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ABCs of Food: N is for Nuts

12/29/2014

Do you go nutty for nuts? Nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, and disease-fighting vitamins and minerals. To learn more about nuts, we reached out to Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator of Nutrition, Food Safety and Cooking, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Cracking Some Common Egg Myths

12/26/2014

Are organic eggs and brown eggs safe from Salmonella? Can you pasteurize fresh eggs in the microwave? Best Food Facts cracks these and other common egg myths.

How It's Made: Candy Canes

12/25/2014

It's candy cane season! And with National Candy Cane Day on December 26, we wanted to know what goes into making a candy cane - how does it get its shape, and how are those stripes created?

Happy National Egg Nog Day!

12/24/2014

Did you know? December 24 is National Egg Nog Day! So raise a glass and toast to this delicious seasonal beverage!

Eating Better: Craveable Coffee

12/23/2014

What’s in your mug? Chances are it's coffee. With more than 500 billion cups of coffee served every year, it’s no surprise coffee is the world's second-most-valuable commodity.

6 Things You’ve Heard about Milk that are Wrong

12/22/2014

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about milk. We’ve outlined six of the most prevalent misconceptions about conventional milk that you might be hearing.

Meet an Expert: William Vencill, Ph.D.

12/19/2014

Coming to us from the University of Georgia is Dr. William Vencill, a professor in weed sciences. Dr. Vencill teaches both undergraduate and graduate students, with a passion of educating young people for the future. Read on to learn more about Dr. Vencill!

 

High Animal Protein Diets: Is There a Cancer Connection?

12/18/2014

A recent study (referred to in this article as Levine et al (2014)) followed more than 6,300 adults over the age of 50, to see what effect high-, medium-, and low-protein diets had on lifespan. A high-protein diet was defined as 20 percent of a person’s daily calories coming from protein, a moderate-protein diet is 10-19 percent of calories from protein, and a low-protein diet consists of less than 10 percent protein. People in the study ate, on average, 16 percent protein, with two-thirds coming from animal sources, which is typical of an American diet, according to the researchers.

Eating Better: Bold Brussels Sprouts

12/17/2014

Previously known as the food foe of children, this bold veggie is coming into style. And it’s no wonder why - Brussels sprouts are packed with undeniable benefits! As a member of the cabbage family, they are also known as a baby cabbage. Brussel sprouts have been known for approximately 400 years.

Celebrate Hanukkah with Potato Latkes

12/16/2014

Today marks the beginning of Hanukkah, and what better way to celebrate than with the potato latkes! Check out this favorite recipe from food blogger Liz from The Lemon Bowl!  

What Foods Have the Highest Hormone Levels?

12/16/2014

To regulate the flow of traffic, road signs and stop lights are used for drivers to refer to. Regulation of traffic wouldn’t be possible without road signs leading the way. In many cases, hormones and road signs play the same role. Hormones act as regulators for growth and metabolism in plants, animals and even humans. These chemical messengers are naturally occurring throughout all cell systems. Best Food Facts recently received a question regarding the level of hormones in food. We reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald and Dr. Ann Macrina for their expertise in hormones within food and livestock production.

Is Propylene Glycol Safe?

12/15/2014

Recently, the ingredient propylene glycol has been in the news. We learned about this ingredient from Dr. Sean O'Keefe in a previous Best Food Facts post. Dr. O'Keefe said proplyene glycol is a colorless liquid that posesses a slight sweet taste. It's not antifreeze. Propylene glycol is classified by the FDA as GRAS, generally regarded as safe. Since propylene glycol is a GRAS compound, it is safe to use in foods.   

We had some more questions about propylene glycol, so we reached out to Dr. O'Keefe for more information.

Try Baked Pears this Holiday Season!

12/12/2014

Looking for a new recipe to share with family and friends this holiday season? Take advantage of one of winter's splendid fruits - pears! Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, shares a favorite recipe from her book "Slim Down South!"

Stuck in a Food Rut? Check out These Food Trends!

12/11/2014

Are you stuck in a food rut, resorting to the same foods and recipes over and over again? Here are some new ideas using some of the latest food trends from Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and Best Food Facts nutritioni advisor!

Eating Better: Savoring Farro

12/10/2014

Taking center stage on plates galore is an ancient grain called farro. Cultivated for centuries, farro has made its way back to the spotlight. This grain surpasses the antioxidant level of normal wheat varieties with the added benefit of being a rich source of vitamins. 

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