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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The Velveeta Recall – A Reminder to Avoid Fake Cheese

The Velveeta Recall – A Reminder to Avoid Fake Cheese

As you may have already heard, Kraft is recalling Velveeta in several states, after discovering that 260 cases of the product were manufactured with an insufficient amount of preservative. Oh, the irony. Velveeta “cheese product” has been faking it since … Continue reading

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Is Evaporated Cane Juice Healthier than Sugar?

Is Evaporated Cane Juice Healthier than Sugar?

Sugar is bad for you, and seeing it listed in a product’s ingredient’s list is a serious turn-off. That’s why food manufacturers like to use “healthier” ingredients, for example evaporated cane juice. It sounds much healthier than table sugar, but … Continue reading

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The Top 41 Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables by Nutrient Density. Kale is only #15

The Top 41 Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables by Nutrient Density. Kale is only #15

A study recently published in the Center for Disease Control’s Preventing Chronic Disease journal aimed to classify the fruits and vegetables that are super foods. The term coined for these foods was Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables (PFV). The scientist behind … Continue reading

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Nature Valley’s Chewy Protein Bar – The Pros and Cons

Nature Valley’s Chewy Protein Bar – The Pros and Cons

Everyone and their sister is getting on the protein bandwagon these days. Snack bars are leading the crusade to bulk up our protein intake. Nature Valley, a General Mills subsidiary, is no exception. Today we’ll analyze the company’s Protein Chewy … Continue reading

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Cheerios Protein Cereal – Sugary Hype, Not Much More

Cheerios Protein Cereal – Sugary Hype, Not Much More

Major news in the cereal world last week. Cheerios, the most popular brand of breakfast cereal, has joined the protein arms race with the introduction of 2 new cereals fortified with protein clusters. With carbs deemed evil, and fats as … Continue reading

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Planters Peanuts, The Next Generation

Planters Peanuts, The Next Generation

At Fooducate, we are big fans of nuts and seeds as snacks. Eaten with a piece of fruit, they provide a great combination of protein, healthy fats, and carbs. Let’s talk peanuts, shall we? Although technically a legume, not a … Continue reading

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Coming Ban for some Omega-3 Fat Claims

Coming Ban for some Omega-3 Fat Claims

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS There is a big problem with determining nutritional requirements for omega-3 fats. Even though they are almost universally praised as promoting health and well being, it is not possible to define … Continue reading

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