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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.

Is Processed Food Dangerous?

2/9/2014

Is it safe to eat processed food? Julie M. Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, CFS, FICC, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emerita, Foods and Nutrition, St. Catherine University, says to look beyond the processing and focus on the diet as a whole.

Is Food Laced with Harmful Chemicals?

2/3/2014

It's true - your food contains chemicals. Julie M. Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, CFS, FICC, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emerita, Foods and Nutrition, St. Catherine University, says, "Food is made of chemicals." But not all chemicals are bad, explains Dr. Jones.

Know More, Eat More

1/3/2014

Registered Dietitian and author Carolyn O'Neil shares the benefits of knowing more about food.

Is Coconut Oil Good for Me?

1/2/2014

Coconuts are all the rage! Coconut water, coconut milk and coconut oils are continually touted for their health and nutrition benefits and versatility for baking and cooking. But is coconut oil really good for us? 

Top Posts of 2013

12/30/2013

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.

Should You Worry About Acrylamide?

12/26/2013

Acrylamide continues to be a trending topic in many news outlets. And though you may have read an article or two on the topic, you might still find yourself wondering what acrylamide is and whether you should be concerned. We had similar questions, so we did some research.

Are Canned Fruits and Veggies Healthy?

12/18/2013

Missing some of your favorite juicy summer fruits? Or, maybe those crisp fall veggies? Enjoying the frozen, dehydrated or canned versions of these fruits and vegetables is a great way to get the wonderful taste and nutrients from your favorite out-of-season produce.

Is Aspartame Safe to Consume?

12/17/2013

Experts say a new study confirms aspartame is safe in food and beverages – but how is the newest research different from previous studies?  

Can You Trust Research?

11/22/2013

The university-based experts on Best Food Facts have completed research in their specialized fields of study. But one Best Food Facts reader, Blogger Amina Nevels of MommaMina.com, asked a question about research funding. "How do we know that we can trust your research if it's funded by organizations who could profit from that research?"

Food Expiration Dates – What Do They Mean?

11/19/2013

Confusion about food expiration dates can inadvertently cause unnecessary food waste or food safety issues; so we’ve compiled the definitions of some of the most common food expiration labels, according to the USDA. Tape the list on your refrigerator or cabinet for quick reference. A quick glance could benefit both your wallet and your health.

Peeling Back the Layers of the Worship-Worthy Onion

11/19/2013

A scan down the Facebook page can make you wonder just what’s accurate and what’s not. Does that high school friend really look the same 20 years later and how can those celebrities look so bright and perky every hour of the day? But how do you know when things are true or perhaps a little too good to be true? For instance, could an onion-filled cup really be the solution to the onslaught of colds and flu? Just remember what you read isn’t always true, but we probably don’t need to tell you that. 

Food Expiration Dates - Eliminating Confusion

11/9/2013

Looking for ways to eliminate food waste and increase food safety? Check out this handy Expiration Date graphic!

What’s in Chicken Nuggets?

10/30/2013

Researchers in Mississippi recently tested chicken nuggets from two national fast food chains. They took one nugget from each restaurant and examined the ingredients. The result was that about half of the nuggets were muscle with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin or internal organs. The second was 40 percent muscle and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone.

Is this unusual? Is it a safety concern? We took these questions and others to Dr. Casey M. Owens at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas.

Are Fruits and Vegetables Sprayed with Pesticides Less Safe than Organic Produce?

10/28/2013

In all forms, fruits and vegetables are inherently nutritious, no matter whether eaten fresh, canned or frozen. In recent years, a number of marketing tactics have presented organic fruits to be safer, based on the premise that they are grown without pesticides. In truth, both organic and conventional farmers use pesticides on their crops.

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