How Much Sugar in Starbucks “Lightly Sweetened” Iced Coffee?

How Much Sugar in Starbucks “Lightly Sweetened” Iced Coffee?

We’re in the heat of summer, and everyone is slogging through long, hot, and humid days. People hydrate more during July and August than the rest of the year. While this can be an opportunity to train the palate to … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Strawberry Lemonade – You’ll Never Believe How Many Teaspoons of Sugar!

McDonald’s Strawberry Lemonade – You’ll Never Believe How Many Teaspoons of Sugar!

McDonald’s is promoting its strawberry lemonade this summer, encouraging us to “get shakin’ on some strawberry sweetness.” We can relate to that. In fact, we love strawberries. However, this is simply sugar water in disguise. Don’t believe us? Here’s the … Continue reading

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Steak Sauce Deconstructed (Father’s Day Special)

Steak Sauce Deconstructed (Father’s Day Special)

Happy Father’s Day! If you’re celebrating with your family by grilling meat, there’s a fair chance you will be employing sauce as well. Steak sauce has been around for almost 200 years, since the days of British King George the … Continue reading

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The FDA Regulates the Word “Healthy”, but Food Companies Have a Workaround

The FDA Regulates the Word “Healthy”, but Food Companies Have a Workaround

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the way the nutritive properties of food are described. In doing so, the agency takes descriptive words and gives them very specific … Continue reading

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The Myth of Antioxidants in Bottled Tea

The Myth of Antioxidants in Bottled Tea

Contrary to popular belief, Tea is the world’s most widely consumed beverage, not coffee. Just in the US, annual sales of tea bags and bottles, including iced tea, reached $7 Billion in recent years. The industry has quadrupled itself since … Continue reading

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Is Organic Candy Healthier than Regular Candy?

Is Organic Candy Healthier than Regular Candy?

Jelly Belly, the iconic manufacturer of Jelly Beans will launch an organic line later this year. The organic jelly beans will be made from “real fruit juice” and will use no artificial colorings. Does this make them healthier than regular … Continue reading

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Snapple’s Patriotic Iced Tea

Snapple’s Patriotic Iced Tea

Just in time for the 4th of July, Snapple is offering a patriotic iced tea. This is an idiotic idea that will surely succeed, as it plays on consumers’ heartstrings and loyalty to country. From Snapple: Tastes like freedom! Behold. … Continue reading

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Happy National Donut Day?!

Happy National Donut Day?!

Today is another food holiday, but unlike many of the others, this one was not invented by marketers. National Doughnut Day was initiated in 1938 by the Salvation Army after their volunteers had been handing out free donuts to soldiers … Continue reading

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Are Pumpkin Seeds the New Superfood?

Are Pumpkin Seeds the New Superfood?

At least one company would like them to be. SuperSeedz sells pumpkin seeds in various flavors, touting its products as gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut free, vegan, and non-GMO. What we like is the simple ingredients. Their Sea Salt flavor has … Continue reading

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How Many Carbs in Yogurt?

How Many Carbs in Yogurt?

Several things happen to yogurt when you take the fat out. For one, the calories plummet. However, you may also lose texture, mouthfeel, and most importantly, flavor. There are several ways to address these problems: * Add sugars * Add … Continue reading

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