The UK Saved Lives By Reducing Salt in Foods. Meanwhile, Here in the States…

The UK Saved Lives By Reducing Salt in Foods. Meanwhile, Here in the States…

Public health policy works. Here are some hard numbers for you, straight from the United Kingdom: Between 2003 and 2011, the Brits decreased their daily salt intake by 15 percent In that same time, death from heart diseases decreased by … Continue reading

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FDA to Re-examine Risks of Artificial Food Dyes

FDA to Re-examine Risks of Artificial Food Dyes

The FDA is convening an advisory panel later this week for a two day “colorthon” to discuss mounting evidence that artificial food dyes are causing hyperactivity in kids. This is huge folks. What you need to know: The FDA long … Continue reading

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Coming Soon? Warning Labels on Soda Pop

Coming Soon? Warning Labels on Soda Pop

Most of us know that too sugary soft drinks are not a nutritious choice. Now, consumer advocacy group CSPI wants warning labels on them, just like cigarettes: In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, the health advocates said that … Continue reading

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What do Silly Putty and Chicken McNuggets Have in Common?

What do Silly Putty and Chicken McNuggets Have in Common?

How could we have missed this one from CNN Health? Q: What’s the difference between McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets in the US vs. the UK? A: Silly Putty! It appears that for some reason, McDonald’s USA is employing certain ingredients that … Continue reading

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My Oh My, There’s a Warning on that Food Dye!

My Oh My, There’s a Warning on that Food Dye!

Starting today, European consumers can better protect their children from risky food. The EU nations will require foods manufactured with artificial colors to present the following warning on the label “May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in … Continue reading

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What’s that Poison in Your Juice? [Antimony]

What’s that Poison in Your Juice? [Antimony]

European researchers are worried about antimony, a toxic chemical element, appearing at possibly unsafe levels in various juice brands: Writing in the Journal of Environmental Monitoring, scientists at the University of Copenhagen studied antimony levels in 42 juice drinks and … Continue reading

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Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver Wins Dream Prize

Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver Wins Dream Prize

“Jamie Oliver, celebrity chef and standard-bearer in the fight against obesity and other diet related issues, has been announced as the recipient of the 2010 TED Prize, an award granting recipients $100,000 and something much bigger – an opportunity to … Continue reading

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America’s Dirty Secret: We’re a Dangerous Place to Eat

America’s Dirty Secret: We’re a Dangerous Place to Eat

Some eye-popping food-safety stats from the Economist: 1. There are 26,000 food poisoning cases per 100,000 Americans, every year! 2. Compare that to only 3,400 cases in the UK, and just 1,200 in France (about one tenth, and one twentieth, … Continue reading

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Europe: Many Health Claims are Scientifically Unsubstantiated

Europe: Many Health Claims are Scientifically Unsubstantiated

This week, a panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued an opinion on hundreds of food health claims and REJECTED about  two thirds of them. The claims requiring further scientific evidence include probiotics in yogurts, omega 3 fortification, … Continue reading

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Same Product. Different Country. Better Ingredients.

Same Product. Different Country. Better Ingredients.

An online petition is circulating on the web, asking Kraft to remove unsafe ingredients from its foods sold in the US. The petition, by MomsRising.org claims that Kraft has voluntarily removed artificial colorings and sweeteners from products in the UK, … Continue reading

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