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Furan Facts


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


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


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


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?


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?


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


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?


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


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

Bulletproof Coffee Explained


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?


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?

Splashing into a Milk Mystery


Curious about the levels of estrogen in different types of milk? Is it safe for you? We recently received a question concerning the levels of estrogen in dairy milk and dairy milk products, so we reached out to Judy Barbe, MS, RDN, a food and nutrition consultant and founder of LiveBest.

What is BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene)?


Late last year the Environmental Working Group released its Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives. The guide aims to highlight some of what it claims are the worst failures of the regulatory system by covering ingredients associated with serious health concerns, additives banned or restricted in other countries and other substances that it feels shouldn’t be in food. Two of the additives on the list are butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and its chemical cousin butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA). To learn more about BHT and BHA, we reached out to expert Sean O’Keefe, PhD, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Try This Substitution for Healthier Brownies


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!

Treat Yourself: The Health Benefits of Chocolate


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?).

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