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Organic versus Conventional Foods: Is There a Nutritional Difference?

7/31/2015

Originally posted November 15, 2010.

Organic foods have gained popularity due to the perception that organic foods are safe, wholesome and all around better for you. To find out if this is true, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Professor and Chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

What Are Parabens and Why Are They In My Food?

7/17/2015

Parabens are in a wide variety of foods and other products that we use every day. But, what exactly are parabens and why are they used in food? Are they safe? We set out to find the facts and asked the experts.

Can You Re-Grow Lettuce and Other Veggies in Water?

6/26/2015

Originally posted May 3, 2013.

The Theory: You can re-grow lettuce in water.

The Verdict: It makes a cool science project for the kids, but it’s not something you would want to eat.

We noticed a post on Facebook telling friends to save the stump at the end of the lettuce and re-grow it in water. We wanted to know if it was true. Should we all start saving the end of our lettuce and put it in water, so that it will grow back?

To answer our questions, we reached out to Dr. Joe Kemble, Professor of Horticulture at Auburn University.

Meet Wanda from Minnesota Farm Living

6/24/2015

From a place known for its 10,000 lakes, you might not think of agriculture when you hear Minnesota. Meet Wanda from Minnesota Farming Living who hopes to change that.

Best Food Facts & Blogger Friends Head to California to Kick Off TASTE

6/16/2015

Best Food Facts and blogger friends experienced strawberry patches, wineries, honey tastings and more in California during the kickoff event for TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food blogger program. 

Can Honey Help My Allergies? And Other Honey Facts

6/8/2015

As summer allergy season gets into full swing, many people look to alternatives like honey to provide relief. But can honey actually help alleviate your allergy symptoms? We asked Registered Dietitian Sarah Downs to weigh in.

What Foods are Genetically Modified?

5/15/2015

Originally posted on November 13, 2014.

There is conversation aplenty about GMOs. In fact, there is so much talk of GMOs and GM foods that you may find it surprising to know there are only eight GM crops commercially available in the United States.

 

Is Apple Cider Vinegar a Health Cure-All?

4/24/2015

A reader recently reached out to Best Food Facts to learn more about apple cider vinegar after seeing various articles such as this about its reported health benefits. According to the article, posted on HealthImpactNews.com, apple cider vinegar can help with a variety of health problems including diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure and heart health, cancer and weight loss. To better understand these claims, we reached out to Carol Johnston, PhD, RD, Professor and Director of the Nutrition Program at Arizona State University.

Is Red Wine Exercise in a Glass?

3/13/2015

You've seen the headlines - Red wine is healthy! Red wine is good for you! But what does that mean? How is it healthy? Well, now we may have the answer as a recently published research study shows that resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine, may enhance exercise training and performance.

Bulletproof Coffee Explained

3/2/2015

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you've probably heard of Bulletproof coffee. What is it? A coffee drink made up of coffee, butter, and medium-chain triglyceride oil, Bulletproof coffee is meant to replace breakfast. Created by Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof coffee cult has grown fast and it doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Healthy Eating with Diabetes

2/16/2015

Do diabetics need to sacrifice and adhere to a strict diet? We asked Arielle "Dani" Lebovitz, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CDE, of Robins Air Force Base for her advice.

New Year's Hangover? Let Us Help!

1/1/2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Oh, sorry. Did we just say that too loudly? Feeling a little sensitive to sound and light? Perhaps feeling a little unpleasant in general? If you spent last night celebrating the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 by imbibing on a few libations here and there, then you, my friend, are most likely suffering from a hangover.

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.

Egg Myths: 7 Common Myths Finally Cracked

12/26/2014

Are organic eggs and brown eggs safe from Salmonella? Can you pasteurize fresh eggs in the microwave? Best Food Facts cracks these and other common egg myths.

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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