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Arsenic in Rice? An Update

4/15/2016

Last year, registered dietitian Connie Diekman offered her thoughts on arsenic in apple juice. We've been hearing about arsenic in rice and rice products. Should you be concerned about eating rice or feeding rice products to your kids? To answer a few questions about this topic, Best Food Facts reached out to Dr. Brian P. Jackson, Director of Trace Metal Analysis at Dartmouth College.

Antibiotic Resistance Part III: Navigating Food Labels

1/19/2016

Food blogger Alice Choi gets help navigating labels on food packages at the grocery store from registered dietitian Jen Haugen.

The Devil's in the Details: How to Hard Boil an Egg

1/4/2016

Hard-boiled eggs can be used in many delicious dishes like deviled eggs or egg salad, or they can be eaten by themselves for a quick source of protein. 

2015: The Year in Review

12/31/2015

Is it just us, or was 2015 the year of food knowledge? From how to properly clean produce to using leftover produce to hormones and antibiotics in animal protein to the cost of food, consumers wanted to know everything about what they were eating. Let’s take a look back at Best Food Facts' hottest food stories of 2015…

Food Packaging 101

12/25/2015

Brown paper packages tied up with strings…. They may be some of our favorite things, but when it comes to food, there are many options for keeping food fresh and safe. As many of us are opening packages today, here is some background on food packages.

Farm-Raised Chickens: Answers on Antibiotics, Hormones and More

12/21/2015

Consumers have a lot of questions about how chickens are raised these days. Are chickens fed additional hormones? How about antibiotics? And what does the label farm-raised chickens really mean?

Desert Safe Foods

12/18/2015

The holiday season is upon us and that means the post office bins will soon be full of boxes and boxes of gifts and care packages headed for loved ones near and far. Some may be headed just over the state line to your favorite college student while some may be headed overseas to servicemen and women looking forward to a piece of home. There’s no doubt that some packages will include delicious holiday treats homemade with love, so how can you make sure they'll still be enjoyable when they reach their final destination?

12 Days of Food Safety

12/14/2015

Whether you’re serving three French hens, two turtle cheesecakes or a partridge and a pear cobbler, it’s important to pay attention to food safety. Holidays are a time for family gatherings and special meals, which means it also presents risk of cross-contamination or foodborne illness. But if you follow best food safety practices, like the 12 tips below, your holiday meals should remain safe and delicious!

Does Buying Local Food Guarantee It's Safe?

12/7/2015

Farmers' markets remain a growing trend, with 64 percent of the more than 8,400 farmers' markets surveyed by USDA reporting increased traffic in 2014 and 85 percent of market managers wanting to add vendors. This shows consumers are clearly interested in buying local food.

Buying locally helps support the local economy, and could reduce the amount of energy required to ship food from other areas. In some cases, fruits or vegetables may be fresher if bought locally. But does that mean that locally-grown food is safer?

The Freeze is On!

12/4/2015

Properly storing foods can help maintain their quality and safety. Freezing items can keep food safe for quite a while, but that doesn’t necessarily mean those foods will still have the same great taste. The handout below will help you decide which items in your freezer should stay and which should go!

Egg Labels Got You Scrambled?

11/23/2015

A consumer recently saw local eggs being sold as "cage free, antibiotic free and hormone free" and had some questions about all those labels. How can eggs be produced without hormones? What's the difference between farm fresh eggs and those sold in the grocery store? We reached out to experts to help unscramble the mystery of egg labels.

Cool It!

11/16/2015

An organized refrigerator can play an important role in food safety, food quality and food waste! Here are some top tips and tricks for keeping the foods in your fridge safe and tasty. 

Uh-Oh...Who Left the Milk Out?

10/27/2015

It’s a busy morning – taking a shower, getting dressed, eating breakfast, fixing lunch, checking email, grabbing homework. Then you notice something out of place. A carton of milk is sitting on the counter. We’ve probably all had this happen and, at that point, three questions run through our minds: How long has the milk been out? Is it still safe? And who left it out? Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs stepped in to help us find some answers.

The ABCs of Packing School Lunch

8/24/2015

It's back to school time! As parents across the country rejoice, they also realize that their kids are still going to need to eat every day. And if they're going to eat something that's actually (gasp!) good for them, a little pre-planning and creativity is in order.

Kale Yeah!

8/19/2015

Is it a superfood? Is it toxic? Recently, there's been a lot of news surrounding the health benefits and safety of kale. We talked with Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs to answer some questions about this cruciferous vegetable. 

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