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

Posted in Food Safety | 4 Replies
FDA Bans Antibiotics for Livestock, But Not Really

FDA Bans Antibiotics for Livestock, But Not Really

In big news from the Food and Drug Administration yesterday, the federal agency issued guidelines regarding the use of antibiotics by livestock growers. This FDA plan has been eagerly awaited for decades by health and consumer advocates. We’ll explain… Antibiotics … Continue reading

Posted in In The News | 5 Replies
In Slow-Motion Food Politics, Grassroots Efforts are Gaining Momentum

In Slow-Motion Food Politics, Grassroots Efforts are Gaining Momentum

This is a guest blog post by Bridgette Kidd, MPH, RD. As you may have heard, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally considering fully addressing the issue of trans fats – an industry developed public health … Continue reading

Posted in Food Thoughts | 1 Reply
Carrageenan: Harmless Additive or Gastrointestinal Bomb?

Carrageenan: Harmless Additive or Gastrointestinal Bomb?

Do you suffer from an irritable stomach? Does your intestinal tract suddenly go haywire, without early warning? There could be many food related reasons, such as gluten sensitivity, lactose intolerance, food poisoning, etc… It may also be a sensitivity to … Continue reading

Posted in Food Thoughts | 5 Replies
Why is Coca Cola Being Sued This Time?

Why is Coca Cola Being Sued This Time?

The last few years have been good for lawyers looking to make some money from class action lawsuits against the food industry. Hey, it’s the American way! The FDA’s lack of definition for the word natural is an opportunity that … Continue reading

Posted in Nutrition Label Analysis | 4 Replies
It Only Took 30 years: FDA Bans Trans-Fats

It Only Took 30 years: FDA Bans Trans-Fats

Thank you Food and Drug Administration, for finally removing trans-fats from the list of safe ingredients in our food. It only took 30 years, but hey, what’s a decade or two between friends. The FDA made the announcement yesterday, but … Continue reading

Posted in In The News | 10 Replies
Is the Movement to Label GMOs Anti-Science?

Is the Movement to Label GMOs Anti-Science?

This is a guest blog post by Carole Bartolotto, MA RD One of the criticisms I hear about the movement to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is that it’s anti-science. Some even go so far as to say it’s an … Continue reading

Posted in Food Safety | 11 Replies
FDA: Arsenic Levels in Rice Pose No Short Term Risk

FDA: Arsenic Levels in Rice Pose No Short Term Risk

Last Friday, the FDA published its findings on arsenic levels in rice. We’ve discussed the matter in the past here and here. Arsenic is a deadly toxin that was used in pesticides in the past and now is found in … Continue reading

Posted in Food Safety | Leave a reply
Judge to PepsiCo: Won’t Wait for FDA to Decide if Sunchips Natural or Not

Judge to PepsiCo: Won’t Wait for FDA to Decide if Sunchips Natural or Not

Around the country, food companies are being sued around in class action lawsuits as consumers are getting fed up with misleading advertising and health claims. One of the touchiest areas is genetically modified ingredients that find their way into most … Continue reading

Posted in Nutrition Label Analysis | 14 Replies
The Dangers Lurking in Your Spice Rack

The Dangers Lurking in Your Spice Rack

So you like to spice things up. That’s good. Spices make food taste better. They usually come with additional health benefits.  They can help decrease sodium consumption. But, according to the FDA, some imported spices are also full of harmful … Continue reading

Posted in Food Safety | 9 Replies