Why Do “Farmers” Want to Keep Trans-Fats in Our Foods?

Why Do “Farmers” Want to Keep Trans-Fats in Our Foods?

The FDA is close to deciding that partially hydrogenated fats should be removed from the American food supply. This is a good thing. Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) contain trans-fats, which are the worst type of fat for your cardiovascular health. … Continue reading

Posted in In The News | 8 Replies
How Much Crap Can There Be in a Heart Smart Creamer?

How Much Crap Can There Be in a Heart Smart Creamer?

This non-dairy creamer claims to be “Heart Smart”. Unfortunately, its ingredient list tells another story: Corn syrup solids, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, sodium caseinate (milk derived), dipotassium phosphate, mono and diglycerides, sodium silicoaluminate, sodium triployphosphate, diacetyl tartaric acid esters of … Continue reading

Posted in Nutrition Label Analysis | 14 Replies
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

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Replies
The Snack that Gives Greek Yogurt a Bad Name

The Snack that Gives Greek Yogurt a Bad Name

Capitalizing on the Greek yogurt trend, Safeway has released a new product under the “Snack Artist” brand. Unfortunately, these Greek Yogurt Covered Raisins are about as far from healthy as Greece is from Pleasanton California, Safeway’s headquarters. As you may … Continue reading

Posted in Nutrition Label Analysis | 9 Replies
Enough With the Bad News – 11 Great Food Developments This Year

Enough With the Bad News – 11 Great Food Developments This Year

This is a guest post by Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD. I got myself worked into a lather, one that had been brewing for weeks. Mr. Mom’s Kitchen came home to find me ranting. Not about the usual business of … Continue reading

Posted in Food Thoughts | 9 Replies
McDonald’s: Are we loving it more… or hating it less?

McDonald’s: Are we loving it more… or hating it less?

This is a guest blog post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. The McDonald’s Menu Innovation Team has been busy … innovating. Between launches of new menu items with a wink at health/nutrition (see below), … Continue reading

Posted in Nutrition Label Analysis | 6 Replies
It Only Took 30 years: FDA Bans Trans-Fats

It Only Took 30 years: FDA Bans Trans-Fats

Thank you Food and Drug Administration, for finally removing trans-fats from the list of safe ingredients in our food. It only took 30 years, but hey, what’s a decade or two between friends. The FDA made the announcement yesterday, but … Continue reading

Posted in In The News | 10 Replies
Is Froot Loops Treasures Any Better than the Original Version?

Is Froot Loops Treasures Any Better than the Original Version?

Froot Loops, the cereal brand loved by generations of kids and vilified by nutritionists, has a new version out on the market – Froot Loops Treasures. What’s the treasure you may ask? Well, aside from the O shaped cereal in … Continue reading

Posted in Kids Nutrition | 7 Replies
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

Posted in Nutrition Label Analysis | 3 Replies
Coming Soon: Improved Labeling for Fruit Roll-Ups

Coming Soon: Improved Labeling for Fruit Roll-Ups

We wish the headline was improved ingredients for fruit roll ups, but unfortunately that is not the case. The good news is that that the front of pack of will be changing to be less deceptive.You see, Strawberry Fruit Roll-ups … Continue reading

Posted in Kids Nutrition | 2 Replies