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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. 

It Only Takes One Hour


A recent study shows that lack of physical activity is the biggest predictor of childhood obesity. So what can parents do to help their kids reduce this risk?

Can a Spoonful of Honey Keep the Allergies Away?


Allergy season is upon us and with an estimated 50 million Americans affected, you probably are or know someone who suffers from what is often called hay fever. Those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies probably spend a lot of time looking for cures and wondering if anything can help prevent allergies. One of the more popular preventative measures people have adopted is taking local honey with hopes that its pollen content will help build one’s immunity - but does this really work? To help us answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Steve L. Taylor, PhD, Professor of Food Science and Technology and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Menu Planning 101


Originally posted February 24, 2015.

How often do you find yourself wondering what's for dinner? If you answered "every night," you're certainly not alone. We checked in with registered dietitian Ann Dunaway Teh and food blogger Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes for some helpful menu planning tips.


Egg Prices on the Rise


Have you noticed that eggs cost a little more than they used to? We looked into the reasons for this and why some eggs may end up costing more than others. 

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