Ask the Food Doc: K-cup disposal causes environmental concern

Aug 2, 2017

Dear Food Doc: I love my single-cup coffee machine, but wish I could recycle the used pods. If I can recycle batteries, lightbulbs, even old i…

 

Ask the Food Doc: From B12 to bread in the fridge, five Qs for July

Jun 6, 2017

Lots of questions arrived this month, starting with:

 

Ask the Food Doc: Beauty is in eye of the beholder in produce aisle

Jun 6, 2017

Dear Food Doc: I don’t know if you buy iceberg lettuce or celery, but lately it seems that quality is poor. Celery stalks are tough and dry. L…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Sponges are gross, but it could be worse

May 2, 2017

Dear Food Doc: Please settle an argument. My husband thinks our kitchen sponge is loaded with bacteria. Every time I wipe down the kitchen tab…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Where your food comes from often impacts safety

Apr 4, 2017

Dear Food Doc: How much of the food consumed in the U.S. is imported from other countries? And is it true that imported foods are not as safe …

 

Ask the Food Doc: Why is food such a favorite film topic?

Feb 28, 2017

Dear Food Doc: I recently watched a movie on Netflix about cooking called “Chef,” and now my suggestion box is full of food movies. Any idea w…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Crunch is key ingredient for many favorite foods

Jan 31, 2017

Dear Food Doc: I evidently like crunchy foods, which drives the rest of my family crazy. Not that I am not going to change, but it is normal t…

 

Ask the Food Doc: To keep healthy resolutions, look to Blue Zones

Jan 3, 2017

Dear Food Doc: Every year, my New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, exercise more and drop 10 pounds. The problem is I really like to eat…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Use logic along with use-by dates

Dec 6, 2016

Dear Food Doc: I have products in my pantry and refrigerator with 2016 “use by” dates. Does that mean they will be unsafe in 2017?

 

Ask the Food Doc: Dissecting diets of liberals, conservatives

Nov 1, 2016

Dear Food Doc: Is there any relation between food preferences and politics? It seems like my liberal friends eat differently than my conservat…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Follow this playbook to keep tailgate food safe

Oct 4, 2016

Dear Food Doc: I love Nebraska tailgating, especially the food. We usually prepare everything right in the back of my SUV, and it all sits out…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Ordering lunch online often leads to super-sized meal

Sep 7, 2016

Dear Food Doc: Many of many co-workers are ordering their lunch online. How common is this?

 

Ask the Food Doc: The science of making yogurt at home

Aug 3, 2016

Dear Food Doc: I eat a lot of yogurt and recently purchased a yogurt-maker to make my own yogurt at home. Do you have any suggestions for maki…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Crack open some craft brewing facts

Jul 13, 2016

Dear Food Doc: I just read in the Journal Star about another new brewery opening in Lincoln. What accounts for the popularity of the beers pro…

 

Food recalls happen more than you might think

Jun 1, 2016

Dear Food Doc: I just heard about a recall of frozen vegetables, including brands from retail stores where I do my shopping. How do I know if …

 

Ask the Food Doc: Health claims propel kombucha sales

May 4, 2016

Dear Food Doc: I keep hearing about kombucha. Evidently, I have missed out on the trend. What is this stuff?

 

Ask the Food Doc: GMOs divide consumers more than scientists

Apr 5, 2016

Dear Food Doc: A co-worker keeps warning me about GMOs and said that I should avoid products made with GMO ingredients. How can I know which f…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Diet a leading cause for passing gas

Mar 1, 2016

Dear Food Doc: Why do some foods cause intestinal gas? Other than the social consequences, is gas such a bad thing?

 

Ask the Food Doc: Climate change is affecting your favorite foods

Feb 2, 2016

Dear Food Doc: I’ve heard my favorite food, chocolate, and my favorite beverage, coffee, may soon be in short supply because of climate change.

 

Ask the Food Doc: ‘Jetsons’-like gizmos coming to kitchens in 2016

Jan 5, 2016

Dear Food Doc: What kinds of new discoveries in food technology are expected in 2016?

 

Ask the Food Doc: Set goals to avoid overeating during holidays

Dec 1, 2015

Dear Food Doc: The holiday season is very difficult on the waistline. There are cookies, candies and other sweets at every turn. I end up eati…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Where’s the pumpkin in pumpkin spice?

Nov 3, 2015

The other day, I drove by an auto mechanic shop that had a sign advertising pumpkin-spice windshield washer fluid. I assume, but cannot be certain, that was meant as a joke.

 

Ask the Food Doc: Does coffee improve work performance?

