Allergies, Warning Labels, and Dilemmas

Allergies, Warning Labels, and Dilemmas

Food allergies affect about 10-15 million Americans today. Interestingly, a similar number of people believe they have an allergy as well! How could this be? To answer, first let’s understand what a food allergy is: A food allergy is a … Continue reading

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Food Allergies Are Expensive

Food Allergies Are Expensive

A recent article from Reuters tallies up the annual cost of food allergies in the US at half a billion dollars. Doctor visits, hospital care, and lost work days due to food allergies come with an annual $500 million price … Continue reading

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10 Things the FDA Can Do to Improve Nutrition Labeling

10 Things the FDA Can Do to Improve Nutrition Labeling

Last week, the FDA  hinted it would be seriously looking at regulating Front of Pack (FOP) nutrition labeling systems. As a result, Smart Choices called it quits, and other programs are “on alert”. The FDA’s involvement can be of great … Continue reading

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A Dozen Things to Know About the Dubious Food Coloring Called Yellow #5

A Dozen Things to Know About the Dubious Food Coloring Called Yellow #5

1. It has many names – Tartrazine, E102 , FD&C Yellow 5, C.I. 19140, or just plain Yellow 5. 2. Yellow #5 is a synthetic, water soluble, lemon yellow dye used as a food coloring. 3. A partial list of … Continue reading

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16 Ways to Improve Nutrition Labels

16 Ways to Improve Nutrition Labels

It’s been almost 20 years since the nutrition label as we know it was introduced. The intent was to empower consumers to make more informed (read: healthy) purchasing decisions. Unfortunately, the labels have not helped, as America continues to grow, … Continue reading

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