What Makes a Healthy Tortilla?

What Makes a Healthy Tortilla?

Tortillas are the culinary lovechild of the new world and the old world. Before the Spaniards arrived, flat-breads in central America were made with maize. Then the conquistadors introduced wheat to the natives, and the rest is history. Today, most … Continue reading

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Yogurt or *Fauxgurt*?

Yogurt or *Fauxgurt*?

This is a guest blog post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. Protein and yogurt are still big marketing draws for “energy” bars, despite protein being one of the worst things you can … Continue reading

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Who Cares What This Kids Tea is Sweetened With…

Who Cares What This Kids Tea is Sweetened With…

Drazil – which is lizard spelled backwards – is a young company trying to differentiate itself in a very competitive beverage market. It sells iced tea targeted at kids: unlike other brands, Drazil does not use sugar as a sweetener. … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Fruit and Veggie Quiz

The Ultimate Fruit and Veggie Quiz

This is a guest blog post by Sheah Rarback, RD Survey after survey repeats the message that people are confused about what to eat. To clear confusion, at least on the fruit and vegetable question, I have reviewed the scientific … Continue reading

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Nature Valley’s Chewy Protein Bar – The Pros and Cons

Nature Valley’s Chewy Protein Bar – The Pros and Cons

Everyone and their sister is getting on the protein bandwagon these days. Snack bars are leading the crusade to bulk up our protein intake. Nature Valley, a General Mills subsidiary, is no exception. Today we’ll analyze the company’s Protein Chewy … Continue reading

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Cheerios Protein Cereal – Sugary Hype, Not Much More

Cheerios Protein Cereal – Sugary Hype, Not Much More

Major news in the cereal world last week. Cheerios, the most popular brand of breakfast cereal, has joined the protein arms race with the introduction of 2 new cereals fortified with protein clusters. With carbs deemed evil, and fats as … Continue reading

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22 Healthier Store-Bought Snacks

22 Healthier Store-Bought Snacks

This is a guest post by Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD and was originally published here. One of the most hopeful signs that perhaps change is underway in our snack food nation was the bin of fresh apples, oranges, and … Continue reading

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Meatless Monday: Neat Foods Mexican Mix

Meatless Monday: Neat Foods Mexican Mix

Happy Cinco de Mayo Monday! As more people are increasing their plant foods intake, Meatless Monday has become a popular movement. The market is responding by providing innovative meat alternatives. Neat Foods is an interesting company that offers mixes based … 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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A Summertime Smoothie from Hell

A Summertime Smoothie from Hell

Bolthouse Farms, a Campbell’s subsidiary, is on a tear with new product introductions. Last month we wrote about their new salad dressings. Today – a new line of beverages called summertime smoothies. Here’s the marketing pitch for the Amazing Mango … Continue reading

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