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Navigating the Scientific Breadcrumb Trail: Deciphering Food Research

5/15/2014

Feeling bamboozled by sensational nutrition studies? Best Food Facts breaks down the scientific research process so you can make informed nutrition choices.

What Does a GMO Look Like?

5/15/2014

We've gotten the question several times, "What is a GMO?" While we've enlisted plenty of experts who've provided insights on what they are, whether they're dangerous, why they're not labeled, how they impact the environment, why they're banned in some countries, and whether they cause allergies, we've not actually shown a picture of what they look like. Now, we've got pictures!

Should I Store Lettuce in a Jar?

5/8/2014

Have you seen Pinterest posts about storing lettuce in a jar to keep it fresh? One post claims lettuce in a jar will never go brown! Will storing lettuce in a jar really extend its shelf life? Is it safe?

Dirty Dozen, Clean 15 Revisited

4/25/2014

Use sound science and nutrition basics to navigate the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 recommendations. Ready resources to fact-based information make it easier to choose wise food decisions

Is It OK to Eat Gliadin?

4/14/2014

Celiac? Gliadin? Gluten? These terms can get confusing, especially for those with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. Best Food Facts reached out to Pam Cureton, RD, LDN, a Dietitian with the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, about the term gliadin.

Eating Better: Unearthing Quinoa

4/9/2014

Dubbed an ancient grain, quinoa is really not a grain at all. The quinoa seed is a complete protein that’s related to beets, chard and spinach. Try it in seed, flake or flour form.

Keeping Meat Safe

4/1/2014

Whether navigating the meat case at your local grocery store or preparing dinner at home, we all want safe meat. Registered dietitian Carolyn O’Neil gets answers to her questions about meat related to labeling claims like “natural,” “antibiotic free,” or “hormone free,” as well as insights on organic meat and how to keep all meat safe when preparing at home.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Food Combos

3/18/2014

What are your favorite food combos? Take our latest poll!

Got Protein?

3/17/2014

Whether you’re fueling your body for the day ahead or an intense workout, protein is an important part of a balanced diet. 

Partaking in the Power of Protein

3/16/2014

Whether you’re training for a race or just looking to keep up with the demands of daily life, protein is an important part of a balanced diet.

Advice for Bread Buyers

3/9/2014

Confused about bread? Gluten-free dieting has become increasingly popular and much has been made recently about certain bread ingredients. We went to a pair of registered dietitians for some common sense advice. Jen Haugen blogs as the “Down to Earth Dietitian” and Anne Cundiff is a personal nutrition trainer and an in-store dietitian with Hy-Vee.

Need some food for your ears?

3/4/2014

We’ve been fulfilling our audio appetite with some foodie podcasts. Here’s the skinny on two podcasts that have us coming back for seconds.

Nutrition at Just the Right Temperature

3/3/2014

Can you cook the nutrients out of your food?

A Makeover for the Nutrition Facts Label

2/27/2014

Just how realistic are the serving sizes on nutrition labels? Is there a difference between natural sugars and added sugars? What's the most important thing people should focus on when reading the Nutrition Facts Label? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking at changing the Nutrition Facts Label for the first time in more than 20 years. Just what do those changes mean? What will you see on the nutrition label?

Is There Any Truth to the Five-Second Rule?

2/20/2014

Have you heard of the five-second rule? That moment when you drop a tasty morsel of food on the ground, your heart sinks - you were looking forward to eating that! Is it safe to eat it if you're able to pick it up within five seconds?

We were curious if there was any truth to the five-second rule, so we reached out to Keith R. Schneider, PhD, Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Florida.

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