Yogurt or *Fauxgurt*?

Yogurt or *Fauxgurt*?

This is a guest blog post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. Protein and yogurt are still big marketing draws for “energy” bars, despite protein being one of the worst things you can … Continue reading

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Why is Ranch the Most Popular Salad Dressing?

Why is Ranch the Most Popular Salad Dressing?

The Wall Street Journal published an article about Ranch dressing with some interesting facts: Americans consume salad dressing 38 times a year Ranch is consumed 15 out of 38 times, with Italian dressing a far second, being eaten just 6 … Continue reading

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Why Are 3 States Suing The Makers of 5-Hour Energy Drinks?

Why Are 3 States Suing The Makers of 5-Hour Energy Drinks?

Vermont, Washington, and Oregon are suing Living Essentials, the maker of 5-Hour Energy, a popular product that sells millions of units a week. The small bottles contain a highly concentrated dose of caffeine, along with a few other ingredients: Energy … Continue reading

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A Truthful Commercial for Chicken McNuggets

A Truthful Commercial for Chicken McNuggets

This is a humorous look at what truthful advertising should look like. A supposedly simple product – breaded chicken pieces – is actually ultra-processed in order to create the standardization for sales of hundreds of millions of units a day. … Continue reading

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Panera Bread, Worse than a Big Mac?

Panera Bread, Worse than a Big Mac?

Panera bread has an upscale image that automatically translates in many people’s minds to healthy food. We want to challenge that thinking by comparing a popular sandwich served at Panera with the icon of junk-food – the McDonald’s Big Mac. … Continue reading

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Is Smoke Flavoring Safe?

Is Smoke Flavoring Safe?

Smoking is a millennia old technique used in many cultures to preserve food. Meats and fish would hang on rungs in a smokehouse over the course of a few hours to days. The meat was preserved by 2 means – … Continue reading

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Fourth of July: Do You Know What’s In Your Barbecue Sauce?

Fourth of July: Do You Know What’s In Your Barbecue Sauce?

Grilling season is in high gear, and this weekend will see record numbers of Americans celebrating Independence Day with family, friends, and … barbecued meals. Many of you will flavor your meats with an all American barbecue sauce. The origins … Continue reading

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FDA: Serving Sizes Are About to Get REAL!

FDA: Serving Sizes Are About to Get REAL!

Earlier this year, the FDA announced its plans to change the 20-year old nutrition facts panel that appears on food products. The change reflects changes in nutrition science and a better understanding of consumer behavior. We analyzed the announcement back … Continue reading

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Consumers Confused by Foods Labeled Natural

Consumers Confused by Foods Labeled Natural

Consumer Reports recently conducted a survey of 1000 people to learn about people’s attitudes regarding food labels.It’s amazing to see how marketers manage to dupe shoppers with meaningless drivel. The saddest example is the term “Natural”; 3 out of 5 … Continue reading

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How Much Sugar in Starbucks’ New Fizzio Sodas?

How Much Sugar in Starbucks’ New Fizzio Sodas?

Starbucks is rolling out new drinks for the summer. In a press release on Monday, the coffee-shop behemoth announced 3 sodas: Fizzio™ Handcrafted Sodas are carbonated fresh and debut in three classic flavors with a Starbucks twist – Spiced Root … Continue reading

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