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The Shelf Life of Food


Wondering how to maximize the life of the food you buy? Check out this handy chart from Lindsay Snow Osborn that incorporates recommendations from the USDA, FDA and others!

Do Onions Absorb Bacteria That Cause Illness?


Have you heard the theory that placing an onion next to your bed will keep you from getting the flu? Are you curious if onions absorb bacteria? Do onions help combat the flu? Will an onion turn black after attracting all of the bacteria? Do onions have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties?

We stumbled upon a Facebook post about onions curing the flu, and wondered many of the same questions. We had to find out if it was true, so we reached out to Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

Is Food Coloring Dangerous?


Recently, we noticed a news story that questioned the safety of food dyes. We've read other articles, too, about food dyes linked to ADHD.

Best Food Facts wanted to know, is food coloring safe? To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ronald E. Kleinman from Harvard Medical School. When we asked him whether we should avoid food coloring, he said no... but that doesn't mean further research isn't warranted.

Should I Avoid Food With Ingredients I Can't Pronounce?


What do you know about the additives in your food? Particularly, those mysterious ingredients on the label that have us all scratching our heads and wondering “Is this stuff good for me and my family?” Food experts explore whether we should avoid foods with ingredients we cannot pronounce.

What Are Pesticides? Do They Harm My Kids?


A recent study published in Environmental Health Journal assessed the risks to children from the cumulative exposure to chemicals and pesticides in a variety of foods. The study claims that cancer and non-cancer benchmarks were frequently exceeded by children for several food contaminants. Based on the study’s findings, the researchers suggested that new dietary guidelines be developed to minimize exposure to these contaminants.

Obesity: Are Sugar and Salt To Blame?


Nestlé SA and General Mills recently announced they will reformulate 20 popular breakfast cereals to reduce salt and sugar up to 30% by 2015. The move is focused on breakfast cereals sold outside the U.S., but reflects a growing consumer concern about the impact of sugar and salt on children’s health.

Is Pork Safe? New Antibiotic Concerns from Consumer Reports


Test results on pork products released by Consumer Reports raise questions on food safety and the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food. We talked about it with Dr. Richard Raymond, a former USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety about some of the claims made in the report. 

What is Ractopamine?


Consumer Reports released results of tests conducted on pork products that raise questions on the use of a compound called ractopamine – a feed additive that enhances growth in certain food animals.

Best Food Facts talked with Dr. Donald Beermann, director of the Institutional Animal Care Program and Research Compliance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, to find out whether we should avoid pork.

Are GMOs Safe? Questions Continue...


As we receive more views on our five-part video series on genetically modified foods, we continue to receive great questions about safety, testing, health effects, etc. Here are a few more.

Toxins in GMO corn?


Best Food Facts recently received a comment on YouTube stating, "The worry is that there are no external differences between GM corn and non-GM corn. The problem lies within. The GM corn has been developed to produce its own pesticide, and often the crops are registered as pesticides. This cannot be washed off as they are genetically engineered to make the toxins internally. This means that target pests eat any part of the plant and die as their guts split open. Since the introduction of GM foods the incidence of allergies in children has skyrocketed."

What Sweeteners for Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia?


Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader, Susan, asking, “I have Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia. When I consume food/drinks with sugar I get hot flashes and increased pain and inflammation. Are there other sweeteners that would not do these things to my body such as Sweet N Low or Equal?”

What Should You Buy Organic? Dirty Dozen Explained


We frequently get questions about which fruits and vegetables to buy organically and which ones are ok to eat without being labeled "USDA Organic." Many people asking this question are concerned about pesticides on fresh produce and have read or heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists from the Environmental Working Group. Here, several experts weigh in on the impacts of pesticides on our food and, ultimately, our health.

Is BPA Making Kids Fat?


A recent article from NBC News discusses a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that suggests BPA exposure may contribute to obesity in children. The study measured levels of BPA in the urine of nearly 3,000 children and teens, and found that kids with higher levels were 2.6 times more likely to be obese compared with kids exhibiting lower levels of BPA in their urine.

Arsenic in Rice?


Last year, registered dietitian Connie Diekman offered her thoughts on arsenic in apple juice, but recently, we've been hearing about arsenic in rice and rice products. Should you be concerned about eating rice or feeding rice products to your kids? To answer a few questions about this topic, Best Food Facts reached out to Dr. Brian P. Jackson, Director of Trace Metal Analysis at Dartmouth College.

GM Corn Causes Tumors in Rats?


You may have heard about a recent French study into the health impacts of genetically-modified (GM) corn published this week in the Journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. French researchers claim that rats fed a diet of GM corn (or exposed to the popular weed killer Roundup) are more likely to develop mammary tumors, organ damage and early death compared to rats fed a non-GM diet. 

Though the study has been widely condemned by international scientists, we asked several Best Food Facts experts to review the study and share their thoughts.

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