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Top Posts in July


Thanks for making July a great month here at Best Food Facts! We noticed you showed a little bit of extra love for a few posts, too! If you haven't yet - check out the top Best Food Facts posts from July. Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

What Are Parabens and Why Are They In My Food?


Parabens are in a wide variety of foods and other products that we use every day. But, what exactly are parabens and why are they used in food? Are they safe? We set out to find the facts and asked the experts.

Best Food Facts & Blogger Friends Head to California to Kick Off TASTE


Best Food Facts and blogger friends experienced strawberry patches, wineries, honey tastings and more in California during the kickoff event for TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food blogger program. 

Wait...What's In A Hot Dog?


Hot dogs! Get your hot dogs! Baseball season brings with it home runs, stolen bases, and...hot dogs! These wonderful meaty links remain fans’ favorite ballpark treat, and fans are expected to douse more than 20 million of them with ketchup, mustard, relish and other fixings this season!

As you’re enjoying that juicy ballpark frank, do you wonder how it's made? To learn more about the process, we reached out to Janeal Yancey, PhD, Meat Science, Animal Science Department, Division of Agriculture, University of Arkansas, and blogger at Mom at the Meat Counter. Not only is Dr. Yancey an expert in meat science, but she also used to work at a hot dog plant and has first-hand experience of how they’re made!

Understanding Processed Foods


Processed foods often get vilified in today's food environment, but that shouldn't necessarily be the case. Processing foods can have benefits to improve food's shelf life, reduce food wasate, conserve resources and provide healthier and safer food, according to Connie Weaver, PhD, from Purdue University.

Are Our Kids Overdosing on Salt?


New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates roughly seven in 10 toddler meals contain excess levels of sodium, and most snacks, breakfast pastries and cereal bars for infants and toddlers have extra sugars. What's a parent to do?

Should You Rinse Canned Food?


When you're purchasing canned food, for instance, canned beans, do you look for low-sodium varieties? Or, once you open a can, do you rinse the food, hoping to rinse away the salt? Have you wondered if there is enough difference between the low-sodium and regular-sodium items to make it worth the cost difference?

To learn more about sodium content in canned goods, we reached out to Linda Benjamin Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N, Dept. of Family, Youth & Community Sciences, University of Florida, and Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD, Extension Program Specialist, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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.

Nutrition Advice on Processed Foods


Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, dishes out some sage advice on processed foods.

Is Propylene Glycol Safe?


Recently, the ingredient propylene glycol has been in the news. We learned about this ingredient from Dr. Sean O'Keefe in a previous Best Food Facts post. Dr. O'Keefe said proplyene glycol is a colorless liquid that posesses a slight sweet taste. It's not antifreeze. Propylene glycol is classified by the FDA as GRAS, generally regarded as safe. Since propylene glycol is a GRAS compound, it is safe to use in foods.   

We had some more questions about propylene glycol, so we reached out to Dr. O'Keefe for more information.

The Chemistry Behind High Fructose Corn Syrup


Are you wondering what the differences are between high fructose corn syrup and sugar? Is agave nectar really better for you? What about honey? We took a dive into the chemistry behind HFCS with Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD, and Chair of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

Reappraising Processed Foods


Are you trying to avoid processed foods? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, explains why the term 'processed' doesn't necessarily mean 'unhealthy.'

Annalise from Completely Delicious Gives Us the Digest on TASTE Tour


You’ve heard about California adventures with seven of our food blogger friends during TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour from our point of view. Now, we’re bringing you the skinny from Annalise of Completely Delicious on her favorite parts of the tour and what she learned.

Adriana from Adriana’s Best Recipes Gives Us the Scoop on TASTE Tour


We’ve served up a recap or two on our California adventures with seven of our food blogger friends during TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour. And, now we are bringing you the inside scoop from Adriana of Adriana’s Best Recipes on her favorite parts of the tour and what she learned.

Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for You?


A new study on artificial sweeteners has people wondering whether they should rethink their consumption of the popular products. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, says a wealth of data suggests low-calorie sweeteners can be used to help manage calories, which can help with managing weight and diabetes.

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