What Do Dried Apricots, Shrimp, and Red Wine Have in Common?

What Do Dried Apricots, Shrimp, and Red Wine Have in Common?

The answer is sulfites. Sulfites are inorganic salts that have antioxidant and preservative properties. They appear under various names in ingredient labels: sulfur dioxide, sodium bisulfite, sodium sulfate,  and potassium bisulfite. Sulfites prevent discoloration of dried fruit, certain shrimp, and … Continue reading

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Clean Label or Mislabeled?

Clean Label or Mislabeled?

This is a guest blog post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. What’s not to like about a “clean” label – listing only one or two ingredients – to show how pure a … 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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Inside the Label – Sunsweet Antioxidant Blend [Dried Fruit]

Inside the Label – Sunsweet Antioxidant Blend [Dried Fruit]

Dried fruit are a tasty snack. They are supposedly as good as fresh fruit nutritionally, and have the added benefit of being available throughout the year, easy to store, durable, and versatile. We decided to take a look at a … Continue reading

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How to Choose Trail Mix

How to Choose Trail Mix

Image by Mr.Thomas via Flickr Hiking, biking, jogging, kayaking, or just strolling in the park, you begin to feel a bit hungry. Not dinner-time-hungry, and not even snack-time-hungry, rather just-one-bite-hungry. You satisfy that one bite, and 10 minutes later, you … Continue reading

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Q: What do Dried Fruit, Shrimp, and Red Wine have in Common?

Q: What do Dried Fruit, Shrimp, and Red Wine have in Common?

Image via Wikipedia A: The answer is sulfites. Have you ever wondered why dried fruit such as apples and apricots that you buy at the supermarket maintain their luster but when you slice an apple at home it immediately starts … Continue reading

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