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Do Onions Absorb Bacteria That Cause Illness?

2/18/2013

Have you heard the theory that placing an onion next to your bed will keep you from getting the flu? Are you curious if onions absorb bacteria? Do onions help combat the flu? Will an onion turn black after attracting all of the bacteria? Do onions have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties?

We stumbled upon a Facebook post about onions curing the flu, and wondered many of the same questions. We had to find out if it was true, so we reached out to Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD,Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

I'm Sick. Can Chicken Soup Cure a Cold?

2/14/2013

We're all looking for a cure for a cold and what better to fight it than a nice hot bowl of chicken soup? But will it really fight off what ails you? We wanted to get to the bottom of the age-old question to understand whether chicken soup really cures a cold. To help decide whether chicken soup is the go-to solution, we reached out to Wendy Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, at the University of Florida.  

Is Food Coloring Dangerous?

2/11/2013

Recently, we noticed a news story that questioned the safety of food dyes. We've read other articles, too, about food dyes linked to ADHD.

Best Food Facts wanted to know, is food coloring safe? To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ronald E. Kleinman from Harvard Medical School. When we asked him whether we should avoid food coloring, he said no... but that doesn't mean further research isn't warranted.

Should I Avoid Food With Ingredients I Can't Pronounce?

2/5/2013

What do you know about the additives in your food? Particularly, those mysterious ingredients on the label that have us all scratching our heads and wondering “Is this stuff good for me and my family?” Food experts explore whether we should avoid foods with ingredients we cannot pronounce.

Stevia Better Than Sugar?

1/22/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, "Is stevia leaf powder better for us than regular sugar, and would it be better than regular sugar or artificial sweeteners if used by a diabetic or hypoglycemic person?”

What Sweeteners for Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia?

11/17/2012

Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader, Susan, asking, “I have Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia. When I consume food/drinks with sugar I get hot flashes and increased pain and inflammation. Are there other sweeteners that would not do these things to my body such as Sweet N Low or Equal?”

VIDEO: Is There a Nutritional Difference Between Genetically-Modified and Non-Genetically Modified Foods?

11/9/2012

Registered Dietitian and past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietietics, Connie Diekman, links up with Farrah Brown, a part-time nurse and full-time mom, to talk about whether genetically-modified foods are more or less nutritious than other foods.

Does Microwaving Food Change Its Nutritional Value?

10/13/2012

Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, “Does microwaving your food instead of cooking it in a pan with oil less healthy?  Does it change the nutritional value by microwaving it?”

To answer this question, Best Food Facts reached out to expert Alice Henneman, MS, RD. Alice is an Extension Education of Nutrition, Food Safety and Cooking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Alice provided a few resources on the topic.

Why Popeye REALLY Ate Spinach

9/19/2012

Best Food Facts recently received a question from a reader asking, "What foods contain Vitamin K? Why do we need Vitamin K?"

To answer the question, we reached out to Dr. Wendy Dahl, an assistant professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida.

Good Diet for Gout?

9/18/2012

Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking for advice on a good diet for gout. WebMD.com defines gout as a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Over time, they can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men.

Study Claims Organic Is Not More Nutritious

9/4/2012

Do you buy organic? If so, why? A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by Standford University researchers may change your mind about eating organic.

Are Eggs as Bad as Cigarettes?

8/24/2012

 

Recently, a Best Food Facts reader asked us to review an article that said eating eggs is just as bad for your arteries as smoking, wondering if this is true. Considering that, on average, the American consumer eats 248 eggs each year, we thought this was a very good question.

Does Cooking Grass-Fed Meat Destroy its Fatty Acids?

8/15/2012

Does cooking grass-fed meat destroy fatty acids?

Many of us see grass-fed and grain-fed labels when shopping for beef. We’ve looked at the differences between grass-fed and grain-fed, and asked experts what’s more healthy, but recently we received another question about the topic from one of our readers.

Foods For Weight Loss

8/7/2012

What type of foods should be eaten as part of a healthy diet and to help reduce weight?

Many of us want to lose weight - the great news is that there are certain types of food that can help us get there! Brenda Roche Wolford, M.S., R.D. - Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor at the University of California explains.

National Lasagna Day

7/29/2012

Celebrate National Lasagna Day with one of these dishes - classic lasagna, eggplant parmesan lasagna, vegetarian lasagna, apple dessert.

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