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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. 

The More You Know, the More You Can Eat!


Confused about all of the crazy food advice out there? Registered dietitian Carolyn O'Neil says, "The more you know, the more you can eat." From Carolyn's perspective, no fat, no salt and no sugar means no flavor and no fun! Hear directly from Carolyn about how her love of science and writing motivated her to become a registered dietitian, and get a sneak peek into her philosophy on healthy eating.

To Juice? Or Not to Juice?


Juicing is a popular approach to getting your diet back on track, and it's certainly a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into the diets of picky eaters! But is it actually healthy? While no one can dispute that adding fruits and veggies to your meals is a win, registered dietitian, Judy Barbe explores the benefits and the watch-outs of this interesting and delicious trend. 

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?

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