3 Easy Ways to Enjoy Brussels Sprouts

3 Easy Ways to Enjoy Brussels Sprouts

Brassica Oleracea Gemmifera is more commonly known as the Brussels sprout. It is a cousin of the cabbage family, and one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Brussels sprouts are a bursting with nutrients, including vitamin C, folic acid, B6, … Continue reading

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Does Lettuce Have Any Nutrition or Does it Just Fill Me Up?

Does Lettuce Have Any Nutrition or Does it Just Fill Me Up?

The foundation of any salad, especially at fast food and quick serve restaurants, is lettuce. We all know this leafy vegetable is low in calories, but does lettuce provide any nutritional value? The answer: yes, a little. There are several … Continue reading

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About Those Vegetables in Kids’ Snacks

About Those Vegetables in Kids’ Snacks

This is a guest post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. Every parent’s dream is a kid who eats her veggies. For various reasons (avalanche of ads for less healthy foods, poor adult … Continue reading

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Excess Nutrients in Fortified Cereals May Pose Risk to Kids

Excess Nutrients in Fortified Cereals May Pose Risk to Kids

Manufacturers of sugary cereals often boast high levels of vitamins and minerals, even though these are mostly sprayed onto the product, not an integral part of the ingredients. This healthwashing is something we often warn about, because despite the added … Continue reading

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A Summertime Smoothie from Hell

A Summertime Smoothie from Hell

Bolthouse Farms, a Campbell’s subsidiary, is on a tear with new product introductions. Last month we wrote about their new salad dressings. Today – a new line of beverages called summertime smoothies. Here’s the marketing pitch for the Amazing Mango … Continue reading

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5 Unintended Consequences of the FDA’s Proposed Nutrition Label

5 Unintended Consequences of the FDA’s Proposed Nutrition Label

This is a guest post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. The FDA’s proposal for changes to the nutrition panel, introduced earlier this week, is broad and sweeping. This would be a major … Continue reading

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Is Barilla’s Veggie Pasta a Good Choice?

Is Barilla’s Veggie Pasta a Good Choice?

Several Fooducate community members recently asked us about veggie pasta and wanted to know if it is a better choice compared to plain. Great question! Let’s take a look at Barilla Veggie Penne Pasta, for example. It comes with added … Continue reading

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What Secret Superfood is Used in High End Snacks? (Hint: Not Kale)

What Secret Superfood is Used in High End Snacks? (Hint: Not Kale)

This is a guest post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. After 20+ years of attending the Winter Fancy Food Show, it’s clear to me that food companies (and consumers) have learned a thing or … Continue reading

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About the Pumpkin in Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels

About the Pumpkin in Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels

It’s pumpkin season, and it seems the North American native veggie has found its way into every possible aisle in the supermarket. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Pumpkins are a nutrition powerhouse. A cup of cooked pumpkin is a … Continue reading

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Which Has More Sugar – Tropicana’s Farmstand Juice or Coke?

Which Has More Sugar – Tropicana’s Farmstand Juice or Coke?

Tropicana’s new line of drinks, Farmstand, is designed to conjure thoughts of health in a consumer’s mind. The name evokes the mental image of a farmer bringing in her fresh vegetables and fruits to market. Each bottle includes pictures of … Continue reading

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