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Word of the Week: Microbiome


There has been a lot of recent research on the microbiome and its role in the diet. What the heck is a microbiome?

Why Oranges Don't Grow in Montana


Ever wonder why some crops are only raised in certain areas of the country? Sure, the weather has something to do with it, but are there other factors that determine where certain crops are grown? We harvested the answers from experts!

Know Your Egg Carton


The cozy carton that keeps your eggs from breaking also carries some very useful information. While some of it is easy to understand, the meaning of other information on the carton may be a little harder to crack. Here’s a helpful guide to understanding your egg carton.

Word of the Week: Pommes Frites


"Pommes frites" -- obviously French. If you've taken a French class, you know that the word "pomme" means "apple" and the word "frite" means fried. So if you order "pommes frites" from a restaurant menu, will your server bring you a heaping plate of fried apples?

Without Grains There is No Beer


Break out your lederhosen -- it’s time for Oktoberfest! The original Oktoberfest takes place in Munich annually and is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and traveling fun fair), but the event has become so popular it has been replicated in countless cities around the world. Today, many American cities have celebrations allowing people to celebrate their German heritage, or simply sample Oktoberfest beers and other tasty foods and drinks.

An Introduction to the Different Types of Grain


September is National Whole Grains month, so we thought it would be appropriate to wrap it up with a roundup of 10 of the hottest grains we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. We also included an awesome recipe for each grain so you have no reason to not try ‘em out!

Word of the Week: Blanch


Have you ever looked through your cookbooks for a new recipe and passed them over because they involved the word "blanch?" What does that mean, and how do you do it?

Goodness of Grains


Grains represent a valuable part of any diet, and today dietary guidelines suggest about half the grains you eat should be whole grains. But what is a whole grain, and how can you include more whole grains into your diet?

Sprouted Grains: The Next "It" Food?


You may have been seeing signs or hearing rumblings of sprouted grains - on television, on food packaging, from friends or online. What's the big deal, and what are sprouted grains, anyway?

Word of the Week: Charcuterie


Charcuterie sounds really fancy, but what does it really mean? Next time you see this word on a menu, you'll know exactly what it means (even if you didn't so well in French class)!

All About Those Cherries


A fun Q&A about all things cherries from registered dietitian Sarah Downs!

What is a Whole Grain?


Did you know that September is National Whole Grains Month? But what exactly is a whole grain? We asked registered dietitian Sarah Downs for the 411! 

Meet Rachel from Rachel Cooks!


What are Rachel's from Rachel Cooks three favorite words? Easy. Healthy. Delicious.

Choosing the "Best" Eggs? Let Us "Egg" Splain


A reader recently asked about housing conditions for egg-laying hens, wondering which housing system is most humane. The Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply recently studied this very topic, so we looked to their research results for insight.

The Mystery of the Albino Squash!


The newest member of the Best Food Facts team, Susan, brought us something unusual – an albino squash that grew in her garden! Dr. Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, helps to explain this mysterious veggie. 

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