USDA Announces 2010 Dietary Guidelines. (Yes, we know its January 2011)

USDA Announces 2010 Dietary Guidelines. (Yes, we know its January 2011)

The USDA is announcing today, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. A bit overdue, once every 5 years the Department of Agriculture modifies its recommendations based on new scientific evidence (and heavy lobbying too). It would seem that the Department … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Dorito, Part 2

The Anatomy of a Dorito, Part 2

Last week we talked about Cool Ranch Doritos and how with 34 ingredients, you can’t expect a healthy snack. Yesterday we got an email from Lindsey, who pointed out a discrepancy in another Doritos product – Nacho Cheese: How can … Continue reading

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M & M’s Deconstructed

M & M’s Deconstructed

If you’ve visited New York’s Times Square lately, you may have encountered M&M’s World. It’s a three floor temple celebrating all things small, round, chocolaty, and brightly colored. The brand, owned by Mars, has been around since the early 1940′s … Continue reading

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Why the Happy Meal is a crime—and not just a culinary one

Why the Happy Meal is a crime—and not just a culinary one

This is a guest blog post by Michelle Simon. It originally appeared on Grist. When it comes to food, everybody’s got an opinion. Same goes for parenting. Mix the two together and you’ve got the makings of a culture war. … Continue reading

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Eating Habits We’ve Learned from Food Industry and Friends [Part 1]

Eating Habits We’ve Learned from Food Industry and Friends [Part 1]

This is a guest blog post by Carol Harvey, director of nutrition labeling at Palate Works. In today’s post – Habit No. 1: The Great Wall of Lunch Meat Make your own Ham & Swiss sandwich and it will be … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Dorito

The Anatomy of a Dorito

Munching on savory snacks with the “Os” suffix (Tostitos, Doritos, Cheetos) goes hand in hand with playoff Sundays and the Superbowl. Would you like to know what you’re putting in your body each time you reach for a Doritos Cool … Continue reading

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How Fooducate Grades Products

How Fooducate Grades Products

If you’ve been using the Fooducate iPhone App you may be wondering how products are graded. We’ve received inquiries on this matter from consumers, food manufacturers, and nutrition professionals. Fooducate’s philosophy is relatively simple, but the actual algorithmic implementation is … Continue reading

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Oh No! Yet Another Front-of-Pack Nutrition Label to Confuse Us

Oh No! Yet Another Front-of-Pack Nutrition Label to Confuse Us

In a brash and preemptive move against the FDA and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the 2 largest trade organizations representing the food industry have announced a new front-of-package label – Nutrition Keys. Here’s the pitch from the Grocery Manufacturers … Continue reading

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Coming Soon? Nutrition Labels on Wine and Booze

Coming Soon? Nutrition Labels on Wine and Booze

Do you know how many calories are in that glass of 2008 Pinot Noir you’ve paired with your appetizer? Or how many carbs are in that Bud-Light? Truth be told, many of us are clueless when it comes to alcoholic … Continue reading

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Starbucks: Super Size & Other News

Starbucks: Super Size & Other News

Lots of things happening at Starbucks lately. 1. The company is revamping its logo. after several decades of text plus mermaid, the new logo is all graphics. 2. In response to challenges from McDonald’s and other, a new super-size TRENTA … Continue reading

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