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."
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.