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Behold the Sweet Benefits of Chocolate

2/12/2016

Originally posted February 2, 2015.

Chocolate-covered strawberries, anyone? With Valentine's Day approaching, there's one thing we just can't get off our minds: chocolate! This decadent treat makes an appearance at most major (and even minor) holidays, but it's on February 14 when it truly shines. In honor of this sweet day, we wanted to treat you with some facts that just might have you reaching for another piece of chocolate (everything in moderation, right?).

Word of the Week: Mousse

2/10/2016

Valentine's Day is almost here - the holiday known for chocolates and other sweet treats. One such treat is mousse (not the animal).

The Fungus Among Us

2/8/2016

A mushroom is a mushroom, right? Turns out, there is more to this fungi than meets the eye. Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator of Nutrition, Food Safety, and Cooking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, gave us some info about different types of mushrooms and tips for enjoying this nutritious morsel.

Word of the Week: Citrus

2/3/2016

In honor of National Grapefruit Month, this week's word of the week is citrus.

Fall in Love with Grapefruit!

2/2/2016

February may be best known for Valentine's Day, chocolates, roses and hearts, but did you know that February is also National Grapefruit Month?

Diet Showdown - Volumetrics

1/29/2016

The Volumetrics diet, created by terrific research done by Dr. Barbara Rolls, focuses on feeling full or utilizing the volume and calorie density of foods. Volumetrics is ultimately about getting more mileage out of what you eat. Registered dietitian Sarah Downs tells us the details about this eating pattern.

Biotics Unite

1/26/2016

You've probably heard about the importance of keeping your digestive tract healthy and the role different foods can play in our diet. Probiotics often take center stage in these conversations, but it’s important to not forget their partner, prebiotics. Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs helps us learn more about these functional foods.

Word of the Week: Probiotics/Prebiotics

1/20/2016

We hear a lot about probiotics and their benefits to human health. But what exactly are probiotics? And what are prebiotics?

Diet Showdown - Cleansing!

1/15/2016

Sometimes called a cleansing diet, the rise of the “detox” diet continues as we start the New Year. Detoxes and cleanses have become very popular the past few years and many claim they can provide positive impacts to your health. But the truth is that many detoxes and cleanses aren’t right for everyone. We talked with registered dietitian Sarah Downs to find out more about this diet trend.

Word of the Week: Cleansing

1/13/2016

In reference to diet, cleansing is often defined as detoxifying or removing harmful substances from the body. Typically a cleansing or detox diet involves a dietary regimen that attempts to remove toxins from the body. 

What You Need to Know About the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

1/7/2016

The long-awaited 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been released! We chatted with Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs to find out more.

Word of the Week: Gastronomy

1/6/2016

Gastronomy is the practice or art of cooking and eating good food.

The Devil's in the Details: How to Hard Boil an Egg

1/4/2016

Hard-boiled eggs can be used in many delicious dishes like deviled eggs or egg salad, or they can be eaten by themselves for a quick source of protein. 

2015: The Year in Review

12/31/2015

Is it just us, or was 2015 the year of food knowledge? From how to properly clean produce to using leftover produce to hormones and antibiotics in animal protein to the cost of food, consumers wanted to know everything about what they were eating. Let’s take a look back at Best Food Facts' hottest food stories of 2015…

Word of the Week: Mincemeat

12/30/2015

Mincemeat is a mixture of fruits, nuts, spices and sometimes meat, and is usually used as pie filling.

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