Sodium Benzoate – Extends Shelf Life, Shortens Yours

Sodium Benzoate – Extends Shelf Life, Shortens Yours

Sodium Benzoate (E211) is a preservative used to prevent food from molding. This sounds like a good food safety measure, what with the long shelf life many groceries are expected to display. Pickles, salad dressings, fruit juices, and soft drinks … Continue reading

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Who Cares What This Kids Tea is Sweetened With…

Who Cares What This Kids Tea is Sweetened With…

Drazil – which is lizard spelled backwards – is a young company trying to differentiate itself in a very competitive beverage market. It sells iced tea targeted at kids: unlike other brands, Drazil does not use sugar as a sweetener. … Continue reading

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5 Extreme Diets to Avoid in 2014

5 Extreme Diets to Avoid in 2014

Our Reality-TV and viral-internet-meme filled days have spawned a culture of extreme. Is it any wonder that nutrition and diet trends have gone crazy in the last few years? If you are planning to lose weight, improve your health, and … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Smoothies

The Pros and Cons of Smoothies

Smoothies are perceived as a win-win food for people trying to lose weight and eat healthfully. They are both tasty and nutritious, or so it seems. But when examining the nutrition facts for smoothies, you have to wonder just how … Continue reading

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Starbuck’s Evolution Fresh Juices – What’s Really Inside

Starbuck’s Evolution Fresh Juices – What’s Really Inside

Starbucks has a line of fruit and vegetable juices called Evolution Fresh that’s  sold at supermarkets and its own locations. They also have a few juice shops that are branded Evolution Fresh where they freshly squeeze the juices. As with … Continue reading

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Addicted to Diet Soda? 4 Stressipes to Help You Cut Back (or Cut it Out)

Addicted to Diet Soda? 4 Stressipes to Help You Cut Back (or Cut it Out)

This is a guest post by Elisa Zied, RD. It originally appeared on her blog. It’s been one year since I took my last sip of Diet Coke (you can read about why I gave it up on Fooducate). I gave … Continue reading

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How to Wean Yourself Off Sugary Drinks

How to Wean Yourself Off Sugary Drinks

This is a guest blog post by Heather K. Jones, RD Whether you’re trying to clean up your diet, eat healthy, or lose weight, one thing is for sure: drinking sugary calories is a healthy diet DON’T. Downing sugary drinks increases … Continue reading

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How Healthy is Coconut Water?

How Healthy is Coconut Water?

Another lawsuit filed against a food manufacturer for bogus health claims ended recently with in a settlement. Vita Coco, a brand of coconut water that is supposedly “super hydrating,” ”nutrient packed” and “super water”, could not support these claims scientifically. … Continue reading

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Mott’s for Tots Bone Health Juice [Nutrition Impostor]

Mott’s for Tots Bone Health Juice [Nutrition Impostor]

Take a look at this juice. You’d think it was some magic elixir that will help your baby grow strong and healthy bones. What your toddler will be getting is an addiction to sweet and cavities. That’s because there are … Continue reading

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Nutrition Labels – US vs Europe. Who’s Better?

Nutrition Labels – US vs Europe. Who’s Better?

This is a guest blog post by Carol Harvey, director of nutrition labeling at Palate Works. At the risk of causing some to choke on their French canned duck leg confit (a great product, despite no Nutrition Facts), I’d like to … Continue reading

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