Back To School: Food Safety Quiz

Back To School: Food Safety Quiz

A nice test of your food safety awareness from the Sacramento Bee. Answer true / false : 1. Squeezing a loaf of bread can indicate freshness. 2. Bread mold is harmless; just brush it off or tear off the mold … Continue reading

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Food Labeling Wars – the COOL phase

Food Labeling Wars – the COOL phase

Ever since the FDA’s Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) was enacted in the early 1990′s, food package labels have been a battleground between the food industry and consumer interest groups. While the former try to limit the disclosures, the … Continue reading

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Energy Drinks. Use in Moderation

Energy Drinks. Use in Moderation

An article from the Los Angeles Times, brings the story of a teenager who was in the habit of drinking several Redline energy drinks a day, and subsequently suffered severe inflammation, bleeding and ulcerations the small intestine: Those who love … Continue reading

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Stevia is safe. or not

Stevia is safe. or not

Stevia, also known as rebiana and truvia, is extracted from a South American plant and processed into a low calorie sweetener 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. It’s legal for use in food products in Japan and Brazil, but not the … Continue reading

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Slow Food vs. Fast Food

Slow Food vs. Fast Food

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend, you may want to join a revolution. No, the hippies of the 60s and the techies of today are not the luminaries this time. Food is. The Slow Food movement, … Continue reading

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Allergic to Some Foods? Better Labeling on the Way. Maybe

Allergic to Some Foods? Better Labeling on the Way. Maybe

From The Seattle Post Intelligencer: About 12 million Americans have food allergies. Severe ones trigger 30,000 annual emergency-room visits, and 150 to 200 deaths a year. More and more foods bear precautionary labels, but there’s a disconnect. The Food Allergy … Continue reading

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Yogurt: Not Just for Breakfast

Yogurt: Not Just for Breakfast

The New York Times extols yogurt at all hours: Yogurt is a bona fide superfood with live bacterial cultures that make it unique…Yogurt is wonderful to cook with, much more than a breakfast food, and this week’s recipes will showcase … Continue reading

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Chewing Gum Quiz

Chewing Gum Quiz

From the Dallas Morning Herald: chewing sugar-freegum can help prevent tooth decay and freshen breath, but are there other benefits? Here’s a quiz to help you decide. What to look for at the supermarket: You don’t need to look, the … Continue reading

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Too much Salt

Too much Salt

People don’t realize it, but most of us consume way too much salt. Most comes not from the salt shaker, rather from processed foods (over 60%). Consumer groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) are … Continue reading

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Back to School – Eat Smart to Be Smart

Back to School – Eat Smart to Be Smart

From a recent publication by the University of Michigan Health System: Food does more than satisfy hunger; it provides fuel for the body and mind, too. So as you make a list of school supplies to buy for the upcoming … Continue reading

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