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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St. Patrick’s Day: Healthy Recipe Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day: Healthy Recipe Ideas

It’s coming this Sunday! Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is also called the “Feast” of St. Patrick? Aside from public parades and festivities, food and drink are an important part of the day – whether alcoholic beverages or … Continue reading

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Another Food Recall Hurricane On the Way?

Another Food Recall Hurricane On the Way?

Last year it was peanut butter. Before that – tomatoes. It seems like every year there’s one major food recall that really shakes the system. Last week the FDA notified the public about another recall hurricane, this time for various … Continue reading

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“Health-Claim Jumping” at the Winter Fancy Food Show

“Health-Claim Jumping” at the Winter Fancy Food Show

This is a guest blog post by Carol Harvey, director of nutrition labeling at Palate Works. She recently visited the San Francisco Fancy Food Show. For 35 years, the Fancy Food Show has been the trade show of all things … Continue reading

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Funny Food Holidays

Funny Food Holidays

Every day, week, and month there’s a holiday somewhere in the world. While most holidays have religious, historical or national connotations, there’s a new category of “marketing” holidays, embellishing whatever there is to be sold. Food is no exception, and … Continue reading

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Food Package Sizes Shrunk Last Year, Growing This Year

Food Package Sizes Shrunk Last Year, Growing This Year

Some shoppers may have noticed lately that packages of Frito-Lay brand potato chips, Doritos, Cheetos, and Tostitos are bigger than they used to be. It’s hard to miss, especially when the one on Tostitos says: ”Hey! There’s 20 percent more … Continue reading

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Inside the Label: Organic Bear Fruit Bars

Inside the Label: Organic Bear Fruit Bars

We recently reviewed several healthy snack options,  fruit leathers, and freeze dried fruit. Today, a look at another option – Bear Fruit Bars. We’d like to thank reader Sarah S, a Fooducate Product Tester, for her feedback. Bear Fruit Bars … Continue reading

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Snacks Instead of Meals

Snacks Instead of Meals

Image via Wikipedia Once upon a time, a snack was something to fill in a grumbling stomach in between meals. Lately though, snacks have gone on to replace meals. So says “Snack Foods Culinary Trend Mapping Report” from the Center … 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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