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Eating Better: Bold Brussels Sprouts

12/17/2014

Previously known as the food foe of children, this bold veggie is coming into style. And it’s no wonder why - Brussels sprouts are packed with undeniable benefits! As a member of the cabbage family, they are also known as a baby cabbage. Brussel sprouts have been known for approximately 400 years.

Try Baked Pears this Holiday Season!

12/12/2014

Looking for a new recipe to share with family and friends this holiday season? Take advantage of one of winter's splendid fruits - pears! Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, shares a favorite recipe from her book "Slim Down South!"

Stuck in a Food Rut? Check out These Food Trends!

12/11/2014

Are you stuck in a food rut, resorting to the same foods and recipes over and over again? Here are some new ideas using some of the latest food trends from Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and Best Food Facts nutritioni advisor!

Eating Better: Savoring Farro

12/10/2014

Taking center stage on plates galore is an ancient grain called farro. Cultivated for centuries, farro has made its way back to the spotlight. This grain surpasses the antioxidant level of normal wheat varieties with the added benefit of being a rich source of vitamins. 

Taking a Closer Look: Food Daily Values

12/4/2014

How do you depict the difference between too much and not enough? We recently received a question asking what contents on a food label are considered unhealthy and in what amounts. Alice Henneman, MS, RDN and Extension Educator, provided some insight.

Holiday Gifts for a Healthy Lifestyle

12/3/2014

Do you need some gift ideas? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, shares some gift ideas to support a healthy lifestyle.

The Chemistry Behind High Fructose Corn Syrup

12/2/2014

Are you wondering what the differences are between high fructose corn syrup and sugar? Is agave nectar really better for you? What about honey? We took a dive into the chemistry behind HFCS with Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD, and Chair of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa 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.

Let's Talk Turkey!

11/26/2014

What's the best way to thaw a turkey? Should you wash your turkey? How do you know when your turkey's done? Don't fret! The USDA has prepared this handy guide to help make sure your Thanksgiving meal preparations include food safety!

Tasty Tips to Indulge Without the Bulge

11/19/2014

Did you know that the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and 230 grams of fat during a traditional holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, shares some tasty ways you can indulge without the bulge!

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.

How to Make your Thanksgiving Meal Healthy

11/11/2014

Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the dreaded holiday weight gain season, but it doesn't have to! Many of Thanksgiving's staple items are actually good for us, and by making a few substitutions, it can be a meal your health will thank you for!

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.

Scary Good Advice for a Healthy Halloween

10/31/2014

Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, doles out some scary good tips for treating kids and adults to a healthier Halloween!

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