5 Things to Know About the Nitrites & Nitrates in Your Hot Dog

5 Things to Know About the Nitrites & Nitrates in Your Hot Dog

1. Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate are food preservatives used primarily in processed meat products such as hot dogs, luncheon meats, ham, bacon, corned beef (spam), and in smoked fish. 2. Nitrites play several roles: they maintain the pinkish meat … Continue reading

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Sodium Benzoate – Extends Shelf Life, Shortens Yours

Sodium Benzoate – Extends Shelf Life, Shortens Yours

Sodium Benzoate (E211) is a preservative used to prevent food from molding. This sounds like a good food safety measure, what with the long shelf life many groceries are expected to display. Pickles, salad dressings, fruit juices, and soft drinks … Continue reading

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Potassium Sorbate – Beneficial Preservative or Harmful DNA Toxin?

Potassium Sorbate – Beneficial Preservative or Harmful DNA Toxin?

Processed food is not evil. It helps us spend less time in the fields or in the kitchen and more time doing important things such as playing with our kids or working overtime. One of the tenets of processed foods … Continue reading

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Is This Cheese? Kraft Singles [Cheese Miniseries Part 3 / 3]

Is This Cheese? Kraft Singles [Cheese Miniseries Part 3 / 3]

This is the third of three posts in our Cheese Miniseries. In part 1, we covered  12 basic cheese facts. In part 2, we explained what processed cheese is. Today we’ll look inside the label of Kraft Singles. It’s been a … Continue reading

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Food Processing – Why Do We Need It?

Food Processing – Why Do We Need It?

New here?  Get Fooducated with our iPhone or Android App! Or try Fooducate on the Web! The term “processed food” has gotten a bad rap in the last few years. We are told to buy unprocessed foods because they contain less chemicals, because they are … Continue reading

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The Cons and Pros of Food Processing

The Cons and Pros of Food Processing

Here is an interesting finding from a recent market study. 1500 consumers across all demographics in the US were surveyed by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and Artemis Strategy Group. The news: 43% of consumers have a negative attitude … Continue reading

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10 Things to Know About Propyl Gallate

10 Things to Know About Propyl Gallate

1. Propyl Gallate is an artificial food additive, that is also used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. 2. It is a whitish crystalline powder. 3. You may find propyl gallate in meat products, microwaveable popcorn, soup mixes, chewing gum, mayonnaise, and … Continue reading

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Froot Loops is NOT a “Smart Choice” [Inside the Label]

Froot Loops is NOT a “Smart Choice” [Inside the Label]

We’ve been following developments in nutrition rating schemes and front of package labeling for quite some time. Smart Choices is a labeling system that informs consumers which products are a nutritious choice using a green check mark as a quick … Continue reading

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Cocoa Krispies “Immunity” Cereal – 40% Sugar by Weight + Trans Fats [Inside the Label]

Cocoa Krispies “Immunity” Cereal – 40% Sugar by Weight + Trans Fats [Inside the Label]

Health claims on processed food packages are usually nothing more than marketing messages. So when Kellogg’s plasters the word “IMMUNITY” in quadruple font on the front of its Rice Krispies breakfast cereal, we just have to take a peek (thanks … Continue reading

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Inside the Label: Oscar Meyer’s Lunchables Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Stackers

Inside the Label: Oscar Meyer’s Lunchables Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Stackers

It’s not the most important meal of the day. And it’s not the heartiest either. Lunch, the get-it-on-the-run or have-it-at-the-computer meal doesn’t get enough respect. And how could it, when products like Oscar Meyer’s Lunchable’s take its name in vain. … Continue reading

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