Who Approves the Safety of New Food Ingredients?

Who Approves the Safety of New Food Ingredients?

Is a new food ingredient safe until proven harmful? Should it be used in the food we eat until adverse effects are discovered? Of course not. But that’s exactly what has been happening for the last 20 years, ever since … Continue reading

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Hain Celestial Sued Over *All Natural* Claim

Hain Celestial Sued Over *All Natural* Claim

Hain Celestial is being sued in California for falsely advertising its sunflower drink as all natural, when, according to the plaintiffs, it is not. This is not the first time a food company is being sued with respect to “all … Continue reading

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The 20 Most Common Bread Ingredients [miniseries part 3/4]

The 20 Most Common Bread Ingredients [miniseries part 3/4]

Welcome to part 3 of our miniseries. In part 1, we provided ground rules for choosing healthy bread. In part 2, we defined whole grains and whole wheat. Today we’ll take a look at the other ingredients in bread. To … 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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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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Panera Bread, Worse than a Big Mac?

Panera Bread, Worse than a Big Mac?

Panera bread has an upscale image that automatically translates in many people’s minds to healthy food. We want to challenge that thinking by comparing a popular sandwich served at Panera with the icon of junk-food – the McDonald’s Big Mac. … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference between Duncan Hines & Betty Crocker?

What’s the Difference between Duncan Hines & Betty Crocker?

Duncan Hines was a real person. Betty Crocker was invented purely for marketing purposes. Duncan Hines is a brand owned by Pinnacle Food Corp. Betty Crocker is owned by General Mills. Both companies are now associated with cake mixes and … 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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Look at all those Chemicals in a Banana!

Look at all those Chemicals in a Banana!

James Kennedy is a high-school chemistry teacher from Melbourne, Australia. He feels that chemistry and chemicals are viewed upon negatively. So he decided to do something about it: “Chemistry has suffered in recent years from a negative image. Pesticides, poisons, … Continue reading

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Can You Smell the Fat?

Can You Smell the Fat?

Back in the day, when we were still evolving from Neanderthals to modern humans, food was scarce. The consumption of highly caloric food was imprinted into our behavior as a basic survival skill. Of the three macro-nutrients (fat, carbs, protein), … Continue reading

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