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Spittin' Seeds? Not with Seedless Watermelons


One of our favorite summer treats is watermelon, but have you ever wondered why some watermelons are seedless? We asked an expert to explain. Spoiler alert: It's not genetic modification!

Trans Fats: FDA Sets Deadline


The Food and Drug Administration recently finalized its determination that artificial trans fats are not “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, for use in human food. Best Food Facts Registered Dietitian Sarah Downs breaks down this ruling and what it means for the food system.

Meet an Expert: Derek M. Heeren, PhD, PE


Derek Heeren, PhD, PE, is Assistant Professor of Irrigation Engineering, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute Fellow, Biological Systems Engineering, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We wanted to get to know Dr. Heeren a bit better, so we asked him a few questions!


Best Food Facts & Blogger Friends Head to California to Kick Off TASTE


Best Food Facts and blogger friends experienced strawberry patches, wineries, honey tastings and more in California during the kickoff event for TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food blogger program. 

Eight Tips for Shopping the Farmers Market


It's summer, and there's no better way to up your consumption of fruits and vegetables than by visiting your local farmers market. Registered Dietitian Melissa Joy Dobbins shares these eight tips for adding some fun to the shopping adventure, including ways to involve your kids in the process.

Meet an Expert: Anne Cundiff, RD, LD, FAND


Anne Cundiff is a registered and licensed dietitian with Hy-Vee supermarkets in Des Moines, Iowa. To get to know Anne, we asked her a few questions.

Dairy Fun Facts: Just in Time for National Dairy Month


From milk to cheese and much more, dairy provides us with many products to enjoy during National Dairy Month, and all year long, for that matter!

Can Honey Help My Allergies? And Other Honey Facts


As summer allergy season gets into full swing, many people look to alternatives like honey to provide relief. But can honey actually help alleviate your allergy symptoms? We asked Registered Dietitian Sarah Downs to weigh in.

Food Allergies and You


Summertime evokes thoughts of sunshine, picnics, and...allergies! While seasonal allergies can be a nuisance, food allergies can last all year and can cause mild to severe reactions in people. There are eight most common food allergies, and we wanted to know more about one in particular - soy - in light of new research on a soybean variety that can potentially reduce or eliminate allergy.

To Infuse or Not to Infuse?


A reader asked whether water infused with fruit like strawberries or oranges contains calories, carbohydrates and vitamins. Infused water is popular for those of us looking to add a little flavor to our lives, but are there other benefits besides curing the "bored with plain water" blues? We asked expert Dr. Wendy Dahl for some answers.

This is Nut Your Average Peanut Butter


At Best Food Facts, we love peanut butter! But, we also know that eating peanut butter by the spoonful may have a negative impact on our health and, let’s be honest, our waist lines. We’ve heard that powdered peanut butter provides the best of both worlds – the taste of a food we love with a fraction of the guilt (aka calories and fat).

Four Ways to Make Your Next Grocery Trip Healthy


With aisles and aisles of different types of food, household items and everything in between, the grocery store can be a tricky place to navigate. We asked grocery store expert and registered dietitian Anne Cundiff with Hy-Vee for some tips on how to make healthy grocery shopping a success! 

Foods You Should Be Eating


We recently received a reader question about the health benefits of dates, dried cherries and dark chocolate. We reached out to expert Diane McKay for some insight into the benefits these foods have on human health. 

What You Need to Know About Bird Flu


Avian influenza, or bird flu, is spreading throughout the Midwest. How will this virus impact consumers? Are eggs, chicken and turkey still safe to eat? Should we be worried? For more information, we went to Dr. Daniel Shaw, Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic Lab Avian Section Leader at the University of Missouri, and Maro Ibarburu, Associate Scientist and Business Analyst with the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University.

Can Veganism Solve World Hunger?


According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one in nine people on the planet don't have enough food to live an active and healthy lifestyle. While this number has fallen by 100 million over the last decade, wouldn't it be nice if we could reduce that number to zero?

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