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High Animal Protein Diets: Is There a Cancer Connection?

12/18/2014

A recent study (referred to in this article as Levine et al (2014)) followed more than 6,300 adults over the age of 50, to see what effect high-, medium-, and low-protein diets had on lifespan. A high-protein diet was defined as 20 percent of a person’s daily calories coming from protein, a moderate-protein diet is 10-19 percent of calories from protein, and a low-protein diet consists of less than 10 percent protein. People in the study ate, on average, 16 percent protein, with two-thirds coming from animal sources, which is typical of an American diet, according to the researchers.

What Foods Have the Highest Hormone Levels?

12/16/2014

To regulate the flow of traffic, road signs and stop lights are used for drivers to refer to. Regulation of traffic wouldn’t be possible without road signs leading the way. In many cases, hormones and road signs play the same role. Hormones act as regulators for growth and metabolism in plants, animals and even humans. These chemical messengers are naturally occurring throughout all cell systems. Best Food Facts recently received a question regarding the level of hormones in food. We reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald and Dr. Ann Macrina for their expertise in hormones within food and livestock production.

Are Chickens Processed Humanely?

12/4/2014

What’s a person to think when viewing secretly-taken video showing animals raised for food being abused on a farm or being improperly handled at a processing plant? Is this kind of treatment common on modern farms? Should I have safety concerns about the food I’m eating that may have come from these places? Are we doing enough here in the U.S. to ensure animals are treated humanely and our food is safe?

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!

Do Hormones in Milk, Meat and Eggs Cause Early Puberty?

11/25/2014

Do hormones in milk, meat and eggs cause early puberty?

Why Do Animals Live on Factory Farms?

11/4/2014

Do animals live on factory farms? Do these farming practices result in animal abuse and environmental degradation? Is it safe to live close to a factory farm? Best Food Facts had many questions about factory farming and confined animal feeding operations, so we reached out to Amy Schmidt, PhD, PE, Assistant Professor & Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer, University of Nebraska. Dr. Schmidt explains that large-scale and small-scale systems each have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages and no single system is perfect.

Are There Antibiotics in Chicken Meat? Part 3

10/17/2014

Do you buy meat that is labeled “raised without antibiotics”? Is antibiotic resistance a growing problem when it comes to poultry meat? Should we be worried about antibiotics being fed to chickens?

To understand antibiotic use in chickens a bit more, we reached out to Charles L. Hofacre, DVM, MAM, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Services, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia; and Ken Macklin, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Poultry Health, Environmental Issues and Biosecurity, Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University.

Are There Antibiotics in Chicken Meat? Part 2

10/16/2014

Do you buy meat that is labeled “raised without antibiotics”? Is antibiotic resistance a growing problem when it comes to poultry meat? Should we be worried about antibiotics being fed to chickens?

To understand antibiotic use in chickens a bit more, we reached out to Charles L. Hofacre, DVM, MAM, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Services, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia; and Ken Macklin, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Poultry Health, Environmental Issues and Biosecurity, Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University.

Are There Antibiotics in Chicken Meat? Part 1

10/15/2014

Are There Antibiotics in Chicken?

Do you buy meat that is labeled “raised without antibiotics”? Is antibiotic resistance a growing problem when it comes to poultry meat? Should we be worried about antibiotics being fed to chickens?

To understand antibiotic use in chickens a bit more, we reached out to Charles L. Hofacre, DVM, MAM, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Services, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia; and Ken Macklin, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Poultry Health, Environmental Issues and Biosecurity, Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University.

Celebrate World Egg Day!

10/10/2014

October 10 is World Egg Day, so let's celebrate all the goodness eggs have to offer!

Does Draining Fat From Meat Make it Leaner?

10/2/2014

If you cook a pound of 80% lean ground beef and drain the fat, have you eliminated the need to buy the more expensive 90% lean ground beef? A Best Food Facts reader asked just that, so we reached out to Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, RD, from North Dakota State University.

What Food Additives Come from Animals?

8/25/2014

For many, eating vegan can be challenging at times. We received a reader question asking what food additives are derived from animals. To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Sean O’Keefe, Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech.

Is Chicken from China Safe?

8/12/2014

Recently, Best Food Facts recevied a reader question asking, "Is chicken that is processed in China and sold in the U.S. safe to eat?" To answer this question, we reached out to Patricia Curtis, PhD, professor and director of Auburn University’s Food Systems Institute.

June is Dairy Month

6/30/2014

Dairy's many nutrients can be a great addition to overall health for those who aren't lactose intolerant. Among them are calcium, potassium, vitamins A & D and protein.

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