Gluten-free diets can be beneficial for some people - but are they right for everyone? Experts say those who are gluten-sensitive or with Celiac disease should avoid gluten, but otherwise, evidence does not support avoiding gluten for a healthier lifestyle.
The university-based experts on Best Food Facts have completed research in their specialized fields of study. But one Best Food Facts reader, Blogger Amina Nevels of MommaMina.com, asked a question about research funding. "How do we know that we can trust your research if it's funded by organizations who could profit from that research?"
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.
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.
We're all looking for a cure for a cold and what better to fight it than a nice hot bowl of chicken soup? But will it really fight off what ails you? We wanted to get to the bottom of the age-old question to understand whether chicken soup really cures a cold. To help decide whether chicken soup is the go-to solution, we reached out to Wendy Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, at the University of Florida.
When the National Pig Association of the United Kingdom sent out a press release warning of a worldwide pork and bacon shortages (porkpocolypse) in an effort to prepare consumers in the UK for higher pork prices, the story spread quickly on social media in the U.S. prompting dramatic media reports of an impending bacon shortage.
Last year, registered dietitian Connie Diekman offered her thoughts on arsenic in apple juice, but recently, 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.
Three experts, Dr. Patricia Hester, Dr. Ed Pajor and Dr. Emily Patterson-Kane, answer the question, "Is the well-being of farm animals on larger operations disregarded in the pursuit of higher profits?"
Dr. Alston answers the question "Will eliminating farm subsidies reduce obesity and associated health problems, such as diabetes?"
Dr. Gebreyes answers the question: "Is food from organic and free-range farm animals safer than animals raised in modern confinement operations?"