Articles about Food

Poultry

ContentsKey Facts Introduction Foodborne OutbreaksProductionFood SafetyConsumptionNutritionReferencesKey Facts Poultry is a popularly consumed meat in the American diet, where chicken has the highest annual consumption. From 1998 to 2012, 25% of foodborne illness outbreaks were attributed to poultry; improper handling and inadequate cooking have been identified as key factors contributing to outbreaks. Broilers make up most Read more

Protein Powder

Key Facts Protein powders can be made from whey, casein, egg, soy, pea, or rice. This article focuses on whey protein powders. The protein in whey protein powder is derived from liquid whey, a byproduct of the cheese-making process. Whey protein is a “complete protein,” meaning it contains all nine essential amino Read more

Romaine Lettuce

Key Facts Romaine lettuce accounts for 30% of the lettuce consumed in the United States. Between 1990 and 2009, per capita consumption increased from Read more

Sprouts

Key Facts Edible sprouts such as alfalfa, broccoli, mung bean, and radish sprouts, are excellent sources of antioxidants, essential amino acids, and a handful of nourishing vitamins and minerals. As such, sprouts have been labeled as functional foods that have health-promoting benefits and lower the risk of many diseases. Despite their nutritional Read more

Strawberries

Strawberries are grown in every state in the U.S. and almost every country in the world. They are an excellent source of nutrients and are a great addition to a healthy diet. Strawberries have been associated with several foodborne illnesses highlighting the importance of following recommended food safety practices from the farm to the table. Read more

Sunflower Seeds and Oil

ContentsKey Facts IntroductionFoodborne OutbreaksProductionFood SafetyConsumptionNutritionReferences  Key Facts Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is one of the few crop species that originated in North America Native Americans domesticated the crop around 1000 BC 85% of the North American sunflower seed is still produced in North and South Dakota and Minnesota. Sunflowers grow best in locations with full sun. Read more

Sweet Corn

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Key Facts Fresh-cut sweet corn kernels are extremely perishable, with very high respiration rates, making proper temperature control critical. While there are concerns regarding various mycotoxins in field corn fed to animals, there is minimal risk associated with mycotoxins in sweet corn consumed by humans. According to the FDA, minimal traces Read more

Swiss Chard

Key Facts Chard is referred to as Swiss chard, a close relative of the beet and is grown for its leaves and stems as opposed to the edible root, and is a popular choice by consumers. The leafy green is known for its bright colored stems of red, yellow, pink, Read more

Tofu

Key Facts Tofu, a food product made from soybeans (Glycine max (L.) Merr), is a dietary staple in Chinese and Japanese cuisines. A high-quality source of calcium, isoflavones, and plant-based protein, tofu is produced by curdling soymilk with a calcium or magnesium salt. It can be consumed without further cooking. Read more

Watermelon

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  Key Facts Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, cantaloupes, and other melons This annual fruit crop has a smooth green rind; the flesh is most commonly red but may be yellow or orange Watermelon can be seeded or seedless, hybrid or Read more