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What Are Parabens and Why Are They In My Food?


Parabens are in a wide variety of foods and other products that we use every day. But, what exactly are parabens and why are they used in food? Are they safe? We set out to find the facts and asked the experts.

Expert Guidance for Egg Alternatives


Find out ways you can cook without using eggs! Great ideas for egg alternatives including measurements when using applesauce, bananas, starches, purees and more. 

The 4-1-1 on IBS


A sensitive topic for many to discuss but something that nearly 42 million Americans live with, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal ailment that causes painful and uncomfortable symptoms. While no specific cause is known and there is no way for doctors to make a definitive diagnosis, it is certain that food plays an important role in the treatment and management of this disorder.

How Is Genetic Modification Changing Food?


The world's population is expected to reach or surpass nine billion by 2050 and current popular opinion is that at the current rate of production, there will not be enough food to feed the world. Enough food for a larger population is only one reason behind the support for genetic modification. This got us thinking - how is genetic modification changing food?

The Beef with Hormones - and 8 Other Foods You Might Find Them In


We recently answered a reader question asking why the United States is the only country to allow hormones in food animal production and the answer is, well, it’s not. But why is it banned in some countries and why is it used at all? We checked in with Dan Thomson, MS, PhD, DVM, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University, for some answers. Dr. Thomson tells us that we would have to ask the countries that don’t allow it and he can’t find any science to say that we shouldn’t be using this technology.

Be the Master of Your Grill


It's officially grilling season! Grill masters armed with tongs, spatulas, sauces and seasonings fire up the pit and celebrate the season with burgers, brats, chicken, steak - the list goes on and on. You've no doubt got your favorites! But do you ever wonder if that meat you've sizzled to perfection is truly done? Fear not, grill master! Best Food Facts is here to help you master the art of internal cooking temperatures!

Why Has There Been an Increase in Food Allergies?


According to Dr. Stephen Taylor, no one knows the exact answer to why the prevalence of food allergies is increasing. He doubts any experts would hypothesize that chemicals used in food production play a role in the prevalence of food allergies. He explains other theories that seem much more plausible, but have not been proven, like cleanliness, c-section births and avoidance of specific foods.

Raw Milk Q&A


Did you know that each year 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) will become sick from a foodborne illness? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that this may cost over $15.5 billion! One of the culprits of these outbreaks is from the consumption of contaminated raw milk or milk that has not been pasteurized. We chatted with Best Food Facts expert Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, RD, from North Dakota State University to find out more about raw milk. 

Preventing Peanut Allergies: Is it Possible?


Over the past 10 years the prevalence of peanut allergies in American children has nearly doubled, and currently about 2 percent of children have a peanut allergy. While there are many theories and speculations behind this increase, definitive reasons remain unclear. We take a look at a recent study that may change the guidelines for peanut allergies and feeding practices for infants. 

Can You Re-Grow Lettuce and Other Veggies in Water?


Originally posted May 3, 2013.

The Theory: You can re-grow lettuce in water.

The Verdict: It makes a cool science project for the kids, but it’s not something you would want to eat.

We noticed a post on Facebook telling friends to save the stump at the end of the lettuce and re-grow it in water. We wanted to know if it was true. Should we all start saving the end of our lettuce and put it in water, so that it will grow back?

To answer our questions, we reached out to Dr. Joe Kemble, Professor of Horticulture at Auburn University.

Meet Wanda from Minnesota Farm Living


From a place known for its 10,000 lakes, you might not think of agriculture when you hear Minnesota. Meet Wanda from Minnesota Farming Living who hopes to change that.

How Cosmic-Ray Probes and Drones Help Grow Food


The use of technology in farming is nothing new. In fact, farmers are innovators. And with a global population expected to increase by 3+ billion people by 2050, technology will play a critical role in meeting the demand for food. One of the ways in which farmers are utilizing technology on the farm is for water conservation. For more information on ways farmers conserve this precious resource, we reached out to Dr. Derek Heeren with the University of Nebraska.

Spittin' Seeds? Not with Seedless Watermelons


One of our favorite summer treats is watermelon, but have you ever wondered why some watermelons are seedless? We asked an expert to explain. Spoiler alert: It's not genetic modification!

Trans Fats: FDA Sets Deadline


The Food and Drug Administration recently finalized its determination that artificial trans fats are not “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, for use in human food. Best Food Facts Registered Dietitian Sarah Downs breaks down this ruling and what it means for the food system.

Meet an Expert: Derek M. Heeren, PhD, PE


Derek Heeren, PhD, PE, is Assistant Professor of Irrigation Engineering, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute Fellow, Biological Systems Engineering, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We wanted to get to know Dr. Heeren a bit better, so we asked him a few questions!


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