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How Long Should I Cook Veggies?

6/17/2013

Cooking can be simple, but simple mistakes can turn vegetables into a complex disaster. This easy-to-use chart outlines how many minutes to steam, microwave, blanch and boil your favorite veggies. 

Is Unapproved GM Wheat in Our Food Supply?

6/12/2013

While other genetically modified (GM) crops have been approved for planting in the U.S., GM wheat has not, so the discovery of a GM strain of wheat growing in a farm field in Oregon prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate. It was confirmed that it was the same herbicide resistant wheat variety that was authorized to be field tested from 1998 to 2005.

Meet an Expert: Liz Applegate, PhD

6/7/2013

Dr. Elizabeth Applegate is one of the many experts Best Food Facts relies on to address consumer concerns. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nutrition and Director of Sports Nutrition for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of California-Davis.

Does Drinking Milk Cause Allergies?

5/31/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, “Does drinking milk and using other dairy products tend to cause allergies in children?” We reached out to Dr. Stephen Taylor, Professor of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

How Do I Grill Safely?

5/10/2013

For most, Memorial Day Weekend officially kicks off summer grilling season! Perhaps you're stocking up on charcoal and filling propane tanks to prepare for another great season of cooking out. But don't forget about food safety. Here are a few tips to keep your food safe, from the USDA's Grill it Safe program.

Does Ground Turkey Have Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

4/30/2013

A new Consumer Reports study says that more than 90 percent of the packages of ground turkey they purchased nationwide contained one or more of the five bacteria for which they were testing. Consumer Reports adds that almost all of the organisms in the meat samples proved resistant to one or more of the antibiotics used to fight them.

Can I Get Bird Flu from Eating Chicken?

4/25/2013

You might have heard reports of the outbreak of H7N9, a strain of bird flu, in China. Best Food Facts wanted to know - can you get bird flu from eating poultry products?

We asked Scott Hurd, PhD, DVM, Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, about the H7N9 strain of bird flu.

Food Allergies: When to Expose Kids to Allergenic Foods?

4/17/2013

Some parents took note early this year when the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) stated that highly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, fish and eggs can be introduced to babies between four and six months and may even play a role in preventing food allergies from developing. For some, it seemed to be an “about face” from a 2000 recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

We spoke with Dr. Steve Taylor, professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska, and learned the new recommendation isn’t really new.

Does Milk Impact My Breast-Fed Baby?

4/12/2013

It's not uncommon for breastfeeding mothers to adjust their diets to ensure sound nutrition for their babies. But how about for a baby's dairy intolerance? Best Food Facts reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, PhD, Iowa State University, to find out how common it is for newborns to experience or quickly outgrow a dairy intolerance and what role mom's diet plays.

Could the European Horse Meat Scandal Happen in the U.S.?

4/4/2013

Earlier this year, headlines broke the news about horsemeat being passed off as beef in Europe. This European horsemeat scandal had U.S. consumers wondering, "Should we be worried about this? Could horsemeat make its way into our food without us knowing it?"

Not to worry, says Best Food Facts expert H. Scott Hurd, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University. On a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Hurd said, "There's not a chance it could happen in the United States."

Is Non-Organic Food Full of Chemicals?

3/20/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts launched a series of videos about GMOs, which spurred many questions. One question that seemed to be on everyone's mind was the differences between organic and non-organic food. One viewer asked, "Is non-organic food full of chemicals?"

To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University.

The Shelf Life of Food

3/14/2013

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?

2/18/2013

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?

2/11/2013

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?

2/5/2013

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.

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