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Why Are Sweet Potatoes Sweet?

11/27/2014

Recently, a Best Food Facts reader submitted a question asking, "Why are sweet potatoes sweet? Are they watered with sugar water?" To answer this question, we reached out to Kenneth Pecota, Researcher, North Carolina State University.

Thanksgiving by the Numbers

11/27/2014

Did you know that American farmers produced nearly 1.8 billion pounds of green beans and 9 million barrels of cranberries in 2013? The USDA gives us a look at Thanksgiving by the numbers.

Eating Better: Keen on Kale

11/18/2014

Ever thought about letting this leafy green take the spotlight in your next dish? Kale is known for its versatility and mighty nutritional punch.

Eating Better: The Amazing Avocado

11/14/2014

There’s nothing like the bright green of the avocado to spruce up an otherwise boring dish! Avocados not only appeal to the eye but are also packed with nutrients that can complement daily health.

New Potato: Less bruising and browning

11/10/2014

The USDA approved commercial planting of a potato that resists browning and has fewer unsightly and wasteful bruises. It’s called the Innate™ brand and could be coming to a supermarket near you in the not-too-distant future.

Are Nutrients Lost When Veggies are Cooked?

11/3/2014

A Best Food Facts reader wanted to know how many nutrients were lost in vegetables, particularly butternut squash, when cooked versus in a raw state. We asked Connie Diekman, RD, for some answers.

Tips for Building a Food Foundation

10/20/2014

Making good food choices and eating better doesn't have to be difficult - especially if you've built a basic food and nutrition foundation. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition adviser, shares some food and nutrition building blocks to help kick-start your healthy eating and help you make healthy eating decisions while dining out.

Eating Better: The Powerful Pumpkin

10/14/2014

Getting ready to carve pumpkins for Halloween? Think twice about tossing that pile of pumpkin pulp while carving. The orange flesh is more than just the remnants of a spooky jack-o-latern. This viscous material is loaded with nutrients you do not want to throw away!

Reappraising Processed Foods

10/8/2014

Are you trying to avoid processed foods? Best Food Facts nutrition adviser Carolyn O'Neil explains why the term 'processed' doesn't necessarily mean 'unhealthy.'

What's the Safest Way to Clean Produce?

10/3/2014

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?”

Tiny Blueberry Packs Big Nutritional Punch

9/30/2014

Good things come in small packages, and this is certainly the case with blueberries! Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, had the opportunity to participate in an educational farm-to-table tour to learn more about these delicious berries.

ABCs of Food: J is for Jam

9/29/2014

Do you know the difference between jelly and jam? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and nutrition advisor for Best Food Facts, gets the answer from a canning expert.

Annalise from Completely Delicious Gives Us the Digest on TASTE Tour

9/22/2014

You’ve heard about California adventures with seven of our food blogger friends during TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour from our point of view. Now, we’re bringing you the skinny from Annalise of Completely Delicious on her favorite parts of the tour and what she learned.

Sweet corn. Field corn. Popcorn. What's the difference?

9/15/2014

Here is a look at corn from all angles.

Sweet corn, field corn, and popcorn - where do they fit into your diet? Best Food Facts received a question concerning which form of corn fits in which category, and why. To answer the question we have reached out to three experts.

Slicing into the Nutrition Facts - Beet Greens vs. Blueberries

9/3/2014

While strolling through the aisles of the supermarket or moseying the streets of the farmers market, there’s no doubt you are engulfed by the array of bright colors of the fruits and veggies on display. Taking a closer look beyond the pure beauty of these foods, Best Food Facts received the following question: Are beet greens as nutritious as blueberries? We reached out to Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, to get the skinny.

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