Is Yeast Extract Healthier than MSG?

Is Yeast Extract Healthier than MSG?

In attempts to make packaged foods taste better, food companies employ various ingredients and additives. Some have been in use for ages, for example, spices and sugar. Others have a relatively short history and require complex manufacturing techniques. One of … Continue reading

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Torula Yeast – What is It and Should You Avoid It?

Torula Yeast – What is It and Should You Avoid It?

Torula is a species of yeast, also known as candida utilis. It has become a popular food additive in recent years, but not without some controversy. Before we get into all of that, let’s zoom out for a minute and … Continue reading

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Shrimp Chips. Seriously?

Shrimp Chips. Seriously?

Just as I was checking out at Safeway, I noticed a row of boxes with these interestingly named snacks in and on top of them. Shrimp. Chips. A match made in heaven! Or is it? If you were expecting thinly … Continue reading

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Quest Protein Chips vs. Regular Potato Chips

Quest Protein Chips vs. Regular Potato Chips

Nutritionally speaking, a good snack should balance protein, carbs, and fats in order to keep you satiated for at least 3 hours until your next meal. A decent amount of protein every meal helps, about 10 grams. Potato chips are … Continue reading

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22 Healthier Store-Bought Snacks

22 Healthier Store-Bought Snacks

This is a guest post by Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD and was originally published here. One of the most hopeful signs that perhaps change is underway in our snack food nation was the bin of fresh apples, oranges, and … Continue reading

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Popchips Vs. Doritos – Who Makes a Better Ranch Tortilla Chip?

Popchips Vs. Doritos – Who Makes a Better Ranch Tortilla Chip?

Popchips is a young company that offers what is supposedly a healthier alternative to potato chips. It recently expanded to tortilla chips as well. The tagline for their Ranch Tortilla Chips is “all the flavor. half the fat”. We decided … Continue reading

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Ramen Noodles – 5 Things to Know

Ramen Noodles – 5 Things to Know

Many people go through a ramen period in their life: poor college students, entrepreneurs hacking away at the next Instagram, or urban teens in Japan, where these flavored noodles were invented. Every year, about 100 billion servings are consumed, which … Continue reading

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10 Thing that are Wrong with Wendy’s Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich

10 Thing that are Wrong with Wendy’s Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich

You’ve probably seen the commercials. Wendy’s has unleashed a new product on to the masses: a Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich with the following features: “Lightly breaded chicken”, “warm pretzel bun”, and “melted cheddar sauce”. Wendy’s also boasts some impressive nutrition … Continue reading

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Touchdown? Campbell’s Chunky Soups for NFL Fans Reviewed

Touchdown? Campbell’s Chunky Soups for NFL Fans Reviewed

Campbell’s Soup Company is enjoying a good run this year in the public markets. The stock is up 30% in 2013 and performing at its best since the late 1990′s. The company certainly has innovated in the last 12 months … Continue reading

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Dear Chick-Fil-A, Straight or Gay, this Ingredient List is NOT OK

Dear Chick-Fil-A, Straight or Gay, this Ingredient List is NOT OK

The recent Chick-fil-A controversy has overlooked an important matter. Though chicken is slightly healthier than beef, fast food chicken is no health food. Here’s the ingredient list for the no frills standard Chick-fil-A┬«┬áChicken Sandwich: Chicken (100% natural whole breast filet, … Continue reading

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