After posting our five-part video series on genetically-modified (GM) foods, we've gotten a lot of feedback and even more questions surrounding the safety of GM foods and crops. We're addressing those questions here since YouTube limits the number of characters for comments and we want to be sure the experts have the ability to respond fully.
Before you bite into an apple, do you wash it? Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, “What is the safest way to clean vegetables and fruit? Is hot water and a scrubbing brush all that I need to use?”
We paired up a California mom of two boys, Colleen Cecil, with Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director of the Biotech Program at the University of California-Davis, to get a baseline understanding of what GMOs are, what they do in the plant and where you can find them in the grocery store.
This video explores the topic of putting labels food products indicating whether they're made from genetically modified foods like corn, soybeans, canola and cotton. Those in favor of labeling say it's a matter of "right-to-know." Those opposing labeling say it invoke fear and confuse consumers. An expert and consumer discuss the possibility. What do you think?
Do you love avocados? It seems many of us do! And avocado sales are rising. In this Wall Street Journal article, “Avocado sales in 2011 totaled $2.9 billion, beating 2010 by 11 percent…Consumption in the first half of 2012 was 30 percent ahead of the same period last year.” Avocados are now found year-round at grocery stores and restaurants. Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, “How long do avocados keep in the refrigerator?” For some insight, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, who directed us to the resource Avocado.com.
When the National Pig Association of the United Kingdom sent out a press release warning of a worldwide pork and bacon shortages (porkpocolypse) in an effort to prepare consumers in the UK for higher pork prices, the story spread quickly on social media in the U.S. prompting dramatic media reports of an impending bacon shortage.
In today’s fast-paced world with pressure to balance work, family, social life, physical activity, and anything else life throws at us, food is often an afterthought. You may find yourself forgetting to eat, or, eating because it is “time” to eat. It is important to be mindful of the entire eating experience. Eating mindfully is slowing down and appreciating what, why, where, and how we are eating. So, how can we eat mindfully?
The Dr. Oz Show recently discussed the issue of Genetically Modified (GM) foods and one of the scientists who appeared on the program does not feel the issue received balanced treatment. Dr. Alison L. Van Eenennaam specializes in Animal Genomics and Biotechnology at the University of California-Davis. We spoke with her about her appearance on the Dr. Oz show and the issue of GM Food safety in general.
We frequently get questions about which fruits and vegetables to buy organically and which ones are ok to eat without being labeled "USDA Organic." Many people asking this question are concerned about pesticides on fresh produce and have read or heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists from the Environmental Working Group. Here, several experts weigh in on the impacts of pesticides on our food and, ultimately, our health.
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Every now and again we find a particularly compelling statistic or graphic related to food. Today, we came across this one focused on food waste and hunger. It may seem that, in a country like the United States, where we enjoy a food supply that never leaves our grocery store shelves empty, hunger wouldn't be an issue. But if you follow any of the statistics from groups like Feeding America, Share Our Strength, the United States Department of Agriculture or your local hunger relief organization, you'll know that hunger is an increasingly real issue for our neighbors throughout the country. This infographic outlines a great deal of information on the subject that we thought worthy of sharing.
Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, “Does microwaving your food instead of cooking it in a pan with oil less healthy? Does it change the nutritional value by microwaving it?”
To answer this question, Best Food Facts reached out to expert Alice Henneman, MS, RD. Alice is an Extension Education of Nutrition, Food Safety and Cooking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Alice provided a few resources on the topic.
A recent episode of The View focused on a report from Dr. William Davis that claimed wheat is a "perfect chronic poison" that stimulates our appetites and ultimately, on average, makes us consume 440 more calories per day. In an age where paying attention to calorie intake is essential, this is something that made our ears perk up.
This video focuses on the impacts GM crops have on the environment. A west-coast mom, Karri Hammerstrom, asks tough questions of environmental scientist Dr. Cecilia Chi-Ham from the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture at the University of California-Davis.