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.
To close 2012, here's a listing of our blog posts with the most visits.
New York Times columnist, Amy Chocizk, asks “Can food, so often portrayed this time of year as the glue that binds a family together, also be the wedge that drives us apart?"
Vote on the food that always makes your holiday menus!
Nestlé SA and General Mills recently announced they will reformulate 20 popular breakfast cereals to reduce salt and sugar up to 30% by 2015. The move is focused on breakfast cereals sold outside the U.S., but reflects a growing consumer concern about the impact of sugar and salt on children’s health.
Best Food Facts recently received a question from Peg about genetic modification of wheat. Peg asked, “I have seen information about wheat that indicates genetic modification was taking place MANY years ago and that our current wheat crops are a result of that modification. Many sources state that there are inherent problems with this wheat. Would you please clarify?”
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?"
Have you finished planning your Thanksgiving menu and completed all of your grocery shopping? Do you ever wonder just where all of that Thanksgiving food comes from?
After posting our five-part video series on genetically-modified (GM) foods, we've gotten a lot of feedback and even more questions surrounding the safety of GM foods and crops. We're addressing those questions here since YouTube limits the number of characters for comments and we want to be sure the experts have the ability to respond fully.
We paired up a mom of two boys, Colleen Cecil, with Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director of the Biotech Program at the University of California-Davis, to get a baseline understanding of what GMOs are, what they do in the plant and where you can find them in the grocery store.
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 GM foods are more or less nutritious than other foods.
Do you love avocados? It seems many of us do! And avocado sales are rising. In this Wall Street Journal article, “Avocado sales in 2011 totaled $2.9 billion, beating 2010 by 11 percent…Consumption in the first half of 2012 was 30 percent ahead of the same period last year.” Avocados are now found year-round at grocery stores and restaurants. Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, “How long do avocados keep in the refrigerator?” For some insight, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, who directed us to the resource Avocado.com.
In today’s fast-paced world with pressure to balance work, family, social life, physical activity, and anything else life throws at us, food is often an afterthought. You may find yourself forgetting to eat, or, eating because it is “time” to eat. It is important to be mindful of the entire eating experience. Eating mindfully is slowing down and appreciating what, why, where, and how we are eating. So, how can we eat mindfully?
Who picks the restaurant?
Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, “Does microwaving your food instead of cooking it in a pan with oil less healthy? Does it change the nutritional value by microwaving it?”
To answer this question, Best Food Facts reached out to expert Alice Henneman, MS, RD. Alice is an Extension Education of Nutrition, Food Safety and Cooking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Alice provided a few resources on the topic.
Best Food Facts recently received a question from a reader asking, "What foods contain Vitamin K? Why do we need Vitamin K?"
To answer the question, we reached out to Dr. Wendy Dahl, an assistant professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida.