What Magic Turns a Dip into Hummus?

What Magic Turns a Dip into Hummus?

What is Hummus? According to Sabra, the leading seller of hummus dips in the US, the FDA needs to weigh in and define hummus so that consumers will be protected from fakes. According to Sabra, a dip should only be … Continue reading

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When a 0 Calorie Salad Dressing Fakes Health

When a 0 Calorie Salad Dressing Fakes Health

A Fooducate community member, V.N., recently alerted us to a mail-order salad dressings from Walden Farms: Eating a salad is healthy, unless it’s topped with high calorie, high fat salad dressings that can easily add hundreds of calories. Instead, eat … Continue reading

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Considering Getting a Free Slurpee Today? Think Again

Considering Getting a Free Slurpee Today? Think Again

Today is 7/11, which is a good excuse for 7 Eleven to celebrate its annual Slurpee Giveaway. Every year, 7-11 hands out millions of free Slurpee drinks nationwide. This year, the serving size has grown from 8 ounces to 12 … Continue reading

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What’s in That Big Mac? MUCH More Than You Think

What’s in That Big Mac? MUCH More Than You Think

Time magazine has just run an article entitled What’s in That Big Mac? More Than You Think. The title was a lead in to a discussion of calories of fast food meals. Most people, when asked, underestimate the calorie count … Continue reading

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When Stevia Isn’t Stevia

When Stevia Isn’t Stevia

Stevia is a popular non-caloric sweetener for natural food enthusiasts, dieters and people with diabetes. But is stevia really that natural? Depends on which stevia you choose and what surprises it’s hiding! Apparently, it takes more than just stevia to … Continue reading

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The Skinnygirl Margarita Controversy

The Skinnygirl Margarita Controversy

The LA Times reports that Whole Foods Market recently pulled Skinnygirl Margarita brand off its shelves. The reason, Sodium Benzoate, a preservative that is not natural, and therefore not in line with Whole Foods philosophy. In addition, TMZ reports that … Continue reading

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Fighting Obesity: Hollywood isn’t Helping

Fighting Obesity: Hollywood isn’t Helping

The obesity epidemic has been the subject of our last few posts. On Friday we almost wept reading disheartening stats on obesity growth across the 50 states. Over the weekend we looked at the raging epidemic from a food industry … Continue reading

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What Goes in to Aunt Jemima’s “Original Syrup”?

What Goes in to Aunt Jemima’s “Original Syrup”?

Aunt Jemima is a brand that’s been around for over 100 years. It conjures thoughts of  Southern hospitality. It’s comforting to know a brand has been around that long. You can probably trust it.. And thus, many people buy their … Continue reading

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Fat-Free Fig Bars – A Healthy Snack Choice?

Fat-Free Fig Bars – A Healthy Snack Choice?

Mark G., a fooducate blog reader, writes: I would love your opinion on Barbara’s Bakery Fat Free Whole Wheat Fig Bars. I love these cookies (as does my 4 year old) and they seem to be a relatively healthy dessert … Continue reading

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Dr Pepper vs. Coke [Inside the Label]

Dr Pepper vs. Coke [Inside the Label]

With a particular flavor you either love or you hate, Dr Pepper has been around for as long as Coca Cola. Actually, one year longer – since 1885. Although it never reached the heights of Coke’s success, Dr Pepper is … Continue reading

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