Coming Ban for some Omega-3 Fat Claims

Coming Ban for some Omega-3 Fat Claims

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS There is a big problem with determining nutritional requirements for omega-3 fats. Even though they are almost universally praised as promoting health and well being, it is not possible to define … Continue reading

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Did You Know? The FDA Lets Companies Decide if an Additive is Safe or Not

Did You Know? The FDA Lets Companies Decide if an Additive is Safe or Not

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS. We recently wrote about the federal Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils due to their tendency to increase cardiovascular disease risk. Without … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Hydrogenated Oils and Trans Fat

The Rise and Fall of Hydrogenated Oils and Trans Fat

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS. In November last year, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposal to revoke the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). These oils typically … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference between Composite and Component Ingredient Lists?

What’s the Difference between Composite and Component Ingredient Lists?

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS. Though the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has many specific rules and regulations, it offers surprising latitude in choosing how ingredients are listed in foods. One can list all of … Continue reading

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Wild West in Washington DC: Nutrition Labeling as an Example

Wild West in Washington DC: Nutrition Labeling as an Example

This is a guest post by Richard Perlmutter, MS. One of the most frequently observed claims on food and beverage packaging is “all natural”. It is a term that is supposed to be subject to regulatory oversight. Two federal agencies are … Continue reading

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The Top 3 Reasons for Food Recalls Are…

The Top 3 Reasons for Food Recalls Are…

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that food companies inform the agency about any food (for both humans and animals) they have manufactured and released for sale that has … Continue reading

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Product & Label Evolution: Kozy Shack Chocolate Pudding as an Example

Product & Label Evolution: Kozy Shack Chocolate Pudding as an Example

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS Last year Kozy Shack Company changed the recipe for its chocolate pudding. At the same time the company revised much of the labeling on the pudding container. lt is both interesting and instructive … Continue reading

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America’s Great Dietary Divergence

America’s Great Dietary Divergence

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS Every so often it is useful to take a step back, and look at trends in what people choose to eat. One especially interesting trend is what I call America’s Great … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Disappearing Lactose

The Mystery of the Disappearing Lactose

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS The only sugar in milk is lactose, a sugar that some people have trouble digesting. All of the lactose is in the fat free portion, not in the milk fat. At a higher … Continue reading

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On Cereal Serving Sizes. Grape Nuts as an Example

On Cereal Serving Sizes. Grape Nuts as an Example

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS A serving of Post Grape-Nuts ready-to-eat breakfast cereal weighs 58g. A serving of Post Grape-Nuts Flakes ready-to-eat breakfast cereal weighs only 29g.     The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) … Continue reading

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