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ABCs of Food: C is for Cake

7/2/2013

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!

Should I Be Eating Protein Bars?

6/3/2013

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.

Do Certain Ingredients Make Us Eat More?

5/6/2013

In his recently-released book “Salt Sugar Fat,” investigative reporter Michael Moss says scientists at major food companies are well aware that salty, sugary, fatty foods reward the same pleasure sensors in our brains as drugs. He further contends that food companies have manipulated consumers in this manner to increase sales of their products, contributing significantly to the nation’s obesity problem.

Best Food Facts went to Dr. Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, co-director at the University of California-Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools, to get her perspective. In her research, she has studied the impact of multi-faceted approaches to nutrition education on the dietary and lifestyle choices of school-aged children.

Is it OK to Drink Diet Soda?

3/27/2013

We've been noticing several posts about artificial sweetners in diet soda on Facebook, and wanted to know - is it true? Is diet soda bad for you? Or is it OK to drink diet soda?

For the answers, we reached out to Dr. Barry M. Popkin, W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

The Shelf Life of Food

3/14/2013

Wondering how to maximize the life of the food you buy? Check out this handy chart from Lindsay Snow Osborn that incorporates recommendations from the USDA, FDA and others!

Expert claims Dr. Oz's "Secrets of the Fast Food Industry" is Misleading

2/20/2013

Recently, The Dr. Oz Show aired an episode that addressed the "Secrets of the Fast Food Industry." We had some questions about the episode, so we reached out to Dr. Sean O'Keefe, a food science professor at Virginia Tech. Dr. O'Keefe originally helped us answer questions on Why Doesn't Fast Food Spoil? Below, Dr. O'Keefe has much to say about the episode and its inaccuracies.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Fast Food

2/19/2013

Take our latest poll - How often do you eat fast food?

Is Food Coloring Dangerous?

2/11/2013

Recently, we noticed a news story that questioned the safety of food dyes. We've read other articles, too, about food dyes linked to ADHD.

Best Food Facts wanted to know, is food coloring safe? To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ronald E. Kleinman from Harvard Medical School. When we asked him whether we should avoid food coloring, he said no... but that doesn't mean further research isn't warranted.

Should I Avoid Food With Ingredients I Can't Pronounce?

2/5/2013

What do you know about the additives in your food? Particularly, those mysterious ingredients on the label that have us all scratching our heads and wondering “Is this stuff good for me and my family?” Food experts explore whether we should avoid foods with ingredients we cannot pronounce.

Stevia Better Than Sugar?

1/22/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader asking, "Is stevia leaf powder better for us than regular sugar, and would it be better than regular sugar or artificial sweeteners if used by a diabetic or hypoglycemic person?”

Top Posts of 2012

12/31/2012

As the year winds down, we'd like to thank all of our readers for taking time to learn more about our food system. We appreciate your comments and questions! We'd also like to thank our food system experts for providing their thoughts and expertise throughout the year. 

 

To close 2012, here's a listing of our blog posts with the most visits.

Obesity: Are Sugar and Salt To Blame?

12/18/2012

Nestlé SA and General Mills recently announced they will reformulate 20 popular breakfast cereals to reduce salt and sugar up to 30% by 2015. The move is focused on breakfast cereals sold outside the U.S., but reflects a growing consumer concern about the impact of sugar and salt on children’s health.

Has Genetic Modification Changed Wheat?

12/10/2012

Best Food Facts recently received a question from Peg about genetic modification of wheat. Peg asked, “I have seen information about wheat that indicates genetic modification was taking place MANY years ago and that our current wheat crops are a result of that modification. Many sources state that there are inherent problems with this wheat. Would you please clarify?”

What Sweeteners for Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia?

11/17/2012

Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from a reader, Susan, asking, “I have Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia. When I consume food/drinks with sugar I get hot flashes and increased pain and inflammation. Are there other sweeteners that would not do these things to my body such as Sweet N Low or Equal?”

Are GMO Foods Less Nutritious?

Registered Dietitian and past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietietics, Connie Diekman, links up with Farrah Brown, a part-time nurse and full-time mom, to talk about whether GM foods are more or less nutritious than other foods.

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