Carcinogenic Caramel Color in Your Cola?

Carcinogenic Caramel Color in Your Cola?

Limiting consumption of colas is a horn we’ve been tooting here for years. The high amount of sugars is one reason, but some of the other ingredients are no less problematic. Phosphoric acid, for example, leaches calcium from the bones. … Continue reading

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Arsenic and Rice. A Deadly Combination

Arsenic and Rice. A Deadly Combination

This is a guest blog post by Anna Hackman Arsenic in rice is back in the news again. The latest report is from  Consumer Reports’ study that revealed dangerous levels in both rice and products containing rice.  The Consumer Reports … Continue reading

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Tuna, Mercury and Kids. What to Do?

Tuna, Mercury and Kids. What to Do?

Many kids have a hard time with fish. They don’t like the taste, the smell, or the texture. But there is one exception – canned tuna. Most children enjoy tuna sandwiches and salads. But there is a problem. What you … Continue reading

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Apple Juice and Arsenic: It’s the Sugar, Dummy

Apple Juice and Arsenic: It’s the Sugar, Dummy

In the last few days, we’ve been getting questions from Fooducate community members about arsenic in apple juice. It started when Consumer Reports published its findings on lead and arsenic levels in apple and grape juice.  The not for profit … Continue reading

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Eating Healthfully on the Cheap

Eating Healthfully on the Cheap

When it comes to eating healthfully, there are two complaints that come up most often: 1. The nutritional value of a food is inverse proportion to how good it tastes. 2. Nutritious food is too expensive. These 2 claims are … Continue reading

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So, You Think You’re Eating Healthy…

So, You Think You’re Eating Healthy…

Here’s a perplexing mathematical puzzle – If 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight or obese, how can it be that 9 out of 10 Americans (think they) are eating healthfully? That’s what Consumer Reports wants to know, and a … Continue reading

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Supplement Shenanigans

Supplement Shenanigans

Consumer Reports this week blasted into the multi-billion supplement industry and warned us to be wary of ingredients to watch out for. What consumers might not realize, is that supplement manufacturers routinely, and legally, sell their products without first having … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports: Most of Us Buy Dirty Chickens

Consumer Reports: Most of Us Buy Dirty Chickens

From the upcoming January edition of Consumer Reports Magazine, disheartening news about the pathogen content of broiler chickens. More than 60% were infected with either salmonella or campylobacter. If this makes you sad, at least it’s an improvement over 2007, … Continue reading

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15 Quick Facts About BPA [Chemical Thingy in Bottles & Cans]

15 Quick Facts About BPA [Chemical Thingy in Bottles & Cans]

The December Edition of Consumer Reports, already out, is bringing BPA, a controversial chemical, back to the headlines. The non-profit publisher, Consumers Union, tested various canned foods for BPA and found alarmingly high values in daily staples such as tuna, … Continue reading

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CBS Early Show – 5 Supermarket Lessons

CBS Early Show – 5 Supermarket Lessons

“Nothing happens by accident in a supermarket. Everything is designed to sell.” Keep these words, by Consumer Reports retail expert Tod Marksare, in mind the next time you go grocery shopping. In a 5 minute segment from the Early Show … Continue reading

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