We hear so much lately about “super foods,” and often antioxidants are associated with these types of foods. So what exactly are antioxidants and do we need them to stay healthy? Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs breaks down the science and benefits associated with antioxidants.
Fruit has been recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals, and people who eat fruit (and vegetables) as part of an overall healthy diet generally have a reduced risk of chronic diseases. Fruits are important sources of many nutrients. We asked our resident registered dietitian, Sarah Downs, to answer some questions about fruit.
Do you or someone you know cry when cutting onions? Ever wonder why? We asked an expert to help explain why this happens and how it can be prevented.
We all know we need more fruits and veggies in our diets, but the task can seem somewhat daunting at first. What’s a serving size? Which colors do I need to eat? Does this count as a vegetable? What about juice? What’s the best way to prepare veggies? Isn’t it going to be expensive? How can I make vegetables taste good? These are all valid questions that our resident RD, Sarah Downs, is here to answer.
Last year we reported on a new variety of apple, the Arctic Apple, that was developed through biotechnology or genetic modification to not turn brown after being sliced. The apple, created by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) of British Columbia, Canada, has had a lengthy government approval process, but has now been approved in the U.S. While the apples are currently in the growing phase, they are expected to be available on the market in 2017.
OSF sent us a few of the Golden Delicious variety of Arctic Apple for us to try. To find out if there was a difference in taste between the GMO apple and a traditional apple you can currently find at the grocery store, we put the apples to the test with our Best Food Facts team. Here's what they said:
March is National Nutrition Month and is a great time to savor the flavors that healthy foods have to offer.
In honor of National Grapefruit Month, this week's word of the week is citrus.
February may be best known for Valentine's Day, chocolates, roses and hearts, but did you know that February is also National Grapefruit Month?
Sometimes called a cleansing diet, the rise of the “detox” diet continues as we start the New Year. Detoxes and cleanses have become very popular the past few years and many claim they can provide positive impacts to your health. But the truth is that many detoxes and cleanses aren’t right for everyone. We talked with registered dietitian Sarah Downs to find out more about this diet trend.
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…
We had some potatoes at home that sprouted, which made some questions pop up in our minds. A few experts were glad to provide the answers.
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?
It's one of America's favorite pastimes - barbecueing!
Have you ever looked through your cookbooks for a new recipe and passed them over because they involved the word "blanch?" What does that mean, and how do you do it?
The newest member of the Best Food Facts team, Susan, brought us something unusual – an albino squash that grew in her garden! Dr. Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, helps to explain this mysterious veggie.