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Fish Consumption: FDA Issues Surprising Draft Guidance for Women & Kids

Fish Consumption: FDA Issues Surprising Draft Guidance for Women & Kids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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Coke Copies Pepsi, Removes Potentially Harmful Ingredient from Sports Drink

Coke Copies Pepsi, Removes Potentially Harmful Ingredient from Sports Drink

The Coca Cola company is quietly removing brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from its Powerade line of sports drinks. The move comes only months after PepsiCo subsidiary Gatorade announced it will be removing BVO from its sport drink by the end … Continue reading

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Vermont Will Be The First State to Mandate GMO Labeling

Vermont Will Be The First State to Mandate GMO Labeling

Vermont is just one step away from mandatory labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients – the signing into law by governor Peter Shumlin who supports the initiative. Once enacted, the law will require food manufacturers to properly label their … Continue reading

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If the FDA Doesn’t Know What’s in Our Food, How Can We?

If the FDA Doesn’t Know What’s in Our Food, How Can We?

In the 1950′s only 800 chemicals were used as additives in our foods. That number has swelled to 10,000 today! You would think the FDA tests and approves each and everyone of them before they are allowed to be called … Continue reading

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Edible Seaweed: Nutritious or Poisonous?

Edible Seaweed: Nutritious or Poisonous?

This is a guest blog post by By Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, LDN. Edible sea vegetables including red, green and brown marine algae (aka seaweed) offer health benefits due to their concentrated vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and protein content. More … Continue reading

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Did You Know? The FDA Lets Companies Decide if an Additive is Safe or Not

Did You Know? The FDA Lets Companies Decide if an Additive is Safe or Not

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS. We recently wrote about the federal Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils due to their tendency to increase cardiovascular disease risk. Without … Continue reading

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Carcinogenic Caramel Color in Your Cola?

Carcinogenic Caramel Color in Your Cola?

Limiting consumption of colas is a horn we’ve been tooting here for years. The high amount of sugars is one reason, but some of the other ingredients are no less problematic. Phosphoric acid, for example, leaches calcium from the bones. … Continue reading

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