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Food Expiration Dates - Eliminating Confusion


Looking for ways to eliminate food waste and increase food safety? Check out this handy Expiration Date graphic!

Trans Fat Ban: What Does that Mean?


The Food and Drug Administration has taken an initial step to ban trans fats. This means that any trans fats that are artificially created will be off the menu and out of our food for good. Why does that matter, and what does it mean for our food? We asked the experts.

Trans Fat Ban: Now What?


If the FDA decides trans fats will not be allowed as an ingredient in foods anymore, what would that mean for the foods we love?

Should I Avoid Gluten?


There’s a dilemma in the breadbasket! A growing number of people are being diagnosed with sensitivity to gluten found in grains. Additionally, some are claiming grains might be a culprit in the growing prevalence of certain diseases, like obesity and dementia. Registered Dietitian Carolyn O’Neil explains the issue and provides insight.

Halloween Candy: Does It Ever Expire?


Many moms and dads will check their child’s Halloween candy to be sure it’s safe to eat. But how long will that candy last? Best Food Facts reached out to Fadi Aramouni, PhD, professor of food science, Kansas State University, about the shelf life of candy and guidance on how much candy we should really eat.

Is It OK to Eat Soy?


Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "Does eating soy negatively impact our health?" To answer this question, we reached out to Barbara Klein, PhD, Professor Emerita of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Is Real Cane Sugar Healthier Than Other Sweeteners?


In the old cowboy Westerns, you could always tell the good guy from the bad guy by his white button-down shirt. Recently, a similar guideline has been applied to many of the foods that we once enjoyed. This time though, the new "bad guy" in town, an alleged less-nutritious option, now wears white: white bread, white pasta and white sugar. In reality, it takes more than a glance at a food’s color to determine whether something is inherently healthier.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Fruit & Veggies Colors


What color are your favorite fruits and vegetables? Take our latest poll?

Is Tilapia Safe to Eat?


Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "Is tilapia safe to eat? I've heard that it's often farm raised in countries where there are no guidelines, and they are essentially raised in waste and pumped full of antibiotics."

To answer this question and learn more about tilapia, we reached out to Kevin Fitzsimmons, PhD, Professor, Extension Specialist & Research Scientist at the University of Arizona

ABCs of Food: E is for Exercise


Exercise is good for everyone! How much exercise should we be doing? What about nutrition before, during and after exercise?

Are Processed Foods Unhealthy?


Unless your shopping trip to the grocery store is limited to the far perimeter aisles, there is a good chance your diet contains some form of processed food. So are processed foods bad for you?

Smarter Snacking at School: New Standards for Vending Machines


The USDA's new Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards attempt to balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating for students. Are the standards reasonable? How will students react to them? 

How It's Made: Ice Cream Treats


Summer is coming to an end - so get your ice cream fix now. And while you're at it, check out this video on how ice cream treats come into their deliciousness!

Does Real Olive Oil Freeze?


Have you ever heard that you can freeze olive oil to see if it's real? Recently, we received a reader question asking “Should all olive oil freeze (or harden) in the refrigerator? A comment was made on the Dr. Oz show stating that, if it does not freeze, it has been altered. My extra virgin oil stayed liquid in the refrigerator.”

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Favorite Tailgating Food?


What's your favorite tailgating food? Take our latest poll!

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