Is This Ketchup Really Healthy?

Is This Ketchup Really Healthy?

Spotted in the wild – Hunt’s “100% Natural” Tomato Ketchup. The Con-Agra owned brand boast No preservatives, and No high fructose corn syrup on the front of pack. This is the copy on the back: “From the tomato experts: Hunt’s … Continue reading

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How the “Cherry on Top” Came to Be

How the “Cherry on Top” Came to Be

Maraschino Cherries are the ultra-sweet, plastic tasting condiments one often encounters topping ice cream desserts or added to cocktails. They are very pretty but most certainly don’t taste anything like real cherries. How did wonderful fresh cherries become “Maraschino”? There’s … Continue reading

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Monster Coke: Coca Cola Partners With Energy Drink Maker

Monster Coke: Coca Cola Partners With Energy Drink Maker

There’s no stopping the energy drink market, unfortunately. Instead of proper nutrition and sleep, people are seeking a shortcut in the form of sugary caffeine boosts. Monster is a category leader in a market that is growing 10% a year. … Continue reading

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Understanding Percent Daily Value (%DV) for Protein

Understanding Percent Daily Value (%DV) for Protein

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS For most nutrients it is easy to understand how the % Daily Value (%DV) is determined. It is simply the percentage of the 100% Daily Value amount that is in … Continue reading

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Shrimp Chips. Seriously?

Shrimp Chips. Seriously?

Just as I was checking out at Safeway, I noticed a row of boxes with these interestingly named snacks in and on top of them. Shrimp. Chips. A match made in heaven! Or is it? If you were expecting thinly … Continue reading

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Clean Label or Mislabeled?

Clean Label or Mislabeled?

This is a guest blog post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. What’s not to like about a “clean” label – listing only one or two ingredients – to show how pure a … Continue reading

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Is Stevia Genetically Modified?

Is Stevia Genetically Modified?

Stevia has gained a loyal following since it was approved for use by the FDA in 2008. The zero-calorie sweetener is found in soft drinks, yogurts, and in stand-alone packets that people can use to sweeten whatever they like. Stevia … Continue reading

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Arby’s May “Have The Meat”, But Should You Eat It?

Arby’s May “Have The Meat”, But Should You Eat It?

Arby’s has launched a new campaign – “We have the meats”, and is using closeup shots of processed meats and sandwiches to entice consumers to eat up: “Available in Arby’s restaurants throughout the month of August, the new protein-packed Mega … Continue reading

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What Makes a Healthy Tortilla?

What Makes a Healthy Tortilla?

Tortillas are the culinary lovechild of the new world and the old world. Before the Spaniards arrived, flat-breads in central America were made with maize. Then the conquistadors introduced wheat to the natives, and the rest is history. Today, most … Continue reading

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Have Some Dijon Mustard

Have Some Dijon Mustard

Mustard is a condiment we like to recommend. Compared to high-calorie mayonnaise, it has zero fat. Compared to ketchup, it has zero sugars and carbs. In fact, at 5 calories per teaspoon, this is one of the best ways to … Continue reading

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