You’ll Never Guess Where in America the First Junk Food Tax Has Been Legislated

You’ll Never Guess Where in America the First Junk Food Tax Has Been Legislated

Though many had expected New York City to be the first to pass a soda / junk food tax, Michael Bloomberg was unsuccessful in passing such legislation during his tenure as mayor. Fierce opposition from junk food and beverage companies, … Continue reading

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It Took 50 Years for Pharmacies to Oust Tobacco. Timetable for Candy?

It Took 50 Years for Pharmacies to Oust Tobacco. Timetable for Candy?

CVS shocked the public and markets when it announced yesterday that it will stop selling tobacco before the end of the year. As a result, the pharmacy chain will lose two billion dollars in annual revenue. While this seems like a … Continue reading

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Can Candy Be a Superfood? This Halloween, Try Kiwicha Candies

Can Candy Be a Superfood? This Halloween, Try Kiwicha Candies

This is a guest blog post by Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD, CSSD. Kiwicha, also known as amaranth or “mini quinoa” is a small pseudo cereal noted for its dense nutritional content.  Kiwicha has been farmed in Peru and other areas … Continue reading

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Name These 3 Fruits (plus some thoughts about variety)

Name These 3 Fruits (plus some thoughts about variety)

Eating healthfully may seem boring after a while. The same salad every day for lunch, boring greens, an apple a day, etc… And all the while we are tempted with an endless stream of marketing messages to buy this or … Continue reading

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Spinning the Jelly Bean

Spinning the Jelly Bean

This is a guest post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. This fall, Jelly Belly will be starting “voluntary front-of-package nutrition labeling on its most popular packaged products,” according to a press release last month. … Continue reading

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Hershey’s New Nutrition Offensive

Hershey’s New Nutrition Offensive

It always cracks us up to read about nutrition initiatives coming from candy companies. You’ve got to hand it to them, they keep trying. This time it’s the Hershey Company, stalwart of the chocolate addiction industry in the US. In … Continue reading

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Beef: Corn Fed, Grass Fed, and Now, Candy Fed!

Beef: Corn Fed, Grass Fed, and Now, Candy Fed!

File this under weird. Due to drought conditions this year, the price of animal feed crops has increased substantially. In some cases ranchers are finding it hard to obtain corn or soy to feed their cattle. Some farmers have discovered … Continue reading

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Fuel for Your Car, Fuel for Your Body?

Fuel for Your Car, Fuel for Your Body?

This picture was taken at a Shell Gas Station in the San Francisco area. Just a friendly reminder from the convenience store inside to fuel up on sugars and fats as you’re fueling your car. While automobiles can consume only one type … Continue reading

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5 Pieces of Halloween Candy Advice

5 Pieces of Halloween Candy Advice

With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve been getting questions from parents about the best options for treats out there. While this may shock some folks, we view Halloween as a singular event where nutrition should not be your main … Continue reading

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About Those Colorful Easter Candies

About Those Colorful Easter Candies

Easter, the holiday of spring and renewal, is also the holiday of brightly colored eggs and candies. Today, millions of kids will gorge on sweets. And some, as a result, will start bouncing off the walls. It could be the … Continue reading

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