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Meet an Expert: Sean O'Keefe, PhD


Sean O'Keefe, PhD, is one of the many Best Food Facts experts. He is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech.

Trans Fats Moving Off the Menu


Blamed as a key dietary culprit in causing heart disease, trans fats are getting kicked all the way to the curb. Carolyn O’Neil, MS RD, dishes up insight from nutrition experts on the issue of trans fats.

Food Expiration Dates - Eliminating Confusion


Looking for ways to eliminate food waste and increase food safety? Check out this handy Expiration Date graphic!

Trans Fat Ban: What Does that Mean?


The Food and Drug Administration has taken an initial step to ban trans fats. This means that any trans fats that are artificially created will be off the menu and out of our food for good. Why does that matter, and what does it mean for our food? We asked the experts.

Trans Fat Ban: Now What?


If the FDA decides trans fats will not be allowed as an ingredient in foods anymore, what would that mean for the foods we love?

Should I Avoid Gluten?


There’s a dilemma in the breadbasket! A growing number of people are being diagnosed with sensitivity to gluten found in grains. Additionally, some are claiming grains might be a culprit in the growing prevalence of certain diseases, like obesity and dementia. Registered Dietitian Carolyn O’Neil explains the issue and provides insight.

What Is the Definition of Gluten-Free?


Tossing pizza dough into the air may be critical to the art of making a perfect crust, but when a fine dust of flour flutters down, it isn’t so fine for patrons who’ve ordered the gluten-free pies.

Meet an Expert: Ronald E. Kleinman, MD


Best Food Facts would like to introuduce you to one of our experts Ronald Kleinman. He is the Physician in Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children; Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Charles Wilder Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Halloween Candy: Does It Ever Expire?


Many moms and dads will check their child’s Halloween candy to be sure it’s safe to eat. But how long will that candy last? Best Food Facts reached out to Fadi Aramouni, PhD, professor of food science, Kansas State University, about the shelf life of candy and guidance on how much candy we should really eat.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Halloween Candy


Do you indulge in Halloween candy? Take our latest poll!

What’s in Chicken Nuggets?


Researchers in Mississippi recently tested chicken nuggets from two national fast food chains. They took one nugget from each restaurant and examined the ingredients. The result was that about half of the nuggets were muscle with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin or internal organs. The second was 40 percent muscle and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone.

Is this unusual? Is it a safety concern? We took these questions and others to Dr. Casey M. Owens at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas.

Inulin: Is This Fiber Source Too Much of a Good Thing?


We received an inquiry from a Best Food Facts reader about “functional fibers” that are being added to foods. There are reports that inulin, a popular food additive, can cause gastrointestinal discomfort if over-ingested.

We spoke with Dr. Joanne Slavin, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, to find out more.

Are Fruits and Vegetables Sprayed with Pesticides Less Safe than Organic Produce?


In all forms, fruits and vegetables are inherently nutritious, no matter whether eaten fresh, canned or frozen. In recent years, a number of marketing tactics have presented organic fruits to be safer, based on the premise that they are grown without pesticides. In truth, both organic and conventional farmers use pesticides on their crops.

Will Garcinia Cambogia Really Help Me Lose Weight?


Recently, Best Food Facts received a question regarding whether celebrities are using garcinia cambogia to lose weight. We called Stephen Heymsfield, MD, the George A. Bray, Jr. Endowed Super Chair in Nutrition Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System, to find out.

Are High-Carb Foods Fattening?


With the rise of low- and no-carb diets, the word “carb” has taken on a negative connotation. Just as there is no one-size-fits-all diet there is also no one perfect food. A balanced diet includes a wide variety of foods consumed in moderation. But carbohydrates shouldn’t be considered to be “empty” calories. Carbohydrates can be rich sources of fiber such as those found in vegetables, whole grains, fruits and beans, all of which play a role in decreasing the risk of chronic disease. 

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