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Best Food Facts gives you the opportunity to connect with food experts from around the country who have done the research, checked their work and want to share the results. Through blog posts, experts provide answers to your questions about food. Best Food Facts encourages open discussion - please send us your questions.


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Meet Our Featured Expert!

Dr. Ethan Bergman, PhD, RD, CD, FADA, is the associate dean in the College of Education and Professional Studies and professor of food science and nutrition at Central Washington University. He was named CWU Distinguished University Professor in 2001-02 and was named by the Washington State Dietetic Association as Outstanding Registered Dietitian of the Year in 2000. He is the president-elect of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He is a past delegate and the immediate past-speaker of the Academy's House of Delegates. Bergman is a former high school biology, physics, mathematics and computer science teacher and a former volleyball and wrestling coach. He has served on the Academy's Educator's Task Force on Education Reform in Dietetics Education and on the Evidence-Based Practice Committee. A graduate of Linn-Benton Community College and Eastern Oregon State College, Bergman received master's degrees in biology from the University of Oregon and in interdisciplinary studies in biology, general studies and education from Western Oregon State College. Bergman earned his doctorate from Washington State University. He has helped Best Food Facts answer the question, Salt: How Much Is Too Much?.


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