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What Does The Perfect GMO Label Look Like?

GMO labels: will it help consumers better understand what's in their food?

Food Expiration Dates – What Do They Mean?

11/19/2013

Confusion about food expiration dates can inadvertently cause unnecessary food waste or food safety issues; so we’ve compiled the definitions of some of the most common food expiration labels, according to the USDA. Tape the list on your refrigerator or cabinet for quick reference. A quick glance could benefit both your wallet and your health.

Trans Fats Moving Off the Menu

11/12/2013

Blamed as a key dietary culprit in causing heart disease, trans fats are getting kicked all the way to the curb. Best Food Facts Nutrition Advisor, Carolyn O’Neil, MS RD dishes up insight from nutrition experts on the issue of trans fats.

Scientifically Speaking, What Are Trans Fats?

11/9/2013

What are trans fats anyway? The American Heart Association says, “Trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid.” They are used because they are easy to handle, inexpensive to produce, they have a great shelf life and they create a great taste and texture as a food ingredient.

For more information on the science behind trans fats, Best Food Facts reached out to sports nutritionist Dr. Liz Applegate and food scientist and registered dietitian Dr. Ruth MacDonald.

Trans Fat Ban: What Does that Mean?

11/8/2013

The Food and Drug Administration has taken an initial step to ban trans fats. This means that any trans fats that are artificially created will be off the menu and out of our food for good. Why does that matter, and what does it mean for our food? We asked the experts.

Trans Fat Ban: Now What?

11/7/2013

If the FDA decides trans fats will not be allowed as an ingredient in foods anymore, what would that mean for the foods we love?

True? Or Not? "High Fructose Corn Syrup is a major cause of obesity in the United States."

An abundance of confusion has complicated the use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) since it was introduced as an industrial sweetener - a substitute for sugar - in the 1960s. Some of the controversy derives from the dramatic increase in the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. (and in the rest of the world). The simultaneous occurrence of these two events is striking and it is tempting to relate one to the other.

Consuming Evidence: Avoid Gluten?

Registered Dietitian Carolyn O’Neil explains the gluten issue and provides insight into this breadbasket dilemma.

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.

Inulin: Is This Fiber Source Too Much of a Good Thing?

10/29/2013

We received an inquiry from a Best Food Facts reader about “functional fibers” that are being added to foods. There are reports that inulin, a popular food additive, can cause gastrointestinal discomfort if over-ingested.

We spoke with Dr. Joanne Slavin, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, to find out more.

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.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Favorite Pumpkin-Flavored Food

10/16/2013

What is your favorite pumpkin-flavored food item? Take our latest poll!

Is It OK to Eat Soy?

10/11/2013

Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "Does eating soy negatively impact our health?" To answer this question, we reached out to Barbara Klein, PhD, Professor Emerita of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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.

Are Processed Foods Unhealthy?

9/23/2013

Unless your shopping trip to the grocery store is limited to the far perimeter aisles, there is a good chance your diet contains some form of processed food. So are processed foods bad for you?

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