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Is Aspartame Safe to Consume?


Experts say a new study confirms aspartame is safe in food and beverages – but how is the newest research different from previous studies?  

What's the Difference Between Cow's Milk and Non-Dairy Milk?


Whole or fat free. Lactose-free. Almond, soy or rice. There are many reasons why someone would choose one type of milk over another. Blogger Kristin Hong, www.thefreshfind.com asked, what is the difference between dairy milk, soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk and rice milk?

To answer the question, we reached out to Dr. Dennis Savaiano, Interim Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Nutrition Science, Purdue University.

Is Champagne Good for Your Health?


The holiday season is in full swing and if you’re lucky, you may find a champagne toast accompanying the festivities. Happily, that bubbly could also be a beneficial toast to your health.

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Should I Count Calories?


Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "What is the best way to count calories?" To answer this question, we reached out to Dariush Mozaffarian, MD DrPH, Co-Director, Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health.

Meet an Expert: Cecilia Chi-Ham, PhD


Best Food Facts wants you to get to know the experts! Meet Dr. Cecilia Chi-Ham. She is Director of Science and Technology, PIPRA, at the University of California-Davis.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Unique Vegetables


Which unique vegetable would you add into a salad? Take our latest poll!

Meet Sommer Collier from A Spicy Perspective


Lately, we’ve been adding a little extra spice to our lives with regular visits to Sommer Collier’s award-winning blog: A Spicy Perspective.

Holidays: A is for Apple


Did you know that apples are more than just a tasty snack? They are also a historically significant holiday decoration!

Meet Abigail J. Dougherty, RD, LD/N


Best Food Facts is pleased to introduce Abigail J. Dougherty, RD, LD/N. Abby, who blogs over at Soul Of Health, was kind enough to share some of her all-time favorite pumpkin recipes. Click to read more about this star ingredient.

Raw Egg in Egg Nog - Is It Safe?


With the holidays come celebrations where food is the main event. But don't forget the drinks - especially egg nog! One Best Food Facts reader noticed a lot of egg nog recipes that call for raw eggs and wanted to know whether this is safe. We contacted Washington University's Director of University Nutrition, Connie Diekman, to find out.

Meet an Expert: Denneal Jamison-McClung, PhD


Best Food Facts wants you to get to know the expert. meet Denneal Jamison-McClung, PhD. She is the Associate Director – Biotechnology program at University of California-Davis.

Can You Trust Research?


The university-based experts on Best Food Facts have completed research in their specialized fields of study. But one Best Food Facts reader, Blogger Amina Nevels of MommaMina.com, asked a question about research funding. "How do we know that we can trust your research if it's funded by organizations who could profit from that research?"

Food Expiration Dates – What Do They Mean?


Confusion about food expiration dates can inadvertently cause unnecessary food waste or food safety issues; so we’ve compiled the definitions of some of the most common food expiration labels, according to the USDA. Tape the list on your refrigerator or cabinet for quick reference. A quick glance could benefit both your wallet and your health.

Do Your Kids Have the Snack Time Blues?


Is your snack time less than inspired? Check out this video and several easy, delicious and nutrition-packed "Tasty Snack Trio" suggestions from Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD.  

Peeling Back the Layers of the Worship-Worthy Onion


A scan down the Facebook page can make you wonder just what’s accurate and what’s not. Does that high school friend really look the same 20 years later and how can those celebrities look so bright and perky every hour of the day? But how do you know when things are true or perhaps a little too good to be true? For instance, could an onion-filled cup really be the solution to the onslaught of colds and flu? Just remember what you read isn’t always true, but we probably don’t need to tell you that. 

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