“Pink slime.” It’s everywhere, being talked about by everyone – from this mom blogger who is also a meat scientist, and this news report from an Albany, N.Y. TV station, to this food editor’s taste test and this science journal’s take on the matter. We’re curious about what you think! Vote in our poll below or tell us how you feel about lean finely textured beef/”pink slime” in your own words in our comments section.
When we asked Dr. Melinda Sothern about new studies linking fatty foods to brain damage, she indicated there is a lot of truth to these studies. She said adults and children alike should be aware of what this means, and provided best practices (beyond avoiding fatty foods) to avoid unwanted changes to the brain.
Many of you have seen it: the so-called "pink slime" video where food celebrity Jamie Oliver seeks to demonstrate to children how chicken nuggets are made.
In gathering facts from our food experts, we've come upon some interesting ones that may surprise you.
Should sugar be regulated?
Wanting understand the issues with school lunches, we went straight to a top U.S. "lunch lady." Joni Davis won a Bronze Award at a White House reception hosted by First Lady, Michelle Obama, as part the USDA’s Healthier U.S. School Challenge. We talked with Joni to get her thoughts on the importance of providing healthful diets for our school children.
When it comes to sodium, Best Food Facts experts agree: we need to pay attention to sodium levels in the foods we eat. To decrease sodium consumption, experts encourage choosing foods closest to their natural state and checking labels for foods with less sodium.
We received the following inquiry from DeLyla regarding the white film on carrots:
"What is the scoop regarding baby carrots made from deformed carrots and then added bleach to them? Then, after a few days in your refrigerator the carrots get a white film on them? Is this chlorine and is it safe or does this cause health issues and or cancer?"
As the year winds down, we'd like to thank all of our readers for taking time to learn more about our food system. We appreciate your comments and questions! We'd also like to thank our food system experts for providing their thoughts and expertise throughout the year.
We noticed a discussion on a social media website asking, “Buying a chicken should be easy; labeling is confusing, what’s the healthiest?” Our food system expert Brenda Roche Wolford, M.S., R.D., University of California, Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County, answers this question.
In the U.S., we are privileged to have so many food choices. When buying grocerries, we can choose from products labeled as natural, organic and free-range, among others. But what do all of those labels really mean? Best Food Facts searched out definitions for a few labels from the USDA, which regulates meat, poultry and processed egg products. For simplification, we have bolded the main takeaways in the definitions, but have kept the full definition available in case you would like more specific information.
A Best Food Facts website reader tells us she NEVER eats food from cans (except beans and stewed tomatoes), because she believes "anything canned or processed is bad for you... and besides, canned food tastes horrible." An expert says there’s not a single best choice, but rather, multiple options for a healthy diet year round.
Best Food Facts found strange news about food!
Dr. Dennis Savaiano discusses foods to help with lactose intolerance.
Dr. Nancy Keim discusses the difference between fructose and sucrose.