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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Chemicals in Your Food – What You Don’t Know Will Harm You

Chemicals in Your Food – What You Don’t Know Will Harm You

In recent decades, food technology has progressed at such a pace that we now have thousands of chemicals being used as additives in beverages and foods. There are over 9000 additives today compared to 800 fifty years ago. The Food … Continue reading

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Pregnant Women Warned to Avoid Tuna

Pregnant Women Warned to Avoid Tuna

Earlier this summer we wrote about the FDA’s surprising recommendations for pregnant women, encouraging them to eat more fish, including 2-3 servings of tuna per week. Now, the highly esteemed Consumers Reports is advising pregnant women to avoid tuna altogether. … Continue reading

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False Advertising: When Organic Really Isn’t

False Advertising: When Organic Really Isn’t

Take a look at this product. It’s brand name includes the word “organic”. It is “made with organic wheat flour & organic sugar”. If you are a consumer interested in buying certified organic products, you may be tempted to buy … Continue reading

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