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Best Food Facts sets record straight on food questions

To many of us, “bff” stands for “best friend forever.”

When it comes to questions about food industry issues, there’s another “bff” that you may wish to call upon.

Best Food Facts (BFF) provides its website (http://www.bestfoodfacts.org/) visitors with the opportunity to connect with food system experts. Its mission is to bring the most objective, trustworthy and accurate information directly from the experts. Additionally, it seeks to ensure that its content is useful, timely, relevant and simple to understand so that, based on facts, visitors can make informed decisions. It’s also dedicated to providing information on the many facets of food production, preparation, consumption and everything in-between.

In today’s web-based (and sometimes driven) society, information on any given subject is readily available. With that, from time to time, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction, so the validity of that information can sometimes be questionable. On BFF, the food experts sort truth from fiction on all things food, and can let you know what’s true, false or somewhere in between.

Better yet: if you have a question for a food expert, submit it, and they will reply to your inquiry. If they wish, website visitors may also participate in a “food fight poll” and meet the experts BFF calls upon to rate the validity of statements about today’s food system.

The Center for Food Integrity (CFI), which created what will hopefully be your newest best friend forever (bff) when it comes to food industry issues, recently developed what it considers to be today’s Top 10 food myths:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables are better than canned and frozen.
  • GM food is not safe.
  • Fruits and vegetables sprayed with pesticides are less safe than organic produce.
  • Real cane sugar is healthier than other sweeteners.
  • High carb foods like potatoes and pasta are fattening.
  • Processed foods are unhealthy.
  • Hormones in milk, meat and eggs cause early puberty.
  • Those who follow a plant based diet are healthier than people who eat meat, milk and/or eggs.
  • Avoiding red meat decreases the risk of cancer.
  • Organic foods are healthier for me.

The next 10 new BFF posts will discuss each respective myth. As a matter of fact, “Are fresh fruits and vegetables better than canned or frozen produce?” has already been posted. Registered dietician and nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor Brenda Wolford will help you sort through this myth. She’s also helped website visitors sort through issues such as foods for weight loss, healthy eating year round, and buying a chicken should be easy; labeling is confusing, what’s the healthiest?

Better yet, BFF’s subject matter isn’t biased by CFI members as the website’s content is not subject to member approval — it’s only the approval of those experts who are providing their professional insights. CFI staff, independent of its members, work directly with food system experts to gain approval on all content prior to posting. The substance of Best Food Facts website has been approved or previously published by the expert being quoted.

So, the next time someone asks you a question about food industry issues and wants to know where you got the answer to their question, you may simply want to say “my newest best friend.”

Based upon CFI research, this may be just be your best approach, as friends and family are currently regarded as the most trusted source of information when it comes to food industry issues.


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