Don’t let fear of pesticide residues keep you from enjoying the bounty of the season. All fruits and vegetables are good, regardless of whether the label reads organic or conventional.
Technically, the answer is “yes.” It’s called cellulose and it is the basic building block of the cell walls of all plants and is considered a complex carbohydrate. But "cellulose is cellulose” whether it comes from wood pulp or celery. So should you be concerned?
In all forms, fruits and vegetables are inherently nutritious, no matter whether eaten fresh, canned or frozen. In recent years, a number of marketing tactics have presented organic fruits to be safer, based on the premise that they are grown without pesticides. In truth, both organic and conventional farmers use pesticides on their crops.
Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question. Shelly asked, "I see Facebook pages of people advocating against GMOs but promoting the use of protein shakes. What’s in them and are they healthy?" We asked nationally-renowned nutrition and fitness expert Dr. Liz Applegate, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California-Davis, to answer the questions.
A visitor to Best Food Facts asks, “What percentage of organic food consumed in the United States comes from imported/foreign producers?” We posed the question to Dr. Ted Jaenicke, associate professor of agricultural economics at Penn State University and Dr. Carl Winter, director of the FoodSafe Program at the University of California at Davis.
In December of 2011, Best Food Facts interviewed Connie Diekman, RD, about the overall safety of apple juice. At that time, she said the FDA was reassessing whether the acceptable levels of arsenic in juices needed to be adjusted, following reports of potentially unacceptable levels.
Today, the FDA proposed new regulations for arsenic in apple juice. The proposed "action level" is 10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice. This is the same level set by the EPA for arsenic in drinking water.
Recently, Best Food Facts launched a series of videos about GMOs, which spurred many questions. One question that seemed to be on everyone's mind was the differences between organic and non-organic food. One viewer asked, "Is non-organic food full of chemicals?"
To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University.
A recent study published in Environmental Health Journal assessed the risks to children from the cumulative exposure to chemicals and pesticides in a variety of foods. The study claims that cancer and non-cancer benchmarks were frequently exceeded by children for several food contaminants. Based on the study’s findings, the researchers suggested that new dietary guidelines be developed to minimize exposure to these contaminants.
Best Food Facts recently received a comment on YouTube stating, "The worry is that there are no external differences between GM corn and non-GM corn. The problem lies within. The GM corn has been developed to produce its own pesticide, and often the crops are registered as pesticides. This cannot be washed off as they are genetically engineered to make the toxins internally. This means that target pests eat any part of the plant and die as their guts split open. Since the introduction of GM foods the incidence of allergies in children has skyrocketed."
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.
After posting our five-part video series on genetically-modified (GM) foods, we've gotten a lot of feedback and even more questions surrounding the safety of GM foods and crops. We're addressing those questions here since YouTube limits the number of characters for comments and we want to be sure the experts have the ability to respond fully.
We frequently get questions about which fruits and vegetables to buy organically and which ones are ok to eat without being labeled "USDA Organic." Many people asking this question are concerned about pesticides on fresh produce and have read or heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists from the Environmental Working Group. Here, several experts weigh in on the impacts of pesticides on our food and, ultimately, our health.
Last year, registered dietitian Connie Diekman offered her thoughts on arsenic in apple juice, but recently, we've been hearing about arsenic in rice and rice products. Should you be concerned about eating rice or feeding rice products to your kids? To answer a few questions about this topic, Best Food Facts reached out to Dr. Brian P. Jackson, Director of Trace Metal Analysis at Dartmouth College.
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.