When Companies Hide Ingredient Lists

When Companies Hide Ingredient Lists

When a company’s website shows product nutrition data, but does not provide ingredient information, it’s an indicator you should avoid its foods. Why are the ingredients so important? Because the nutrition facts label can easily be manipulated to make a … 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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Fiber One Fruit Snacks – Worse than Candy?

Fiber One Fruit Snacks – Worse than Candy?

This a guest post by Bridgett Kidd, MPH, RD. Food companies have many tricks for convincing parents that kid-targeted junk food is healthy.  Chocolate-filled granola bars packing nearly 3 teaspoons of sugar and only 1g of fiber are marketed as … Continue reading

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4 Foods with More Vitamin C than Oranges

4 Foods with More Vitamin C than Oranges

Vitamin C is an important nutrient for the growth and repair of various tissues in the human body. We can’t produce it on our own and thus need a constant supply from food. Oranges, and to a large extent the … 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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Which is the More Nutritious Snack – Pretzel or Potato Chip?

Which is the More Nutritious Snack – Pretzel or Potato Chip?

Potato chips and pretzels are a mainstay of American snacks. Say you’re at a party that’s offering just these 2 snacks, which do you choose? The trivial answers are “the one that tastes best”. But let’s analyze the options through … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference between Tangerines, Clementines, and Mandarins?

What’s the Difference between Tangerines, Clementines, and Mandarins?

A mandarin orange is a slightly smaller relative of the standard orange. The tangerine and clementine are varietals of the mandarin, much in the same way gala and fuji are apple varietals. Mandarins originated in China, hence the name. China … 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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