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Tiny Blueberry Packs Big Nutritional Punch

9/30/2014

Good things come in small packages, and this is certainly the case with blueberries! Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, had the opportunity to participate in an educational farm-to-table tour to learn more about these delicious berries.

ABCs of Food: J is for Jam

9/29/2014

Do you know the difference between jelly and jam? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and nutrition advisor for Best Food Facts, gets the answer from a canning expert.

J is for Jellies and Jam

Do you know the difference between jelly and jam? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, and nutrition advisor for Best Food Facts, went in search of the answer from a canning expert!

Sweet corn. Field corn. Popcorn. What's the difference?

9/15/2014

Here is a look at corn from all angles.

Sweet corn, field corn, and popcorn - where do they fit into your diet? Best Food Facts received a question concerning which form of corn fits in which category, and why. To answer the question we have reached out to three experts.

TASTE Tour Day Two Part Two: The Science of Taste

9/11/2014

After a morning of tasting Napa Valley wines and a lunch made more enjoyable with the pairing of wines, the afternoon of the second day of the Best Food Facts TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour was dedicated to a deeper appreciation of the science of food and wine. 

TASTE Tour Day Two Part One: From Vine to Wine

9/10/2014

What a thrill to set out after breakfast for Napa Valley on day two of the Best Food Facts TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour. Heralded as one of the best wine-growing regions of the world, Napa Valley is a patchwork of more than 400 premier wineries – some big, some small - each with their own farm philosophy and individual style.

Slicing into the Nutrition Facts - Beet Greens vs. Blueberries

9/3/2014

While strolling through the aisles of the supermarket or moseying the streets of the farmers market, there’s no doubt you are engulfed by the array of bright colors of the fruits and veggies on display. Taking a closer look beyond the pure beauty of these foods, Best Food Facts received the following question: Are beet greens as nutritious as blueberries? We reached out to Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, to get the skinny.

Cheers to Seafood and Champagne!

8/28/2014

As a registered dietitian who’s been writing about food for more than two decades, I’m always worried that what I know and what I share will ultimately be proven wrong. After all, there’s a cavalcade of new studies, reports and surveys released just about every day.

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.

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