Originally posted November 15, 2010.
Organic foods have gained popularity due to the perception that organic foods are safe, wholesome and all around better for you. To find out if this is true, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Professor and Chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.
A new study from researchers at the University of California-Riverside found a diet high in soybean oil caused increased weight gain and diabetes in mice. Since soybean oil is found in many foods that we consume every day, we wanted to know what implications the study findings may have on our health (and waist lines!).
Food is universal, bringing friends and family together across the globe. Stories are shared as dishes are passed around the dining room table and memories are made in the kitchen. But what happens when you add a picky eater to the mix? Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN, with Best Food Facts has some tips on how to get picky eaters to try new foods!
Parabens are in a wide variety of foods and other products that we use every day. But, what exactly are parabens and why are they used in food? Are they safe? We set out to find the facts and asked the experts.
Find out ways you can cook without using eggs! Great ideas for egg alternatives including measurements when using applesauce, bananas, starches, purees and more.
A sensitive topic for many to discuss but something that nearly 42 million Americans live with, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal ailment that causes painful and uncomfortable symptoms. While no specific cause is known and there is no way for doctors to make a definitive diagnosis, it is certain that food plays an important role in the treatment and management of this disorder.
The world's population is expected to reach or surpass nine billion by 2050 and current popular opinion is that at the current rate of production, there will not be enough food to feed the world. Enough food for a larger population is only one reason behind the support for genetic modification. This got us thinking - how is genetic modification changing food?
We recently answered a reader question asking why the United States is the only country to allow hormones in food animal production and the answer is, well, it’s not. But why is it banned in some countries and why is it used at all? We checked in with Dan Thomson, MS, PhD, DVM, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University, for some answers. Dr. Thomson tells us that we would have to ask the countries that don’t allow it and he can’t find any science to say that we shouldn’t be using this technology.
It's officially grilling season! Grill masters armed with tongs, spatulas, sauces and seasonings fire up the pit and celebrate the season with burgers, brats, chicken, steak - the list goes on and on. You've no doubt got your favorites! But do you ever wonder if that meat you've sizzled to perfection is truly done? Fear not, grill master! Best Food Facts is here to help you master the art of internal cooking temperatures!
According to Dr. Stephen Taylor, no one knows the exact answer to why the prevalence of food allergies is increasing. He doubts any experts would hypothesize that chemicals used in food production play a role in the prevalence of food allergies. He explains other theories that seem much more plausible, but have not been proven, like cleanliness, c-section births and avoidance of specific foods.
Did you know that each year 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) will become sick from a foodborne illness? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that this may cost over $15.5 billion! One of the culprits of these outbreaks is from the consumption of contaminated raw milk or milk that has not been pasteurized. We chatted with Best Food Facts expert Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, RD, from North Dakota State University to find out more about raw milk.
Over the past 10 years the prevalence of peanut allergies in American children has nearly doubled, and currently about 2 percent of children have a peanut allergy. While there are many theories and speculations behind this increase, definitive reasons remain unclear. We take a look at a recent study that may change the guidelines for peanut allergies and feeding practices for infants.
Originally posted May 3, 2013.
The Theory: You can re-grow lettuce in water.
The Verdict: It makes a cool science project for the kids, but it’s not something you would want to eat.
We noticed a post on Facebook telling friends to save the stump at the end of the lettuce and re-grow it in water. We wanted to know if it was true. Should we all start saving the end of our lettuce and put it in water, so that it will grow back?
To answer our questions, we reached out to Dr. Joe Kemble, Professor of Horticulture at Auburn University.
From a place known for its 10,000 lakes, you might not think of agriculture when you hear Minnesota. Meet Wanda from Minnesota Farming Living who hopes to change that.
The use of technology in farming is nothing new. In fact, farmers are innovators. And with a global population expected to increase by 3+ billion people by 2050, technology will play a critical role in meeting the demand for food. One of the ways in which farmers are utilizing technology on the farm is for water conservation. For more information on ways farmers conserve this precious resource, we reached out to Dr. Derek Heeren with the University of Nebraska.