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Pickle Juice – The New Sports Drink?

1/3/2012

We’ve been seeing some recent articles touting pickle juice as an aid to reduce muscle cramping. And companies are marketing the juice as a sports drink. To determine whether pickle juice packs this kind of a punch, we asked nationally renowned expert on nutrition and fitness Dr. Liz Applegate, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California-Davis, to weigh in on the topic.

What could be causing early puberty in girls? Expert clarifies reader question.

12/8/2011

In the post, Hormones in Milk: Are They Causing Early Puberty in Girls, we wondered, what is causing early maturity in girls? Based on what Dr. Ann Macrina indicated, it could be any of several factors.

One of our readers, Dan, asked for clarification from Dr. Macrina: "Dr. Macrina indicated it could be any of several factors – better nourishment, higher body weight and some even suggest exposure to chemicals. Does Dr. Macrina mean chemicals like pesticides and herbicides?"

Corporate Influence over Food Regulations? Reader question answered.

11/30/2011

We received the following question from Kat:

"Many of the experts’ responses indicate that the responsibility for monitoring food safety and standards, including the effects of GM food and pesticides on human health and living conditions for animals, rests with government agencies such as the EPA, the FDA, and the USDA. Given the frequency of corporate executives in government positions, especially in the food and agriculture industries, how heavily are food policies and legislature influenced by corporate interests? To what extent is there a conflict of interest and how can we be sure that food policies and legislation are in the best interest of the consumer rather than the corporation?"

To answer the question, we engaged two experts - one with a focus on public policy and another with experience serving in Washington. Here are their responses: 

Consumer Question - More Food Contamination Issues?

11/15/2011

 

Best Food Facts recently received a question from Marie asking, “It seems there were more food contamination issues in the past few years than usual. Is the problem growing?”

We’ve seen it in the news, too – Listeria outbreaks in cantaloupeSalmonella in chicken livers and E. coli in ground beef, to name a few. To answer Marie’s question, we contacted Dr. Julie Albrecht, from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, for some insight on foodborne illness.

Will Reducing Meat Consumption Help the Environment?

9/28/2011

We all want to do our part to help save the planet, right? Since farm animals create carbon emissions, will eating less meat create a cleaner environment?

Weird Food News

9/14/2011

Best Food Facts found strange news about food!

Doctors Orders: Drink Milk to Help With Lactose Intolerance

9/7/2011

Dr. Dennis Savaiano discusses foods to help with lactose intolerance.

Consumer Question - Is It OK to Use Leftover Onions?

8/16/2011

Blog post from Dr. Ruth MacDonald about using leftover vegetables and onions.

Part Two: Eggs – Organic, Cage-Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?

7/28/2011

Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Scott Beyer discuss behaviors of egg laying hens as well as current production practices. This is the second in a three-week series.

Eggs – Organic, Cage–Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?

7/19/2011

Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Patricia Hester define some common terms found on egg cartons at the grocery store - as well as the advantages and disadvantages to the housing systems for hens laying those eggs.

Milk Wars

7/13/2011

Comments on the Los Angeles school district flavored milk ban with Dr. Andrea Garber and Dr. Ruth MacDonald

Getting Down and Dirty with Pesticide Residues and the Dirty Dozen

6/22/2011

Expert information about the Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group that lists pesticide residues in fruits and veggies.

Sweet Misconceptions: What’s the Truth about High Fructose Corn Syrup and "Normal Sugar"?

6/20/2011

Leading expert, Dr. John White, wades through fact and fiction on the subjects of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar.

What does the new MyPlate icon from USDA mean for consumers?

6/13/2011

Experts discuss the pros and cons of the USDA's new MyPlate graphic that replaces the existing Food Pyramid.

Grass Fed vs. Grain Fed? Expert says, “Eat whatever you like."

6/9/2011

Experts discuss the differences between grass fed and grain fed beef.

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