10 Fun and Weird Candy Facts [Happy Halloween!]

10 Fun and Weird Candy Facts [Happy Halloween!]

1. Candy became widely available only 130 years ago. Until then, people would make their own fudge or caramel at home. 2. Candy is a health scapegoat – 100 years ago, doctors blamed candy for the spread of polio. In … Continue reading

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What Happens When You Mix Pepsi and a Hard Boiled Egg?

What Happens When You Mix Pepsi and a Hard Boiled Egg?

This is a guest blog post by  Lisa Cain, Ph.D Most of the discussion on drinking soda has focused on high fructose corn syrup and its detrimental effects on blood sugar and weight.  But, what about your teeth? Today, we … Continue reading

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Oh No! More Industry Sponsored Nutrition Labels

Oh No! More Industry Sponsored Nutrition Labels

Earlier this week, the two largest food and beverage trade organizations announced a new industry initiative for Front-of-Package (FOP) nutrition labeling of groceries. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued a joint press release: America’s leading … Continue reading

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Snack Binge: It’s Not Your Fault, It’s the Package!

Snack Binge: It’s Not Your Fault, It’s the Package!

There’s an interesting study published in the October issue of the Journal of Consumer Psychology. The researchers, Adriana Madzharov and Lauren Block of Baruch College, CUNY, wanted to observe the effect of product package information on consumer behavior. More specifically, … Continue reading

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“Grapples” – Apples that Taste Like Grapes

“Grapples” – Apples that Taste Like Grapes

We love apples. We love grapes. Kids do too. Great natural snacks. That’s why we were very intrigued to learn about the existence of Grapple (pronounced Grape – L). Grapple is a new fruit, or so we thought, that combines … Continue reading

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Trick or (tiny) Treat

Trick or (tiny) Treat

With Halloween coming up this weekend, you’re probably reading and viewing lots of advice regarding chocolate choices and snack strategies. While some may go out of their way to prepare and receive only healthy snacks, we’re of the mass market … Continue reading

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Whole Foods Market Pilots Non-GMO Labels

Whole Foods Market Pilots Non-GMO Labels

Heard about GMO? Genetically modified organisms are plants or animals that have had their DNA altered through gene splicing techniques. This enable scientists to insert the DNA from one species into that of another in order to obtain a certain … Continue reading

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Which is Healthier for Me – Tea or Coffee ?

Which is Healthier for Me – Tea or Coffee ?

Inhabitants of earth can be roughly divided in to 2 groups: tea lovers and coffee addicts. Some countries are home to many more of one kind than the other. The US is a coffee nation, but the UK and many … Continue reading

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8 Myths About Vegetarians and Vegetarian Food

8 Myths About Vegetarians and Vegetarian Food

This is a guest blog post by Daniel Koontz Long-time readers know all about Casual Kitchen’s predilection for what we call part-time vegetarianism. Since vegetarian cuisine is typically very inexpensive, one great way to stretch your food budget and make … Continue reading

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40% of Kids’ Calories are from Junk Food

40% of Kids’ Calories are from Junk Food

Wondering why childhood obesity is running rampant? Now you know. They’re eating crap. This, according to statistics compiled by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey  (NHANES) and reported by ABC News. Half of the fattening calories come from just … Continue reading

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