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Food experts tell it like it is on Best Food Facts

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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Recently we’ve talked with University-based food experts/researchers about these topics

Does Cooking Grass-Fed Meat Destroy its Fatty Acids? If you're purchasing grass-fed meat because of its high fatty acid content, you may want to consider Dr. John Comerford’s advice.

Is Sugar as Addictive as Cocaine? How much sugar do we eat – and is it as addictive as a drug?

Foods For Weight Loss Want to lose weight? What should you eat? It's not as complicated as you think. Brenda Roche Wolford explains.

Drought: What Does It Mean For Food? Dr. Chris Hurt explains how drought may cause high prices at the grocery store.

National Lasagna Day We celebrated with a few recipes!

Like Eggs? Study Says Chicken Housing is Not Just for the Birds Dr. Diane Mitchell discusses how the safety of workers needs to be considered, too.

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Meet Our Featured Expert!

Brenda Roche Wolford, M.S., R.D., is the Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County. She began working at UC Cooperative Extension in August 2008. Wolford oversees two federally funded nutrition education programs - the Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program (or SNAP-ED). She also coordinates with University of California specialists and academic advisors to implement applied research programs and to disseminate research-based information on nutrition and health to low-income communities in California.

Wolford received a B.S. in nutritional sciences from Cornell University in 2002. She went on to complete a dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital located in New York City in 2004. She received an M.S. in food policy and applied nutrition from Tufts University in 2008. Wolford previously worked as the director of nutrition for a non-profit organization in Harlem, N.Y., serving people living with HIV and AIDS. In this position, she managed a soup kitchen and food pantry and counseled clients on basic HIV nutrition principles for the prevention of chronic diseases.

She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the California Dietetic Association. She is currently the nominating committee chair for the California Dietetic Association/Los Angeles District (LAD).

Brenda has contributed to the following Best Food Facts posts:

Fresh, Frozen, Canned, Dehydrated: Healthy Eating Year-Round
Chicken: Keeping it healthy
Foods For Weight Loss


Coming Right Up!

Best Food Facts readers asked questions – and our experts will be providing answers! Look for these topics to be covered soon!

What affects food prices?
Should we be worried about pesticides on our fresh produce?
What are Bioelectric Magnetism Organic crops?

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