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Should You Rinse Canned Food?

2/13/2015

When you're purchasing canned food, for instance, canned beans, do you look for low-sodium varieties? Or, once you open a can, do you rinse the food, hoping to rinse away the salt? Have you wondered if there is enough difference between the low-sodium and regular-sodium items to make it worth the cost difference?

To learn more about sodium content in canned goods, we reached out to Linda Benjamin Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N, Dept. of Family, Youth & Community Sciences, University of Florida, and Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD, Extension Program Specialist, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

How Much Water Should You Drink?

2/12/2015

Are you drinking enough water? We checked in with Hy-Vee dietitian Stacey Loftus, RD, LD, to find out!

A Heart-Healthy Diet Starts in the Heart of the Home

2/10/2015

The kitchen is called the heart of the home, and it can be good for your heart if you follow some simple guidelines for a heart-healthy diet!

The Pockmarked Cucurbit!

2/9/2015

What do you get when you soak zucchini and yellow squash in water and white vinegar? A pockmarked cucurbit! A Best Food Facts reader recently experienced this phenomenon and wanted to know more.

Splashing into a Milk Mystery

2/6/2015

Curious about the levels of estrogen in different types of milk? Is it safe for you? We recently received a question concerning the levels of estrogen in dairy milk and dairy milk products, so we reached out to Judy Barbe, MS, RDN, a food and nutrition consultant and founder of LiveBest.

What is BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene)?

2/6/2015

Late last year the Environmental Working Group released its Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives. The guide aims to highlight some of what it claims are the worst failures of the regulatory system by covering ingredients associated with serious health concerns, additives banned or restricted in other countries and other substances that it feels shouldn’t be in food. Two of the additives on the list are butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and its chemical cousin butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA). To learn more about BHT and BHA, we reached out to expert Sean O’Keefe, PhD, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Try This Substitution for Healthier Brownies

2/5/2015

Got a sweet tooth? Try this tip for healthier brownies from Hy-Vee's Allison Yoder, MS, RD, LD. You'll get all of the deliciousness without sacrificing taste!

Happy National Homemade Soup Day!

2/4/2015

February 4 is National Homemade Soup Day! It's perfect timing - a pot full of homemade soup is sure to warm you up this time of year! Instead of the usual chicken or vegetable soup, try out this Turnip Greens Stew from Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD.

Meet an Expert: Robyn Metcalfe, PhD

2/3/2015

Desert running and a PB&J sandwich – what connects these topics? A tenacious curiosity to see what you can learn by just jumping in! The same sense of wonder that called Robyn Metcalfe, Founder & Executive Director of The Food Lab, to run the great deserts of the world has led her to take on the task of mapping our current food supply. An historian, desert distance runner, and food futurist with a lifelong hunger to take on irrational challenges, Robyn Metcalfe marvels at what it takes to simply create a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Treat Yourself: The Health Benefits of Chocolate

2/2/2015

With Valentine's Day approaching, there's one thing we just can't get off our minds: chocolate! This decadent treat makes an appearance at most major (and even minor) holidays, but it's on February 14 when it truly shines. In honor of this sweet day, we wanted to treat you with some facts that just might have you reaching for another piece of chocolate (everything in moderation, right?).

How Many Football Fields are in an M&M?

1/30/2015

How much exercise is needed to burn calories? We asked Linda Rankin, RD, of Idaho State University to break it down for us.

Can Chicken Soup Cure Tom Brady Before the Big Game?

1/29/2015

The Super Bowl is just days away, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced...he has a cold. The QB says he'll be fine for the big game, but is chicken soup part of his strategy? Should it be? We reached out to an expert to find out whether chicken soup can help cure the common cold.

What's Healthier? Pork Bacon or Turkey Bacon?

1/28/2015

Bacon, bacon, bacon! Everybody loves bacon! These days, you can find bacon everywhere, it seems. It's not just a breakfast food anymore!

Recently, a reader asked about center-cut bacon. To find out about all things bacon, we reached out to Janeal Yancey, PhD, Meat Science, Animal Science Department, Divison of Agriculture, University of Arkansas.

Meet Krista from Joyful Healthy Eats

1/27/2015

We’ve been getting an extra helping of joy with stops by one of our favorite food blogs, Joyful Healthy Eats, by Krista, one of our favorite bloggers. 

Super Bowl Recipe Huddle

1/23/2015

For us here at Best Food Facts, the Super Bowl is all about the party food. Luckily for us (and you!) we have amazing food blogger friends who are willing to share their recipes for delicious and easy-to-share game day favorites. We are sorry in advance for the hunger this post may induce. Go sports!

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