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Could GMOs Be the Cause of an Allergic Reaction?


Recently Best Food Facts received a consumer question about whether GMOs could be responsible for an allergic reaction of rash and hives after eating a salad with fruits and veggies.

To answer this, we reached out to Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director – Biotechnology program at University of California-Davis.

Is It OK to Eat Gliadin?


Celiac? Gliadin? Gluten? These terms can get confusing, especially for those with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. Best Food Facts reached out to Pam Cureton, RD, LDN, a Dietitian with the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, about the term gliadin.

Advice for Bread Buyers


Confused about bread? Gluten-free dieting has become increasingly popular and much has been made recently about certain bread ingredients. We went to a pair of registered dietitians for some common sense advice. Jen Haugen blogs as the “Down to Earth Dietitian” and Anne Cundiff is a personal nutrition trainer and an in-store dietitian with Hy-Vee.

What Is the Definition of Gluten-Free?


Tossing pizza dough into the air may be critical to the art of making a perfect crust, but when a fine dust of flour flutters down, it isn’t so fine for patrons who’ve ordered the gluten-free pies.

Does Palm Oil Cause Allergic Reactions?


Recently, Best Food Facts reader Natalie submitted a question about palm oil regarding whether it causes allergic reactions.To answer the question, we reached out to Dr. Stephen Taylor, Professor, Food Science & Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Egg and Milk Allergies: GMO Connection?


With food allergies on the rise, there's no shortage of concern about what is causing them. Best Food Facts reader, John, had a very specific question about allergies related to genetically modified food, after reading our post on GMOs and Food Allergies. Two experts respond.

Does Drinking Milk Cause Allergies?


Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, “Does drinking milk and using other dairy products tend to cause allergies in children?” We reached out to Dr. Stephen Taylor, Professor of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Food Allergies: When to Expose Kids to Allergenic Foods?


Some parents took note early this year when the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) stated that highly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, fish and eggs can be introduced to babies between four and six months and may even play a role in preventing food allergies from developing. For some, it seemed to be an “about face” from a 2000 recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

We spoke with Dr. Steve Taylor, professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska, and learned the new recommendation isn’t really new.

Does Milk Impact My Breast-Fed Baby?


It's not uncommon for breastfeeding mothers to adjust their diets to ensure sound nutrition for their babies. But how about for a baby's dairy intolerance? Best Food Facts reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, PhD, Iowa State University, to find out how common it is for newborns to experience or quickly outgrow a dairy intolerance and what role mom's diet plays.

GMOs and Food Allergies


Best Food Facts recently received a question from Greg Shute on our YouTube video, What Do You Want to Know About GMO Food? GMO Safety. Greg asked, "Why do my children have food alleries and why have food allergies reached epidemic levels since GMO foods have been introduced to our food supply? Could it be that our bodies do NOT digest them just as unmodified foods and that a significant proportion of the population is now having their bodies view many of the foods as foreign substances? Why is Europe not seeing the numbers of food allergies that the USA is seeing?"

Toxins in GMO corn?


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."

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


Connie Diekman, Registered Dietitian and past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 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.

VIDEO: GM Foods: Are They Dangerous?


This video explores food safety issues related to GM foods through a conversation between an Illinois mom and blogger, Betsie Estes, and a plant molecular geneticist, Dr. Sally Mackenzie, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

GMO Labeling: What You Need to Know


Food made from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is a top-of-mind issue for some consumers, and the subject has been the focus of television programs like The Doctors, which recently featured a segment on GMOs and GMO labeling. We asked Dr. Patrick Byrne, professor of plant breeding and genetics at Colorado State University, to provide his opinion on the subject of labeling genetically modified foods.

Genetically Engineered Sweet Corn – Is It Safe?


A recent blog post from Food & Water Watch in the The Huffington Post raised concerns about genetically engineered (GE) sweet corn. Previously, we posted information from experts regarding the effect of GE foods on human health. We asked those experts to weigh in on the GE sweet corn issue.

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