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What Foods are Genetically Modified?


Originally posted on November 13, 2014.

There is conversation aplenty about GMOs. In fact, there is so much talk of GMOs and GM foods that you may find it surprising to know there are only eight GM crops commercially available in the United States.


There's an App for That? 7 Food & Nutrition Apps Worth the Space


In a world of ever-changing technology and reliance on mobile devices, it seems as though there is something new every day. There’s a mobile app for just about anything, and that can make it hard to decide which is the best for you. Here at Best Food Facts, we want to make sure you are armed with tools that can help you reach your goals. We've tested some of the most popular food and fitness apps and have come up with a list of those we think are well worth the storage space. Did we mention they're all free? That’s nice, too!

Meet an Expert: Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN


Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN, is a registered dietitian and one of the newest members of the Best Food Facts team! Sarah has a diverse background in nutrition ranging from foodservice and clinical dietetics to nutrition communications and marketing in the food industry. To get to know Sarah, we asked her a few questions. 

Meet an Expert: Janeal Yancey, PhD


Janeal Yancey, PhD, is a meat science professor in the Animal Science Department, Division of Agriculture, at the University of Arkansas. To get to know Dr. Yancey, we asked her a few questions.

7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Listeria


The weather's getting warmer, and a favorite summer treat is ice cream. But with a recent recall of a popular brand of ice cream due to potential Listeria contamination, what do consumers need to know? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, gives us the scoop.

Is Shrimp Safe to Eat?


A recent Consumer Reports study on farmed and wild, raw and cooked shrimp found that 60 percent of the raw shrimp sampled tested positive for bacteria. Should we be worried about eating shrimp? We asked expert Kevin Fitzsimmons for some insight into the safety of shrimp.

The Label That 80 Percent of Americans Want on Food


You may have heard about a study conducted earlier this year that found 80 percent of Americans want foods that contain DNA labeled to indicate as such. At the same time, you may have heard the sound of millions of people scratching their heads simultaneously. What's this all about? We asked an expert for some thoughts as to why labeling of foods containing DNA is so important to Americans.

Meet an Expert: Jeffrey Graybill, MS, CCA


Jeffrey Graybill, MS, CCA, is an agronomy extension educator at Penn State. To get to know Jeff, we asked him a few questions.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar a Health Cure-All?


A reader recently reached out to Best Food Facts to learn more about apple cider vinegar after seeing various articles such as this about its reported health benefits. According to the article, posted on HealthImpactNews.com, apple cider vinegar can help with a variety of health problems including diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure and heart health, cancer and weight loss. To better understand these claims, we reached out to Carol Johnston, PhD, RD, Professor and Director of the Nutrition Program at Arizona State University.

Let Us Eggsplain


Do you feel like buying eggs has become more complicated? You're not alone. Words like "organic," "cage-free" and "all-natural" are now found on egg cartons to the befuddlement of many consumers. We'd like to make your trip to the egg case a little simpler, so we've provided an infographic explaining the differences among three of the main laying hen housing systems used to produce eggs: conventional cage, cage-free aviary and enriched colony. We've also broken down the pros and cons of each housing system from a research study conducted by the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply.

How Eating Can Save the Planet


Today is Earth Day, a day when people around the globe demonstrate their support for the environment. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 in the United States and now includes coordinated events in more than 192 countries. And one constant in celebrations of any kind is...food!

Are Mycotoxins Making Us Sick?


Mycotoxin - that's a pretty ominous-sounding word. And knowing that mycotoxins can be found in food makes it all the more foreboding. But despite its dark undertones, does that word really signal danger? Jae-Hyuk Yu, professor of bacteriology and genetics, says mycotoxins in your food shouldn't keep you up at night. 

Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat: Which Diet is Best for You?


Atkins. Low-carb. Paleo. Low-fat. These days it seems like there are endless options for weight management, but do they actually work and, if so, which ones work best? A research study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that cutting back on carbs is more effective in losing weight versus cutting back on fat.

The Mediterranean Diet: A Heart Health Miracle?


Have you heard that following a Mediterranean diet is better for your heart than exercise? When we heard we might be able to skip the gym and eat our way to good heart health with the Mediterranean diet, we reached out to registered dietitian Anne Cundiff to see if this diet is all it is cracked up to be. 

Are We Being Poisoned By Glyphosate?


Glyphosate, also referred to as “Roundup,” used in agriculture to kill weeds, has been in the news lately. We wondered, what are the human health implications of glyphosate use on crops? Is glyphosate poisoning us? To find out more, we reached out to Jeff Graybill, MS, CCA, Agronomy Extension Education at Penn State University.

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