McDonald’s Strawberry Lemonade – You’ll Never Believe How Many Teaspoons of Sugar!

McDonald’s Strawberry Lemonade – You’ll Never Believe How Many Teaspoons of Sugar!

McDonald’s is promoting its strawberry lemonade this summer, encouraging us to “get shakin’ on some strawberry sweetness.” We can relate to that. In fact, we love strawberries. However, this is simply sugar water in disguise. Don’t believe us? Here’s the … Continue reading

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Tyson Chickens, Soon with (Almost) No Antibiotics

Tyson Chickens, Soon with (Almost) No Antibiotics

Tyson, one of the largest suppliers of chicken products to consumers and restaurants, has announced that it is phasing out the use of human antibiotics. By 2017, all its birds will be free of human antibiotics (but not other animal … Continue reading

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McDonald’s New Year Resolutions

McDonald’s New Year Resolutions

Fast-food behemoth McDonald’s has had a good run in the last decade. Despite fears that health conscious consumers would avoid its burgers and fries, the company’s stock shot up 700% since its low in 2003. This was achieved mostly through … Continue reading

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Why is McDonald’s Refusing to Serve GMO Potatoes?

Why is McDonald’s Refusing to Serve GMO Potatoes?

This is interesting. The USDA recently approved a new genetically modified crop – a potato. The new creation – named Innate Potato -  has several advantages over current potatoes: 1. It won’t brown after being cut. The enzyme responsible for … Continue reading

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Is America Finally Starting to Eat Healthier?

Is America Finally Starting to Eat Healthier?

There are three interesting data points from the past few days that paint a cautiously optimistic picture for America’s health, as it relates to food. 1. Obesity rates in most states seem to be leveling off. After years of steadily … Continue reading

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A Truthful Commercial for Chicken McNuggets

A Truthful Commercial for Chicken McNuggets

This is a humorous look at what truthful advertising should look like. A supposedly simple product – breaded chicken pieces – is actually ultra-processed in order to create the standardization for sales of hundreds of millions of units a day. … Continue reading

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Panera Bread, Worse than a Big Mac?

Panera Bread, Worse than a Big Mac?

Panera bread has an upscale image that automatically translates in many people’s minds to healthy food. We want to challenge that thinking by comparing a popular sandwich served at Panera with the icon of junk-food – the McDonald’s Big Mac. … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Loves Dietitians So Much

McDonald’s Loves Dietitians So Much

Would you trust McDonald’s to advise you on nutrition? Of course not. Should the sugar industry advise you on school nutrition standards? Not a good idea. So why is McDonald’s the premium sponsor of the California Dietetic Association’s annual meeting? … Continue reading

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Silly Kids. Can’t They Tell Apple Slices from French Fries?

Silly Kids. Can’t They Tell Apple Slices from French Fries?

The answer is no. Here is the story. Fast food conglomerates such as Burger King and McDonald’s are notorious for their advertising and marketing to kids. It’s so bad that the federal government considered intervening. Alas, well-funded lobbies representing corporate … Continue reading

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The Shocking Math Behind Science Teacher’s McDonald’s Diet

The Shocking Math Behind Science Teacher’s McDonald’s Diet

Iowa science teacher John Cisna became a weight loss celebrity this week, after his “before and after” photos went viral online. It’s not that the pictures are anything special, the story behind them is. You see, Mr. Cisna lost 37 … Continue reading

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