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Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat: Which Diet is Best for You?

4/15/2015

Atkins. Low-carb. Paleo. Low-fat. These days it seems like there are endless options for weight management, but do they actually work and, if so, which ones work best? A research study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that cutting back on carbs is more effective in losing weight versus cutting back on fat.

The Mediterranean Diet: A Heart Health Miracle?

4/10/2015

Have you heard that following a Mediterranean diet is better for your heart than exercise? When we heard we might be able to skip the gym and eat our way to good heart health with the Mediterranean diet, we reached out to registered dietitian Anne Cundiff to see if this diet is all it is cracked up to be. 

5 Best & Worst Fast Food Kids Meal Options

3/19/2015

A reader recently asked us about the healthiest fast food kids meal options and what preservatives are found in these foods. Luckily for all of us, most, if not all, fast food chains have the nutritional value of their food available to the public. We visited five of the most popular fast food chains to figure out what their healthiest and least healthy options are. We also realize that the health value of a food is not solely determined by the number of calories it does or does not contain. When it comes to food – not just fast food – it’s important to understand the nutritional value of what you’re eating. We reached out to Dr. Sean O’Keefe from Virginia Tech for more insight on what parents should consider when purchasing fast food for their children.

Is Red Wine Exercise in a Glass?

3/13/2015

You've seen the headlines - Red wine is healthy! Red wine is good for you! But what does that mean? How is it healthy? Well, now we may have the answer as a recently published research study shows that resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine, may enhance exercise training and performance.

Bulletproof Coffee Explained

3/2/2015

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you've probably heard of Bulletproof coffee. What is it? A coffee drink made up of coffee, butter, and medium-chain triglyceride oil, Bulletproof coffee is meant to replace breakfast. Created by Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof coffee cult has grown fast and it doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Should You Eat Fat Free?

2/18/2015

Is fat-free always the best choice? Karman Meyer, RD, of KarmanNutrition.com says not always!

Healthy Eating with Diabetes

2/16/2015

Do diabetics need to sacrifice and adhere to a strict diet? We asked Arielle "Dani" Lebovitz, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CDE, of Robins Air Force Base for her advice.

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.

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.

Try This Substitution for Healthier Brownies

2/5/2015

Got a sweet tooth? Try this tip for healthier brownies from Hy-Vee's Allison Yoder, MS, RD, LD. You'll get all of the deliciousness without sacrificing taste!

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.

How Many Football Fields are in an M&M?

1/30/2015

How much exercise is needed to burn calories? We asked Linda Rankin, RD, of Idaho State University to break it down for us.

ABCs of Food: V is for Vitamins

1/20/2015

Do you take vitamins or do you get all the vitamins you need from the food you eat? Either way, vitamins are an important part of your diet! To learn more about vitamins, we reached out to Dr. Joanne Slavin, Professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.

Is Eating At Home Healthier Than Dining Out?

1/14/2015

Do you prefer heading out to your favorite (or perhaps nearest) restaurant for meals rather than cooking at home? If so, you're not alone. We get it! Dining out, whether heading through a drive-thru or sitting down at your favorite restaurant, is often more convenient and sometimes even more delicious than cooking your own food at home. Even those who love to cook need a break from the kitchen every now and then - but is dining out versus eating at home a healthy and nutritious option? Doesn't it seem that eating at home is the healthier option? This is a question we recently received from a reader and set out to find the answer!

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