FDA Finally Bans Artificial Trans-Fats, But Danger Still Lurks

FDA Finally Bans Artificial Trans-Fats, But Danger Still Lurks

This week, the FDA finally announced that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are no longer classified as GRAS (generally regarded as safe). Therefore, these oils can no longer be used as ingredients in foods manufactured, sold or served in the US. … Continue reading

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5 Bread Ingredients You Absolutely Should Avoid [miniseries part 4/4]

5 Bread Ingredients You Absolutely Should Avoid [miniseries part 4/4]

Welcome to part 4 of our miniseries.In part 1, we provided ground rules for choosing healthy bread. In part 2, we defined whole grains and whole wheat. In part 3 we presented the most common ingredients used in bread. Today, … Continue reading

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Artificially Colored Icing: Don’t do it!

Artificially Colored Icing: Don’t do it!

Home baked, made from scratch is healthier than store-bought mixes, and usually tastes better too. Many of us make the cake ourselves, but use pre-made icing from the supermarket. Don’t let a tube of icing ruin your otherwise health{ier} treats! … Continue reading

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A Popcorn Trans-Fat Trap

A Popcorn Trans-Fat Trap

You would think that 7 years after trans fat labeling became mandatory, no products manufacturer would dare use partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) in their products anymore. According to the FDA, there has been a steep decrease in trans-fats across … Continue reading

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Dear Betty Crocker – Why are You Baking with Artifical Trans-Fats?

Dear Betty Crocker – Why are You Baking with Artifical Trans-Fats?

Cake and cookie mixes take sizable shelf space in the supermarket. They save you time and effort, and let you feel good about having made some effort to prepare a home made treat. but the reality is that they contain … Continue reading

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Labeling Works! Trans Fat Consumption Down 75% in 10 Years

Labeling Works! Trans Fat Consumption Down 75% in 10 Years

In 2006, federal labeling regulations went into effect that demanded the labeling of trans-fats content on product nutrition labels. Many food manufacturers responded by changing their product formulations to remove the partially hydrogenated oils responsible for the trans-fats in our … Continue reading

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Interesterifed Oils – What Are They Doing in My Food?

Interesterifed Oils – What Are They Doing in My Food?

“Trans fat free” – that’s a good thing, right?  It sure is. But are trans-fat replacements any better?  Not always. Interesterified oil is one such example. To understand what it is, let’s recall why trans-fatty oils were such a hit … Continue reading

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FIVE Bread Ingredients You Absolutely Should Avoid [Bread miniseries part 4/4]

FIVE Bread Ingredients You Absolutely Should Avoid [Bread miniseries part 4/4]

Welcome to part 4 of our miniseries. In part 1, we provided  ground rules for choosing healthy bread. In part 2, we explained what whole grains are. In part 3 we presented the most common ingredients used in bread. Today, … Continue reading

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Yay! Trans-Fat Down 58% in a Decade

Yay! Trans-Fat Down 58% in a Decade

The CDC released a study showing that the level of trans-fatty acids in the blood of white adults has decreased 58% between the years 2000 and 2009. The CDC’s National Biomonitoring Program measures the presence of 450 different chemicals in human blood. Trans-Fat … Continue reading

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Parents Beware: Those Teddy Bear Cookies Are Full of Trans-Fats

Parents Beware: Those Teddy Bear Cookies Are Full of Trans-Fats

CVS, the mega-pharmacy chain, has introduced a new line of store brand products called “Just the Basics”. Just the Basics offers shoppers a large selection of practical items from a variety of categories throughout the store, including household, beauty, baby … Continue reading

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