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Holiday Gifts for a Healthy Lifestyle


Do you need some gift ideas? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, shares some gift ideas to support a healthy lifestyle.

The Chemistry Behind High Fructose Corn Syrup


Are you wondering what the differences are between high fructose corn syrup and sugar? Is agave nectar really better for you? What about honey? We took a dive into the chemistry behind HFCS with Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD, and Chair of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

Meet Philia from SweetPhi


Lately, we’ve been enjoying more than our fair share of sweetness with stops by one of our very favorite blogs - SweetPhi - by sweet-as-they-come blogger Philia, or Phi for short.

Is Wheat Toxic?


A recent blog post mentioned that a common wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup® several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest. Best Food Facts wanted to know if this practice is really happening, and if so, why? Does this mean wheat is toxic?

To answer this question, we reached out to Brett Carver, PhD, Wheat Breeding & Genetics, Regents Professor and Wheat Genetics Chair in Agriculture, Oklahoma State University; Angela Post, PhD, Weed Science Extension, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University; and Jeff Edwards, PhD, Small Grains Extension, Warth Distinguished Professor of Agronomy, Oklahoma State University.

Why Are Sweet Potatoes Sweet?


Recently, a Best Food Facts reader submitted a question asking, "Why are sweet potatoes sweet? Are they watered with sugar water?" To answer this question, we reached out to Kenneth Pecota, Researcher, North Carolina State University.

Thanksgiving by the Numbers


Did you know that American farmers produced nearly 1.8 billion pounds of green beans and 9 million barrels of cranberries in 2013? The USDA gives us a look at Thanksgiving by the numbers.

Let's Talk Turkey!


What's the best way to thaw a turkey? Should you wash your turkey? How do you know when your turkey's done? Don't fret! The USDA has prepared this handy guide to help make sure your Thanksgiving meal preparations include food safety!

Do Hormones in Milk, Meat and Eggs Cause Early Puberty?


Do hormones in milk, meat and eggs cause early puberty?

Meet Victoria from Love Laugh Cook


You might be surprised to find out blogger Victoria, behind the mouth-watering blog Love Laugh Cook, has a full-time job in sports medicine, but don’t let her love for exercise fool you! Her love for food is evident with just one peek at her blog.

Tasty Tips to Indulge Without the Bulge


Did you know that the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and 230 grams of fat during a traditional holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, shares some tasty ways you can indulge without the bulge!

Eating Better: Keen on Kale


Ever thought about letting this leafy green take the spotlight in your next dish? Kale is known for its versatility and mighty nutritional punch.

Meet Lynn from Order in the Kitchen


A self-described attorney in the apron, Lynn is a law school graduate bringing order to the courtroom and the kitchen. Her blog, Order in the Kitchen, is mains meets desserts, cocktails and beyond!

Meet an Expert: George Kent, PhD


George Kent, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Kent's research has centered on human rights, international relations, peace, development, and environmental issues, with a special focus on nutrition and children. To get to know Dr. Kent, Best Food Facts asked him a few questions.

Eating Better: The Amazing Avocado


There’s nothing like the bright green of the avocado to spruce up an otherwise boring dish! Avocados not only appeal to the eye but are also packed with nutrients that can complement daily health.

The Role of the Mighty Insect


Some may see insects and arachnids as being a pest in their home, a nuisance at their family barbeque or even something they are deathly afraid of; but do we ever consider the POSITIVE impact that these little critters make on our everyday lives? If you can look past the bee stings and the spider bites, you will see that simple things such as the growth of the vegetables you feed your family and the population control of all those pesky flies and gnats buzzing around your head on a hot summer day would be inhibited with the loss of the mighty insect.
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