Protein Builds Muscle, Carbs Are Fuel, And Fat Help With?

Protein Builds Muscle, Carbs Are Fuel, And Fat Help With?

A little Nutrition 101 today. We all know that food can be divided into macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients. The micros are vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, and vitamin C. Our body needs tiny amounts of micro-nutrients (usually measured in … Continue reading

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You’re Probably Not Eating Enough of this Vegetable

You’re Probably Not Eating Enough of this Vegetable

Pictured here is Brassica Oleracea Gemmifera, more commonly known as Brussels sprout. It is a cousin of the cabbage family, and too many of us have miserable memories of this veggie from our childhood. This is quite unfortunate, as Brussels … Continue reading

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When Companies Hide Ingredient Lists

When Companies Hide Ingredient Lists

When a company’s website shows product nutrition data, but does not provide ingredient information, it’s an indicator you should avoid its foods. Why are the ingredients so important? Because the nutrition facts label can easily be manipulated to make a … Continue reading

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Naked Juice Nailed for Misleading Consumers; FDA to Review Nutrient Claims

Naked Juice Nailed for Misleading Consumers; FDA to Review Nutrient Claims

Two interesting and interconnected pieces of news this week. PepsiCo settled a class action lawsuit, agreeing to pay $9,000,000 to consumers it misled with labeling on its Naked Juice Brand. See details and how to claim your $45 piece of … Continue reading

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Why Is Naked Juice Removing “All Natural” from Its Product Labels?

Why Is Naked Juice Removing “All Natural” from Its Product Labels?

Naked Juice is a very successful brand under the PepsiCo umbrella. Selling juice has been a profitable venture for both Coke and Pepsi, as pressure mounts to diversify from their core cola brands. Indeed the health halo attached to juice … Continue reading

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Why in the World Are You Taking a Multivitamin?

Why in the World Are You Taking a Multivitamin?

The dietary supplement industry rakes in $30 billion every year. With dedicated retail stores such as GNC, entire aisles in pharmacies and supermarkets, and various online options, this is a big business. But will that multivitamin actually improve your health? … Continue reading

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NEW! Personalized Nutrition Information for 200,000 Products on Fooducate.com

NEW! Personalized Nutrition Information for 200,000 Products on Fooducate.com

We’ve been working hard on improving the information we provide about products. There are some really cool changes on our website that I’m happy to announce. Starting today, registered users can see a personalized nutrition label for over 200,000 unique … Continue reading

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Organic Food More Nutritious? Yet Another Study Fuels Irrelevant Debate

Organic Food More Nutritious? Yet Another Study Fuels Irrelevant Debate

Yesterday morning, researchers at Stanford University published a meta-analysis on the health benefits of Organic vs. Conventional Food. They didn’t find any. By nightfall, hundreds of news outlets had published stories online. Before we dive in to the details, here … Continue reading

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How Fooducate Grades Products

How Fooducate Grades Products

If you’ve been using the Fooducate iPhone App you may be wondering how products are graded. We’ve received inquiries on this matter from consumers, food manufacturers, and nutrition professionals. Fooducate’s philosophy is relatively simple, but the actual algorithmic implementation is … Continue reading

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The Problematic Promise of Nutritionism

The Problematic Promise of Nutritionism

A commentary in last week’s Journal of the American Medical Association brings us a rematch between “nutritionism” and food. Written by leading health experts David S. Ludwig and Dariush Mozzafarian, Dietary Guidelines in the 21st Century— a Time for Food, … Continue reading

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