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Word of the Week: Citrus

2/3/2016

In honor of National Grapefruit Month, this week's word of the week is citrus.

Fall in Love with Grapefruit!

2/2/2016

February may be best known for Valentine's Day, chocolates, roses and hearts, but did you know that February is also National Grapefruit Month?

Diet Showdown - Cleansing!

1/15/2016

Sometimes called a cleansing diet, the rise of the “detox” diet continues as we start the New Year. Detoxes and cleanses have become very popular the past few years and many claim they can provide positive impacts to your health. But the truth is that many detoxes and cleanses aren’t right for everyone. We talked with registered dietitian Sarah Downs to find out more about this diet trend.

2015: The Year in Review

12/31/2015

Is it just us, or was 2015 the year of food knowledge? From how to properly clean produce to using leftover produce to hormones and antibiotics in animal protein to the cost of food, consumers wanted to know everything about what they were eating. Let’s take a look back at Best Food Facts' hottest food stories of 2015…

411 on Sprouted Potatoes

12/11/2015

We had some potatoes at home that sprouted, which made some questions pop up in our minds. A few experts were glad to provide the answers.

 

Does Buying Local Food Guarantee It's Safe?

12/7/2015

Farmers' markets remain a growing trend, with 64 percent of the more than 8,400 farmers' markets surveyed by USDA reporting increased traffic in 2014 and 85 percent of market managers wanting to add vendors. This shows consumers are clearly interested in buying local food.

Buying locally helps support the local economy, and could reduce the amount of energy required to ship food from other areas. In some cases, fruits or vegetables may be fresher if bought locally. But does that mean that locally-grown food is safer?

Word of the Week: Barbecue

10/21/2015

It's one of America's favorite pastimes - barbecueing!

Word of the Week: Blanch

9/30/2015

Have you ever looked through your cookbooks for a new recipe and passed them over because they involved the word "blanch?" What does that mean, and how do you do it?

The Mystery of the Albino Squash!

9/10/2015

The newest member of the Best Food Facts team, Susan, brought us something unusual – an albino squash that grew in her garden! Dr. Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, helps to explain this mysterious veggie. 

Yes, Healthy Foods Can be Affordable!

8/28/2015

Think healthy foods can't be affordable? Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD, says that with a little planning and strategy, your family can enjoy healthy foods...affordably!

Kale Yeah!

8/19/2015

Is it a superfood? Is it toxic? Recently, there's been a lot of news surrounding the health benefits and safety of kale. We talked with Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs to answer some questions about this cruciferous vegetable. 

Can You Re-Grow Lettuce and Other Veggies in Water?

6/26/2015

Originally posted May 3, 2013.

The Theory: You can re-grow lettuce in water.

The Verdict: It makes a cool science project for the kids, but it’s not something you would want to eat.

We noticed a post on Facebook telling friends to save the stump at the end of the lettuce and re-grow it in water. We wanted to know if it was true. Should we all start saving the end of our lettuce and put it in water, so that it will grow back?

To answer our questions, we reached out to Dr. Joe Kemble, Professor of Horticulture at Auburn University.

Spittin' Seeds? Not with Seedless Watermelons

6/19/2015

One of our favorite summer treats is watermelon, but have you ever wondered why some watermelons are seedless? We asked an expert to explain. Spoiler alert: It's not genetic modification!

Eight Tips for Shopping the Farmers Market

6/11/2015

It's summer, and there's no better way to up your consumption of fruits and vegetables than by visiting your local farmers market. Registered Dietitian Melissa Joy Dobbins shares these eight tips for adding some fun to the shopping adventure, including ways to involve your kids in the process.

To Infuse or Not to Infuse?

6/2/2015

A reader asked whether water infused with fruit like strawberries or oranges contains calories, carbohydrates and vitamins. Infused water is popular for those of us looking to add a little flavor to our lives, but are there other benefits besides curing the "bored with plain water" blues? We asked expert Dr. Wendy Dahl for some answers.

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