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Is Vitamin D Bad for Your Heart?


A recent study found a relationship between cardiovascular deaths and vitamin D levels. We wanted to know more about what these study findings may mean, especially where nutrition is concerned, so we asked Connie Diekman to help sort it out.

A Heart-Healthy Diet Starts in the Heart of the Home


The kitchen is called the heart of the home, and it can be good for your heart if you follow some simple guidelines for a heart-healthy diet!

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's Healthier? Pork Bacon or Turkey Bacon?


Bacon, bacon, bacon! Everybody loves bacon! These days, you can find bacon everywhere, it seems. It's not just a breakfast food anymore!

Recently, a reader asked about center-cut bacon. To find out about all things bacon, we reached out to Janeal Yancey, PhD, Meat Science, Animal Science Department, Divison of Agriculture, University of Arkansas.

Eating Better: Yogurt


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!

Egg Myths: 7 Common Myths Finally Cracked


Are organic eggs and brown eggs safe from Salmonella? Can you pasteurize fresh eggs in the microwave? Best Food Facts cracks these and other common egg myths.

Happy National Egg Nog Day!


Did you know? December 24 is National Egg Nog Day! So raise a glass and toast to this delicious seasonal beverage!

6 Things You’ve Heard about Milk that are Wrong


There are a lot of misconceptions out there about milk. We’ve outlined six of the most prevalent misconceptions about conventional milk that you might be hearing.

High Animal Protein Diets: Is There a Cancer Connection?


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?


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?


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


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!


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?


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

Why Do Animals Live on Factory Farms?


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.

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