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Taking the Mystery Out of Science

7/15/2014

Some of our favorite eats and drinks are the result of the happy intersection between food and science. Impress your friends and family with these food science snippets at your next picnic or barbeque.

June is Dairy Month

6/30/2014

Dairy's many nutrients can be a great addition to overall health for those who aren't lactose intolerant. Among them are calcium, potassium, vitamins A & D and protein.

New Potato: Less bruising and browning

6/25/2014

A potato that resists browning and will have fewer unsightly and wasteful bruises could be in supermarkets in the not too distant future. It’s called the Innate™ brand and is currently undergoing the U.S. government approval process.

Navigating the Scientific Breadcrumb Trail: Deciphering Food Research

5/15/2014

Feeling bamboozled by sensational nutrition studies? Best Food Facts breaks down the scientific research process so you can make informed nutrition choices.

Dirty Dozen, Clean 15 Revisited

4/25/2014

Use sound science and nutrition basics to navigate the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 recommendations. Ready resources to fact-based information make it easier to choose wise food decisions

OK to Eat Cloned Foods?

3/19/2014

Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, “Has there been any research done in humans on eating cloned foods?” To answer this question, we reached out to Daniel Pomp, PhD, Professor, Carolina Center for Genome Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Future of food – 3-D Printing

3/13/2014

Ever think that the future of food would involve a 3-D printer? Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, talks about the technology of 3-D printing for food.

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. 

Do Antibiotics Do More Harm Than Good?

2/17/2014

When used correctly, antibiotics can be an important tool to keep animals healthy and create a safe food supply.

Are There More Hormones in Whole Milk?

1/14/2014

We have so many choices in our grocery store's dairy case - whole milk, heavy whipping cream, 2% cheese, fat-free skim yogurt. But are there more steroid hormones in the full-fat versions of dairy products? If so, are high-fat dairy products, like whole milk and whipping cream, more likely to have more steroids than those dairy products with less fat, like fat free/skim milk?  

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. 

Holidays: A is for Apple

12/4/2013

Did you know that apples are more than just a tasty snack? They are also a historically significant holiday decoration!

True? Or Not? "Large farms are bad for the environment."

Manure from farm animals when used as fertilizer improves soil and increases crop yields. It can become a pollutant if it reaches water supplies.

Farm animal production in the United States has clearly shifted away from many small farms to an increasing number of larger farms. It takes several small farms to equal the manure production of a single large farm. On the large farm, the manure management responsibility lies with only one management system instead of several.

True? Or Not? "Food from organic and free-range farm animals is safer than animals raised in modern confinement buildings."

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.

What’s in Chicken Nuggets?

10/30/2013

Researchers in Mississippi recently tested chicken nuggets from two national fast food chains. They took one nugget from each restaurant and examined the ingredients. The result was that about half of the nuggets were muscle with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin or internal organs. The second was 40 percent muscle and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone.

Is this unusual? Is it a safety concern? We took these questions and others to Dr. Casey M. Owens at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas.

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