With the rise of low- and no-carb diets, the word “carb” has taken on a negative connotation. Just as there is no one-size-fits-all diet there is also no one perfect food. A balanced diet includes a wide variety of foods consumed in moderation. But carbohydrates shouldn’t be considered to be “empty” calories. Carbohydrates can be rich sources of fiber such as those found in vegetables, whole grains, fruits and beans, all of which play a role in decreasing the risk of chronic disease.
Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question about the Paleo diet - what is it, and is it safe? We asked Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, about the diet and if it is safe for otherwise healthy adults.
In the old cowboy Westerns, you could always tell the good guy from the bad guy by his white button-down shirt. Recently, a similar guideline has been applied to many of the foods that we once enjoyed. This time though, the new "bad guy" in town, an alleged less-nutritious option, now wears white: white bread, white pasta and white sugar. In reality, it takes more than a glance at a food’s color to determine whether something is inherently healthier.
What color are your favorite fruits and vegetables? Take our latest poll?
Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "Is tilapia safe to eat? I've heard that it's often farm raised in countries where there are no guidelines, and they are essentially raised in waste and pumped full of antibiotics."
To answer this question and learn more about tilapia, we reached out to Kevin Fitzsimmons, PhD, Professor, Extension Specialist & Research Scientist at the University of Arizona
Exercise is good for everyone! How much exercise should we be doing? What about nutrition before, during and after exercise?
Unless your shopping trip to the grocery store is limited to the far perimeter aisles, there is a good chance your diet contains some form of processed food. So are processed foods bad for you?
The additive Splenda (sucralose) was recently downgraded for its safety from “safe” to “caution” – meaning it “may pose a risk and needs to be better tested.” Should you avoid foods and beverages with this ingredient?
A glance at the ingredients label on a package of cured meat like ham or hotdogs probably lists sodium nitrite. This common preservative helps meats retain their color and also helps keep bacteria to a minimum. Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking about a link between sodium nitrites in processed meats and cancer.
Cooking can be simple, but simple mistakes can turn vegetables into a complex disaster. This easy-to-use chart outlines how many minutes to steam, microwave, blanch and boil your favorite veggies.
Dr. Elizabeth Applegate is one of the many experts Best Food Facts relies on to address consumer concerns. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nutrition and Director of Sports Nutrition for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of California-Davis.
Protein supplements aren’t just for hardcore bodybuilders anymore. While the muscle-bound are dipping into big buckets of protein powder to refine their ripped physiques, the everyday health-conscious consumer can now grab a growing variety of protein-laden bars, snacks and drinks from the store shelves. But are protein-enhanced products good for those of us who aren’t slaves to the weight room? We asked Dr. Ruth MacDonald, PhD, Iowa State University, and nationally renowned nutrition and fitness expert Dr. Liz Applegate, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California-Davis.
Take our latest poll! Which sweetener do you use?
For the answers, we reached out to Dr. Barry M. Popkin, W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.