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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.

Healthier Food Options Available for Consumers

10/20/2014

More than 30,000 healthier product choices have been made available to consumers between 2002 and 2013 according to the 2014 Health & Wellness Survey.

Celebrate World Egg Day!

10/10/2014

October 10 is World Egg Day, so let's celebrate all the goodness eggs have to offer!

Reappraising Processed Foods

10/8/2014

Are you trying to avoid processed foods? Best Food Facts nutrition adviser Carolyn O'Neil explains why the term 'processed' doesn't necessarily mean 'unhealthy.'

Whose Research Can You Trust?

10/7/2014

Who can you trust to get the best food and nutrition information? Should you change your eating habits based on a single study?

Tiny Blueberry Packs Big Nutritional Punch

9/30/2014

Good things come in small packages, and this is certainly the case with blueberries! Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, had the opportunity to participate in an educational farm-to-table tour to learn more about these delicious berries.

Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for You?

9/19/2014

A new study on artificial sweeteners has people wondering whether they should rethink their consumption of the popular products. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, says a wealth of data suggests low-calorie sweeteners can be used to help manage calories, which can help with managing weight and diabetes.

Should I Eat Carbs?

8/5/2014

There’s a whole lot of confusion about whole grains.  A battle over the breadbasket rages as advocates and experts take sides – either for or against the grain.

Farmed vs. Wild Salmon? Which is Better?

6/9/2014

Do you eat salmon? Is it safe to eat farmed salmon or should you only eat the wild-caught variety? Which is best for polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6? We reached out to Charles R. Santerre, PhD, Professor at Purdue University, to answer a few questions about salmon.

New Study: Diet Beverages Can Help People Lose Weight

6/4/2014

Drinking diet beverages can help people lose weight. That’s one of the conclusions in a study appearing in the June issue of the Journal of The Obesity Society.

Eating Better: Rediscovering the Chia Seed

5/7/2014

Explore the chia seed’s journey from food of the Aztec gods to Chia Pets to nutrient-packed whole food containing omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium.

Is There a Link Between Red Meat and Cancer?

4/24/2014

 

In 1986, researchers discovered cancer developing in rats that were fed compounds that are generated from overcooking meat under high heat. And since then, some studies of large populations have suggested a potential connection between meat and cancer. But, is there a direct cause-and-effect relationship between red meat consumption and cancer?
 

 

Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair of the Food Science Department at Iowa State University, and Dr. Wendy Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, University of Florida, have differing opinions.

 

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