Before you bite into an apple, do you wash it? Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, “What is the safest way to clean vegetables and fruit? Is hot water and a scrubbing brush all that I need to use?”
When you’re ready to move beyond Canning 101, check out all of the incredible things you can do through canning and preservation methods. Plus, did you know that canning is a form of processed food because it modifies food ingredients into a new form? Interesting, huh? Get the canning basics in this video!
A new study on artificial sweeteners has people wondering whether they should rethink their consumption of the popular products. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, says a wealth of data suggests low-calorie sweeteners can be used to help manage calories, which can help with managing weight and diabetes.
Recently, Best Food Facts recevied a reader question asking, "Is chicken that is processed in China and sold in the U.S. safe to eat?" To answer this question, we reached out to Patricia Curtis, PhD, professor and director of Auburn University’s Food Systems Institute.
It’s amazing what a chemical reaction can do. In the caramelization process, when heat from the water turns into steam, the sugar breaks down, creating a browning reaction of burnished brown color and a nutty flavor profile.
Natural and artificial food dyes can enhance the way our food tastes, smells and looks – but are they contributing to allergies, asthma issues and hyperactivity?
A potato that resists browning and will have fewer unsightly and wasteful bruises could be in supermarkets in the not too distant future. It’s called the Innate™ brand and is currently undergoing the U.S. government approval process.
Food sensitivities can take the form of food allergies or food intolerances. A food allergy is potentially life-threatening, while a food intolerance is unpleasant and inconvenient.
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.
Often misinterpreted as the stomach flu, food poisoning is actually caused by noroviruses. These viruses create inflammation in the stomach and large intestine, resulting in unfortunate vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
Do you ever think twice about throwing out milk that is only a day past its expiration date? If it looks and smells fine, can I still drink it? For this question we reached out to registered dietitian and author of the Sound Bites Blog, Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE about helping us understand these questions.
"On milk, the sell by date is often the date listed, so you should double check to find out whether your milk has a sell by date or an expiration date. If it is an expiration date, then here is my answer:
Recently Best Food Facts received a consumer question about whether GMOs could be responsible for an allergic reaction of rash and hives after eating a salad with fruits and veggies.
To answer this, we reached out to Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director – Biotechnology program at University of California-Davis.
Feeling bamboozled by sensational nutrition studies? Best Food Facts breaks down the scientific research process so you can make informed nutrition choices.
Have you seen Pinterest posts about storing lettuce in a jar to keep it fresh? One post claims lettuce in a jar will never go brown! Will storing lettuce in a jar really extend its shelf life? Is it safe?
In 1986, researchers discovered cancer developing in rats that were fed compounds that are generated from overcooking meat under high heat. And since then, some studies of large populations have suggested a potential connection between meat and cancer. But, is there a direct cause-and-effect relationship between red meat consumption and cancer?
Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair of the Food Science Department at Iowa State University, and Dr. Wendy Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, University of Florida, have differing opinions.