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?).
February may be best known for Valentine's Day, chocolates, roses and hearts, but did you know that February is also National Grapefruit Month?
We hear a lot about probiotics and their benefits to human health. But what exactly are probiotics? And what are prebiotics?
Sometimes called a cleansing diet, the rise of the “detox” diet continues as we start the New Year. Detoxes and cleanses have become very popular the past few years and many claim they can provide positive impacts to your health. But the truth is that many detoxes and cleanses aren’t right for everyone. We talked with registered dietitian Sarah Downs to find out more about this diet trend.
Is it just us, or was 2015 the year of food knowledge? From how to properly clean produce to using leftover produce to hormones and antibiotics in animal protein to the cost of food, consumers wanted to know everything about what they were eating. Let’s take a look back at Best Food Facts' hottest food stories of 2015…
Originally posted December 3, 2014.
Do you need some gift ideas? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN, share some gift ideas to support a healthy lifestyle.
We have already discussed the history of cheese, but what about the nutrition of cheese? We talked with Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs about the nutritional benefits of cheese and tips on how to choose the best variety for you.
It's one of America's favorite pastimes - barbecueing!
September is National Whole Grains month, so we thought it would be appropriate to wrap it up with a roundup of 10 of the hottest grains we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. We also included an awesome recipe for each grain so you have no reason to not try ‘em out!
You may have been seeing signs or hearing rumblings of sprouted grains - on television, on food packaging, from friends or online. What's the big deal, and what are sprouted grains, anyway?
The newest member of the Best Food Facts team, Susan, brought us something unusual – an albino squash that grew in her garden! Dr. Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, helps to explain this mysterious veggie.
A recent study shows that lack of physical activity is the biggest predictor of childhood obesity. So what can parents do to help their kids reduce this risk?
Think healthy foods can't be affordable? Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD, says that with a little planning and strategy, your family can enjoy healthy foods...affordably!
It's back to school time! As parents across the country rejoice, they also realize that their kids are still going to need to eat every day. And if they're going to eat something that's actually (gasp!) good for them, a little pre-planning and creativity is in order.
Confused about fats? What makes fat "good" or "bad" and where can we find these fats? We provide the skinny on fats.