybe those crisp fall veggies? Enjoying the frozen, dehydrated or canned versions of these fruits and vegetables is a great way to get the wonderful taste and nutrients from your favorite out-of-season produce.

Is Aspartame Safe to Consume?

12/17/2013

Experts say a new study confirms aspartame is safe in food and beverages – but how is the newest research different from previous studies?  

What's the Difference Between Cow's Milk and Non-Dairy Milk?

12/16/2013

Whole or fat free. Lactose-free. Almond, soy or rice. There are many reasons why someone would choose one type of milk over another. Blogger Kristin Hong, www.thefreshfind.com asked, what is the difference between dairy milk, soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk and rice milk?

To answer the question, we reached out to Dr. Dennis Savaiano, Interim Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Nutrition Science, Purdue University.

Is Champagne Good for Your Health?

12/15/2013

The holiday season is in full swing and if you’re lucky, you may find a champagne toast accompanying the festivities. Happily, that bubbly could also be a beneficial toast to your health.

Photo credit: ManicMorFF from morguefile.com

Should I Count Calories?

12/14/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "What is the best way to count calories?" To answer this question, we reached out to Dariush Mozaffarian, MD DrPH, Co-Director, Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health.

Meet an Expert: Cecilia Chi-Ham, PhD

12/13/2013

Best Food Facts wants you to get to know the experts! Meet Dr. Cecilia Chi-Ham. She is Director of Science and Technology, PIPRA, at the University of California-Davis.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Unique Vegetables

12/12/2013

Which unique vegetable would you add into a salad? Take our latest poll!

Meet Sommer Collier from A Spicy Perspective

12/7/2013

Lately, we’ve been adding a little extra spice to our lives with regular visits to Sommer Collier’s award-winning blog: A Spicy Perspective.

Holidays: A is for Apple

12/4/2013

Did you know that apples are more than just a tasty snack? They are also a historically significant holiday decoration!

Meet Abigail J. Dougherty, RD, LD/N

11/26/2013

Best Food Facts is pleased to introduce Abigail J. Dougherty, RD, LD/N. Abby, who blogs over at Soul Of Health, was kind enough to share some of her all-time favorite pumpkin recipes. Click to read more about this star ingredient.

Raw Egg in Egg Nog - Is It Safe?

11/25/2013

With the holidays come celebrations where food is the main event. But don't forget the drinks - especially egg nog! One Best Food Facts reader noticed a lot of egg nog recipes that call for raw eggs and wanted to know whether this is safe. We contacted Washington University's Director of University Nutrition, Connie Diekman, to find out.

Meet an Expert: Denneal Jamison-McClung, PhD

11/25/2013

Best Food Facts wants you to get to know the expert. meet Denneal Jamison-McClung, PhD. She is the Associate Director – Biotechnology program at University of California-Davis.

Can You Trust Research?

11/22/2013

The university-based experts on Best Food Facts have completed research in their specialized fields of study. But one Best Food Facts reader, Blogger Amina Nevels of MommaMina.com, asked a question about research funding. "How do we know that we can trust your research if it's funded by organizations who could profit from that research?"

Food Expiration Dates – What Do They Mean?

11/19/2013

Confusion about food expiration dates can inadvertently cause unnecessary food waste or food safety issues; so we’ve compiled the definitions of some of the most common food expiration labels, according to the USDA. Tape the list on your refrigerator or cabinet for quick reference. A quick glance could benefit both your wallet and your health.

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