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Meet an Expert: Carolyn O’Neil, MS RD


Carolyn O'Neil is a registered dietitian, author, writer, television personality, speaker, nutrition communications consultant and award-winning journalist.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Fruit & Veggies Colors


What color are your favorite fruits and vegetables? Take our latest poll?

Is Tilapia Safe to Eat?


Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "Is tilapia safe to eat? I've heard that it's often farm raised in countries where there are no guidelines, and they are essentially raised in waste and pumped full of antibiotics."

To answer this question and learn more about tilapia, we reached out to Kevin Fitzsimmons, PhD, Professor, Extension Specialist & Research Scientist at the University of Arizona

ABCs of Food: E is for Exercise


Exercise is good for everyone! How much exercise should we be doing? What about nutrition before, during and after exercise?

Are Processed Foods Unhealthy?


Unless your shopping trip to the grocery store is limited to the far perimeter aisles, there is a good chance your diet contains some form of processed food. So are processed foods bad for you?

Meet an Expert: Barbara Klein, PhD


Best Food Facts wants you to get to know their experts! Dr. Barbra Klein is the Professor Emerita of Foods & Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Are Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Better than Canned or Frozen Produce?


While fresh foods are always a treat for the senses, be careful to avoid making the assumption that that in-season produce is more “fresh” and therefore nutritionally superior to fruits and vegetables that are canned or frozen.

Why are Chemicals Used in Poultry Processing?


We know chemicals are used in food processing, including poultry. What does it mean for the safety of our food? 

Smarter Snacking at School: New Standards for Vending Machines


The USDA's new Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards attempt to balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating for students. Are the standards reasonable? How will students react to them? 

How It's Made: Ice Cream Treats


Summer is coming to an end - so get your ice cream fix now. And while you're at it, check out this video on how ice cream treats come into their deliciousness!

Does Real Olive Oil Freeze?


Have you ever heard that you can freeze olive oil to see if it's real? Recently, we received a reader question asking “Should all olive oil freeze (or harden) in the refrigerator? A comment was made on the Dr. Oz show stating that, if it does not freeze, it has been altered. My extra virgin oil stayed liquid in the refrigerator.”

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Favorite Tailgating Food?


What's your favorite tailgating food? Take our latest poll!

Meet an Expert: Carl Winter, PhD


Best Food Facts would like you to meet expert Carl Winter, PhD. He is the director of the FoodSafe Program and an extension food toxicologist at the University of California.

How It's Made: Apple Pie


A truly quintessential dessert, apple pie can please almost every tummy! The Science Channel has broken down how these individual pies are mass-produced. Now if we could only find that recipe for homemade ice cream!

Is There Wax on Apples?


We recently posted information about washing fruits and vegetables in vinegar. But what about wax on fruits and vegetables? Through social media, we have noticed photos of apples covered in wax. Is that what it really is, and is it safe to eat? To answer these questions, we reached out to Dr. Joe Kemble, Professor of Horticulture at Auburn University.

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