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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
We receive a LOT of questions about genetically modified foods and food ingredients from readers like you. And based on our research online and in popular press, there are growing concerns. We had consumers ask experts directly, and are excited to bring the videos of the interactions in October 2012.
Who knew information about food could be so fun?! Food Expert, Dr. Carl Winter, from the University of California - Davis, has integrated his vast knowledge about food safety, healthy eating and consuming in moderation on the road and has a whole library of tunes you may recognize, but words that are entirely different. His work in this area has caused his followers to name him the "Elvis of E. coli" and "Sonatra of Salmonella." Here are a couple good ones - for your edification, as well as a few giggles!
A national study is taking a thorough look at the well-being of not only the birds housed on these farms, but also the people who care for them.