Debunk Today’s Food Myths at Best Food Facts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Feb. 6, 2014 – Is organic beef better for me? Are genetically modified foods harmful? Are antibiotics overused in food animals? Is there aspartame in my milk? Consumers seeking answers to questions about today’s food will find them at, a website featuring more than 150 university-based food system experts who serve up credible, balanced and unbiased information.

Created by The Center for Food Integrity, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system, Best Food Facts features expert blogs and videos on topics that run the gamut and help consumers sort fact from fiction.    

“Just like the popular Snopes site that debunks myths, rumors and urban legend, Best Food Facts experts tackle food-related topics and determine whether they’re true, false or somewhere in between,” said Roxi Beck, with The Center for Food Integrity.

Anyone can submit questions and receive expert responses within as little as 24 hours. Additionally, site visitors can take part in and instantly review results of Food Fight polls, such as:

  • “What color are your favorite fruits and vegetables?”
  • “How do you define ‘local’ food?”
  • “Do you think GM food should be labeled?”

Experts also analyze questions and myths and provide facts to cut through the clutter.

True? Or Not? “Regular use of antibiotics in healthy cows, pigs and chickens has led to increased antibiotic resistance in humans eating meat products.”

Food Expiration Dates – What do they mean?

Are Fruits and Vegetables Sprayed with Pesticides Less Safe than Organic Produce? –

Should I Avoid Gluten?

Are Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Better than Canned or Frozen Produce?

Why are Chemicals Used in Poultry Processing?

New to Best Food Facts is Carolyn O’Neil, registered dietitian, award-winning author, former CNN correspondent, and featured expert on Alton Brown’s hit program Good Eats on the Food Network.  O’Neil is featured in Best Food Facts’ video series Consuming Evidence, where Carolyn plays super sleuth to bust common food myths, and Eat Better for Life, focused on healthy eating.

“As a registered dietitian and journalist who’s been reporting on food and nutrition for more than 20 years, I really do believe that the more you know, the more you can eat,” said O’Neil. “People associate nutrition with all of the things you’re not supposed to eat, but it’s about the beautiful nutrition and taste of the foods you should be adding, not eliminating, that can make a big difference in improving your health.”

Consumers can submit questions for the experts or call toll-free at (855) 567-FOOD (3663).

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.