A Lesson in Marketing: Special K “Real Butter Taste!” Popcorn Chips

A Lesson in Marketing: Special K “Real Butter Taste!” Popcorn Chips

Special K, the brand identified most with cereal for women on a diet, has long ago expanded into additional realms of processed food. We recently noticed a popcorn chip product from Special K right by the checkout counter. The “Real … 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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Studies: Popcorn, Chocolate Good for Health

Studies: Popcorn, Chocolate Good for Health

Snackers of the world – rejoice. Two recent studies are telling us Fooducate’s favorite snacks are healthy! Woo hoo! Research conducted at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania has found that popcorn has more polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) than … Continue reading

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Blue Popcorn. Really? [Inside the Label]

Blue Popcorn. Really? [Inside the Label]

We’ve heard of blue corn, an heirloom variety cultivated by the Hopi tribe of the southwest, but the blue popcorn pictured here is not popped from those kernels. Instead, some marketing genius thought it would be cool to color popcorn … Continue reading

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Eating Healthfully on the Cheap

Eating Healthfully on the Cheap

When it comes to eating healthfully, there are two complaints that come up most often: 1. The nutritional value of a food is inverse proportion to how good it tastes. 2. Nutritious food is too expensive. These 2 claims are … Continue reading

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Visualizing Portion Sizes

Visualizing Portion Sizes

This is a guest blog post by Larry Istrail Estimating portion sizes is arguably the most important, yet difficult aspect of approximating your daily caloric intake. Simply stated, the inability to assess serving sizes yields inaccurate caloric estimations and potentially … Continue reading

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On Fiber

On Fiber

This is a guest post by Melissa Marek, RD LD Fiber is an extremely important part of your daily diet. Its best known benefit is its ability to help keep our bowels moving. Eating enough fiber will help prevent constipation. … Continue reading

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Five Great Snack Makeovers

Five Great Snack Makeovers

This is a guest post by Lisa Cain, PhD, a.k.a Snack-Girl. We all love to snack. And we love convenience too. Unfortunately that comes with a price – unhealthy additives meant to preserve packaged pastry for months, artificial and cheap … Continue reading

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Popcorn – The Good, The Bad, and The VERY BAD

Popcorn – The Good, The Bad, and The VERY BAD

Popcorn, the quintessential snack of the movies, is a long standing tradition. The Good: it’s a healthy, low calories snack – very filling due to its fiber content, and less than 100 calories per 3 cups of air popped popcorn. … Continue reading

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PepsiCo/Frito-Lay: Women Need More of Our Snacks

PepsiCo/Frito-Lay: Women Need More of Our Snacks

Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo has figured out just the thing women need more of. Not fruit, not exercise, not water. You guessed it – snacks: Last month the US firm launched its first snack – Smartfood Popcorn Clusters – … Continue reading

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