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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How the “Cherry on Top” Came to Be

How the “Cherry on Top” Came to Be

Maraschino Cherries are the ultra-sweet, plastic tasting condiments one often encounters topping ice cream desserts or added to cocktails. They are very pretty but most certainly don’t taste anything like real cherries. How did wonderful fresh cherries become “Maraschino”? There’s … Continue reading

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Snapple Punch – Harm Yourself for Just 79 Cents

Snapple Punch – Harm Yourself for Just 79 Cents

Spring is here and soon the cold drink season will be in full swing. This is the first of several friendly reminders that nothing beats water for hydration. It’s healthier and cheaper than anything else being marketed to you or … Continue reading

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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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