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It Only Takes One Hour


A recent study shows that lack of physical activity is the biggest predictor of childhood obesity. So what can parents do to help their kids reduce this risk?

The Skinny on Fat


Confused about fats? What makes fat "good" or "bad" and where can we find these fats? We provide the skinny on fats.


Top Posts in July


Thanks for making July a great month here at Best Food Facts! We noticed you showed a little bit of extra love for a few posts, too! If you haven't yet - check out the top Best Food Facts posts from July. Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Is Soy Oil Making Us Fat?


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!).

The 4-1-1 on IBS


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.

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.

March into National Nutrition Month


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!

Bulletproof Coffee Explained


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.

What's on the Menu Now for a Healthier Diet?


The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its recommendations for Americans. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, breaks down the recommendations and what they mean for the American diet.

Should You Eat Fat Free?


Is fat-free always the best choice? Karman Meyer, RD, of KarmanNutrition.com says not always!

A Heart-Healthy Diet Starts in the Heart of the Home


The kitchen is called the heart of the home, and it can be good for your heart if you follow some simple guidelines for a heart-healthy diet!

Satisfying Soup!


It's winter, and what better time of year to enjoy a homemade bowl of soup? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, shares a good-for-you chicken soup recipe that's sure to keep you warm!

Of Mice and Men...And Sugar


A new study scheduled for publication in the March 2015 issue of The Journal of Nutrition claims that fructose is more toxic than table sugar when fed to mice in doses proportional to human consumption. We wanted to know more about what that may mean for human health, so we enlisted the help of Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD; Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University; and Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, Director of University Nutrition at Washington University.

Is Eating At Home Healthier Than Dining Out?


Do you prefer heading out to your favorite (or perhaps nearest) restaurant for meals rather than cooking at home? If so, you're not alone. We get it! Dining out, whether heading through a drive-thru or sitting down at your favorite restaurant, is often more convenient and sometimes even more delicious than cooking your own food at home. Even those who love to cook need a break from the kitchen every now and then - but is dining out versus eating at home a healthy and nutritious option? Doesn't it seem that eating at home is the healthier option? This is a question we recently received from a reader and set out to find the answer!

Make a FRESH Start This Year!


Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, shares tips on how to make a FRESH start to improve your health in 2015!

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