You’re Consuming Too Much Added Sugar, And You Don’t Even Know It

You’re Consuming Too Much Added Sugar, And You Don’t Even Know It

Earlier this month, KIND Snacks announced that it will be drastically reducing the amount of added sugar in its line of Fruit & Nut bars. The 15 to 50 percent reduction will take effect in April 2016. According to the … Continue reading

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This Is Why the Number of Calories in Your Ice Cream Is About to Double

This Is Why the Number of Calories in Your Ice Cream Is About to Double

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS The most important single value in the Nutrition Facts panel of packaged foods is the serving size. If the serving size is larger, so are the values of all the … Continue reading

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Four Shocking Examples of Super-sized Portions

Four Shocking Examples of Super-sized Portions

So, you’re trying to lose weight. You’ve bought the right foods, and you are even counting your calories. You read the nutrition label to see how many calories are in your cookie. Do you also take note of the serving … Continue reading

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The FDA Wants You to Know How Much Sugar You Are Adding to Your Diet

The FDA Wants You to Know How Much Sugar You Are Adding to Your Diet

Earlier this year, the FDA introduced a new nutrition label planned to replace the current label in the near future, most likely 2018. The new label requires companies to list the amount of sugar that was added to a food … Continue reading

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FDA Finally Bans Artificial Trans-Fats, But Danger Still Lurks

FDA Finally Bans Artificial Trans-Fats, But Danger Still Lurks

This week, the FDA finally announced that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are no longer classified as GRAS (generally regarded as safe). Therefore, these oils can no longer be used as ingredients in foods manufactured, sold or served in the US. … Continue reading

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The FDA Regulates the Word “Healthy”, but Food Companies Have a Workaround

The FDA Regulates the Word “Healthy”, but Food Companies Have a Workaround

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the way the nutritive properties of food are described. In doing so, the agency takes descriptive words and gives them very specific … Continue reading

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Congress Undermines the FDA’s Menu Labeling Regulations

Congress Undermines the FDA’s Menu Labeling Regulations

Last November, we jubilantly reported about the FDA’s rules for calorie labels in restaurants. The rules were the result of a 2011 proposal, and are to be implemented by the end of this year. Congress, fueled by food industry lobbying … Continue reading

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Who Approves the Safety of New Food Ingredients?

Who Approves the Safety of New Food Ingredients?

Is a new food ingredient safe until proven harmful? Should it be used in the food we eat until adverse effects are discovered? Of course not. But that’s exactly what has been happening for the last 20 years, ever since … Continue reading

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BFF? The Supplement Industry & the FDA

BFF? The Supplement Industry & the FDA

The New York Times recently published a very saddening story about the FDA’s loose and possibly negligent oversight of the $35 billion supplement industry. The article starts with the story of acacia rigidula, a Mexican shrub whose presence in supplements should … Continue reading

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Alcoholic Beverages and Nutrition Labels

Alcoholic Beverages and Nutrition Labels

Do you know how many calories are in that glass of 2008 Pinot Noir you’ve paired with your appetizer? Or how many carbs are in a Bud-Light? Most people are clueless when it comes to calories in alcoholic beverages, simply … Continue reading

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