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Olive Oil Myths Exposed!

8/27/2014

At the Robert Mondavi Institute, we met up with Sue Langstaff, owner of Applied Sensory, LLC, and member of the UC Davis Olive Oil Taste Panel and the UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma County Olive Oil Taste Panel. Langstaff taught us about the science behind the sensory experience of tasting olive oil. She also cleared up a few slippery myths about this beloved oil.

Can We Overdose on Fortified Foods?

8/26/2014

The more the merrier, right? Well, not according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This group recently published a report addressing fortified foods in young children’s lives.

What Food Additives Come from Animals?

8/25/2014

For many, eating vegan can be challenging at times. We received a reader question asking what food additives are derived from animals. To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Sean O’Keefe, Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech.

4 Super Sweet Things You Should Know about Honey

8/21/2014

At the Robert Mondavi Institute, we had a super sweet time learning about (and tasting) honey and chatting with Amina Harris, Executive Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science at UC Davis. And, now, we are bringing some of that sweetness to you by sharing what we learned in the form of four not-so-sweet honey myths.

TASTE Tour Day One: Finding Best Food Facts Down on the Fruit Farm

8/20/2014

For food writers, whether it’s researching the history of basil pesto (famously from Genoa, Italy), finding the best tips for barbecue food safety (avoid flare ups that cause potentially carcinogenic dark char on meats) or understanding the benefits of biotechnology used in modern day farming (such as improved nutrition, drought tolerance and pest resistance), it’s important to seek out experts with the most accurate information and best consumer advice.

Best Food Facts and Foodies Head to California for the TASTE Tour

8/14/2014

Best Food Facts took California by storm during our inaugural ‘TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food’ Blogger Tour – a three-day extravaganza that explored the technology and science used in food production.

Should I Eat Carbs?

8/5/2014

There’s a whole lot of confusion about whole grains.  A battle over the breadbasket rages as advocates and experts take sides – either for or against the grain.

Eating Better: Protein Packed Soy

7/23/2014

When farmers began growing soy in Asia in the 11th Century B.C., they used the seed of the soy plant to create an assortment of fresh, fermented, and dried foods.

Gluten 101

7/14/2014

There's no shortage of information about celiac disease, and that presents challenges for anyone wanting to know more about how it impacts diet and health. Best Food Facts has compiled information from the experts to help you navigate the topic of gluten.

Food Photo Finish: The art of capturing beautiful food

7/3/2014

Food styling elevates food to an art form with a lot of patience and an army of tiny tweezers to tweak individual ingredients for the perfect camera shot. We reached out to foodie blogger and photographer, Heidi of Foodie Crush, to find out what it takes to create a perfectly styled foodie photo finish.

Is Wood Pulp Being Added to Your Food?

7/1/2014

Technically, the answer is “yes.” It’s called cellulose and it is the basic building block of the cell walls of all plants and is considered a complex carbohydrate. But "cellulose is cellulose” whether it comes from wood pulp or celery. So should you be concerned?

June is Dairy Month

6/30/2014

Dairy's many nutrients can be a great addition to overall health for those who aren't lactose intolerant. Among them are calcium, potassium, vitamins A & D and protein.

Farmed vs. Wild Salmon? Which is Better?

6/9/2014

Do you eat salmon? Is it safe to eat farmed salmon or should you only eat the wild-caught variety? Which is best for polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6? We reached out to Charles R. Santerre, PhD, Professor at Purdue University, to answer a few questions about salmon.

A Photo Finish for Frozen Foods

6/4/2014

In our foodie-focused culture, it’s hard to overlook the appeal of a well-dressed meal. So when it comes to frozen foods, we wondered why the food on the package doesn’t quite look like what we slide out of the microwave or oven.

Solving the Mystery of MSG

5/29/2014

Monosodium glutamate, better known as MSG, is a hot topic these days. This flavor enhancer combines sodium and glutamate or glutamic acid, which is an amino acid found naturally in the body and in higher protein foods.

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