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Are There Growth Hormones in Milk?

How do I tell which milk has them and which does not?


Should My Kids Eat After-School Snacks?

Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD provides tips for easy “tasty snack trios” that are packed with nutrition.


Is It OK to Eat Soy?

What are the risks and what are the benefits?


Should I Be Concerned about Salmonella in Chicken?

More information about the USDA's public health alert.


What Food Safety Guidelines Should I Follow When Cooking Chicken?

To what temperature should you cook chicken?


What is the Paleo Diet? Is it Safe?

Should you follow the diet from the Stone-Age?


Are School Lunch Bags Bacteria Magnets?

What foods are OK to pack without refrigeration?


ABCs of Food: F is for Fruit

Is it better to eat only fresh fruits? Do fruit juices count towards our daily recommended servings? Registered dietitian Carolyn O’Neil responds.


Is Real Cane Sugar Healthier Than Other Sweeteners?

Experts say moderation is the key – but is that true for all sweeteners?

Cast Your Vote

What is your favorite pumpkin-flavored food item?

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Meet An Expert

Wendy J. Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC

Carolyn O'Neil

Wendy J. Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC, is an Assistant Professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida.

To get to know Dr. Dahl, Best Food Facts asked her to answer a few questions.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.
As long as I can remember people have thought I am younger than I am, the usual guess is about 8-10 years! And no surgery or Botox!

What three words best describe you?
Determined, resilient and positive.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I run – outside, through the forest when possible. In Florida, there is just no excuse to not get outside and get some exercise.

What are you currently working on?
About a dozen different research and extension projects – some are in the planning stage – others at the writing up stage.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
I would trade any superpower for time travel.

What are you most passionate about
Teaching and writing – I plan to write books when I retire.

Read more about Dr. Dahl.

Coming Soon

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

Should I count calories?

What do expiration dates really mean?

Should I eat carbs?

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