Oct 6, 2015

  1. I love my morning coffee. Unfortunately, I recently began working in a new office with limited access to the coffee station. I fear that my…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Of exotic ice cream flavors and soapy-tasting cilantro

Sep 1, 2015

Ice cream is one of my favorite foods, but seriously, what’s with all these crazy new flavors? Balsamic-flavored ice cream — no way!

 

Ask the Food Doc: Yes, that dark chocolate might reduce stress levels

Aug 4, 2015

Q: My go-to strategy for dealing with stress is to eat chocolate. It seems to work. Is there any science behind this?

 

Ask the Food Doc: Crickets, medium rare, please

Jun 30, 2015

Q: I’ve been hearing about using insects as food. Is this true and if so, will they will be labeled?

 

Ask the Food Doc: All whiskeys are not created equally

Jun 2, 2015

Q: I received a bottle of single malt Scotch whisky as a gift. What’s the difference between this Scotch and other whiskeys, like those from I…

 

Ask the Food Doc: What is food porn?

May 5, 2015

Q: What is food porn?

 

Ask the Food Doc: Why are eggs bad, then OK for you again?

Mar 31, 2015

  1. I read in the news that the latest dietary guidelines have given the OK to eggs. While I am glad to enjoy eggs once again for breakfast, I …

 

Ask the Food Doc: What are nitrites and are they bad for you?

Mar 3, 2015

  1. At one of Lincoln’s natural foods stores, I found some so-called natural dry salami. Next to the salami was a sign that stated that althoug…

 

Ask the Food Doc: About the 5-second rule

Feb 3, 2015

Q: I was recently in a friend’s kitchen, and a hot dog bun dropped onto the floor. He immediately picked it up and placed it back on the tray.…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Non-alcoholic beer is better than it once was

Jan 6, 2015

  1. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to cut back on alcohol consumption, so I’ve been drinking only non-alcoholic beer. To my surprise, they…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Perfecting potato pancakes

Dec 2, 2014

Q: For Hanukkah, I always make home-made latkes, a pancake in which the main ingredient is freshly grated potato. The problem is that if I don…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Why do we eat turkey at Thanksgiving dinner?

Nov 4, 2014

Q: I was driving on 56th Street last week and was pretty sure I saw three turkeys just south of Highway 2. Don’t they know this a dangerous ti…

 

Ask the Food Doc: How does milk come from soybeans and almonds?

Sep 30, 2014

While we like to poke fun at them, Velveeta, Cheese Whiz and other processed cheese products are among the most iconic foods of the 20th century.

 

Ask the Food Doc: What is a flat iron steak?

Sep 2, 2014

While we like to poke fun at them, Velveeta, Cheese Whiz and other processed cheese products are among the most iconic foods of the 20th century.

 

Ask the Food Doc: How can we be sure about our seafood?

Aug 5, 2014

While we like to poke fun at them, Velveeta, Cheese Whiz and other processed cheese products are among the most iconic foods of the 20th century.

 

Ask the Food Doc: About plastics and sugared cereal and wine making

Jul 1, 2014

While we like to poke fun at them, Velveeta, Cheese Whiz and other processed cheese products are among the most iconic foods of the 20th century.

 

Ask the Food Doc: Blame the milk but (usually) not the mayo

Jun 3, 2014

While we like to poke fun at them, Velveeta, Cheese Whiz and other processed cheese products are among the most iconic foods of the 20th century.

 

Ask the Food Doc: Quinoa, spinach and beets — all in the family

May 6, 2014

While we like to poke fun at them, Velveeta, Cheese Whiz and other processed cheese products are among the most iconic foods of the 20th century.

 

Ask the Food Doc: What is ‘fair trade’ coffee?

Apr 1, 2014

While we like to poke fun at them, Velveeta, Cheese Whiz and other processed cheese products are among the most iconic foods of the 20th century.

 

Ask the Food Doc: Bread ingredients more than meet the eye

Mar 4, 2014

While we like to poke fun at them, Velveeta, Cheese Whiz and other processed cheese products are among the most iconic foods of the 20th century

 

Ask the Food Doc: What the heck is Velveeta?

Feb 4, 2014

While we like to poke fun at them, Velveeta, Cheese Whiz and other processed cheese products are among the most iconic foods of the 20th century.

 

How do you cure a hangover?

Jan 1, 2014

  1. Are there any foods or beverages that help one recover from a hangover?

 

Ask the Food Doc: All champagne is not Champagne

Dec 3, 2013

Q: As I start planning for New Year’s Eve, I was wondering about the difference, other than price, between imported Champagne from France and …

 

Ask the Food Doc: Convenience is a top priority of home-cooking

Nov 5, 2013

  1. Other than Thanksgiving, it seems like my family hardly ever eats home-made meals together anymore. Is this true for other families ?

