FDA: Serving Sizes Are About to Get REAL!

FDA: Serving Sizes Are About to Get REAL!

Earlier this year, the FDA announced its plans to change the 20-year old nutrition facts panel that appears on food products. The change reflects changes in nutrition science and a better understanding of consumer behavior. We analyzed the announcement back … Continue reading

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Fish Consumption: FDA Issues Surprising Draft Guidance for Women & Kids

Fish Consumption: FDA Issues Surprising Draft Guidance for Women & Kids

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) have¬† issued a draft of updated recommendations on the consumption of fish for childbearing women and children. In 2004, the FDA’s recommendation was to limit the consumption of large … Continue reading

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Is Evaporated Cane Juice Healthier than Sugar?

Is Evaporated Cane Juice Healthier than Sugar?

Sugar is bad for you, and seeing it listed in a product’s ingredient’s list is a serious turn-off. That’s why food manufacturers like to use “healthier” ingredients, for example evaporated cane juice. It sounds much healthier than table sugar, but … Continue reading

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The FDA’s Mercury Problem

The FDA’s Mercury Problem

In an interview last week, FDA secretary Margaret Hamburg stated that the FDA will soon update its recommendations for pregnant women with respect to fish consumption and mercury levels. What’s this all about? Large predator fish such as tuna and … Continue reading

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Meet Advantame, Yet Another Artificial Sweetener Approved by the FDA

Meet Advantame, Yet Another Artificial Sweetener Approved by the FDA

The FDA has recently approved its sixth artificial sweetener – Advantame. This is a super-sweetener, at almost 20,000 times sweeter than table sugar. For comparison, aspartame is only 200 times sweeter than sugar, and sucralose is 600 times sweeter. Advantame … Continue reading

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Coming Ban for some Omega-3 Fat Claims

Coming Ban for some Omega-3 Fat Claims

This is a guest blog post by¬†Richard Perlmutter, MS There is a big problem with determining nutritional requirements for omega-3 fats. Even though they are almost universally praised as promoting health and well being, it is not possible to define … Continue reading

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Coke Copies Pepsi, Removes Potentially Harmful Ingredient from Sports Drink

Coke Copies Pepsi, Removes Potentially Harmful Ingredient from Sports Drink

The Coca Cola company is quietly removing brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from its Powerade line of sports drinks. The move comes only months after PepsiCo subsidiary Gatorade announced it will be removing BVO from its sport drink by the end … Continue reading

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When Companies Hide Ingredient Lists

When Companies Hide Ingredient Lists

When a company’s website shows product nutrition data, but does not provide ingredient information, it’s an indicator you should avoid its foods. Why are the ingredients so important? Because the nutrition facts label can easily be manipulated to make a … Continue reading

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Too Much Salt in Your Food? Check the Sodium-to-Calorie Ratio

Too Much Salt in Your Food? Check the Sodium-to-Calorie Ratio

For the human body, salt is at the same time a necessary mineral and a deadly one. In ancient times, it was so coveted, that Roman soldiers received their pay in salt (the term “salary” from the latin for salt … Continue reading

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Ritz Crackers and Calorie Illusions

Ritz Crackers and Calorie Illusions

There’s not much good to say about Ritz Crackers. Made from refined flour, trans-fatty oils, and high fructose corn syrup, there is no redeeming nutrient in this product. You can take a look at the ingredients and see for yourself: … Continue reading

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