The Truth About Agave Nectar

The Truth About Agave Nectar

Agave nectar is a sweetener with a health halo that’s not necessarily justified. It’s not that agave nectar is worse for you than sugar, but then again, it’s probably no better. Agave nectar is derived from Agave plants grown in … Continue reading

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Is Honey Really Healthier Sugar?

Is Honey Really Healthier Sugar?

When food companies want to entice consumers to buy their sweetened products, they use terms such “Honey sweetened”. Sometimes they do this even when sugar is the main sweetener, and honey is barely present (hello, Honey Nut Cheerios). This is … Continue reading

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Is the Sugar in Fruit Dangerous to My Health?

Is the Sugar in Fruit Dangerous to My Health?

Fooducate community member @sunsky16 messaged us with a question that many of you may be asking yourselves: “Is Sugar Found In Fruit Bad? I heard bananas are bad for you because of the high amount of sugar, is this true?” … Continue reading

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Fructose May Be More Harmful than Glucose

Fructose May Be More Harmful than Glucose

A small study has demonstrated a marked difference between the consumption of two different kinds of sugars often found in foods and drinks. Glucose and fructose are both monosaccharides, the most basic unit of carbohydrate. Table sugar (sucrose) is made … Continue reading

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Can You Spot the Misleading Claim on This Cereal Package?

Can You Spot the Misleading Claim on This Cereal Package?

Chex is hiding something from consumers. In its updated product packaging for Chex Vanilla, there are many bold claims. One of them is a lie: Gluten free No artificial colors No artificial flavors No high fructose corn syrup To help … Continue reading

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10 Things to Know about Honey (Is Honey Really Healthier than Sugar?)

10 Things to Know about Honey (Is Honey Really Healthier than Sugar?)

1. Honey is the only human food that insects produce. 2. After collecting nectar from flowers, bees return with full stomachs to the hive, where they will turn the sweet juice into honey. The bees add an enzyme to the … Continue reading

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What is Coconut Sugar? Is it Healthier than Table Sugar?

What is Coconut Sugar? Is it Healthier than Table Sugar?

Recently, several Fooducate community members have asked us about coconut sugar. So here is a quick rundown for all. Coconut sugar is not produced from coconuts. It is a product of the coconut tree, or more specifically the sap obtained … Continue reading

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The Secrets of Manufacturing High Fructose Corn Syrup

The Secrets of Manufacturing High Fructose Corn Syrup

This post was prepared with the help Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. High Fructose Corn Syrup is found in many foods and beverages in the US. Surplus corn supply and the need for low-cost … Continue reading

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Corn Syrup’s Secret Labeling Trick Explained [Part 2 / 2]

Corn Syrup’s Secret Labeling Trick Explained [Part 2 / 2]

This post was prepared with the help Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. Yesterday we showed how corn syrup can be used in a product to lower the nutrition label sugar count. Today, we explain … Continue reading

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Corn Syrup’s Secret Labeling Trick Revealed [Part 1 of 2]

Corn Syrup’s Secret Labeling Trick Revealed [Part 1 of 2]

This post was prepared with the help Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. If you rely on American supermarkets for your sustenance, then no doubt you have bought and eaten products sweetened with corn syrup. … Continue reading

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