Energy Drinks Lead to Insomnia in Athletes

Energy Drinks Lead to Insomnia in Athletes

We’ve written numerous times in the past about the potential dangers of energy drinks, especially as it relates to teens. The excessive amounts of caffeine consumed have led kids to suffer from caffeine poisoning. There have been several deaths in … Continue reading

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The Truth About MSG

The Truth About MSG

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a salt form of an amino acid (protein building block). It is often used as a food additive because it adds a deep umami flavor to dishes. MSG was first synthesized in 1908 in Japan, when … Continue reading

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How Worried Should You Be About Pesticide on Your Fruit?

How Worried Should You Be About Pesticide on Your Fruit?

Everyone needs to eat more fruits and vegetables. They are tasty, full of fiber, rich in antioxidants, and should be a part of every meal. All good, right? Well, that depends on how seriously you take the threat of pesticide … Continue reading

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Chemicals in Your Food – What You Don’t Know Will Harm You

Chemicals in Your Food – What You Don’t Know Will Harm You

In recent decades, food technology has progressed at such a pace that we now have thousands of chemicals being used as additives in beverages and foods. There are over 9000 additives today compared to 800 fifty years ago. The Food … Continue reading

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Pregnant Women Warned to Avoid Tuna

Pregnant Women Warned to Avoid Tuna

Earlier this summer we wrote about the FDA’s surprising recommendations for pregnant women, encouraging them to eat more fish, including 2-3 servings of tuna per week. Now, the highly esteemed Consumers Reports is advising pregnant women to avoid tuna altogether. … Continue reading

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Should I Refrigerate My Peanut Butter (Or Any Nut Butter)?

Should I Refrigerate My Peanut Butter (Or Any Nut Butter)?

A Fooducate community member recently asked about the shelf life of nut butters. Here’s what you need to know. Peanut, almond, and cashew butters are not only tasty, they are a good source of healthy unsaturated fats. These fats are … Continue reading

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Is Cargill Really Reducing Antibiotic Use in Turkeys?

Is Cargill Really Reducing Antibiotic Use in Turkeys?

Will we celebrate Thanksgiving this year with an antibiotic-free Turkey? Cargill, one of the largest food companies in the world, announced last week that it will be ending the use of antibiotics to promote growth of turkeys it sells. The … Continue reading

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Bill to Ban BPA in Food Packaging is Introduced, Here’s How to Protect Your Family in the Meanwhile

Bill to Ban BPA in Food Packaging is Introduced, Here’s How to Protect Your Family in the Meanwhile

he Senate and House of Representatives are both proposing a new food safety bill. The Ban Poisonous Additives Act is specifically targeting Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical widely used in plastic bottles and cans and associated with cancer, infertility, and fetal development … Continue reading

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Fish Consumption: FDA Issues Surprising Draft Guidance for Women & Kids

Fish Consumption: FDA Issues Surprising Draft Guidance for Women & Kids

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) have  issued a draft of updated recommendations on the consumption of fish for childbearing women and children. In 2004, the FDA’s recommendation was to limit the consumption of large … Continue reading

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Meet Advantame, Yet Another Artificial Sweetener Approved by the FDA

Meet Advantame, Yet Another Artificial Sweetener Approved by the FDA

The FDA has recently approved its sixth artificial sweetener – Advantame. This is a super-sweetener, at almost 20,000 times sweeter than table sugar. For comparison, aspartame is only 200 times sweeter than sugar, and sucralose is 600 times sweeter. Advantame … Continue reading

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