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Arsenic in Rice? An Update

4/15/2016

Last year, registered dietitian Connie Diekman offered her thoughts on arsenic in apple juice. We've been hearing about arsenic in rice and rice products. Should you be concerned about eating rice or feeding rice products to your kids? To answer a few questions about this topic, Best Food Facts reached out to Dr. Brian P. Jackson, Director of Trace Metal Analysis at Dartmouth College.

The Spice of Life

3/28/2016

An announcement from a major spice company led to some questions from blogger Krista from The Farmer's Wifee. The company announced it was labeling organic and non-GMO spices and flavorings. Does this announcement mean that spices are changing?

Is Wood Pulp Being Added to Your Food?

2/18/2016

A recent news story has grated some cheese lovers. That Parmesan cheese you're sprinkling on your favorite pasta dishes may not be what it appears, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency found wood pulp in some Parmesan cheese, but how concerned should consumers be? Is wood pulp commonly used in foods?

Antibiotic Resistance Part III: Navigating Food Labels

1/19/2016

Food blogger Alice Choi gets help navigating labels on food packages at the grocery store from registered dietitian Jen Haugen.

Does Buying Local Food Guarantee It's Safe?

12/7/2015

Farmers' markets remain a growing trend, with 64 percent of the more than 8,400 farmers' markets surveyed by USDA reporting increased traffic in 2014 and 85 percent of market managers wanting to add vendors. This shows consumers are clearly interested in buying local food.

Buying locally helps support the local economy, and could reduce the amount of energy required to ship food from other areas. In some cases, fruits or vegetables may be fresher if bought locally. But does that mean that locally-grown food is safer?

Organic versus Conventional Foods: Is There a Nutritional Difference?

7/31/2015

Originally posted November 15, 2010.

Organic foods have gained popularity due to the perception that organic foods are safe, wholesome and all around better for you. To find out if this is true, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Professor and Chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

Best Food Facts & Blogger Friends Head to California to Kick Off TASTE

6/16/2015

Best Food Facts and blogger friends experienced strawberry patches, wineries, honey tastings and more in California during the kickoff event for TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food blogger program. 

The Pockmarked Cucurbit!

2/9/2015

What do you get when you soak zucchini and yellow squash in water and white vinegar? A pockmarked cucurbit! A Best Food Facts reader recently experienced this phenomenon and wanted to know more.

6 Things You’ve Heard about Milk that are Wrong

12/22/2014

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about milk. We’ve outlined six of the most prevalent misconceptions about conventional milk that you might be hearing.

What's All the Buzz about Glyphosate?

10/28/2014

Lately, we have seen lots of consumer questions about glyphosate. Glyphosate, also referred to as “Roundup,” is an herbicide used in agriculture to kill weeds. So what’s all the buzz about glyphosate? Some resources link this herbicide to making crops more susceptible to disease, killing beneficial microorganisms, robbing plants of nutrients and more. We decided to reach out to Wayne Parrott, PhD, Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia, and Tony Shelton, PhD, Professor of Entomology at Cornell University, to cut through conflicting information and to get the facts from university-based experts.

Courtney from NeighborFood Talks TASTE Tour

9/23/2014

You’ve heard from us all about our adventure in California with seven of our foodie friends. Now, we’re bringing you the scoop on TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour from Courtney of NeighborFood.

Annalise from Completely Delicious Gives Us the Digest on TASTE Tour

9/22/2014

You’ve heard about California adventures with seven of our food blogger friends during TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour from our point of view. Now, we’re bringing you the skinny from Annalise of Completely Delicious on her favorite parts of the tour and what she learned.

Adriana from Adriana’s Best Recipes Gives Us the Scoop on TASTE Tour

9/19/2014

We’ve served up a recap or two on our California adventures with seven of our food blogger friends during TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour. And, now we are bringing you the inside scoop from Adriana of Adriana’s Best Recipes on her favorite parts of the tour and what she learned.

TASTE Tour Day Two Part Two: The Science of Taste

9/11/2014

After a morning of tasting Napa Valley wines and a lunch made more enjoyable with the pairing of wines, the afternoon of the second day of the Best Food Facts TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour was dedicated to a deeper appreciation of the science of food and wine. 

TASTE Tour Day Two Part One: From Vine to Wine

9/10/2014

What a thrill to set out after breakfast for Napa Valley on day two of the Best Food Facts TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour. Heralded as one of the best wine-growing regions of the world, Napa Valley is a patchwork of more than 400 premier wineries – some big, some small - each with their own farm philosophy and individual style.

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