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To Infuse or Not to Infuse?


A reader asked whether water infused with fruit like strawberries or oranges contains calories, carbohydrates and vitamins. Infused water is popular for those of us looking to add a little flavor to our lives, but are there other benefits besides curing the "bored with plain water" blues? We asked expert Dr. Wendy Dahl for some answers.

Four Ways to Make Your Next Grocery Trip Healthy


With aisles and aisles of different types of food, household items and everything in between, the grocery store can be a tricky place to navigate. We asked grocery store expert and registered dietitian Anne Cundiff with Hy-Vee for some tips on how to make healthy grocery shopping a success! 

Foods You Should Be Eating


We recently received a reader question about the health benefits of dates, dried cherries and dark chocolate. We reached out to expert Diane McKay for some insight into the benefits these foods have on human health. 

Can Veganism Solve World Hunger?


According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one in nine people on the planet don't have enough food to live an active and healthy lifestyle. While this number has fallen by 100 million over the last decade, wouldn't it be nice if we could reduce that number to zero?

The Mediterranean Diet: A Heart Health Miracle?


Have you heard that following a Mediterranean diet is better for your heart than exercise? When we heard we might be able to skip the gym and eat our way to good heart health with the Mediterranean diet, we reached out to registered dietitian Anne Cundiff to see if this diet is all it is cracked up to be. 

Is Vitamin D Bad for Your Heart?


A recent study found a relationship between cardiovascular deaths and vitamin D levels. We wanted to know more about what these study findings may mean, especially where nutrition is concerned, so we asked Connie Diekman to help sort it out.

Meet Registered Dietitian Holley Grainger


If you’re looking for kitchen inspiration with a hefty helping of sound nutrition knowledge, registered dietitian Holley Grainger has you covered. 

Just What Exactly is a Dietitian?


Just what exactly is a registered dietitian nutritionist? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RDN, explains why this profession is so critical to overall health.

March into National Nutrition Month


March is National Nutrition Month, and Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, shares ways you can bite into a healthy lifestyle!

Bulletproof Coffee Explained


Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you've probably heard of Bulletproof coffee. What is it? A coffee drink made up of coffee, butter, and medium-chain triglyceride oil, Bulletproof coffee is meant to replace breakfast. Created by Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof coffee cult has grown fast and it doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Are Our Kids Overdosing on Salt?


New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates roughly seven in 10 toddler meals contain excess levels of sodium, and most snacks, breakfast pastries and cereal bars for infants and toddlers have extra sugars. What's a parent to do?

What's on the Menu Now for a Healthier Diet?


The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its recommendations for Americans. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, breaks down the recommendations and what they mean for the American diet.

Developers Hope New Fruit Becomes the Apple of Consumers’ Eye


Does an apple that doesn’t turn brown after taking a bite sound appealing? Such an apple has been developed with the help of biotechnology by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) of British Columbia, Canada. After a lengthy government process, they have now been approved in the United States, though it will still be a few years before they’re available in stores. We spoke about these new fruits, called Arctic® apples, with Neal Carter, OSF’s president and founder, and reached out to Dr. Herbert Aldwinckle, professor emeritus at Cornell University's Department of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology, for some insight.

Should You Rinse Canned Food?


When you're purchasing canned food, for instance, canned beans, do you look for low-sodium varieties? Or, once you open a can, do you rinse the food, hoping to rinse away the salt? Have you wondered if there is enough difference between the low-sodium and regular-sodium items to make it worth the cost difference?

To learn more about sodium content in canned goods, we reached out to Linda Benjamin Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N, Dept. of Family, Youth & Community Sciences, University of Florida, and Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD, Extension Program Specialist, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

A Heart-Healthy Diet Starts in the Heart of the Home


The kitchen is called the heart of the home, and it can be good for your heart if you follow some simple guidelines for a heart-healthy diet!

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