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Meet Lynn from Order in the Kitchen

11/17/2014

A self-described attorney in the apron, Lynn is a law school graduate bringing order to the courtroom and the kitchen. Her blog, Order in the Kitchen, is mains meets desserts, cocktails and beyond!

Meet an Expert: George Kent, PhD

11/15/2014

George Kent, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Kent's research has centered on human rights, international relations, peace, development, and environmental issues, with a special focus on nutrition and children. To get to know Dr. Kent, Best Food Facts asked him a few questions.

Eating Better: The Amazing Avocado

11/14/2014

There’s nothing like the bright green of the avocado to spruce up an otherwise boring dish! Avocados not only appeal to the eye but are also packed with nutrients that can complement daily health.

9 GM Crops Grown Commercially in the United States

11/13/2014

There is conversation aplenty about GMOs. In fact, there is so much talk of GMOs and GM foods that you may find it surprising to know there are only nine GM crops commercially available in the United States.

The Role of the Mighty Insect

11/12/2014

Some may see insects and arachnids as being a pest in their home, a nuisance at their family barbeque or even something they are deathly afraid of; but do we ever consider the POSITIVE impact that these little critters make on our everyday lives? If you can look past the bee stings and the spider bites, you will see that simple things such as the growth of the vegetables you feed your family and the population control of all those pesky flies and gnats buzzing around your head on a hot summer day would be inhibited with the loss of the mighty insect.

How to Make your Thanksgiving Meal Healthy

11/11/2014

Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the dreaded holiday weight gain season, but it doesn't have to! Many of Thanksgiving's staple items are actually good for us, and by making a few substitutions, it can be a meal your health will thank you for!

New Potato: Less bruising and browning

11/10/2014

The USDA approved commercial planting of a potato that resists browning and has fewer unsightly and wasteful bruises. It’s called the Innate™ brand and could be coming to a supermarket near you in the not-too-distant future.

Meet an Expert: Ethan Bergman, PhD, RD, CD, FADA

11/9/2014

Ethan Bergman, PhD, RD, CD, FADA, is Professor of Food Science & Nutrition; Associate Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies; Acting Chair, Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences; and Former President, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Feed Your Gut (Bacteria)! and More from FNCE

11/6/2014

At the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2014 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, registered dietitians learned about the latest nutrition research to help consumers manage their weight, control high blood pressure and diabetes, and feed their gut bacteria!

Take 5 from Chopped Con!

11/5/2014

Here’s a list of the Top 5 things food bloggers learned at Chopped.

Why Do Animals Live on Factory Farms?

11/4/2014

Do animals live on factory farms? Do these farming practices result in animal abuse and environmental degradation? Is it safe to live close to a factory farm? Best Food Facts had many questions about factory farming and confined animal feeding operations, so we reached out to Amy Schmidt, PhD, PE, Assistant Professor & Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer, University of Nebraska. Dr. Schmidt explains that large-scale and small-scale systems each have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages and no single system is perfect.

Are Nutrients Lost When Veggies are Cooked?

11/3/2014

A Best Food Facts reader wanted to know how many nutrients were lost in vegetables, particularly butternut squash, when cooked versus in a raw state. We asked Connie Diekman, RD, for some answers.

New GMO Trait for 2,4-D?

11/3/2014

The herbicide 2,4-D has been around since the 1940s. So why is it currently causing so much controversy? We asked Dr. Wayne Parrott and Dr. William Vencill to explain more about the herbicide and its uses.

Scary Good Advice for a Healthy Halloween

10/31/2014

Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, doles out some scary good tips for treating kids and adults to a healthier Halloween!

What's All the Buzz about Glyphosate?

10/28/2014

Lately, we have seen lots of consumer questions about glyphosate. Glyphosate, also referred to as “Roundup,” is an herbicide used in agriculture to kill weeds. So what’s all the buzz about glyphosate? Some resources link this herbicide to making crops more susceptible to disease, killing beneficial microorganisms, robbing plants of nutrients and more. We decided to reach out to Wayne Parrott, PhD, Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia, and Tony Shelton, PhD, Professor of Entomology at Cornell University, to cut through conflicting information and to get the facts from university-based experts.

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