For the average American consumer, the term "organic" has a positive connotation and the beneficial properties of organic foods may be misinterpreted or exaggerated. Surveys indicate many proponents of organic food production look beyond the final product to consider factors such as environmental impacts, worker safety, and economic considerations which are not related to organic production standards. U.S. consumers frequently have the choice between purchasing organic and conventional foods and make food purchasing decisions that reflect their values, concerns, and lifestyles.
Because the United States has such a large, affluent population, we spend more on food ($833 billion in 2007) than all other countries except China. But the average American spent only 6 percent of their money on food purchases, which is the lowest in the world.
Dr. Dave Weatherspoon says the following statement is true:
Enhanced food production technology and innovation will be necessary to feed the expanding global population over the next 20 years.
Are your kids hungry when they get home from school? Is it OK to give kids an afternoon snack? Best Food Facts asked nutrition advisor Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, about healthy snacks to fill the gap between school lunch and dinner time.
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.
Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question about the Paleo diet - what is it, and is it safe? We asked Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, about the diet and if it is safe for otherwise healthy adults.
Whether you're looking for a boost of potassium, folate or fiber, Best Food Facts asked nutrition advisor, Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, says we can get them all in a form that's also low in sodium, fat and calories and has no cholesterol! What could possibly pack this nutrition punch? Fruit!
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.
What color are your favorite fruits and vegetables? Take our latest poll?
Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "Is tilapia safe to eat? I've heard that it's often farm raised in countries where there are no guidelines, and they are essentially raised in waste and pumped full of antibiotics."
To answer this question and learn more about tilapia, we reached out to Kevin Fitzsimmons, PhD, Professor, Extension Specialist & Research Scientist at the University of Arizona
Exercise is good for everyone! How much exercise should we be doing? What about nutrition before, during and after exercise?
While fresh foods are always a treat for the senses, be careful to avoid making the assumption that that in-season produce is more “fresh” and therefore nutritionally superior to fruits and vegetables that are canned or frozen.
The USDA's new Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards attempt to balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating for students. Are the standards reasonable? How will students react to them?
Registered Dietitian Carolyn O'Neil digs into the mystery regarding whether fresh fruits and vegetables are really more nutritious than canned, frozen and other varieties in this Consuming Evidence episode.
Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, explains what a registered dietitian is, what drove her into the profession, and her philosophy on food and nutrition. The more you know, the more (and the better) you can eat!