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Meet an Expert: Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD

7/27/2013

Best Food Facts would like you to meet Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD from Iowa State University. At Iowa State, she is Chair and Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Red Meat: Good or Bad for Your Health?

7/26/2013

Recently, a Best Food Facts reader asked about her concern of red meat, and if it can be unhealthy for you. We reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair of Food Science Department at Iowa State University, to talk to us about red meat.

Should I Wash Fresh Fruit in Vinegar?

7/17/2013

Have you ever washed fruits or vegetables in a mixture of water and vinegar? A Facebook post says to fill a sink with water, add 1 cup of vinegar and stir. Then, soak the fruit for 10 minutes and the fruit will sparkle with no wax or white, dirty film. The post says this will also make fruit last longer.

Last year, we asked Julie Albrecht, PhD, RD, about the best way to wash fruits and vegetables. To follow up, we wanted to know if vinegar really helps clean fruit. Dr. Floyd Woods and Dr. Joe Kemble answered questions about washing produce in vinegar.

Meet an Expert: Joe Kemble, PhD

7/14/2013

Meet expert Dr. Joe Kemble. He is a Professor of Horticulture at Auburn University.

Update: Arsenic in Apple Juice?

7/12/2013

In December of 2011, Best Food Facts interviewed Connie Diekman, RD, about the overall safety of apple juice. At that time, she said the FDA was reassessing whether the acceptable levels of arsenic in juices needed to be adjusted, following reports of potentially unacceptable levels.

Today, the FDA proposed new regulations for arsenic in apple juice. The proposed "action level" is 10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice. This is the same level set by the EPA for arsenic in drinking water.

Does Palm Oil Cause Allergic Reactions?

7/7/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts reader Natalie submitted a question about palm oil regarding whether it causes allergic reactions.To answer the question, we reached out to Dr. Stephen Taylor, Professor, Food Science & Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Meet an Expert: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, PhD

6/28/2013

Sheri Zindenberg-Cherr, PhD, is one of the many experts Best Food Facts relies on to address consumer concerns. She is Chair of the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology, Specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Nutrition and the Co-Director of the UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools at the University of California-Davis.

Egg and Milk Allergies: GMO Connection?

6/24/2013

With food allergies on the rise, there's no shortage of concern about what is causing them. Best Food Facts reader, John, had a very specific question about allergies related to genetically modified food, after reading our post on GMOs and Food Allergies. Two experts respond.

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.

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