When Stevia Isn’t Stevia

When Stevia Isn’t Stevia

Stevia is a popular non-caloric sweetener for natural food enthusiasts, dieters and people with diabetes. But is stevia really that natural? Depends on which stevia you choose and what surprises it’s hiding! Apparently, it takes more than just stevia to … Continue reading

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What “Equivalent to a USDA Serving of Fruit” Really Means

What “Equivalent to a USDA Serving of Fruit” Really Means

Clif Bar is one of the hottest health snack companies on the market. Their bars for hikers, athletes, women, and even kids are tremendously popular. They also have a line of fruit snacks for kids called Clif Kids. One of … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Dorito

The Anatomy of a Dorito

Munching on savory snacks with the “Os” suffix (Tostitos, Doritos, Cheetos) goes hand in hand with playoff Sundays and the Superbowl. Would you like to know what you’re putting in your body each time you reach for a Doritos Cool … Continue reading

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Dried Blueberies – A Healthy Snack [Inside the Label]

Dried Blueberies – A Healthy Snack [Inside the Label]

You’re off to a meeting, flying to a conference, or simply got a hectic day to get through. You need an energy boost and don’t want a candy bar full of crazy ingredients. What do you do? One healthy option … Continue reading

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Dannon Yogurt NOT as Healthful as Previously Claimed [Inside the Label]

Dannon Yogurt NOT as Healthful as Previously Claimed [Inside the Label]

On Friday, Dannon Company announced it had settled a class action suit to the tune of $35 Million. The lawsuit was filed in early 2008, alleging that Dannon knowingly misled consumers in its marketing activities around its Activia yogurt line. … Continue reading

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Yes, There Really is a Snack Called SpongeBob Squarepants Slime Dunk [Inside the Label]

Yes, There Really is a Snack Called SpongeBob Squarepants Slime Dunk [Inside the Label]

A 10 year old nephew recently nagged enough and got the above pictured “snack”.  The product includes a “lemonade lollipop” to be dunked in a green “sour apple slime” and then coated with a “sour cherry powder”. It’s the perfect … Continue reading

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9 Reasons to Quit Soft Drinks

9 Reasons to Quit Soft Drinks

Image by Brent and MariLynn via Flickr 1. Obesity. Regular consumption of soft drinks make you fat. A 12 oz Coke a day for a year will add 18 pounds to your weight compared to water consumption! 2. Tooth decay. … Continue reading

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California Judge Clarifies: Crunchberries Aren’t Real [Inside the Label]

California Judge Clarifies: Crunchberries Aren’t Real [Inside the Label]

A California judge threw out a lawsuit yesterday filed by a woman who claimed to have been misled by the Quaker Oats Company. Apparently, she had been eating Crunchberries cereal for the past few years, thinking she was getting wholesome … Continue reading

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Inside the Label: Juicy Juice Brain Development [Marketing BS]

Inside the Label: Juicy Juice Brain Development [Marketing BS]

The creative marketers at Nestle have been pushing various flavors of Juicy Juice liquid candy at parents for several years with great success. But it wasn’t enough. Always under pressure to sell more and grow (hey it’s the American way!), … Continue reading

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Inside the Label – Danimals, Liquid Yogurt Candy

Inside the Label – Danimals, Liquid Yogurt Candy

If you have young children, you probably recognize the Danimals brand of yogurt drink and may have even bought some for your children. Was it the Hannah Montana co-marketing, The mysterious LGG,  No High Fructose Corn Syrup, or the promise … Continue reading

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