What a thrill to set out after breakfast for Napa Valley on day two of the Best Food Facts TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour. Heralded as one of the best wine-growing regions of the world, Napa Valley is a patchwork of more than 400 premier wineries – some big, some small - each with their own farm philosophy and individual style.
While strolling through the aisles of the supermarket or moseying the streets of the farmers market, there’s no doubt you are engulfed by the array of bright colors of the fruits and veggies on display. Taking a closer look beyond the pure beauty of these foods, Best Food Facts received the following question: Are beet greens as nutritious as blueberries? We reached out to Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, to get the skinny.
As a registered dietitian who’s been writing about food for more than two decades, I’m always worried that what I know and what I share will ultimately be proven wrong. After all, there’s a cavalcade of new studies, reports and surveys released just about every day.
At the Robert Mondavi Institute, we met up with Sue Langstaff, owner of Applied Sensory, LLC, and member of the UC Davis Olive Oil Taste Panel and the UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma County Olive Oil Taste Panel. Langstaff taught us about the science behind the sensory experience of tasting olive oil. She also cleared up a few slippery myths about this beloved oil.
The more the merrier, right? Well, not according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This group recently published a report addressing fortified foods in young children’s lives.
For many, eating vegan can be challenging at times. We received a reader question asking what food additives are derived from animals. To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Sean O’Keefe, Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech.
At the Robert Mondavi Institute, we had a super sweet time learning about (and tasting) honey and chatting with Amina Harris, Executive Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science at UC Davis. And, now, we are bringing some of that sweetness to you by sharing what we learned in the form of four not-so-sweet honey myths.
For food writers, whether it’s researching the history of basil pesto (famously from Genoa, Italy), finding the best tips for barbecue food safety (avoid flare ups that cause potentially carcinogenic dark char on meats) or understanding the benefits of biotechnology used in modern day farming (such as improved nutrition, drought tolerance and pest resistance), it’s important to seek out experts with the most accurate information and best consumer advice.
Best Food Facts took California by storm during our inaugural ‘TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food’ Blogger Tour – a three-day extravaganza that explored the technology and science used in food production.
There’s a whole lot of confusion about whole grains. A battle over the breadbasket rages as advocates and experts take sides – either for or against the grain.
When farmers began growing soy in Asia in the 11th Century B.C., they used the seed of the soy plant to create an assortment of fresh, fermented, and dried foods.
There's no shortage of information about celiac disease, and that presents challenges for anyone wanting to know more about how it impacts diet and health. Best Food Facts has compiled information from the experts to help you navigate the topic of gluten.
Food styling elevates food to an art form with a lot of patience and an army of tiny tweezers to tweak individual ingredients for the perfect camera shot. We reached out to foodie blogger and photographer, Heidi of Foodie Crush, to find out what it takes to create a perfectly styled foodie photo finish.
Technically, the answer is “yes.” It’s called cellulose and it is the basic building block of the cell walls of all plants and is considered a complex carbohydrate. But "cellulose is cellulose” whether it comes from wood pulp or celery. So should you be concerned?
Dairy's many nutrients can be a great addition to overall health for those who aren't lactose intolerant. Among them are calcium, potassium, vitamins A & D and protein.