Who Checks If Ingredients Are Safe? You’ll Be Shocked to Read

Who Checks If Ingredients Are Safe? You’ll Be Shocked to Read

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS GRAS is the acronym for Generally Recognized as Safe. This is a designation for some food ingredients when they are used as intended. These ingredients are regarded as safe based on: … Continue reading

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Carl’s Jr. Presents: an All-Natural Burger. Here are the Pros and Cons

Carl’s Jr. Presents: an All-Natural Burger. Here are the Pros and Cons

At first it sounds like an oxymoron – all natural fast food. This week, Carl’s Jr. is introducing a new, All-Natural burger. According to company executives, “We’ve seen a growing demand for ‘cleaner,’ more natural food, particularly among Millennials, and … Continue reading

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7 Practical Tips to Reduce Your BPA Exposure

7 Practical Tips to Reduce Your BPA Exposure

Bisphenol-A (BPA), is a chemical widely used in plastic bottles and cans. It is associated with cancer, infertility, and fetal development issues. Once it enters the body, BPA behaves like estrogen, a human hormone. It disturbs the normal operation of certain … Continue reading

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Bacon & Ham: Where’s the Meat?

Bacon & Ham: Where’s the Meat?

This is a guest post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. Check most packages of pork bacon, sliced ham or cured bone-in ham, and you won’t see meat listed in the ingredient statement … Continue reading

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Is the Propellant in Pam Cooking Spray Harmful?

Is the Propellant in Pam Cooking Spray Harmful?

Do you use zero-calorie oil sprays? You know, of course, that they do contain some calories. FDA loopholes allow the manufacturers to round the calorie count down to 0 in certain circumstances. These oils-in-a-can also contain an ingredient you may … Continue reading

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10 Things to Know About the New Calorie Counts in Restaurants

10 Things to Know About the New Calorie Counts in Restaurants

The wheels of public health policy turn ever so slowly, but if one is patient enough, change does come. Sometimes it’s even better than one had hoped for. Such is the case with menu labeling regulation, proposed back in 2011, … Continue reading

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Is a Serving of Bread One Slice or Two Slices?

Is a Serving of Bread One Slice or Two Slices?

One of the the most important pieces of information on a nutrition label is the serving size, which is the basis for determining the amount of calories, carbs and all other nutrients. For beverages, the serving size is usually one … Continue reading

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Arsenic in Rice – 7 Things to Know

Arsenic in Rice – 7 Things to Know

Consumer Reports, the venerable source of objective product testing, has just published a worrisome follow-up report on arsenic in rice. The full report and video is here. Arsenic is a deadly toxin that was used in pesticides in the past … Continue reading

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What Do Dried Apricots, Shrimp, and Red Wine Have in Common?

What Do Dried Apricots, Shrimp, and Red Wine Have in Common?

The answer is sulfites. Sulfites are inorganic salts that have antioxidant and preservative properties. They appear under various names in ingredient labels: sulfur dioxide, sodium bisulfite, sodium sulfate,  and potassium bisulfite. Sulfites prevent discoloration of dried fruit, certain shrimp, and … Continue reading

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How Surprising: Kellogg’s Doesn’t Want You to Know About the Sugar in Your Cereal

How Surprising: Kellogg’s Doesn’t Want You to Know About the Sugar in Your Cereal

Kellogg’s is a big offender when it comes to breakfast nutrition. As one of the world’s biggest cereal makers, it has purveyed billions of sugary meals to barely-awake Americans for over 100 years. Brands such as Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, … Continue reading

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