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Dairy Allergy or Intolerance: Carrageenan Could be to Blame.

1/5/2012

Best Food Facts recently received a reader question from Margie asking, "Why is carrageenan added to so many dairy foods? My daughter is allergic."

To answer the question, we reached out to Dr. Roger Clemens, Adjunct Professor, Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy.

Bleach on carrots? Consumer question answered.

1/4/2012

We received the following inquiry from DeLyla regarding the white film on carrots:

"What is the scoop regarding baby carrots made from deformed carrots and then added bleach to them? Then, after a few days in your refrigerator the carrots get a white film on them? Is this chlorine and is it safe or does this cause health issues and or cancer?"

Top Posts of 2011

12/30/2011

As the year winds down, we'd like to thank all of our readers for taking time to learn more about our food system. We appreciate your comments and questions! We'd also like to thank our food system experts for providing their thoughts and expertise throughout the year.

Holiday Leftovers: Keeping them safe

12/27/2011

As you make efforts to use up those holiday leftovers and prepare dishes like this low-fat turkey and veggie bake

Decoding food labels

12/21/2011

In the U.S., we are privileged to have so many food choices. When buying grocerries, we can choose from products labeled as natural, organic and free-range, among others. But what do all of those labels really mean? Best Food Facts searched out definitions for a few labels from the USDA, which regulates meat, poultry and processed egg products. For simplification, we have bolded the main takeaways in the definitions, but have kept the full definition available in case you would like more specific information.

Beef Recall: What you need to know

12/19/2011

Ground beef products from a Nebraska meatpacker have been recalled from 16 states, due to possible E. coli contamination. Look for your state here.

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?"

Arsenic in Your Apple Juice? Expert weighs in

12/1/2011

 

Following up on Dr. Oz's research finding arsenic in apple juice, Connie Diekman, RD, says she's not worried about the juice we have at home in our cupboards, but she would like to see more research and education about how juice should more appropriately fit into a healful eating plan. As we exit a holiday filled with positive stories and reasons to give thanks, we find one causing much concern - and reasonably so. As reported by several online sourcestelevision showsvideos and bloggers, there are, once again, questions about arsenic in juice. 

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: 

Turkey Time! Tips for a safe and sane feast

11/22/2011

The time to give thanks for all we have is here… as is the stress of preparing a meal with big expectations! Let’s hope we can all get through it without starting the turkey on fire or sending our guests away with food poisoning!

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.

Study: Bt protein in your blood. Consumer beware?

11/2/2011

We recently received an inquiry regarding a report from the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre in Quebec. The report claimed to have detected the presence of the Bt protein Cry1Ab in the blood of humans. The report, which was highlighted in an article from The Organic Report is available here*.

Doctors Orders: Drink Milk to Help With Lactose Intolerance

9/7/2011

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

GMOs - What to Know

8/30/2011

An index of posts, a table of contents, listing the posts for the Best Food Facts GMO series.

Fructose vs. Sucrose - What's the Difference?

8/23/2011

Dr. Nancy Keim discusses the difference between fructose and sucrose.

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