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Organic versus Conventional Foods: Is There a Nutritional Difference?

7/31/2015

Originally posted November 15, 2010.

Organic foods have gained popularity due to the perception that organic foods are safe, wholesome and all around better for you. To find out if this is true, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Professor and Chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

Is Soy Oil Making Us Fat?

7/29/2015

A new study from researchers at the University of California-Riverside found a diet high in soybean oil caused increased weight gain and diabetes in mice. Since soybean oil is found in many foods that we consume every day, we wanted to know what implications the study findings may have on our health (and waist lines!).

7 Tips & Tricks for Picky Eaters

7/21/2015

Food is universal, bringing friends and family together across the globe. Stories are shared as dishes are passed around the dining room table and memories are made in the kitchen. But what happens when you add a picky eater to the mix? Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN, with Best Food Facts has some tips on how to get picky eaters to try new foods!

The 4-1-1 on IBS

7/13/2015

A sensitive topic for many to discuss but something that nearly 42 million Americans live with, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal ailment that causes painful and uncomfortable symptoms. While no specific cause is known and there is no way for doctors to make a definitive diagnosis, it is certain that food plays an important role in the treatment and management of this disorder.

Why has there been an increase in food allergies?

6/29/2015

According to Dr. Stephen Taylor, no one knows the exact answer to why the prevalence of food allergies is increasing. He doubts any experts would hypothesize that chemicals used in food production play a role in the prevalence of food allergies. He explains other theories that seem much more plausible, but have not been proven, like cleanliness, c-section births and avoidance of specific foods.

Spittin' Seeds? Not with Seedless Watermelons

6/19/2015

One of our favorite summer treats is watermelon, but have you ever wondered why some watermelons are seedless? We asked an expert to explain. Spoiler alert: It's not genetic modification!

Best Food Facts & Blogger Friends Head to California to Kick Off TASTE

6/16/2015

Best Food Facts and blogger friends experienced strawberry patches, wineries, honey tastings and more in California during the kickoff event for TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food blogger program. 

Eight Tips for Shopping the Farmers Market

6/11/2015

It's summer, and there's no better way to up your consumption of fruits and vegetables than by visiting your local farmers market. Registered Dietitian Melissa Joy Dobbins shares these eight tips for adding some fun to the shopping adventure, including ways to involve your kids in the process.

To Infuse or Not to Infuse?

6/2/2015

A reader asked whether water infused with fruit like strawberries or oranges contains calories, carbohydrates and vitamins. Infused water is popular for those of us looking to add a little flavor to our lives, but are there other benefits besides curing the "bored with plain water" blues? We asked expert Dr. Wendy Dahl for some answers.

Foods You Should Be Eating

5/28/2015

We recently received a reader question about the health benefits of dates, dried cherries and dark chocolate. We reached out to expert Diane McKay for some insight into the benefits these foods have on human health. 

Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat: Which Diet is Best for You?

4/15/2015

Atkins. Low-carb. Paleo. Low-fat. These days it seems like there are endless options for weight management, but do they actually work and, if so, which ones work best? A research study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that cutting back on carbs is more effective in losing weight versus cutting back on fat.

The Mediterranean Diet: A Heart Health Miracle?

4/10/2015

Have you heard that following a Mediterranean diet is better for your heart than exercise? When we heard we might be able to skip the gym and eat our way to good heart health with the Mediterranean diet, we reached out to registered dietitian Anne Cundiff to see if this diet is all it is cracked up to be. 

5 Best & Worst Fast Food Kids Meal Options

3/19/2015

A reader recently asked us about the healthiest fast food kids meal options and what preservatives are found in these foods. Luckily for all of us, most, if not all, fast food chains have the nutritional value of their food available to the public. We visited five of the most popular fast food chains to figure out what their healthiest and least healthy options are. We also realize that the health value of a food is not solely determined by the number of calories it does or does not contain. When it comes to food – not just fast food – it’s important to understand the nutritional value of what you’re eating. We reached out to Dr. Sean O’Keefe from Virginia Tech for more insight on what parents should consider when purchasing fast food for their children.

Is Red Wine Exercise in a Glass?

3/13/2015

You've seen the headlines - Red wine is healthy! Red wine is good for you! But what does that mean? How is it healthy? Well, now we may have the answer as a recently published research study shows that resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine, may enhance exercise training and performance.

Bulletproof Coffee Explained

3/2/2015

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you've probably heard of Bulletproof coffee. What is it? A coffee drink made up of coffee, butter, and medium-chain triglyceride oil, Bulletproof coffee is meant to replace breakfast. Created by Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof coffee cult has grown fast and it doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

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