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Best Food Facts: Your new BFF?
by David White
To many of us, “BFF” stands for “Best Friend Forever.” When it comes to questions about food issues, there’s another “BFF” you may wish to call upon.
Best Food Facts (BFF) is a website providing visitors the opportunity to connect with food system experts for the most objective, trustworthy and accurate information. It seeks to ensure its content is useful, timely, relevant and simple to understand so visitors can make informed decisions. It’s also dedicated to providing information on the many facets of food production, including preparation, consumption and everything in-between.
In today’s Web-based (and sometimes Web-driven) society, information on any given subject is readily available. As such, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. On BFF, experts on all things food can let you know what’s true, false or somewhere in between.
Better yet, if you have a question, submit it, and they will reply to your inquiry. You can 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 “BFF” when it comes to food 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 posts on the BFF site will discuss each respective myth. “Are fresh fruits and vegetables better than canned or frozen produce?” has already been posted.
So, the next time someone asks you a question about food issues and wants to know where you go for answers, 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 best source of information regarding food industry issues.
If you like what you see on the BFF site you can sign up for the monthly Best Food Facts e-Newsletter to receive information on the latest consumer questions, expert insights and food trends.
David White is the senior director of issues management for Ohio Farm Bureau.