High Fructose Corn Syrup Vindicated by – No Surprise – its Peddlers

High Fructose Corn Syrup Vindicated by – No Surprise – its Peddlers

A clever marketing campaign by industry backed Center for Consumer Freedom is trying to free high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) of its bum rap. Parents, dieters and health industry professionals have been “brainwashed” to think that HFCS is the cause … Continue reading

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“Eat Freely” Campaign…promoting Hot Pockets [Inside the Label]

“Eat Freely” Campaign…promoting Hot Pockets [Inside the Label]

There’s a massive campaign on billboards, TV and on the web. It’s a freedom movement, a revolution, and it’s inviting youth to join the cause. The noble and worthy movement is not about minimum wages for tomato farm workers. Nor … Continue reading

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Is Fasting a Healthy Weight Loss Option?

Is Fasting a Healthy Weight Loss Option?

This month is seeing several religious fasting traditions – Muslims with the Rammadan, and Jews with Yom Kippur. The latter is a 25 hour fast beginning this evening at sunset. Rammadan, which ended last week, lasted an entire month! Luckily, … Continue reading

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Nutrition School Dean Defends “Smart Choices” [Nutrition Labels]

Nutrition School Dean Defends “Smart Choices” [Nutrition Labels]

Dr. Eileen Kennedy, dean of Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition, is still convinced the Smart Choices front of package nutrition label is a good move. Dr. Kennedy is the chairman of the Smart Choices Program which recommends Froot Loops … Continue reading

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For Foodies – Local Food. Online. Delivered.

For Foodies – Local Food. Online. Delivered.

A growing number of foodies are looking to the Internet to discover and order tasty gems. These are artisan food products that are manufactured in small batches, usually from organic, local ingredients. The mom&pop operations are very small, will never … Continue reading

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Stevi-huh?

Stevi-huh?

Heard of stevia? if not, don’t fret, you’re in good company. 70% of Americans are not familiar with this relatively new sweetener, according to a new study by Mintel, a consumer research company. Over the years, the quest for a … Continue reading

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“Smart Choices” Food Labeling Losing Backers

“Smart Choices” Food Labeling Losing Backers

The launch of food industry backed Smart Choices Seal,  a front of package label designed to inform shoppers of more nutritious products, has been very controversial. The criteria deciding which products are “better for you” were set by a panel … Continue reading

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Raw, Brown, or Refined Sugar?

Raw, Brown, or Refined Sugar?

Image via Wikipedia Which of these sugars is the most nutritious – Raw, brown, or refined? Before we answer, let’s take a minute to remind ourselves how sugar is produced. The raw materials utilized are either sugar cane stalks or … Continue reading

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The USDA Wants YOUR Opinion: What is “Natural” Meat?

The USDA Wants YOUR Opinion: What is “Natural” Meat?

The terms “Natural” and “Naturally Raised” ring an assuring tone when affixed onto meat labels at the supermarket. Who wants to buy an artificial chicken. “Natural” conjures images of endless plains where cattle roam freely, and open ranges where hens … Continue reading

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Dannon Yogurt NOT as Healthful as Previously Claimed [Inside the Label]

Dannon Yogurt NOT as Healthful as Previously Claimed [Inside the Label]

On Friday, Dannon Company announced it had settled a class action suit to the tune of $35 Million. The lawsuit was filed in early 2008, alleging that Dannon knowingly misled consumers in its marketing activities around its Activia yogurt line. … Continue reading

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