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Do Onions Absorb Bacteria That Cause Illness?

2/18/2013

Have you heard the theory that placing an onion next to your bed will keep you from getting the flu? Are you curious if onions absorb bacteria? Do onions help combat the flu? Will an onion turn black after attracting all of the bacteria? Do onions have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties?

We stumbled upon a Facebook post about onions curing the flu, and wondered many of the same questions. We had to find out if it was true, so we reached out to Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD,Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

I'm Sick. Can Chicken Soup Cure a Cold?

2/14/2013

We're all looking for a cure for a cold and what better to fight it than a nice hot bowl of chicken soup? But will it really fight off what ails you? We wanted to get to the bottom of the age-old question to understand whether chicken soup really cures a cold. To help decide whether chicken soup is the go-to solution, we reached out to Wendy Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, at the University of Florida.  

Is Food Coloring Dangerous?

2/11/2013

Recently, we noticed a news story that questioned the safety of food dyes. We've read other articles, too, about food dyes linked to ADHD.

Best Food Facts wanted to know, is food coloring safe? To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ronald E. Kleinman from Harvard Medical School. When we asked him whether we should avoid food coloring, he said no... but that doesn't mean further research isn't warranted.

Should I Avoid Food With Ingredients I Can't Pronounce?

2/5/2013

What do you know about the additives in your food? Particularly, those mysterious ingredients on the label that have us all scratching our heads and wondering “Is this stuff good for me and my family?” Food experts explore whether we should avoid foods with ingredients we cannot pronounce.

Stevia Better Than Sugar?

1/22/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, "Is stevia leaf powder better for us than regular sugar, and would it be better than regular sugar or artificial sweeteners if used by a diabetic or hypoglycemic person?”

Obesity: Are Sugar and Salt To Blame?

12/18/2012

Nestlé SA and General Mills recently announced they will reformulate 20 popular breakfast cereals to reduce salt and sugar up to 30% by 2015. The move is focused on breakfast cereals sold outside the U.S., but reflects a growing consumer concern about the impact of sugar and salt on children’s health.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Do you follow a gluten-free diet?

11/20/2012

Take our latest poll - Do you follow a gluten-free diet?

Why Popeye REALLY Ate Spinach

9/19/2012

Best Food Facts recently received a question from a reader asking, "What foods contain Vitamin K? Why do we need Vitamin K?"

To answer the question, we reached out to Dr. Wendy Dahl, an assistant professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida.

Are Eggs as Bad as Cigarettes?

8/24/2012

 

Recently, a Best Food Facts reader asked us to review an article that said eating eggs is just as bad for your arteries as smoking, wondering if this is true. Considering that, on average, the American consumer eats 248 eggs each year, we thought this was a very good question.

Does Cooking Grass-Fed Meat Destroy its Fatty Acids?

8/15/2012

Does cooking grass-fed meat destroy fatty acids?

Many of us see grass-fed and grain-fed labels when shopping for beef. We’ve looked at the differences between grass-fed and grain-fed, and asked experts what’s more healthy, but recently we received another question about the topic from one of our readers.

Foods For Weight Loss

8/7/2012

What type of foods should be eaten as part of a healthy diet and to help reduce weight?

Many of us want to lose weight - the great news is that there are certain types of food that can help us get there! Brenda Roche Wolford, M.S., R.D. - Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor at the University of California explains.

National Lasagna Day

7/29/2012

Celebrate National Lasagna Day with one of these dishes - classic lasagna, eggplant parmesan lasagna, vegetarian lasagna, apple dessert.

Why Doesn't Fast Food Spoil?

7/18/2012

Have you seen photos on Facebook or Twitter showing fast food that doesn't spoil?

How about the YouTube video showing a cheeseburger that's four years old?

We reached out to Dr. Sean O'Keefe, a food science professor at Virginia Tech, and asked him why fast food doesn't spoil.

 

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Why do you skip breakfast?

7/15/2012

How Dangerous is BPA in Food Packaging?

7/5/2012

An article in The Washington Post discussed a study about the dangers of BPA, bloggers are concerned about it, soup companies are eliminating it, moms are taking plastics out of their homes, and an article posted on the website foodconsumer.org discussed the FDA’s denial of a request to ban BPA in products manufactured in the United States. Dr. Bruce Chassy concludes that while infinitesimal amounts of BPA do enter the food or beverage, it's all about the quantity of exposure that matters.

 

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