So What if March is National Nutrition Month

So What if March is National Nutrition Month

March 1 marks the beginning of National Nutrition Month – an annual campaign that is sponsored by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The goals are simple – raise awareness of informed food choices, good eating habits, and exercise. Another stated … Continue reading

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When a Cranberry Stops Being a Cranberry

When a Cranberry Stops Being a Cranberry

[Update: see Ocean Spray's response in the comments below.] More Cranberry news today. Here’s a dilemma for you. Let’s say you are the CEO of a successful food company that sells products both to consumers and to other food processors. … Continue reading

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9 Things to Know About Annatto [Food Additive]

9 Things to Know About Annatto [Food Additive]

1. Annatto is a natural spice used as a food additive. 2. It is used both as a red food coloring and adds a sweet peppery taste. 3. Annatto comes from the pulp surrounding the seeds of the achiote tree … Continue reading

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Unilever Ditches Trans Fat. Hurray!

Unilever Ditches Trans Fat. Hurray!

Unilever, uber food conglomerate, will stop using trans fat in its margarine spreads as soon as next month, according to an article in USA Today. This is great news for consumers, because Unilever is the number one seller of margarine … Continue reading

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Trans Fat Factory Halts Production

Trans Fat Factory Halts Production

Image via Wikipedia An encouraging development in the world of food manufacturing. Food giant Cargill has shut a production line in  Wichita, Kansas that has been manufacturing hydrogenated oils: President of Cargill’s dressings, sauces and oils division Mike Venker said … Continue reading

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40% of Oil Consumed by Americans Contains Trans-fat

40% of Oil Consumed by Americans Contains Trans-fat

Image via Wikipedia Americans consume 31 BILLION lbs. of oil a year. That’s about 100 lbs. per man woman and child, or half a cup of oil every day. And almost half of the oil we consume is hydrogenated to … Continue reading

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Ten Trans Fat Facts

Ten Trans Fat Facts

Here are ten facts about trans-fat, the Darth Vader of  processed foods: 1. Trans fat is found in shortenings,  margarine, snacks such as crackers, candies, and cookies, fried foods, pastries and other  foods prepared with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. 2. … Continue reading

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Which is Better for You – Margarine or Butter?

Which is Better for You – Margarine or Butter?

Image via Wikipedia An interesting read in the Los Angeles Times tries to help consumers make an informed nutritional decision when baking cookies: Butter and margarine have a similar overall fat content — and therefore a lot of calories, says … Continue reading

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Butter Alternatives

Butter Alternatives

We posted earlier today with some bread buying advice; now it’s time for the spread. Dr. Kristie Leong over at HealthMad published 2 great posts today: 1. Butter vs. Margarine – Margarine can be a source for trans fats, but … Continue reading

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