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Food Allergies and You

6/4/2015

Summertime evokes thoughts of sunshine, picnics, and...allergies! While seasonal allergies can be a nuisance, food allergies can last all year and can cause mild to severe reactions in people. There are eight most common food allergies, and we wanted to know more about one in particular - soy - in light of new research on a soybean variety that can potentially reduce or eliminate allergy.

To Infuse or Not to Infuse?

6/2/2015

A reader asked whether water infused with fruit like strawberries or oranges contains calories, carbohydrates and vitamins. Infused water is popular for those of us looking to add a little flavor to our lives, but are there other benefits besides curing the "bored with plain water" blues? We asked expert Dr. Wendy Dahl for some answers.

This is Nut Your Average Peanut Butter

6/1/2015

At Best Food Facts, we love peanut butter! But, we also know that eating peanut butter by the spoonful may have a negative impact on our health and, let’s be honest, our waist lines. We’ve heard that powdered peanut butter provides the best of both worlds – the taste of a food we love with a fraction of the guilt (aka calories and fat).

Four Ways to Make Your Next Grocery Trip Healthy

5/29/2015

With aisles and aisles of different types of food, household items and everything in between, the grocery store can be a tricky place to navigate. We asked grocery store expert and registered dietitian Anne Cundiff with Hy-Vee for some tips on how to make healthy grocery shopping a success! 

Foods You Should Be Eating

5/28/2015

We recently received a reader question about the health benefits of dates, dried cherries and dark chocolate. We reached out to expert Diane McKay for some insight into the benefits these foods have on human health. 

What You Need to Know About Bird Flu

5/27/2015

Avian influenza, or bird flu, is spreading throughout the Midwest. How will this virus impact consumers? Are eggs, chicken and turkey still safe to eat? Should we be worried? For more information, we went to Dr. Daniel Shaw, Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic Lab Avian Section Leader at the University of Missouri, and Maro Ibarburu, Associate Scientist and Business Analyst with the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University.

Can Veganism Solve World Hunger?

5/21/2015

According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one in nine people on the planet don't have enough food to live an active and healthy lifestyle. While this number has fallen by 100 million over the last decade, wouldn't it be nice if we could reduce that number to zero?

What Foods are Genetically Modified?

5/15/2015

Originally posted on November 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 eight GM crops commercially available in the United States.

 

There's an App for That? 7 Food & Nutrition Apps Worth the Space

5/15/2015

In a world of ever-changing technology and reliance on mobile devices, it seems as though there is something new every day. There’s a mobile app for just about anything, and that can make it hard to decide which is the best for you. Here at Best Food Facts, we want to make sure you are armed with tools that can help you reach your goals. We've tested some of the most popular food and fitness apps and have come up with a list of those we think are well worth the storage space. Did we mention they're all free? That’s nice, too!

Meet an Expert: Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN

5/14/2015

Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN, is a registered dietitian and one of the newest members of the Best Food Facts team! Sarah has a diverse background in nutrition ranging from foodservice and clinical dietetics to nutrition communications and marketing in the food industry. To get to know Sarah, we asked her a few questions. 

Meet an Expert: Janeal Yancey, PhD

5/12/2015

Janeal Yancey, PhD, is a meat science professor in the Animal Science Department, Division of Agriculture, at the University of Arkansas. To get to know Dr. Yancey, we asked her a few questions.

7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Listeria

5/6/2015

The weather's getting warmer, and a favorite summer treat is ice cream. But with a recent recall of a popular brand of ice cream due to potential Listeria contamination, what do consumers need to know? Best Food Facts advisor Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, gives us the scoop.

Is Shrimp Safe to Eat?

5/5/2015

A recent Consumer Reports study on farmed and wild, raw and cooked shrimp found that 60 percent of the raw shrimp sampled tested positive for bacteria. Should we be worried about eating shrimp? We asked expert Kevin Fitzsimmons for some insight into the safety of shrimp.

The Label That 80 Percent of Americans Want on Food

5/1/2015

You may have heard about a study conducted earlier this year that found 80 percent of Americans want foods that contain DNA labeled to indicate as such. At the same time, you may have heard the sound of millions of people scratching their heads simultaneously. What's this all about? We asked an expert for some thoughts as to why labeling of foods containing DNA is so important to Americans.

Meet an Expert: Jeffrey Graybill, MS, CCA

4/28/2015

Jeffrey Graybill, MS, CCA, is an agronomy extension educator at Penn State. To get to know Jeff, we asked him a few questions.

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