9 Ways to Reduce Your Salt Intake

9 Ways to Reduce Your Salt Intake

There’s a war going on now in the food/health space. In the last few years, excess salt consumption has been identified by leading health organizations as a contributor to various diseases including hypertension, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, stomach cancer, and … Continue reading

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V8 Vegetable Juice – Twice the Salt of McD’s French Fries

V8 Vegetable Juice – Twice the Salt of McD’s French Fries

From Fooducate reader Luke: “My question has to do with V8 (the original, or the spicy hot version of the original). Avoid? OK to buy? Please help!” We certainly can understand the confusion. Just take a look at V8′s marketing … Continue reading

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Sugary Desserts to Lose Heart Check Symbol

Sugary Desserts to Lose Heart Check Symbol

The Heart Check Symbol – one of the first front-of-pack nutrition labels – was created by the American Heart Association in 1995. The idea was to give people a quick visual cue as to foods that were low in saturated … Continue reading

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The American Heart Association’s “Simple Seven” Heart Health Factors

The American Heart Association’s “Simple Seven” Heart Health Factors

The American Heart Association wants you to be healthier. And in a new, online campaign, dubbed My Life Check, the organization is introducing 7 factors that will help you live longer: Stop smoking Get active Lose weight Eat better Manage … Continue reading

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Regulating Front-of-Package Nutrition Labels, Part 2 of 3: Developing New Minimum Standards for Complex Rating Schemes

Regulating Front-of-Package Nutrition Labels, Part 2 of 3: Developing New Minimum Standards for Complex Rating Schemes

This is a guest blog-post by  Professor Timothy D. Lytton In my previous post, I suggested that regulation of front-of-package nutrition labels should begin with better enforcement of existing standards. Existing regulations, I argued, already provide adequate tools to clamp … Continue reading

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Regulating Front-of-Package Nutrition Labels, Part 1 of 3: Better Enforcement of Existing Standards

Regulating Front-of-Package Nutrition Labels, Part 1 of 3: Better Enforcement of Existing Standards

This is a guest blog-post by  Professor Timothy D. Lytton At the top of the FDA’s agenda for 2010 is regulating front-of-package nutrition labels. Proponents of symbols like the Heart Check mark and the Smart Choices logo and rating systems … Continue reading

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Sugar in the Headlines

Sugar in the Headlines

Image via Wikipedia The American Heart Association has just published a report on sugar consumption [PDF] in its Circulation Journal. Not surprisingly, Americans are consuming way too many teaspoonfuls of ADDED SUGAR in our diet. How much? 22 teaspoons worth … Continue reading

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Campbell’s: Healthier Soups and Snacks for Schools

Campbell’s: Healthier Soups and Snacks for Schools

We recently wrote about the soup war raging between Campbell’s and Progresso. Could the following be another battle for consumer mindshare? Campbell Soup Company has reformulated its product line specifically for schools, lowering salt and fat content to meet the … Continue reading

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1862 – 2014: A Brief History of Food and Nutrition Labeling

1862 – 2014: A Brief History of Food and Nutrition Labeling

In the early 13th century, the king of England proclaimed the first food regulatory law, the Assize of Bread, which prohibited bakers from mixing ground peas and beans into bread dough. Ever since, it has been a cat and mouse game between the food industry and the public (fast forward to China 2008 – melamine in milk powder anybody?). In the US, food regulation dates back to early colonial times. Here is a brief overview of the last 150 years of government and industry food regulation: Continue reading

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