 

Ask the Food Doc: How do they make faux meat taste like the real thing?

Oct 1, 2013

Q: During a recent visit to California, I ate in a restaurant that featured fake chicken, fake duck and fake beef. My meal was so good that I …

 

Ask the Food Doc: Why does popcorn at the movies taste better than homemade?

Sep 3, 2013

Q: My husband likes microwave popcorn, and I prefer hot-air popped popcorn. However, neither tastes as good as movie-theater popcorn. What’s t…

 

Ask the Food Doc: Do energy drinks do more harm than good?

Aug 6, 2013

Q: Do energy drinks really provide an energy boost? Are they safe to drink on a regular basis?

 

Ask the Food Doc: Red, white and blue food questions for the Fourth

Jul 2, 2013

(Red): The seafood section of my local grocery store sells both farm-raised and wild salmon. Is there any way to tell the difference? Does it …

 

Ask the Food Doc: The whole truth about whole grains

Jun 4, 2013

Q: The bread aisle has me confused. Some are made with wheat flour, others with whole-wheat flour or whole grain. Can you explain these differences?

 

Ask the Food Doc: Is barbecue bad for your health?

Apr 30, 2013

I heard recently that barbecued foods are bad for my health. I love my gas grill and eat barbecue all year round, so I hope this is not true.

 

Ask the Food Doc: What are fermented pickles?

  • Apr 2, 2013

Americans eat more than nine pounds of pickles per person per year. That’s the equivalent of about 70 pickles. Surprisingly, most of these pickles are not fermented.

 

Ask the Food Doc: How does high pressure preserve foods?

Mar 5, 2013

 

Ask the Food Doc: Is chocolate addictive?

Feb 5, 2013

 

Ask the Food Doc: Fat-free or not, we eat too much

Jan 1, 2013

 

Ask the Food Doc: Do raw eggs make eggnog dangerous?

Dec 4, 2012

 

Ask the Food Doc: Does eating turkey make you sleepy?

Nov 6, 2012

 

Ask the Food Doc: Do sugar-free sweeteners aid weight loss?

Oct 2, 2012

I drink a lot of sugar-free pop. I also use sugar-free sweeteners for my coffee and iced tea. What are the differences between these sweeteners? The big question is whether or not they help me manage my weight.

 

Ask the Food Doc: Do raw potatoes compensate for oversalting?

Sep 4, 2012

I have two questions. First, I read that adding raw potatoes to an over-salted broth removes the salt. Is this true?

 

Ask the Food Doc: Eliminating gluten isn’t a cure-all for all

Jul 31, 2012

I know someone who has some sort of intestinal condition such that she has eliminated bread, pasta and other wheat products, basically anything that contains gluten, from her diet. While I like bread too much to consider a gluten-free diet, she claims that avoiding gluten would be beneficial. Is there any truth to this?

 

Ask the Food Doc: Salt is a tough habit to shake

Jul 3, 2012

I am trying to cut back on my salt consumption, which is a real challenge at the grocery store. Why is it that processed foods seem to contain so much salt?

 

Editorial, 6/12: Standing against food hysteria

Jun 11, 2012

Credit Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota for sticking with science and the facts in the midst of the latest outbreak of food hysteria.

 

Ask the Food Doc: Arsenic, calf stomachs and fish bladders

Jun 5, 2012

Apple juice recently has been in the news for  having higher levels of arsenic compared to other fruit juices and/or bottled water. Is this true and, if so, what steps can we take to make sure our apple juice doesn’t contain any levels of arsenic?

 

Food Doc: Which olive oil is best?

May 1, 2012

Can you explain the differences between extra virgin, pure, light, and all of the other various types of olive oils in the grocery store shelf? Which type is best?

 

Ask the Food Doc: Some like it hot, hot hot!

Apr 3, 2012

Editor’s note: Bob Hutkins is the Food Doc. He is a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he teaches and conducts research in…

 

Sourdough starter has a long shelf-life — even centuries

Mar 6, 2012

Editor’s note: Bob Hutkins is the Food Doc. He is a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he teaches and conducts research in…

 

Not all chocolate is created equal

Jan 31, 2012

 

Ask the Food Doc: Is high fructose corn syrup to blame for weight gain?

Jan 3, 2012

 

Ask the Food Doc: How much red wine reaps health benefits?

Dec 6, 2011

 

Ask the Food Doc: How does that turkey pop-up timer work?

Nov 2, 2011