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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!

What are the Best Foods for Arthritis?

1/9/2015

Have you ever wondered if a certain diet would help with arthritis? We reached out to Dr. Kristen Baker, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Sargent College at Boston University, about the best foods for people who have arthritis.

Unfortunately, Dr. Baker says there’s no “magic bullet” food that will improve arthritis. We are all individuals, and we each react differently to foods. However, Dr. Baker provided some guidance on several foods to try. 

Stirring up a Healthy Balance: Tweens

1/7/2015

Treating your children to a healthy lifestyle may be a tricky task to accomplish in a fast-paced environment, as it is today. We recently received a question about how to provide tweens with the components of a healthy life. We reached out to Connie Diekman, M.Ed., RD, CSSD, LD, for some insight.

Eating Better: Yogurt

1/5/2015

Yogurt, Greek yogurt especially, has been on the watch list of many foodies for the past few years and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon. Good news for yogurt aficionados - a recent study adds lowered risk of diabetes to the list of health benefits of yogurt!

Food Trends - What to Expect in 2015

12/30/2014

Local. Vegan. Gluten-free. Umami. Oh, and pumpkin - anything and everything pumpkin. What food trends did you notice this year? These are just five of the top buzzwords/phrases that we found throughout the food industry in 2014. What does the future hold for these 2014 trends and what should we expect to be hot in 2015?

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.

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