Who Checks If Ingredients Are Safe? You’ll Be Shocked to Read

Who Checks If Ingredients Are Safe? You’ll Be Shocked to Read

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS GRAS is the acronym for Generally Recognized as Safe. This is a designation for some food ingredients when they are used as intended. These ingredients are regarded as safe based on: … 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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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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If the FDA Doesn’t Know What’s in Our Food, How Can We?

If the FDA Doesn’t Know What’s in Our Food, How Can We?

In the 1950′s only 800 chemicals were used as additives in our foods. That number has swelled to 10,000 today! You would think the FDA tests and approves each and everyone of them before they are allowed to be called … Continue reading

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Why Do “Farmers” Want to Keep Trans-Fats in Our Foods?

Why Do “Farmers” Want to Keep Trans-Fats in Our Foods?

The FDA is close to deciding that partially hydrogenated fats should be removed from the American food supply. This is a good thing. Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) contain trans-fats, which are the worst type of fat for your cardiovascular health. … Continue reading

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Did You Know? The FDA Lets Companies Decide if an Additive is Safe or Not

Did You Know? The FDA Lets Companies Decide if an Additive is Safe or Not

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS. We recently wrote about the federal Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils due to their tendency to increase cardiovascular disease risk. Without … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Hydrogenated Oils and Trans Fat

The Rise and Fall of Hydrogenated Oils and Trans Fat

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS. In November last year, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposal to revoke the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). These oils typically … Continue reading

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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

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Food Safety: What the FDA Doesn’t Know, Could Kill You

Food Safety: What the FDA Doesn’t Know, Could Kill You

When it comes to food safety, a troubling trend is the transfer of responsibility from manufacturers and the government to the shoulders of consumers. One of the areas where this is evident is in the (non existent) approval process for … Continue reading

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Stevia is so 2009. Have you tried Luo Han?

Stevia is so 2009. Have you tried Luo Han?

Several days ago, a small New Zealand based company called BioVittoria received an FDA GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status for its “Fruit-Sweetness” brand low-calorie sweetener: The sweetener is made from Chinese-grown luo han fruit. It is 200 times sweeter … Continue reading

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