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What's That Little Brown Mark on the Inside of Potatoes?

4/18/2013

Have you ever cut into a potato and noticed brown tissue that looks like a small trail or print? What is that brown tissue inside the potato, and is it harmful?

A Best Food Facts reader submitted a question: “I’ve bought russett potatoes (that’s what I use for mashed, baked, etc.), and when I peel them and slice them I’ve seen what appears to be a small trail or print running through them. Often wondered what this is, and is it harmful?” We spoke with Dr. Rich Novy, Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Geneticist from the USDA Agricultural Research Service to answer the question.

Food Allergies: When to Expose Kids to Allergenic Foods?

4/17/2013

Some parents took note early this year when the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) stated that highly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, fish and eggs can be introduced to babies between four and six months and may even play a role in preventing food allergies from developing. For some, it seemed to be an “about face” from a 2000 recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

We spoke with Dr. Steve Taylor, professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska, and learned the new recommendation isn’t really new.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Sweeteners

4/16/2013

Take our latest poll! Which sweetener do you use?

Does Milk Impact My Breast-Fed Baby?

4/12/2013

It's not uncommon for breastfeeding mothers to adjust their diets to ensure sound nutrition for their babies. But how about for a baby's dairy intolerance? Best Food Facts reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, PhD, Iowa State University, to find out how common it is for newborns to experience or quickly outgrow a dairy intolerance and what role mom's diet plays.

Is it Safe to Drink Soda with Brominated Vegetable Oil?

4/5/2013

Have you ever noticed that a can of soda or a sports drink has the ingredient Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO), listed on the label? Recently, PepsiCo Inc. announced it would stop putting BVO in Gatorade, but the product is still in many drinks, like Mountain Dew

We contacted Dr. Keith Schneider, Associate Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Florida, to find out a bit more about BVO.

Could the European Horse Meat Scandal Happen in the U.S.?

4/4/2013

Earlier this year, headlines broke the news about horsemeat being passed off as beef in Europe. This European horsemeat scandal had U.S. consumers wondering, "Should we be worried about this? Could horsemeat make its way into our food without us knowing it?"

Not to worry, says Best Food Facts expert H. Scott Hurd, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University. On a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Hurd said, "There's not a chance it could happen in the United States."

Is it OK to Drink Diet Soda?

3/27/2013

We've been noticing several posts about artificial sweetners in diet soda on Facebook, and wanted to know - is it true? Is diet soda bad for you? Or is it OK to drink diet soda?

For the answers, we reached out to Dr. Barry M. Popkin, W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Is Non-Organic Food Full of Chemicals?

3/20/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts launched a series of videos about GMOs, which spurred many questions. One question that seemed to be on everyone's mind was the differences between organic and non-organic food. One viewer asked, "Is non-organic food full of chemicals?"

To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University.

The Shelf Life of Food

3/14/2013

Wondering how to maximize the life of the food you buy? Check out this handy chart from Lindsay Snow Osborn that incorporates recommendations from the USDA, FDA and others!

Is There Aspartame In My Milk?

3/12/2013

Milk is making headlines these days, thanks to a proposed amendment to change milk standards. So, what exactly is being proposed?

Do Vegetarians Live Longer?

3/5/2013

An ongoing Loma Linda University research effort seems to suggest just that. Best Food Facts asked Wendy J. Dahl, PhD RD FDC, who teaches in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida, about the research.

Taking the “Yuck” Factor Out of Brown Apples

2/25/2013

Dr. Herbert Aldwinckle, professor emeritus at Cornell University’s Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, has been studying apples for four decades. We spoke with him about all things apples and what’s on the horizon – including the development of an apple that won’t turn brown.

Expert claims Dr. Oz's "Secrets of the Fast Food Industry" is Misleading

2/20/2013

Recently, The Dr. Oz Show aired an episode that addressed the "Secrets of the Fast Food Industry." We had some questions about the episode, so we reached out to Dr. Sean O'Keefe, a food science professor at Virginia Tech. Dr. O'Keefe originally helped us answer questions on Why Doesn't Fast Food Spoil? Below, Dr. O'Keefe has much to say about the episode and its inaccuracies.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Fast Food

2/19/2013

Take our latest poll - How often do you eat fast food?

Do Onions Absorb Bacteria That Cause Illness?

2/18/2013

Have you heard the theory that placing an onion next to your bed will keep you from getting the flu? Are you curious if onions absorb bacteria? Do onions help combat the flu? Will an onion turn black after attracting all of the bacteria? Do onions have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties?

We stumbled upon a Facebook post about onions curing the flu, and wondered many of the same questions. We had to find out if it was true, so we reached out to Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD,Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

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