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.
Comments on the Los Angeles school district flavored milk ban with Dr. Andrea Garber and Dr. Ruth MacDonald
Expert discussion of study of over 120,000 Americans over 20 years about the foods most likely to contribute to weight gain and weight loss.
Leading expert, Dr. John White, wades through fact and fiction on the subjects of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar.
Experts discuss the pros and cons of the USDA's new MyPlate graphic that replaces the existing Food Pyramid.
Dr. Scott Hurd, Iowa State, discusses the E. coli outbreak in Europe and how it affects Americans
Experts discuss the question of the association between hormones in dairy products and early puberty in girls.
What's the Difference between grass-fed and corn-fed beef?