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.
Smoked meats, seafood, cheeses, fruits and vegetables have been growing in popularity in restaurants and backyards across America. We took a look at some of the top trends for smoking foods.
Ever wonder why some crops only grow in certain areas of the country? Have any advances in technology made it possible for these growing regions to expand? We asked experts Wayne Parrot, PhD, Crop and Soil Scientist at the University of Georgia, and Stephen Baenziger, PhD, Agronomy and Horticulture Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for some thoughts on how technology has helped agriculture production.
There has been a lot of recent research on the microbiome and its role in the diet. What the heck is a microbiome?
Ever wonder why some crops are only raised in certain areas of the country? Sure, the weather has something to do with it, but are there other factors that determine where certain crops are grown? We harvested the answers from experts!
The cozy carton that keeps your eggs from breaking also carries some very useful information. While some of it is easy to understand, the meaning of other information on the carton may be a little harder to crack. Here’s a helpful guide to understanding your egg carton.
"Pommes frites" -- obviously French. If you've taken a French class, you know that the word "pomme" means "apple" and the word "frite" means fried. So if you order "pommes frites" from a restaurant menu, will your server bring you a heaping plate of fried apples?
Break out your lederhosen -- it’s time for Oktoberfest! The original Oktoberfest takes place in Munich annually and is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and traveling fun fair), but the event has become so popular it has been replicated in countless cities around the world. Today, many American cities have celebrations allowing people to celebrate their German heritage, or simply sample Oktoberfest beers and other tasty foods and drinks.
September is National Whole Grains month, so we thought it would be appropriate to wrap it up with a roundup of 10 of the hottest grains we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. We also included an awesome recipe for each grain so you have no reason to not try ‘em out!
Have you ever looked through your cookbooks for a new recipe and passed them over because they involved the word "blanch?" What does that mean, and how do you do it?