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Farm-Raised Chickens: Answers on Antibiotics, Hormones and More


Consumers have a lot of questions about how chickens are raised these days. Are chickens fed additional hormones? How about antibiotics? And what does the label farm-raised chickens really mean?

Desert Safe Foods


The holiday season is upon us and that means the post office bins will soon be full of boxes and boxes of gifts and care packages headed for loved ones near and far. Some may be headed just over the state line to your favorite college student while some may be headed overseas to servicemen and women looking forward to a piece of home. There’s no doubt that some packages will include delicious holiday treats homemade with love, so how can you make sure they'll still be enjoyable when they reach their final destination?

Word of the Week: Gingerbread


Gingerbread is a tasty treat, especially around the holidays. From houses to men, baking with gingerbread can be lots of fun!

12 Days of Food Safety


Whether you’re serving three French hens, two turtle cheesecakes or a partridge and a pear cobbler, it’s important to pay attention to food safety. Holidays are a time for family gatherings and special meals, which means it also presents risk of cross-contamination or foodborne illness. But if you follow best food safety practices, like the 12 tips below, your holiday meals should remain safe and delicious!

411 on Sprouted Potatoes


We had some potatoes at home that sprouted, which made some questions pop up in our minds. A few experts were glad to provide the answers.


Holiday Gifts for a Healthy Lifestyle


Originally posted December 3, 2014.

Do you need some gift ideas? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN, share some gift ideas to support a healthy lifestyle.

Word of the Week: Sugarplums


Sugarplums are thought of around the holiday season -- children have visions of them running through their heads, and who can forget the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker?

Does Buying Local Food Guarantee It's Safe?


Farmers' markets remain a growing trend, with 64 percent of the more than 8,400 farmers' markets surveyed by USDA reporting increased traffic in 2014 and 85 percent of market managers wanting to add vendors. This shows consumers are clearly interested in buying local food.

Buying locally helps support the local economy, and could reduce the amount of energy required to ship food from other areas. In some cases, fruits or vegetables may be fresher if bought locally. But does that mean that locally-grown food is safer?

The Freeze is On!


Properly storing foods can help maintain their quality and safety. Freezing items can keep food safe for quite a while, but that doesn’t necessarily mean those foods will still have the same great taste. The handout below will help you decide which items in your freezer should stay and which should go!

Word of the Week: Fig


It's the time of year for figgy pudding, whatever that is! OK, it's made with figs, but what exactly is a fig?

Battle of the Potatoes


We often receive questions from readers about the differences between regular potatoes and sweet potatoes. You may have had both during your recent Thanksgiving festivities -- was one favored over the other? We break down the differences between the two in this "Battle of the Potatoes!" Despite the potatoes being very different, you may be surprised to find out the competition between the two is pretty close.

Thanksgiving Leftover Roundup!


What are our favorite things about Thanksgiving? The delicious meal and being surrounded by loved ones are at the top of the list, but close behind is Thanksgiving leftovers! Utilizing leftovers is a great way to not only prevent food waste but also to get creative with different recipes. With a plethora of turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, veggie dishes, and much more, it can be tough to decide exactly what to make. We've compiled tips and tasty recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers to help you turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into culinary dreams. 

Word of the Week: Tryptophan


Tryptophan. It can be found in turkey and gets a bad rap for making us sleepy every year after our Thanksgiving dinner, but does it really deserve all the blame?

Egg Labels Got You Scrambled?


A consumer recently saw local eggs being sold as "cage free, antibiotic free and hormone free" and had some questions about all those labels. How can eggs be produced without hormones? What's the difference between farm fresh eggs and those sold in the grocery store? We reached out to experts to help unscramble the mystery of egg labels.

What's the Definition of Natural? The FDA Requests Public Comments


When you are looking at the label or package on food and you see the word “natural," what does it mean? Depending on who you ask, there can be different definitions. A Consumer Reports survey released in 2014 found that nearly two-thirds of Americans think the word “natural” on the label of a packaged or processed food means it contains no artificial ingredients, pesticides or genetically modified organisms. Yet, under current federal labeling rules, there is no strict, government-mandated definition for the term “natural." That may be changing very soon as the Food and Drug and Administration is currently accepting public comments on the definition of "natural" in food labeling. 

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