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True? Or Not? "Small farms and increased consumer purchases of locally-produced food products better for the future of American agriculture and the environment."

Many consumers are nostalgic for the bucolic scenes associated with the small farms of generations past and have embraced farmers markets and other opportunities to buy their food from "local" producers. Consumers might be surprised to find that this approach may not provide the long-term benefits to agriculture or the environment as they believe.

 

True? Or Not? "Meat from grass-fed cattle is safer than meat from cattle that are fed corn."

Experts conclude that there is no greater level of meat safety from cattle fed grass versus those fed corn.

Will Garcinia Cambogia Really Help Me Lose Weight?

10/24/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a question regarding whether celebrities are using garcinia cambogia to lose weight. We called Stephen Heymsfield, MD, the George A. Bray, Jr. Endowed Super Chair in Nutrition Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System, to find out.

True? Or Not? "Organic food is better for your health than non-organic food."

For the average American consumer, the term "organic" has a positive connotation and the beneficial properties of organic foods may be misinterpreted or exaggeratedSurveys indicate many proponents of organic food production look beyond the final product to consider factors such as environmental impacts, worker safety, and economic considerations, which are not related to organic production standards. U.S. consumers frequently have the choice between purchasing organic and conventional foods and make food purchasing decisions that reflect their values, concerns, and lifestyles.

True? Or Not? "Americans pay less for their food than consumers in any other country."

Because the United States has such a large, affluent population, we spend more on food ($833 billion in 2007) than all other countries except China. But the average American spent only 6 percent of their money on food purchases, which is the lowest in the world.

Are Protein Shakes Healthy?

10/21/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question. Shelly asked,  "I see Facebook pages of people advocating against GMOs but promoting the use of protein shakes. What’s in them and are they healthy?" We asked nationally-renowned nutrition and fitness expert Dr. Liz Applegate, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California-Davis, to answer the questions.

True? Or Not? "Enhanced technology and innovation is necessary to feed the expanding global population."

Dr. Dave Weatherspoon says the following statement is true:

Enhanced food production technology and innovation will be necessary to feed the expanding global population over the next 20 years.

What is the Paleo Diet? Is it Safe?

10/4/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question about the Paleo diet - what is it, and is it safe? We asked Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, about the diet and if it is safe for otherwise healthy adults.

ABCs of Food: F is for Fruit

10/1/2013

Best Food Facts asked nutrition advisor Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, about all things fruit!

Is Real Cane Sugar Healthier Than Other Sweeteners?

9/30/2013

In the old cowboy Westerns, you could always tell the good guy from the bad guy by his white button-down shirt. Recently, a similar guideline has been applied to many of the foods that we once enjoyed. This time though, the new "bad guy" in town, an alleged less-nutritious option, now wears white: white bread, white pasta and white sugar. In reality, it takes more than a glance at a food’s color to determine whether something is inherently healthier.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Fruit & Veggies Colors

9/25/2013

What color are your favorite fruits and vegetables? Take our latest poll?

Is Tilapia Safe to Eat?

9/24/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "Is tilapia safe to eat? I've heard that it's often farm raised in countries where there are no guidelines, and they are essentially raised in waste and pumped full of antibiotics."

To answer this question and learn more about tilapia, we reached out to Kevin Fitzsimmons, PhD, Professor, Extension Specialist & Research Scientist at the University of Arizona

ABCs of Food: E is for Exercise

9/24/2013

Exercise is good for everyone! How much exercise should we be doing? What about nutrition before, during and after exercise?

Are Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Better than Canned or Frozen Produce?

9/16/2013

While fresh foods are always a treat for the senses, be careful to avoid making the assumption that that in-season produce is more “fresh” and therefore nutritionally superior to fruits and vegetables that are canned or frozen.

Smarter Snacking at School: New Standards for Vending Machines

9/11/2013

The USDA's new Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards attempt to balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating for students. Are the standards reasonable? How will students react to them? 

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