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The Spice of Life

3/28/2016

An announcement from a major spice company led to some questions from blogger Krista from The Farmer's Wifee. The company announced it was labeling organic and non-GMO spices and flavorings. Does this announcement mean that spices are changing?

Is Wood Pulp Being Added to Your Food?

2/18/2016

A recent news story has grated some cheese lovers. That Parmesan cheese you're sprinkling on your favorite pasta dishes may not be what it appears, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency found wood pulp in some Parmesan cheese, but how concerned should consumers be? Is wood pulp commonly used in foods?

Behold the Sweet Benefits of Chocolate

2/12/2016

Originally posted February 2, 2015.

Chocolate-covered strawberries, anyone? With Valentine's Day approaching, there's one thing we just can't get off our minds: chocolate! This decadent treat makes an appearance at most major (and even minor) holidays, but it's on February 14 when it truly shines. In honor of this sweet day, we wanted to treat you with some facts that just might have you reaching for another piece of chocolate (everything in moderation, right?).

Desert Safe Foods

12/18/2015

The holiday season is upon us and that means the post office bins will soon be full of boxes and boxes of gifts and care packages headed for loved ones near and far. Some may be headed just over the state line to your favorite college student while some may be headed overseas to servicemen and women looking forward to a piece of home. There’s no doubt that some packages will include delicious holiday treats homemade with love, so how can you make sure they'll still be enjoyable when they reach their final destination?

Furan Facts

11/2/2015

Furan is a food chemical that is gaining attention. It is most notably found in coffee, but it has also been detected in canned foods including soups, sauces, pasta and processed baby food. Dr. Carl Winter, Extension Food Toxicologist and Vice Chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California-Davis, stepped up to answer our questions about this chemical.

Without Grains There is No Beer

10/6/2015

Break out your lederhosen -- it’s time for Oktoberfest! The original Oktoberfest takes place in Munich annually and is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and traveling fun fair), but the event has become so popular it has been replicated in countless cities around the world. Today, many American cities have celebrations allowing people to celebrate their German heritage, or simply sample Oktoberfest beers and other tasty foods and drinks.

All About Oils: The Slick of It

8/12/2015

Oils are great for cooking, baking and dressing, but with so many options to choose from, what oil is the best for what? And are some oils healthier than others? This helpful infographic will assist you in making the best decision for your oil needs.

Top Posts in July

8/4/2015

Thanks for making July a great month here at Best Food Facts! We noticed you showed a little bit of extra love for a few posts, too! If you haven't yet - check out the top Best Food Facts posts from July. Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

What Are Parabens and Why Are They In My Food?

7/17/2015

Parabens are in a wide variety of foods and other products that we use every day. But, what exactly are parabens and why are they used in food? Are they safe? We set out to find the facts and asked the experts.

Why Has There Been an Increase in Food Allergies?

6/29/2015

According to Dr. Stephen Taylor, no one knows the exact answer to why the prevalence of food allergies is increasing. He doubts any experts would hypothesize that chemicals used in food production play a role in the prevalence of food allergies. He explains other theories that seem much more plausible, but have not been proven, like cleanliness, c-section births and avoidance of specific foods.

Trans Fats: FDA Sets Deadline

6/19/2015

The Food and Drug Administration recently finalized its determination that artificial trans fats are not “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, for use in human food. Best Food Facts Registered Dietitian Sarah Downs breaks down this ruling and what it means for the food system.

Wait...What's In A Hot Dog?

4/7/2015

Hot dogs! Get your hot dogs! Baseball season brings with it home runs, stolen bases, and...hot dogs! These wonderful meaty links remain fans’ favorite ballpark treat, and fans are expected to douse more than 20 million of them with ketchup, mustard, relish and other fixings this season!

As you’re enjoying that juicy ballpark frank, do you wonder how it's made? To learn more about the process, we reached out to Janeal Yancey, PhD, Meat Science, Animal Science Department, Division of Agriculture, University of Arkansas, and blogger at Mom at the Meat Counter. Not only is Dr. Yancey an expert in meat science, but she also used to work at a hot dog plant and has first-hand experience of how they’re made!

What You Should Know about Titanium Dioxide

4/2/2015

Dunkin' Donuts announced it is removing titanium dioxide from its powdered sugar donuts, but is titanium dioxide actually harmful?

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.

Are Our Kids Overdosing on Salt?

2/23/2015

New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates roughly seven in 10 toddler meals contain excess levels of sodium, and most snacks, breakfast pastries and cereal bars for infants and toddlers have extra sugars. What's a parent to do?

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