Your First Recipe with Nutritional Yeast – Easy Pesto Casserole

Your First Recipe with Nutritional Yeast – Easy Pesto Casserole

This is a guest blog post by By Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, LDN. Nutritional yeast does not have the most appealing name and some people may confuse it with the type of yeast you use to make bread (baker’s yeast) … Continue reading

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B Vitamin Supplements: Controversy and Commercials

B Vitamin Supplements: Controversy and Commercials

This is a guest blog post by Brooke Schantz, MS, RD and was originally posted here. Walgreens has a new commercial implying that B vitamins will help you increase your energy.    In the commercial, there is a husband and wife debating whether or … Continue reading

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How Hard is it to be Vegan?

How Hard is it to be Vegan?

More and more we read about the health benefits of a plant based diet. You know, eat less meat, consume plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, get your protein from legumes and such. About 7 million Americans are vegetarians – … Continue reading

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Praise for Sardines

Praise for Sardines

There’s a consensus among the nutrition community that people should be eating less meat and more fish. For most people, this means salmon or canned tuna. These are indeed very popular and nutritious choices. However there are several problems with … Continue reading

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Why Does Ovaltine Have Artifical Yellow, Red & Blue Colorings? [Inside the Label]

Why Does Ovaltine Have Artifical Yellow, Red & Blue Colorings? [Inside the Label]

We’ve been blogging recently about chocolate milk.  One of our readers commented with a question about Ovaltine as an option to sweeten milk . Ovaltine is a milk flavoring invented in Switzerland more than a hundred years ago. The original … Continue reading

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Whole Foods Market Adopts “ANDI” Nutrition Rating System

Whole Foods Market Adopts “ANDI” Nutrition Rating System

Just when we thought we had covered all the nutrition rating systems out there, here’s a new system being implemented at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. ANDI, short for Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, is the brainchild of author, MD, and … Continue reading

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Are Minute Maid “Brain Juice” Commercials Misleading? [Inside the Label]

Are Minute Maid “Brain Juice” Commercials Misleading? [Inside the Label]

Minute Maid, a subsidiary of the Coca Cola Company best known for its lines of fruit juices, has been reprimanded, albeit lightly, by the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB). NAD found that commercials … Continue reading

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Froot Loops is NOT a “Smart Choice” [Inside the Label]

Froot Loops is NOT a “Smart Choice” [Inside the Label]

We’ve been following developments in nutrition rating schemes and front of package labeling for quite some time. Smart Choices is a labeling system that informs consumers which products are a nutritious choice using a green check mark as a quick … Continue reading

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Cocoa Krispies “Immunity” Cereal – 40% Sugar by Weight + Trans Fats [Inside the Label]

Cocoa Krispies “Immunity” Cereal – 40% Sugar by Weight + Trans Fats [Inside the Label]

Health claims on processed food packages are usually nothing more than marketing messages. So when Kellogg’s plasters the word “IMMUNITY” in quadruple font on the front of its Rice Krispies breakfast cereal, we just have to take a peek (thanks … Continue reading

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Head 2 Head : Kashi Go Lean Caramel Peanut Bar vs. Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie Bar

Head 2 Head : Kashi Go Lean Caramel Peanut Bar vs. Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie Bar

Energy bars are a popular and growing category of snack foods that are a natural evolution of breakfast cereals. Sixty years ago we had time to sit down for a hearty breakfast with the family. By the early seventies, families … Continue reading

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