5 Things to Know About the Nitrites & Nitrates in Your Hot Dog

5 Things to Know About the Nitrites & Nitrates in Your Hot Dog

1. Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate are food preservatives used primarily in processed meat products such as hot dogs, luncheon meats, ham, bacon, corned beef (spam), and in smoked fish. 2. Nitrites play several roles: they maintain the pinkish meat … Continue reading

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Planters NUT-rition and its Vitamin C Mystery [Nutrition Label Screwups]

Planters NUT-rition and its Vitamin C Mystery [Nutrition Label Screwups]

Nuts and fruit are quite a good snack combination. They provide a good mix of healthy fats, protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals with a relatively low sugar content. That’s why we like the Planters line of NUT-rition products. One … Continue reading

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The 20 Most Common Bread Ingredients [Bread miniseries part 3/4]

The 20 Most Common Bread Ingredients [Bread miniseries part 3/4]

Welcome to part 3 of our miniseries. In part 1, we provided ground rules for choosing healthy bread. In part 2, we explained what whole grains are. Today we’ll take a look at the other ingredients in bread. To do … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday (sort of) to Vitamin C

Happy Birthday (sort of) to Vitamin C

If you’ve noticed today’s Google Doodle, it depicts oranges and strawberries. Clicking on the link takes you to the Wikipedia page for one Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986), who discovered vitamin C in the early 1930′s. He even got a Nobel Prize for it. … Continue reading

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True (?) Lemon For your Water

True (?) Lemon For your Water

Here’s an interesting product. Many people are trying to switch from sugary or diet soft drinks to water. But they can’t seem to bring themselves to drinking unflavored H 2 O. Adding some flavor makes the difference, and a wedge … Continue reading

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Why Do Fruit Snacks Use Artificial Colors?

Why Do Fruit Snacks Use Artificial Colors?

Another week, another fruit snack exposed. Last week we talked about fruit leathers. Today, Welch’s. Looking at the front of the package, you have to admire the marketing effort that went into its construction: Brand name is the most prominent, … Continue reading

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How Can 100% Nectar Contain Added Water and Sugars?

How Can 100% Nectar Contain Added Water and Sugars?

Here’s an email (and picture) we got from Tracy: A couple of months ago I bought an attractive two liter of Jumex Mango Juice for my boys.  It said “100% Nectar”!  Well, it was anything but.  I looked at the … Continue reading

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The Top 20 Ingredients Used in Bread [miniseries part 3]

The Top 20 Ingredients Used in Bread [miniseries part 3]

In the previous posts we provided general guidelines for choosing bread and discussed whole grains. Today we’ll take a look at the other ingredients in bread. To do this, we analyzed the ingredient lists of over 2,000 breads.  The average … Continue reading

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Sobe Energize Green Tea – Closer to Pepsi Cola than Health Elixir

Sobe Energize Green Tea – Closer to Pepsi Cola than Health Elixir

When you’re thirsty for something sweet and tasty, yet don’t want to drink an unhealthy cola, do you reach out for an iced tea drink? Do you placate your conscience by reading the label promising you improved well-being and exotic … Continue reading

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Why Does Ovaltine Have Artifical Yellow, Red & Blue Colorings? [Inside the Label]

Why Does Ovaltine Have Artifical Yellow, Red & Blue Colorings? [Inside the Label]

We’ve been blogging recently about chocolate milk.  One of our readers commented with a question about Ovaltine as an option to sweeten milk . Ovaltine is a milk flavoring invented in Switzerland more than a hundred years ago. The original … Continue reading

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