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Developers Hope New Fruit Becomes the Apple of Consumers’ Eye


Does an apple that doesn’t turn brown after taking a bite sound appealing? Such an apple has been developed with the help of biotechnology by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) of British Columbia, Canada. After a lengthy government process, they have now been approved in the United States, though it will still be a few years before they’re available in stores. We spoke about these new fruits, called Arctic® apples, with Neal Carter, OSF’s president and founder, and reached out to Dr. Herbert Aldwinckle, professor emeritus at Cornell University's Department of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology, for some insight.

Should You Rinse Canned Food?


When you're purchasing canned food, for instance, canned beans, do you look for low-sodium varieties? Or, once you open a can, do you rinse the food, hoping to rinse away the salt? Have you wondered if there is enough difference between the low-sodium and regular-sodium items to make it worth the cost difference?

To learn more about sodium content in canned goods, we reached out to Linda Benjamin Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N, Dept. of Family, Youth & Community Sciences, University of Florida, and Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD, Extension Program Specialist, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

How Much Water Should You Drink?


Are you drinking enough water? We checked in with Hy-Vee dietitian Stacey Loftus, RD, LD, to find out!

The Pockmarked Cucurbit!


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


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)?


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


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?


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?


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?


Why doesn't your body digest corn?

What Is the Best Way to Cook Rice?


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?


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


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


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


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.

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