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Red Meat: Good or Bad for Your Health?


Recently, a Best Food Facts reader asked about her concern of red meat, and if it can be unhealthy for you. We reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair of Food Science Department at Iowa State University, to talk to us about red meat.

What is Colony Collapse Disorder?


One in every three bites of food you eat is pollinated either directly or indirectly by honey bees. With bees dying at a rapid pace, mentions of colony collapse disorder (CCD) are on the rise. What is CCD? What is causing it? What can be done to ensure bees stop suffering from it? Two experts respond.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Refreshing Food


Take our latest poll! What refreshing food or drink do you crave on a hot summer day?

Meet an Expert: Joe Kemble, PhD


Meet expert Dr. Joe Kemble. He is a Professor of Horticulture at Auburn University.

Update: Arsenic in Apple Juice?


In December of 2011, Best Food Facts interviewed Connie Diekman, RD, about the overall safety of apple juice. At that time, she said the FDA was reassessing whether the acceptable levels of arsenic in juices needed to be adjusted, following reports of potentially unacceptable levels.

Today, the FDA proposed new regulations for arsenic in apple juice. The proposed "action level" is 10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice. This is the same level set by the EPA for arsenic in drinking water.

ABCs of Food: C is for Cake


Want to have your cake and eat it, too? Enter our C is for Cake sweepstakes! One lucky cake lover will win a $200 gift certificate from a local bakery. That’ll buy a lot of cake! Also, check out our ABCs of Food post - "C" is for Cake ... and Cupcakes!

Meet an Expert: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, PhD


Sheri Zindenberg-Cherr, PhD, is one of the many experts Best Food Facts relies on to address consumer concerns. She is Chair of the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology, Specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Nutrition and the Co-Director of the UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools at the University of California-Davis.

Does Eating Processed Meat Cause Cancer?


A glance at the ingredients label on a package of cured meat like ham or hotdogs probably lists sodium nitrite. This common preservative helps meats retain their color and also helps keep bacteria to a minimum. Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking about a link between sodium nitrites in processed meats and cancer.

Egg and Milk Allergies: GMO Connection?


With food allergies on the rise, there's no shortage of concern about what is causing them. Best Food Facts reader, John, had a very specific question about allergies related to genetically modified food, after reading our post on GMOs and Food Allergies. Two experts respond.



Take our latest poll! From where do you get most of your protein?

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Take our latest poll! What is your favorite food to grill? - See more at: http://www.bestfoodfacts.org/food-for-thought/month/May-2013#sthash.9hxHxK3f.dpuf

How Long Should I Cook Veggies?


Cooking can be simple, but simple mistakes can turn vegetables into a complex disaster. This easy-to-use chart outlines how many minutes to steam, microwave, blanch and boil your favorite veggies. 

Is Unapproved GM Wheat in Our Food Supply?


While other genetically modified (GM) crops have been approved for planting in the U.S., GM wheat has not, so the discovery of a GM strain of wheat growing in a farm field in Oregon prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate. It was confirmed that it was the same herbicide resistant wheat variety that was authorized to be field tested from 1998 to 2005.

Meet an Expert: Liz Applegate, PhD


Dr. Elizabeth Applegate is one of the many experts Best Food Facts relies on to address consumer concerns. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nutrition and Director of Sports Nutrition for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of California-Davis.

Should I Be Eating Protein Bars?


Protein supplements aren’t just for hardcore bodybuilders anymore. While the muscle-bound are dipping into big buckets of protein powder to refine their ripped physiques, the everyday health-conscious consumer can now grab a growing variety of protein-laden bars, snacks and drinks from the store shelves. But are protein-enhanced products good for those of us who aren’t slaves to the weight room? We asked Dr. Ruth MacDonald, PhD, Iowa State University, and nationally renowned nutrition and fitness expert Dr. Liz Applegate, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California-Davis.

Food Allergies: When to Expose Kids to Allergenic Foods?


Some parents took note early this year when the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) stated that highly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, fish and eggs can be introduced to babies between four and six months and may even play a role in preventing food allergies from developing. For some, it seemed to be an “about face” from a 2000 recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

We spoke with Dr. Steve Taylor, professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska, and learned the new recommendation isn’t really new.

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