False Advertising: When Organic Really Isn’t

False Advertising: When Organic Really Isn’t

Take a look at this product. It’s brand name includes the word “organic”. It is “made with organic wheat flour & organic sugar”. If you are a consumer interested in buying certified organic products, you may be tempted to buy … Continue reading

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How Close Are You to a Farmers Market?

How Close Are You to a Farmers Market?

This week is National Farmers Market Week, and there is no reason not to go out and support your local farmers, while buying and eating some of the freshest and tastiest produce you can put your hands on. According to … Continue reading

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Why Did the School Nutrition Association Betray Kids?

Why Did the School Nutrition Association Betray Kids?

Childhood obesity is being addressed in various ways. One of them is small improvements in school lunch provided for free to over 30 million children everyday. This is through a USDA programs for disadvantaged children. The federal government funds these … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Dietary Guidelines: Not Dictated by Agriculture Lobbies

Brazil’s Dietary Guidelines: Not Dictated by Agriculture Lobbies

The US Dietary Guidelines are a set nutrition suggestions published every 5 years by the USDA. If you are wondering why the Department of Agriculture is responsible for nutrition advice, you’re not the only one. It’s a historical mistake that … Continue reading

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An Easy Change to Improve Your Health

An Easy Change to Improve Your Health

If you grew up in the seventies, going out to McDonald’s or IHOP was a once in a while treat reserved for a birthday, or little league championship win. But these days, children and adults are spending more time and … Continue reading

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What Do USDA Beef Grades – Prime, Choice, Select – Actually Mean?

What Do USDA Beef Grades – Prime, Choice, Select – Actually Mean?

When shopping for meat, have you ever taken pause to consider the difference between Choice and Select beef? Or did you simply assume these were marketing terms with no meanings? Well, it turns out they actually do mean something.  The … Continue reading

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Wild West in Washington DC: Nutrition Labeling as an Example

Wild West in Washington DC: Nutrition Labeling as an Example

This is a guest post by Richard Perlmutter, MS. One of the most frequently observed claims on food and beverage packaging is “all natural”. It is a term that is supposed to be subject to regulatory oversight. Two federal agencies are … Continue reading

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The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans – Here’s How You Can Help Improve Them

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans – Here’s How You Can Help Improve Them

This is a guest blog post by Lori Kaley, MS, RD, LD, MSB. It’s that time again! By law, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) are reviewed, updated and published every five years jointly by the U.S. Department of Health … Continue reading

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You’re Eating Mechanically Tenderized Beef and You Don’t Even Know It

You’re Eating Mechanically Tenderized Beef and You Don’t Even Know It

But all that is going to end, as the USDA is now requiring beef that has been “tenderized” to be labeled as such. Soon, you’ll be able to see on the package if your favorite cut of meat has been … Continue reading

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3 Good Non-GMO Developments this Week

3 Good Non-GMO Developments this Week

Is it us, or is there an acceleration of events pointing to the inevitable labeling of GMO food on a national level? 1. This week, Chipotle has added GMO status to it product information. When you look at the list … Continue reading

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