Japanese Tea Taste Test [Can you say Sokenbicha?]

Japanese Tea Taste Test [Can you say Sokenbicha?]

Fooducate blog reader and tea lover Julia recently received a sample pack of a new Japanese tea brand called Sokenbicha (“SO-can-BEE-cha”). It comes in 5 flavors (based on a holistic 5 elements theory – earth,wind, wood, water, and metal): Revive, … Continue reading

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Should Food Companies Sponsor Health Organizations?

Should Food Companies Sponsor Health Organizations?

Earlier this week, The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) published an open letter to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) asking the government organization to stop its affiliation with The Coca Cola Company. From CSPI’s … Continue reading

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Are Minute Maid “Brain Juice” Commercials Misleading? [Inside the Label]

Are Minute Maid “Brain Juice” Commercials Misleading? [Inside the Label]

Minute Maid, a subsidiary of the Coca Cola Company best known for its lines of fruit juices, has been reprimanded, albeit lightly, by the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB). NAD found that commercials … Continue reading

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“Calorie Offsets” Instead of Soda Tax

“Calorie Offsets” Instead of Soda Tax

Taxing soda pop, which seemed like a crazy idea just 12 months ago, is gaining traction with academics and politicians. Recently, President Obama said a soda tax is “an idea that we should be exploring.” And in a research paper … Continue reading

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Good News/Bad News – Changes in America’s Soft Drink Consumption Habits

Good News/Bad News – Changes in America’s Soft Drink Consumption Habits

Image by Getty Images via Daylife A bit of good news this week. 16 million less Americans are drinking sugary soft drinks now compared to 6 years ago (68% of adults vs 76%). This, from a report published by Mintel, … Continue reading

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Coke Sued Over Vitamin Water

Coke Sued Over Vitamin Water

vitamins + water + sugar + hype = soda – bubbles A consumer advocacy group has filed a class action lawsuit against the Coca-Cola Company for: deceptive and unsubstantiated claims on its Vitamin Water line of beverages. Coke markets Vitamin … Continue reading

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Stevia Approved by FDA

Stevia Approved by FDA

Image via Wikipedia Stevia has received the coveted GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status from the FDA. The New York Times reports: Federal regulators have approved two versions of a new zero-calorie sweetener developed by the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo, … Continue reading

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Sweetener Buzz – Stevia Coming this Week to Odwalla Fruit Juices? (bonus – stevia glossary)

Sweetener Buzz – Stevia Coming this Week to Odwalla Fruit Juices? (bonus – stevia glossary)

Rumors are flying that later this week Coca Cola will introduce to markets three Odwalla brand juices, sweetened with stevia. This despite the fact the the FDA has yet to recognize stevia as GRAS (generally regarded as safe). Why would … Continue reading

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