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.
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?
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.
Simple steps ensure meat and eggs are safe from the farm to our plates.
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.
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.
Make 2014 a year of resolving to keeping your food safe, healthy and delicious.
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.
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.
Experts say a new study confirms aspartame is safe in food and beverages – but how is the newest research different from previous studies?
With the holidays come celebrations where food is the main event. But don't forget the drinks - especially egg nog! One Best Food Facts reader noticed a lot of egg nog recipes that call for raw eggs and wanted to know whether this is safe. We contacted Washington University's Director of University Nutrition, Connie Diekman, to find out.
GMO labels: will it help consumers better understand what's in their food?
Confusion about food expiration dates can inadvertently cause unnecessary food waste or food safety issues; so we’ve compiled the definitions of some of the most common food expiration labels, according to the USDA. Tape the list on your refrigerator or cabinet for quick reference. A quick glance could benefit both your wallet and your health.
Looking for ways to eliminate food waste and increase food safety? Check out this handy Expiration Date graphic!
The popularity of organic and other niche-market products has increased in recent years primarily boosted by consumer perceptions that they are healthier and of higher quality. There is limited scientific data to support or refute the safety of such products.
Studies have found that pathogen prevalence is actually higher in niche market/ free range antibiotic-free farm animal production systems compared to conventional confinement operations.