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.
Are you concerned about food prices? Last year, we looked at how drought affects food prices, and unfortunately, many parts of the United States are still experiencing drought conditions. On average, Americans spend about 10 percent of their income on food, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But what affects food prices each year? To answer this question, Best Food Facts reached out to Dr. Marc F. Bellemare, Assistant Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.
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.
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?”
Do you love avocados? It seems many of us do! And avocado sales are rising. In this Wall Street Journal article, “Avocado sales in 2011 totaled $2.9 billion, beating 2010 by 11 percent…Consumption in the first half of 2012 was 30 percent ahead of the same period last year.” Avocados are now found year-round at grocery stores and restaurants. Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, “How long do avocados keep in the refrigerator?” For some insight, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, who directed us to the resource Avocado.com.
Best Food Facts recently received a question from a reader asking, "What foods contain Vitamin K? Why do we need Vitamin K?"
To answer the question, we reached out to Dr. Wendy Dahl, an assistant professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida.
Ever heard of BMO crops? A new study has looked at the effects of bioelectric magnetism organic (BMO) technology on okra yields. Bioelectric magnetism refers to electrical, magnetic or electromagnetic fields produced by living cells, tissues or organisms.
When asked whether there is a correlation between the size of a farm and whether it sustainably produces food, food experts say it all comes down to management.
In gathering facts from our food experts, we've come upon some interesting ones that may surprise you.
Wanting understand the issues with school lunches, we went straight to a top U.S. "lunch lady." Joni Davis won a Bronze Award at a White House reception hosted by First Lady, Michelle Obama, as part the USDA’s Healthier U.S. School Challenge. We talked with Joni to get her thoughts on the importance of providing healthful diets for our school children.
We received the following inquiry from DeLyla regarding the white film on carrots:
"What is the scoop regarding baby carrots made from deformed carrots and then added bleach to them? Then, after a few days in your refrigerator the carrots get a white film on them? Is this chlorine and is it safe or does this cause health issues and or cancer?"
We’ve been seeing some recent articles touting pickle juice as an aid to reduce muscle cramping. And companies are marketing the juice as a sports drink. To determine whether pickle juice packs this kind of a punch, we asked nationally renowned expert on nutrition and fitness Dr. Liz Applegate, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California-Davis, to weigh in on the topic.
A Best Food Facts website reader tells us she NEVER eats food from cans (except beans and stewed tomatoes), because she believes "anything canned or processed is bad for you... and besides, canned food tastes horrible." An expert says there’s not a single best choice, but rather, multiple options for a healthy diet year round.