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TASTE Tour Day Two Part One: From Vine to Wine

9/10/2014

What a thrill to set out after breakfast for Napa Valley on day two of the Best Food Facts TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour. Heralded as one of the best wine-growing regions of the world, Napa Valley is a patchwork of more than 400 premier wineries – some big, some small - each with their own farm philosophy and individual style.

Eating Better: Healthy, Versatile Chickpeas

9/4/2014

The humble chickpea (garbanzo bean) proves that healthy eating doesn’t have to break the bank.

Slicing into the Nutrition Facts - Beet Greens vs. Blueberries

9/3/2014

While strolling through the aisles of the supermarket or moseying the streets of the farmers market, there’s no doubt you are engulfed by the array of bright colors of the fruits and veggies on display. Taking a closer look beyond the pure beauty of these foods, Best Food Facts received the following question: Are beet greens as nutritious as blueberries? We reached out to Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, to get the skinny.

Sheila from Eat 2gather Dishes on TASTE Tour

9/2/2014

You’ve gotten the skinny from us on Best Food Facts’ adventure in California with seven of our foodie friends on TASTE Tour: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour. We checked in with Sheila from Eat 2gather to get the inside scoop on her favorite parts of the tour and what she learned.

Meet an Expert: Kevin Fitzsimmons, PhD

9/1/2014

Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons is a professor, extension specialist and research scientist at the University of Arizona. His expertise lies in aquaculture, freshwater and marine algae, and aquatic biology.

Cheers to Seafood and Champagne!

8/28/2014

As a registered dietitian who’s been writing about food for more than two decades, I’m always worried that what I know and what I share will ultimately be proven wrong. After all, there’s a cavalcade of new studies, reports and surveys released just about every day.

Olive Oil Myths Exposed!

8/27/2014

At the Robert Mondavi Institute, we met up with Sue Langstaff, owner of Applied Sensory, LLC, and member of the UC Davis Olive Oil Taste Panel and the UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma County Olive Oil Taste Panel. Langstaff taught us about the science behind the sensory experience of tasting olive oil. She also cleared up a few slippery myths about this beloved oil.

Can We Overdose on Fortified Foods?

8/26/2014

The more the merrier, right? Well, not according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This group recently published a report addressing fortified foods in young children’s lives.

What Food Additives Come from Animals?

8/25/2014

For many, eating vegan can be challenging at times. We received a reader question asking what food additives are derived from animals. To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Sean O’Keefe, Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech.

4 Super Sweet Things You Should Know about Honey

8/21/2014

At the Robert Mondavi Institute, we had a super sweet time learning about (and tasting) honey and chatting with Amina Harris, Executive Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science at UC Davis. And, now, we are bringing some of that sweetness to you by sharing what we learned in the form of four not-so-sweet honey myths.

TASTE Tour Day One: Finding Best Food Facts Down on the Fruit Farm

8/20/2014

For food writers, whether it’s researching the history of basil pesto (famously from Genoa, Italy), finding the best tips for barbecue food safety (avoid flare ups that cause potentially carcinogenic dark char on meats) or understanding the benefits of biotechnology used in modern day farming (such as improved nutrition, drought tolerance and pest resistance), it’s important to seek out experts with the most accurate information and best consumer advice.

Meet an Expert: Steven Heymsfield, M.D.

8/19/2014

Dr. Steven Heymsfield is a professor at Louisiana State University in the Metabolism and Body Composition Department.

With a focus on obesity, he researches new technologies to analyze human metabolism.

 

Set your Sights on a Healthy Summer

8/18/2014

Make summer nutrition easy with guilt-free snacks that can fill in the holes so you can still partake in fun summer food. Look for a balance of fruits and vegetables, protein and whole grains.

Snag Summer While It Lasts

8/15/2014

Attempting to squeeze the last bits out of summer? It’s unbelievable how fast this time of year goes! Like many, you may be approaching the realization that there are not enough weekends left of the summer to entertain your plans or goals, including your diet. 

Best Food Facts and Foodies Head to California for the TASTE Tour

8/14/2014

Best Food Facts took California by storm during our inaugural ‘TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food’ Blogger Tour – a three-day extravaganza that explored the technology and science used in food production.

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