Food and the Brain: Good Fats, Bad Fats

Food and the Brain: Good Fats, Bad Fats

This is a guest blog post by Jennifer Lee, Ph.D. Omega-3 essential fatty acids have an important role in the mammalian nervous system.  They seem to be crucial for healthy neuronal structure and function.  And the healthy structure and function … Continue reading

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More BPA Concerns Surface

More BPA Concerns Surface

A worrying read on the Civil Eats blog – our exposure to BPA (Bisphenol-A) is much worse than we think: According to a new study, exposure to the gender-bending chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) is worse than previously estimated. The study, which … Continue reading

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About Those Colorful Easter Candies

About Those Colorful Easter Candies

Easter, the holiday of spring and renewal, is also the holiday of brightly colored eggs and candies. Today, millions of kids will gorge on sweets. And some, as a result, will start bouncing off the walls. It could be the … Continue reading

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FDA Panel Votes 8-6 In Favor of Artificial Dyes

FDA Panel Votes 8-6 In Favor of Artificial Dyes

Oh dear, we had our hopes up so high earlier this week. An advisory panel to the FDA convened for 2 days to review studies linking artificial food colorings with hyperactivity in children. Unfortunately, the panel concluded that there is … Continue reading

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M & M’s Deconstructed

M & M’s Deconstructed

If you’ve visited New York’s Times Square lately, you may have encountered M&M’s World. It’s a three floor temple celebrating all things small, round, chocolaty, and brightly colored. The brand, owned by Mars, has been around since the early 1940′s … Continue reading

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Artificial Colors in Food – A Poison Rainbow?

Artificial Colors in Food – A Poison Rainbow?

Those bright and friendly colors that bring joy to your child as she slurps down a drinkable yogurt or mixes Froot Loops with some milk are actually dangerous poisons. Or at least have the potential to wreak various forms of … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Minimize your Family’s BPA Exposure (+FDA Update)

6 Ways to Minimize your Family’s BPA Exposure (+FDA Update)

The FDA has an update for consumers on its efforts to determine the safety of BPA (Bisphenol-A), an industrial chemical unfortunately found in many plastic bottles and cans containing foods and beverages. This is happening less than 2 years after … Continue reading

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15 Quick Facts About BPA [Chemical Thingy in Bottles & Cans]

15 Quick Facts About BPA [Chemical Thingy in Bottles & Cans]

The December Edition of Consumer Reports, already out, is bringing BPA, a controversial chemical, back to the headlines. The non-profit publisher, Consumers Union, tested various canned foods for BPA and found alarmingly high values in daily staples such as tuna, … Continue reading

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