Nutella Celebrates, But Should You?

Nutella Celebrates, But Should You?

Today is yet another made up marketing holiday, and this one is global. All rise for … Global Nutella Day. Should we celebrate? In 2012, Nutella agreed to pay $3 million as part of a settlement of a class action … Continue reading

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A New Snickers Bar Worthy of Your Attention?

A New Snickers Bar Worthy of Your Attention?

Mars, the candy giant, has introduced a new bar – Snickers Crisper – to the market. It’s the first Snickers bar to clock in at under 200 calories. A serving size is 2 bars (40 grams – 1.3 ounces), and … Continue reading

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Should We Drink Seawater to Get Our Electrolytes?

Should We Drink Seawater to Get Our Electrolytes?

The Winter (West Coast) Fancy Food Show is a trade show featuring more than 80,000 food and beverage products and related items. There are bound to be hits as well as misses, and some of the misses are truly head-scratchers. … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Popcorn Day!

Celebrate National Popcorn Day!

Today is another made-up product marketing day, celebrating … popcorn. Popcorn is a wonderful snack that is made up almost entirely of air. A one-ounce serving of stove-top popcorn with a bit of oil can easily fill 3 cups, but … Continue reading

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Would You Eat Avocado Ice Cream?

Would You Eat Avocado Ice Cream?

Avocados are unusually high in (healthy) fats for a fruit: 75%-80% of the calories come from fat. Now that Americans aren’t afraid of fat any longer, avocados are enjoying heightening popularity. It’s no surprise to see avocados popping up as … Continue reading

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Chick-fil-A’s Kale Salad

Chick-fil-A’s Kale Salad

Fast food chain Chick-fil-A is introducing a kale salad to its menu. Starting next week, you’ll be able to order a “Superfood Side”. It has just 170 calories, 1 gram of saturated fat, 4 grams of protein, and 2 grams … Continue reading

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The Greek Yogurt Wars Have Begun

The Greek Yogurt Wars Have Begun

One of the fastest growing food categories in recent years has been Greek Yogurt.  Dannon and Yoplait were totally blindsided by Chobani, a company that grew from zero to a billion dollars in sales in less than a decade. The … Continue reading

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Subway’s Nasty Ad

Subway’s Nasty Ad

Subway is running an ad campaign enticing people to buy a 30-ounce soft drink in order to get a free 6-inch sub. We won’t get into the economics of this choice, but we do want to spend a minute scolding … Continue reading

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Zero Calorie Energy Drinks – Can They Do the Job?

Zero Calorie Energy Drinks – Can They Do the Job?

Energy drinks are usually comprised of water, caffeine, other substances, and lots of sugar. For people looking to cut calories, non-caloric versions exist, using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar. One such product is Xyience, which boasts “Great taste, Zero Calories”.  … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Top 7 New Year’s Resolutions for 2016*

McDonald’s Top 7 New Year’s Resolutions for 2016*

1. We will acknowledge that portion size is the biggest factor in the caloric content of menu items; furthermore, we will concede that shrinking a menu item does not make it “healthier,” only lower in calories along with all other … Continue reading

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