We frequently get questions about which fruits and vegetables to buy organically and which ones are ok to eat without being labeled "USDA Organic." Many people asking this question are concerned about pesticides on fresh produce and have read or heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists from the Environmental Working Group. Here, several experts weigh in on the impacts of pesticides on our food and, ultimately, our health.
A recent article from NBC News discusses a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that suggests BPA exposure may contribute to obesity in children. The study measured levels of BPA in the urine of nearly 3,000 children and teens, and found that kids with higher levels were 2.6 times more likely to be obese compared with kids exhibiting lower levels of BPA in their urine.
You may have heard about a recent French study into the health impacts of genetically-modified (GM) corn published this week in the Journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. French researchers claim that rats fed a diet of GM corn (or exposed to the popular weed killer Roundup) are more likely to develop mammary tumors, organ damage and early death compared to rats fed a non-GM diet.
Though the study has been widely condemned by international scientists, we asked several Best Food Facts experts to review the study and share their thoughts.
We receive a LOT of questions about genetically modified foods and food ingredients from readers like you. And based on our research online and in popular press, there are growing concerns. We had consumers ask experts directly, and are excited to bring the videos of the interactions in October 2012.
Who knew information about food could be so fun?! Food Expert, Dr. Carl Winter, from the University of California - Davis, has integrated his vast knowledge about food safety, healthy eating and consuming in moderation on the road and has a whole library of tunes you may recognize, but words that are entirely different. His work in this area has caused his followers to name him the "Elvis of E. coli" and "Sonatra of Salmonella." Here are a couple good ones - for your edification, as well as a few giggles!
A national study is taking a thorough look at the well-being of not only the birds housed on these farms, but also the people who care for them.
Have you seen photos on Facebook or Twitter showing fast food that doesn't spoil?
We reached out to Dr. Sean O'Keefe, a food science professor at Virginia Tech, and asked him why fast food doesn't spoil.
An article in The Washington Post discussed a study about the dangers of BPA, bloggers are concerned about it, soup companies are eliminating it, moms are taking plastics out of their homes, and an article posted on the website foodconsumer.org discussed the FDA’s denial of a request to ban BPA in products manufactured in the United States. Dr. Bruce Chassy concludes that while infinitesimal amounts of BPA do enter the food or beverage, it's all about the quantity of exposure that matters.
Recent blog posts and articles claiming that "superweeds" are getting stronger because of herbicide resistance have raised concerns amongst our readers. To help dig into the subject, we’ve enlisted the help of Dr. David Shaw from Mississippi State University.
The Best Food Facts post about hormones is one of the most visited pages on our site. It seems many readers want more information on the topic. Our experts have answered Are hormones in my milk and meat making my kids bigger? and What could be causing early puberty in girls?
We talked to Dr. Hongwei Xin regarding the environmental impacts of different types and sizes of farms. He said that it's all about managing the manure - no matter the system.
Food made from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is a top-of-mind issue for some consumers, and the subject has been the focus of television programs like The Doctors, which recently featured a segment on GMOs and GMO labeling. We asked Dr. Patrick Byrne, professor of plant breeding and genetics at Colorado State University, to provide his opinion on the subject of labeling genetically modified foods.
Want to be sure you're summer food preparation, cooking and storage skills are in tact? Take this quiz, developed by food expert Alice Henneman from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and let us know how you did! Do you have questions that the quiz didn't address? Let us know and we'll get our experts to respond!