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Potluck of the Irish

3/17/2015

Is there anything worse than showing up to a party empty-handed? If there is, we can’t think of it right now. It's St. Patrick’s Day, and to help make sure you not only show up to your St. Paddy's Day festivities with something, but something delicious as well, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Irish-inspired recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers.

This Fruit Salad Will Make Your Friends Green with Envy

3/17/2015

Looking for something a little different for St. Patrick's Day? Look no further than this avocado fruit salad from Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RDN, and nutrition advisor to Best Food Facts!

Why It's OK to Eat Fruits and Veggies Sprayed with Pesticides

3/16/2015

Recently, the Environmental Working released its annual Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, a guide to what the group claims are the most contaminated fruits and vegetables. For perspective on the report and what it means for consumers, we reached out to Dr. Carl Winter, Extension Food Toxicologist and Vice Chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California-Davis.

Is Red Wine Exercise in a Glass?

3/13/2015

You've seen the headlines - Red wine is healthy! Red wine is good for you! But what does that mean? How is it healthy? Well, now we may have the answer as a recently published research study shows that resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine, may enhance exercise training and performance.

Meet Melanie from Melanie Makes

3/12/2015

Meet Melanie, the gal behind Melanie Makes – a food blog filled with everyday eats, delicious desserts and everything in between. 

Why Is the United States the Only Country to Allow Hormones in Food Animal Production?

3/10/2015

Do you buy milk labeled rBST-free? Are you worried about hormones in milk? We recently posted Are There Growth Hormones in Milk? and Hormones in Milk: Are They Causing Early Puberty in Girls?, but a recent consumer question about why hormones are used in food animal production had us reaching back out to Dr. Ann Macrina, Research/Teaching Associate at Penn State University.

Is the Mushroom a Vegetable?

3/9/2015

Mushrooms have been a part of the human diet for many, many years but one question always remains: is the mushroom a vegetable? You've probably heard before that mushrooms are fungi, but does that mean it's not a vegetable? Or is it both? To clear this up, we reached out to Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator of Nutrition, Food Safety, and Cooking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

March into National Nutrition Month

3/6/2015

March is National Nutrition Month, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, shares ways you can bite into a healthy lifestyle!

18 Minutes Can Make All the Difference. Here's Why.

3/5/2015

Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, explains why you should put family meal time back on the menu.

Curiosity Fuels the Future of Food

3/4/2015

Fear of food is not healthy, and as people's interest in food and conversations about food grow, so does unnecessary fear about what to eat and what not to eat. We reached out to Robyn Metcalfe, PhD, Executive Director of The Food Lab at the University of Texas, to gain insight on re-channeling our interest in food to curiosity that can help lead to new ideas we can all chew on.

Meet an Expert: Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD

3/3/2015

Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD, is an Extension Program Specialist, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. To get to know Danielle, we asked her a few questions.

Bulletproof Coffee Explained

3/2/2015

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you've probably heard of Bulletproof coffee. What is it? A coffee drink made up of coffee, butter, and medium-chain triglyceride oil, Bulletproof coffee is meant to replace breakfast. Created by Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof coffee cult has grown fast and it doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Meet Ali from Gimme Some Oven

2/26/2015

Our mouths have been doing a lot of watering lately, and we can’t help but assume it’s the result of frequent stops at Gimme Some Oven - the oh-so-scrumptious blog by Ali. 

Menu Planning with SCALES

2/24/2015

Do you find yourself wondering what's for dinner every night? With a little bit of menu planning using SCALES, you'll save time and money, and may even reduce your stress level!

 

 

Are Our Kids Overdosing on Salt?

2/23/2015

New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates roughly seven in 10 toddler meals contain excess levels of sodium, and most snacks, breakfast pastries and cereal bars for infants and toddlers have extra sugars. What's a parent to do?

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