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We Bet You Didn't Know... Interesting Food Facts


In gathering facts from our food experts, we've come upon some interesting ones that may surprise you.

Does Hen Housing Matter In Egg Safety?


Researchers have been looking at the food safety implications of different hen housing methods, but research is underway in the United States. Researcher Dr. Deana Jones is studying the potential for food safety issues based on hens in different housing systems, and Dr. Jeroen Dewulf, a researcher in Europe, pointed out the vast differences in European egg production compared with United States egg production, and that the European research should be used cautiously to predict food safety in eggs in the U.S. 

Ask the Lunch Lady: Obama Award, Nutritious Menus and Improving Habits


Wanting understand the issues with school lunches, we went straight to a top U.S. "lunch lady." Joni Davis won a Bronze Award at a White House reception hosted by First Lady, Michelle Obama, as part the USDA’s Healthier U.S. School Challenge. We talked with Joni to get her thoughts on the importance of providing healthful diets for our school children.

Dairy Allergy or Intolerance: Could carrageenan be to blame?


Best Food Facts recently received a reader question from Margie asking, "Why is carrageenan added to so many dairy foods? My daughter is allergic."

To answer the question, we reached out to Dr. Roger Clemens, Adjunct Professor, Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy.

Chicken: Keeping it healthy


We noticed a discussion on a social media website asking, “Buying a chicken should be easy; labeling is confusing, what’s the healthiest?” Our food system expert Brenda Roche Wolford, M.S., R.D., University of California, Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County, answers this question.

What could be causing early puberty in girls? Expert clarifies reader question.


In the post, Hormones in Milk: Are They Causing Early Puberty in Girls, we wondered, what is causing early maturity in girls? Based on what Dr. Ann Macrina indicated, it could be any of several factors.

One of our readers, Dan, asked for clarification from Dr. Macrina: "Dr. Macrina indicated it could be any of several factors – better nourishment, higher body weight and some even suggest exposure to chemicals. Does Dr. Macrina mean chemicals like pesticides and herbicides?"

Eggs: What’s up with free-range and cage-free eggs being so expensive?


Food has gotten more and more expensive over the last several years and protein sources seem to be some of the fastest increasing items. Even one of the most affordable protein sources – eggs – has seen an increase in price. Along with the general increases across the board, there’s plenty of chatter regarding the price differences for eggs produced in different types of housing systems. 

Turkey Time! Tips for a safe and sane feast


The time to give thanks for all we have is here… as is the stress of preparing a meal with big expectations! Let’s hope we can all get through it without starting the turkey on fire or sending our guests away with food poisoning!

Will Reducing Meat Consumption Help the Environment?


We all want to do our part to help save the planet, right? Since farm animals create carbon emissions, will eating less meat create a cleaner environment?

Weird Food News


Best Food Facts found strange news about food!

Doctors Orders: Drink Milk to Help With Lactose Intolerance


Dr. Dennis Savaiano discusses foods to help with lactose intolerance.

Salmonella? Ground Turkey? Food Safety Info from Our Experts


Experts talk about salmonella and the ground turkey recall.

Part Three: Eggs – Organic, Cage–Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?


Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Scott Beyer wrap up the final post in our three week hen housing series by discussing the webcam of JS West's enriched colony barn, as well as their final thoughts on hen housing and the future of egg production.

Part Two: Eggs – Organic, Cage-Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?


Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Scott Beyer discuss behaviors of egg laying hens as well as current production practices. This is the second in a three-week series.

It's National Ice Cream Month!


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