When you are looking at the label or package on food and you see the word “natural," what does it mean? Depending on who you ask, there can be different definitions. A Consumer Reports survey released in 2014 found that nearly two-thirds of Americans think the word “natural” on the label of a packaged or processed food means it contains no artificial ingredients, pesticides or genetically modified organisms. Yet, under current federal labeling rules, there is no strict, government-mandated definition for the term “natural." That may be changing very soon as the Food and Drug and Administration is currently accepting public comments on the definition of "natural" in food labeling.
Happy National Vichyssoise Day! What in the world is vichyssoise, you ask? It's soup!
An organized refrigerator can play an important role in food safety, food quality and food waste! Here are some top tips and tricks for keeping the foods in your fridge safe and tasty.
We have already discussed the history of cheese, but what about the nutrition of cheese? We talked with Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs about the nutritional benefits of cheese and tips on how to choose the best variety for you.
Cornucopia, also referred to as a horn of plenty, is a term to indicate an abundant supply of good things.
You may have recently heard about the World Health Organization’s announcement regarding processed meats being carcinogenic or cancer-causing. Here are the top three things you should know about this announcement.
Everything is better with cheese, right? If you live life with this as your motto, let us assure you, you are not alone. After years and years stuffing things with it and melting it on top of our favorite dishes, we thought it was time to learn more about the history of one of our favorite foods. To find out more about the history of cheese, we chatted with Paul S. Kindstedt, PhD, from the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont.
We all that Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, but what does pickled mean?
Don Schaffner, PhD, is a distinguished professor and extension specialist in food science at Rutgers University. To get to know Don, we asked him a few questions.
Furan is a food chemical that is gaining attention. It is most notably found in coffee, but it has also been detected in canned foods including soups, sauces, pasta and processed baby food. Dr. Carl Winter, Extension Food Toxicologist and Vice Chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California-Davis, stepped up to answer our questions about this chemical.
As Halloween is approaching we always hear about different myths and superstitions. Check out these 4 “spooky” myths explained by Registered Dietitian, Sarah Downs.
Ever wondered about the ingredients in pasta?
It’s a busy morning – taking a shower, getting dressed, eating breakfast, fixing lunch, checking email, grabbing homework. Then you notice something out of place. A carton of milk is sitting on the counter. We’ve probably all had this happen and, at that point, three questions run through our minds: How long has the milk been out? Is it still safe? And who left it out? Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs stepped in to help us find some answers.
It's one of America's favorite pastimes - barbecueing!
Smoked meats, fruits, vegetables and other foods have grown in popularity, and more consumers are using backyard smokers to create their own smoked dishes. We wanted to look at the health aspects of smoked foods, so we caught up with Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN, to learn more about nutritional aspects of smoked foods.