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How It's Made: Apple Pie


A truly quintessential dessert, apple pie can please almost every tummy! The Science Channel has broken down how these individual pies are mass-produced. Now if we could only find that recipe for homemade ice cream!

Is There Wax on Apples?


We recently posted information about washing fruits and vegetables in vinegar. But what about wax on fruits and vegetables? Through social media, we have noticed photos of apples covered in wax. Is that what it really is, and is it safe to eat? To answer these questions, we reached out to Dr. Joe Kemble, Professor of Horticulture at Auburn University.

Should I Rinse Cold Cuts?


If you rinse off deli meat to remove sodium, is it more healthy? To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Casey Owens, Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and member of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas.

ABCs of Food: D is for Dairy


If you have questions about dairy, Best Food Facts experts can help. They’ve tackled some of the most common dairy myths to help separate fact from fiction.

Organic Food: How Much is Imported?


A visitor to Best Food Facts asks, “What percentage of organic food consumed in the United States comes from imported/foreign producers?” We posed the question to Dr. Ted Jaenicke, associate professor of agricultural economics at Penn State University and Dr. Carl Winter, director of the FoodSafe Program at the University of California at Davis.

Should I Store Tomatoes in the Fridge?


Recently, we interviewed Dr. Floyd Woods and Dr. Joe Kemble about fruits and vegetables. These experts offer some excellent advice about storage and shelf life, in addition to their expertise about washing fruits and vegetables.

Is Splenda Safe?


The additive Splenda (sucralose) was recently downgraded for its safety from “safe” to “caution” – meaning it “may pose a risk and needs to be better tested.” Should you avoid foods and beverages with this ingredient?

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Definition of thinly-sliced precooked or cured meat?


What do you call thinly-sliced precooked or cured meat? - See more at: http://www.bestfoodfacts.org/food-fight-poll/cold-cuts#sthash.jWCL3pJZ.dpuf

What do you call thinly-sliced precooked or cured meat? Take our latest poll!

Should I Wash Fresh Fruit in Vinegar?


Have you ever washed fruits or vegetables in a mixture of water and vinegar? A Facebook post says to fill a sink with water, add 1 cup of vinegar and stir. Then, soak the fruit for 10 minutes and the fruit will sparkle with no wax or white, dirty film. The post says this will also make fruit last longer.

Last year, we asked Julie Albrecht, PhD, RD, about the best way to wash fruits and vegetables. To follow up, we wanted to know if vinegar really helps clean fruit. Dr. Floyd Woods and Dr. Joe Kemble answered questions about washing produce in vinegar.

Meet an Expert: Joe Kemble, PhD


Meet expert Dr. Joe Kemble. He is a Professor of Horticulture at Auburn University.

Should I Be Eating Protein Bars?


Protein supplements aren’t just for hardcore bodybuilders anymore. While the muscle-bound are dipping into big buckets of protein powder to refine their ripped physiques, the everyday health-conscious consumer can now grab a growing variety of protein-laden bars, snacks and drinks from the store shelves. But are protein-enhanced products good for those of us who aren’t slaves to the weight room? We asked Dr. Ruth MacDonald, PhD, Iowa State University, and nationally renowned nutrition and fitness expert Dr. Liz Applegate, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California-Davis.

What's That Little Brown Mark on the Inside of Potatoes?


Have you ever cut into a potato and noticed brown tissue that looks like a small trail or print? What is that brown tissue inside the potato, and is it harmful?

A Best Food Facts reader submitted a question: “I’ve bought russett potatoes (that’s what I use for mashed, baked, etc.), and when I peel them and slice them I’ve seen what appears to be a small trail or print running through them. Often wondered what this is, and is it harmful?” We spoke with Dr. Rich Novy, Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Geneticist from the USDA Agricultural Research Service to answer the question.

Is it Safe to Drink Soda with Brominated Vegetable Oil?


Have you ever noticed that a can of soda or a sports drink has the ingredient Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO), listed on the label? Recently, PepsiCo Inc. announced it would stop putting BVO in Gatorade, but the product is still in many drinks, like Mountain Dew

We contacted Dr. Keith Schneider, Associate Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Florida, to find out a bit more about BVO.

Is it OK to Drink Diet Soda?


We've been noticing several posts about artificial sweetners in diet soda on Facebook, and wanted to know - is it true? Is diet soda bad for you? Or is it OK to drink diet soda?

For the answers, we reached out to Dr. Barry M. Popkin, W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Is Non-Organic Food Full of Chemicals?


Recently, Best Food Facts launched a series of videos about GMOs, which spurred many questions. One question that seemed to be on everyone's mind was the differences between organic and non-organic food. One viewer asked, "Is non-organic food full of chemicals?"

To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University.

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