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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.

Foods You Should Be Eating

5/28/2015

We recently received a reader question about the health benefits of dates, dried cherries and dark chocolate. We reached out to expert Diane McKay for some insight into the benefits these foods have on human health. 

Are We Being Poisoned By Glyphosate?

4/8/2015

Glyphosate, also referred to as “Roundup,” used in agriculture to kill weeds, has been in the news lately. We wondered, what are the human health implications of glyphosate use on crops? Is glyphosate poisoning us? To find out more, we reached out to Jeff Graybill, MS, CCA, Agronomy Extension Education at Penn State University.

Is the Mushroom a Vegetable?

3/9/2015

Mushrooms have been a part of the human diet for many, many years but one question always remains: is the mushroom a vegetable? You've probably heard before that mushrooms are fungi, but does that mean it's not a vegetable? Or is it both? To clear this up, we reached out to Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator of Nutrition, Food Safety, and Cooking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

March into National Nutrition Month

3/6/2015

March is National Nutrition Month, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, shares ways you can bite into a healthy lifestyle!

Developers Hope New Fruit Becomes the Apple of Consumers’ Eye

2/13/2015

Does an apple that doesn’t turn brown after taking a bite sound appealing? Such an apple has been developed with the help of biotechnology by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) of British Columbia, Canada. After a lengthy government process, they have now been approved in the United States, though it will still be a few years before they’re available in stores. We spoke about these new fruits, called Arctic® apples, with Neal Carter, OSF’s president and founder, and reached out to Dr. Herbert Aldwinckle, professor emeritus at Cornell University's Department of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology, for some insight.

Should You Rinse Canned Food?

2/13/2015

When you're purchasing canned food, for instance, canned beans, do you look for low-sodium varieties? Or, once you open a can, do you rinse the food, hoping to rinse away the salt? Have you wondered if there is enough difference between the low-sodium and regular-sodium items to make it worth the cost difference?

To learn more about sodium content in canned goods, we reached out to Linda Benjamin Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N, Dept. of Family, Youth & Community Sciences, University of Florida, and Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD, Extension Program Specialist, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

A Heart-Healthy Diet Starts in the Heart of the Home

2/10/2015

The kitchen is called the heart of the home, and it can be good for your heart if you follow some simple guidelines for a heart-healthy diet!

The Pockmarked Cucurbit!

2/9/2015

What do you get when you soak zucchini and yellow squash in water and white vinegar? A pockmarked cucurbit! A Best Food Facts reader recently experienced this phenomenon and wanted to know more.

Happy National Homemade Soup Day!

2/4/2015

February 4 is National Homemade Soup Day! It's perfect timing - a pot full of homemade soup is sure to warm you up this time of year! Instead of the usual chicken or vegetable soup, try out this Turnip Greens Stew from Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD.

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