Arsenic in Rice – 7 Things to Know

Arsenic in Rice – 7 Things to Know

Consumer Reports, the venerable source of objective product testing, has just published a worrisome follow-up report on arsenic in rice. The full report and video is here. Arsenic is a deadly toxin that was used in pesticides in the past … Continue reading

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Why is McDonald’s Refusing to Serve GMO Potatoes?

Why is McDonald’s Refusing to Serve GMO Potatoes?

This is interesting. The USDA recently approved a new genetically modified crop – a potato. The new creation – named Innate Potato -  has several advantages over current potatoes: 1. It won’t brown after being cut. The enzyme responsible for … Continue reading

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What Does the Expiry Date on Food Really Mean?

What Does the Expiry Date on Food Really Mean?

A first-world problem we’ve all encountered at some point or other, is a freshly prepared cup of steaming coffee ruined by the addition of sour milk. The first thing people do after pouring the coffee down the drain is examine … Continue reading

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What Do Dried Apricots, Shrimp, and Red Wine Have in Common?

What Do Dried Apricots, Shrimp, and Red Wine Have in Common?

The answer is sulfites. Sulfites are inorganic salts that have antioxidant and preservative properties. They appear under various names in ingredient labels: sulfur dioxide, sodium bisulfite, sodium sulfate,  and potassium bisulfite. Sulfites prevent discoloration of dried fruit, certain shrimp, and … Continue reading

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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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