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Wait...What's In A Hot Dog?


Hot dogs! Get your hot dogs! Baseball season brings with it home runs, stolen bases, and...hot dogs! These wonderful meaty links remain fans’ favorite ballpark treat, and fans are expected to douse more than 20 million of them with ketchup, mustard, relish and other fixings this season!

As you’re enjoying that juicy ballpark frank, do you wonder how it's made? To learn more about the process, we reached out to Janeal Yancey, PhD, Meat Science, Animal Science Department, Division of Agriculture, University of Arkansas, and blogger at Mom at the Meat Counter. Not only is Dr. Yancey an expert in meat science, but she also used to work at a hot dog plant and has first-hand experience of how they’re made!

What You Should Know about Titanium Dioxide


Dunkin' Donuts announced it is removing titanium dioxide from its powdered sugar donuts, but is titanium dioxide actually harmful?

Understanding Processed Foods


Processed foods often get vilified in today's food environment, but that shouldn't necessarily be the case. Processing foods can have benefits to improve food's shelf life, reduce food wasate, conserve resources and provide healthier and safer food, according to Connie Weaver, PhD, from Purdue University.

Meet an Expert: Connie Weaver, PhD


Connie Weaver, PhD, is a Nutrition Scientist and Head of the Department and Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. To get to know Dr. Weaver a bit more, we asked her a few questions.

Beauty in the Fridge


Looking for some beauty tips? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, says you need look no further than your refrigerator!

Meet an Expert: Linda Benjamin Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N


Linda Benjamin Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N, is a professor and Extension nutrition specialist in the Department of Family, Youth & Community Sciences at the University of Florida. To get to know Dr. Bobroff, we asked her a few questions.

Is Vitamin D Bad for Your Heart?


A recent study found a relationship between cardiovascular deaths and vitamin D levels. We wanted to know more about what these study findings may mean, especially where nutrition is concerned, so we asked Connie Diekman to help sort it out.

Meet Registered Dietitian Holley Grainger


If you’re looking for kitchen inspiration with a hefty helping of sound nutrition knowledge, registered dietitian Holley Grainger has you covered. 

Just What Exactly is a Dietitian?


Just what exactly is a registered dietitian nutritionist? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RDN, explains why this profession is so critical to overall health.

What do Guacamole and Oysters Have in Common?


Guacamole and oysters - not a very likely food combination. But even though they may not go well together, they do have something in common. We recently received a question about high pressure pasteurization and whether there are any health concerns associated with this technology. To find some answers, we reached out to Diane Barrett, PhD, Fruit & Vegetable Products Specialist in the Department of Food Science & Technology and Site Director for the Center for Advanced Processing & Packaging at the University of California-Davis.

5 Best & Worst Fast Food Kids Meal Options


A reader recently asked us about the healthiest fast food kids meal options and what preservatives are found in these foods. Luckily for all of us, most, if not all, fast food chains have the nutritional value of their food available to the public. We visited five of the most popular fast food chains to figure out what their healthiest and least healthy options are. We also realize that the health value of a food is not solely determined by the number of calories it does or does not contain. When it comes to food – not just fast food – it’s important to understand the nutritional value of what you’re eating. We reached out to Dr. Sean O’Keefe from Virginia Tech for more insight on what parents should consider when purchasing fast food for their children.

Meet an Expert: Pat Curtis, PhD


Patricia A. (Pat) Curtis is a native Texan and received her PhD at Texas A&M. Before joining the Food Systems Institute at Auburn University as Professor and Director, Dr. Curtis taught at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and North Carolina State University. Dr. Curtis has focused her research on quality and safety attributes of poultry and egg products. To get to know Dr. Curtis, Best Food Facts asked her a few questions.

Potluck of the Irish


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


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!

Is It OK to Eat Fruits and Veggies Sprayed with Pesticides?


Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) 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.

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