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Antibiotics in the Food Supply?

Many people love milk, meat and eggs. But with the use of antibiotics in animals that produce those products, is it contributing to antibiotic resistance in humans? Registered Dietitian Carolyn O'Neil gets the facts from Michael Doyle, PhD, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia. 

BPA Revisited: Studies Downplay the Risk

2/27/2014

BPA, widely used to coat water bottles and metal food containers, has received a lot of attention the last several months as some expressed concern about possible ill health effects. The FDA’s long-held position, that the substance is safe at the low-levels at which humans are exposed to it, has been upheld by a new study appearing in the journal Toxicological Sciences.

 

Is There Any Truth to the Five-Second Rule?

2/20/2014

Have you heard of the five-second rule? That moment when you drop a tasty morsel of food on the ground, your heart sinks - you were looking forward to eating that! Is it safe to eat it if you're able to pick it up within five seconds?

We were curious if there was any truth to the five-second rule, so we reached out to Keith R. Schneider, PhD, Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Florida.

Trans Fat Take-Aways: the Trans Fats Webcast Highlights

2/13/2014

You weren't able to tune into our Trans Fats: Moving off the Menu webcast on Tuesday, February 12? No worries - we’ve got you covered with a doggy bag’s worth of highlights from our expert panel that included Joy Dubost, PhD, RD, CSSD; Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN; Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, LD; and Jenna Seymour, PhD.

 

Is Processed Food Dangerous?

2/9/2014

Is it safe to eat processed food? Julie M. Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, CFS, FICC, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emerita, Foods and Nutrition, St. Catherine University, says to look beyond the processing and focus on the diet as a whole.

Azodicarbonamide - Is It Safe?

2/7/2014

The smell of freshly baked bread can evoke feelings of comfort and security. Whether at home, at the grocery store or in a restaurant, the smell of warm, baked bread can trigger growling stomachs and watering mouths. So when it was announced that this beloved food contained an ingredient called azodicarbonamide and that Subway planned to remove it from their sandwich bread, we wanted to know more about this ingredient and how it's used in bread baking.

If I Can’t Pronounce An Ingredient, Is It Bad?

2/4/2014

Additives like carrageenan, maltodextrin, azodicarbonamide and xylitol are not unfamiliar to our food ingredients list. But if we can't pronounce them, should we really be eating them?

 

Is Food Laced with Harmful Chemicals?

2/3/2014

It's true - your food contains chemicals. Julie M. Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, CFS, FICC, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emerita, Foods and Nutrition, St. Catherine University, says, "Food is made of chemicals." But not all chemicals are bad, explains Dr. Jones.

Connect the Dots to Keep Meat and Eggs Safe

1/25/2014

Simple steps ensure meat and eggs are safe from the farm to our plates.

Cola’s Making Headlines

1/23/2014

Confused about FDA’s plans to take a closer look at 4-methylimidazole, better known as 4-MEI? This chemical compound gives your most beloved foods and drinks (i.e. cola, breads, coffee, etc.) that caramel coloring.

Cheerios Gives GMOs the Old Heave-Ho

1/9/2014

General Mills, the maker of Cheerios, recently announced it was making the iconic cereal brand GMO-free. Naturally, an announcement like this creates questions in the minds of consumers, and Best Food Facts is here to help consumers understand just what this change means to their families. 

Safe at the Plate

1/6/2014

Make 2014 a year of resolving to keeping your food safe, healthy and delicious.

Top Posts of 2013

12/30/2013

As the year winds down, we'd like to thank all of our readers for taking time to ask questions about food. We appreciate being a trusted source of reliable information! We'd also like to thank all the food system experts we work with for providing their thoughts and expertise throughout the year.

Should You Worry About Acrylamide?

12/26/2013

Acrylamide continues to be a trending topic in many news outlets. And though you may have read an article or two on the topic, you might still find yourself wondering what acrylamide is and whether you should be concerned. We had similar questions, so we did some research.

Is Aspartame Safe to Consume?

12/17/2013

Experts say a new study confirms aspartame is safe in food and beverages – but how is the newest research different from previous studies?  

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