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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Five Bread Ingredients to Avoid [miniseries part 4]

Five Bread Ingredients to Avoid [miniseries part 4]

In previous posts we provided general guidelines, discussed whole grains, and showed you a list of the top 20 ingredients used in bread. Here is a list of the ingredients you want to avoid in bread: Partially hydrogenated oils – … Continue reading

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