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Thanksgiving by the Numbers

11/27/2014

Did you know that American farmers produced nearly 1.8 billion pounds of green beans and 9 million barrels of cranberries in 2013? The USDA gives us a look at Thanksgiving by the numbers.

Let's Talk Turkey!

11/26/2014

What's the best way to thaw a turkey? Should you wash your turkey? How do you know when your turkey's done? Don't fret! The USDA has prepared this handy guide to help make sure your Thanksgiving meal preparations include food safety!

Do Hormones in Milk, Meat and Eggs Cause Early Puberty?

11/25/2014

Do hormones in milk, meat and eggs cause early puberty?

Why Do Animals Live on Factory Farms?

11/4/2014

Do animals live on factory farms? Do these farming practices result in animal abuse and environmental degradation? Is it safe to live close to a factory farm? Best Food Facts had many questions about factory farming and confined animal feeding operations, so we reached out to Amy Schmidt, PhD, PE, Assistant Professor & Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer, University of Nebraska. Dr. Schmidt explains that large-scale and small-scale systems each have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages and no single system is perfect.

Are There Antibiotics in Chicken Meat? Part 3

10/17/2014

Do you buy meat that is labeled “raised without antibiotics”? Is antibiotic resistance a growing problem when it comes to poultry meat? Should we be worried about antibiotics being fed to chickens?

To understand antibiotic use in chickens a bit more, we reached out to Charles L. Hofacre, DVM, MAM, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Services, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia; and Ken Macklin, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Poultry Health, Environmental Issues and Biosecurity, Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University.

Are There Antibiotics in Chicken Meat? Part 2

10/16/2014

Do you buy meat that is labeled “raised without antibiotics”? Is antibiotic resistance a growing problem when it comes to poultry meat? Should we be worried about antibiotics being fed to chickens?

To understand antibiotic use in chickens a bit more, we reached out to Charles L. Hofacre, DVM, MAM, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Services, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia; and Ken Macklin, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Poultry Health, Environmental Issues and Biosecurity, Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University.

Are There Antibiotics in Chicken Meat? Part 1

10/15/2014

Are There Antibiotics in Chicken?

Do you buy meat that is labeled “raised without antibiotics”? Is antibiotic resistance a growing problem when it comes to poultry meat? Should we be worried about antibiotics being fed to chickens?

To understand antibiotic use in chickens a bit more, we reached out to Charles L. Hofacre, DVM, MAM, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Services, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia; and Ken Macklin, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Poultry Health, Environmental Issues and Biosecurity, Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University.

Celebrate World Egg Day!

10/10/2014

October 10 is World Egg Day, so let's celebrate all the goodness eggs have to offer!

Does Draining Fat From Meat Make it Leaner?

10/2/2014

If you cook a pound of 80% lean ground beef and drain the fat, have you eliminated the need to buy the more expensive 90% lean ground beef? A Best Food Facts reader asked just that, so we reached out to Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, RD, from North Dakota State University.

What Food Additives Come from Animals?

8/25/2014

For many, eating vegan can be challenging at times. We received a reader question asking what food additives are derived from animals. To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Sean O’Keefe, Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech.

Is Chicken from China Safe?

8/12/2014

Recently, Best Food Facts recevied a reader question asking, "Is chicken that is processed in China and sold in the U.S. safe to eat?" To answer this question, we reached out to Patricia Curtis, PhD, professor and director of Auburn University’s Food Systems Institute.

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.

Farmed vs. Wild Salmon? Which is Better?

6/9/2014

Do you eat salmon? Is it safe to eat farmed salmon or should you only eat the wild-caught variety? Which is best for polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6? We reached out to Charles R. Santerre, PhD, Professor at Purdue University, to answer a few questions about salmon.

Is there Harm in Drinking Milk After the Expiration Date?

5/22/2014

Do you ever think twice about throwing out milk that is only a day past its expiration date? If it looks and smells fine, can I still drink it? For this question we reached out to registered dietitian and author of the Sound Bites Blog, Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE about helping us understand these questions.

"On milk, the sell by date is often the date listed, so you should double check to find out whether your milk has a sell by date or an expiration date. If it is an expiration date, then here is my answer:

Is There a Link Between Red Meat and Cancer?

4/24/2014

 

In 1986, researchers discovered cancer developing in rats that were fed compounds that are generated from overcooking meat under high heat. And since then, some studies of large populations have suggested a potential connection between meat and cancer. But, is there a direct cause-and-effect relationship between red meat consumption and cancer?
 

 

Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair of the Food Science Department at Iowa State University, and Dr. Wendy Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, University of Florida, have differing opinions.

 

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