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The Pockmarked Cucurbit!

2/9/2015

What do you get when you soak zucchini and yellow squash in water and white vinegar? A pockmarked cucurbit! A Best Food Facts reader recently experienced this phenomenon and wanted to know more.

Splashing into a Milk Mystery

2/6/2015

Curious about the levels of estrogen in different types of milk? Is it safe for you? We recently received a question concerning the levels of estrogen in dairy milk and dairy milk products, so we reached out to Judy Barbe, MS, RDN, a food and nutrition consultant and founder of LiveBest.

What is BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene)?

2/6/2015

Late last year the Environmental Working Group released its Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives. The guide aims to highlight some of what it claims are the worst failures of the regulatory system by covering ingredients associated with serious health concerns, additives banned or restricted in other countries and other substances that it feels shouldn’t be in food. Two of the additives on the list are butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and its chemical cousin butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA). To learn more about BHT and BHA, we reached out to expert Sean O’Keefe, PhD, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Treat Yourself: The Health Benefits of Chocolate

2/2/2015

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?).

How Many Football Fields are in an M&M?

1/30/2015

How much exercise is needed to burn calories? We asked Linda Rankin, RD, of Idaho State University to break it down for us.

Can Chicken Soup Cure Tom Brady Before the Big Game?

1/29/2015

The Super Bowl is just days away, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced...he has a cold. The QB says he'll be fine for the big game, but is chicken soup part of his strategy? Should it be? We reached out to an expert to find out whether chicken soup can help cure the common cold.

Why Doesn't Your Body Digest Corn?

1/16/2015

Why doesn't your body digest corn?

What Is the Best Way to Cook Rice?

1/13/2015

We recently received a question from a reader asking about the best way to cook rice. In order to better understand what the best method might be, we reached out to experts Guy Crosby, PhD, and Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD, for more information about this versatile grain and the different varieties.

What are the Best Foods for Arthritis?

1/9/2015

Have you ever wondered if a certain diet would help with arthritis? We reached out to Dr. Kristen Baker, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Sargent College at Boston University, about the best foods for people who have arthritis.

Unfortunately, Dr. Baker says there’s no “magic bullet” food that will improve arthritis. We are all individuals, and we each react differently to foods. However, Dr. Baker provided some guidance on several foods to try. 

Stirring up a Healthy Balance: Tweens

1/7/2015

Treating your children to a healthy lifestyle may be a tricky task to accomplish in a fast-paced environment, as it is today. We recently received a question about how to provide tweens with the components of a healthy life. We reached out to Connie Diekman, M.Ed., RD, CSSD, LD, for some insight.

Top Posts of 2014

12/31/2014

As the year winds down, we'd like to thank all of our readers for taking time to ask questions about food. We appreciate being a trusted source of reliable information! We'd also like to thank all the food system experts we work with for providing their thoughts and expertise throughout the year.

Eating Better: Craveable Coffee

12/23/2014

What’s in your mug? Chances are it's coffee. With more than 500 billion cups of coffee served every year, it’s no surprise coffee is the world's second-most-valuable commodity.

6 Things You’ve Heard about Milk that are Wrong

12/22/2014

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about milk. We’ve outlined six of the most prevalent misconceptions about conventional milk that you might be hearing.

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.

Is Propylene Glycol Safe?

12/15/2014

Recently, the ingredient propylene glycol has been in the news. We learned about this ingredient from Dr. Sean O'Keefe in a previous Best Food Facts post. Dr. O'Keefe said proplyene glycol is a colorless liquid that posesses a slight sweet taste. It's not antifreeze. Propylene glycol is classified by the FDA as GRAS, generally regarded as safe. Since propylene glycol is a GRAS compound, it is safe to use in foods.   

We had some more questions about propylene glycol, so we reached out to Dr. O'Keefe for more information.

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