Lately, we have seen lots of consumer questions about glyphosate. Glyphosate, also referred to as “Roundup,” is an herbicide used in agriculture to kill weeds. So what’s all the buzz about glyphosate? Some resources link this herbicide to making crops more susceptible to disease, killing beneficial microorganisms, robbing plants of nutrients and more. We decided to reach out to Wayne Parrott, PhD, Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia, and Tony Shelton, PhD, Professor of Entomology at Cornell University, to cut through conflicting information and to get the facts from university-based experts.
The non-government organization Center for Food Safety had three store-bought infant formulas tested for evidence of DNA from a GMO crop. The company used to conduct the test detected DNA from genetically engineered soy in some infant formula. Should parents be worried? We reached out to Dr. Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program and Plant Innovation Program at the University of Florida, to sort through what this finding means for parents.
Before you bite into an apple, do you wash it? Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, “What is the safest way to clean vegetables and fruit? Is hot water and a scrubbing brush all that I need to use?”
A new study on artificial sweeteners has people wondering whether they should rethink their consumption of the popular products. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, says a wealth of data suggests low-calorie sweeteners can be used to help manage calories, which can help with managing weight and diabetes.
Recently, Best Food Facts recevied a reader question asking, "Is chicken that is processed in China and sold in the U.S. safe to eat?" To answer this question, we reached out to Patricia Curtis, PhD, professor and director of Auburn University’s Food Systems Institute.
It’s amazing what a chemical reaction can do. In the caramelization process, when heat from the water turns into steam, the sugar breaks down, creating a browning reaction of burnished brown color and a nutty flavor profile.
Natural and artificial food dyes can enhance the way our food tastes, smells and looks – but are they contributing to allergies, asthma issues and hyperactivity?
Food sensitivities can take the form of food allergies or food intolerances. A food allergy is potentially life-threatening, while a food intolerance is unpleasant and inconvenient.
Do you eat salmon? Is it safe to eat farmed salmon or should you only eat the wild-caught variety? Which is best for polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6? We reached out to Charles R. Santerre, PhD, Professor at Purdue University, to answer a few questions about salmon.
Often misinterpreted as the stomach flu, food poisoning is actually caused by noroviruses. These viruses create inflammation in the stomach and large intestine, resulting in unfortunate vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
Do you ever think twice about throwing out milk that is only a day past its expiration date? If it looks and smells fine, can I still drink it? For this question we reached out to registered dietitian and author of the Sound Bites Blog, Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE about helping us understand these questions.
"On milk, the sell by date is often the date listed, so you should double check to find out whether your milk has a sell by date or an expiration date. If it is an expiration date, then here is my answer:
Recently Best Food Facts received a consumer question about whether GMOs could be responsible for an allergic reaction of rash and hives after eating a salad with fruits and veggies.
To answer this, we reached out to Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director – Biotechnology program at University of California-Davis.
Feeling bamboozled by sensational nutrition studies? Best Food Facts breaks down the scientific research process so you can make informed nutrition choices.
Have you seen Pinterest posts about storing lettuce in a jar to keep it fresh? One post claims lettuce in a jar will never go brown! Will storing lettuce in a jar really extend its shelf life? Is it safe?
In 1986, researchers discovered cancer developing in rats that were fed compounds that are generated from overcooking meat under high heat. And since then, some studies of large populations have suggested a potential connection between meat and cancer. But, is there a direct cause-and-effect relationship between red meat consumption and cancer?
Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair of the Food Science Department at Iowa State University, and Dr. Wendy Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, University of Florida, have differing opinions.