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

2/20/2015

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

Should You Eat Fat Free?

2/18/2015

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

2/10/2015

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!

1/15/2015

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

Of Mice and Men...And Sugar

1/15/2015

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, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor; 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?

1/14/2015

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!

1/6/2015

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

Eating Better: Bold Brussels Sprouts

12/17/2014

Previously known as the food foe of children, this bold veggie is coming into style. And it’s no wonder why - Brussels sprouts are packed with undeniable benefits! As a member of the cabbage family, they are also known as a baby cabbage. Brussel sprouts have been known for approximately 400 years.

Try Baked Pears this Holiday Season!

12/12/2014

Looking for a new recipe to share with family and friends this holiday season? Take advantage of one of winter's splendid fruits - pears! Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, shares a favorite recipe from her book "Slim Down South!"

Stuck in a Food Rut? Check out These Food Trends!

12/11/2014

Are you stuck in a food rut, resorting to the same foods and recipes over and over again? Here are some new ideas using some of the latest food trends from Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and Best Food Facts nutritioni advisor!

Eating Better: Savoring Farro

12/10/2014

Taking center stage on plates galore is an ancient grain called farro. Cultivated for centuries, farro has made its way back to the spotlight. This grain surpasses the antioxidant level of normal wheat varieties with the added benefit of being a rich source of vitamins. 

How to Make your Thanksgiving Meal Healthy

11/11/2014

Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the dreaded holiday weight gain season, but it doesn't have to! Many of Thanksgiving's staple items are actually good for us, and by making a few substitutions, it can be a meal your health will thank you for!

Are Nutrients Lost When Veggies are Cooked?

11/3/2014

A Best Food Facts reader wanted to know how many nutrients were lost in vegetables, particularly butternut squash, when cooked versus in a raw state. We asked Connie Diekman, RD, for some answers.

Foods to Help Fight Fall's Frenzy

10/27/2014

Fall is often a busy season, with special events, school activities and holiday planning on everyone's schedules. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, provides some insight on how to fuel our minds and bodies to keep up with our busy schedules.

Tips for Building a Food Foundation

10/20/2014

Making good food choices and eating better doesn't have to be difficult - especially if you've built a basic food and nutrition foundation. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition adviser, shares some food and nutrition building blocks to help kick-start your healthy eating and help you make healthy eating decisions while dining out.

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