False Advertising: When Organic Really Isn’t

False Advertising: When Organic Really Isn’t

Take a look at this product. It’s brand name includes the word “organic”. It is “made with organic wheat flour & organic sugar”. If you are a consumer interested in buying certified organic products, you may be tempted to buy … Continue reading

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Vermont Will Be The First State to Mandate GMO Labeling

Vermont Will Be The First State to Mandate GMO Labeling

Vermont is just one step away from mandatory labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients – the signing into law by governor Peter Shumlin who supports the initiative. Once enacted, the law will require food manufacturers to properly label their … Continue reading

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When it Comes to Food Packaging, The Word *Natural* Means … Nothing

When it Comes to Food Packaging, The Word *Natural* Means … Nothing

The FDA has a very long list of rules that pertain to nutrition labels, ingredient lists, and health claims on a packaged food product. The regulations are far from perfect, but are much better than the Wild West labeling of … Continue reading

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GMO Label Initiatives: 3 Things Washington is Doing Better than California Did

GMO Label Initiatives: 3 Things Washington is Doing Better than California Did

Will Washington be the first state to mandate GMO Labeling? The state’s ballot initiative 522 is going to the people in November’s elections. The measure would require the labeling of genetically modified foods such as those containing corn and soy, … Continue reading

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The Dangers Lurking in Your Spice Rack

The Dangers Lurking in Your Spice Rack

So you like to spice things up. That’s good. Spices make food taste better. They usually come with additional health benefits.  They can help decrease sodium consumption. But, according to the FDA, some imported spices are also full of harmful … Continue reading

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Weighs in on Artificially Sweetened Milk

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Weighs in on Artificially Sweetened Milk

A few weeks ago we wrote about a proposal to change labeling requirements on chocolate milk. The FDA has been petitioned by the dairy industry to remove any indication from the front of pack regarding the milk product’s sweetener source. … Continue reading

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A Simple Hack to Improve Nutrition Labels?

A Simple Hack to Improve Nutrition Labels?

Take a look at the above options for providing calorie information at restaurants. Which would be the most effective in your opinion? That’s exactly what researchers at the University of North Carolina wanted to find out. They queried 800 students … Continue reading

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I’m a QUALITARIAN. Why You Should Be One Too

I’m a QUALITARIAN. Why You Should Be One Too

This is a guest blog post by Ashley Koff, RD For years, people would routinely pose the same question me “so what are you?” Pretty sure that people are clear that I’m a brunette, a female, even that I’m a … Continue reading

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Do You Want Genetically Modified Salmon on Your Plate?

Do You Want Genetically Modified Salmon on Your Plate?

It appears that the first genetically modified animal fish will soon be approved for human consumption. A federal advisory committee, reporting to the FDA, posed no objections to allowing genetically engineered “super salmon” into our food supply. What exactly it … Continue reading

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Nestlé “Juicy Juice” Slammed By FDA for Misleading Consumers [Inside the Label]

Nestlé “Juicy Juice” Slammed By FDA for Misleading Consumers [Inside the Label]

Earlier this Month, the FDA sent a Warning Letter to Nestle USA regarding three Juicy Juice products: Juicy Juice Brain Development Fruit Juice Beverage (Apple), Juicy Juice All-Natural 100% Juice Orange Tangerine, and Juicy Juice All-Natural 100% Juice Grape. Here’s … Continue reading

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