Organic: Good, Not Great

Organic: Good, Not Great

While there certainly remains a number of convincing arguments for buying organic produce – you may be surprised to learn they don’t have to do with nutrition. A review article to be published in the forthcoming issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine found that organic fruits and vegetables do not contain significantly higher contents … Read more

Maybe Frightening Food Facts Work?

Maybe Frightening Food Facts Work?

A study published in the most recent issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics indicates that those calorie menu boards you see popping up at sit-down chain and fast food restaurants…they might actually be doing more than just making you feel bad about what you’re about to scarf down. According to … Read more

Tajín Shakes Out the Salt

Tajín Shakes Out the Salt

If you know Mexican food – then you probably know Tajín. Tajín is made by the Mexican company of the same name, and it’s a spicy, tangy sprinkle on flavor additive known for its chili and lime combination. Tajín is a ubiquitous condiment in Mexico, available pretty much everywhere food is made, sold, consumed, etc. … Read more

Newman’s Own: Pretzel Conspiracy?

Newman’s Own: Pretzel Conspiracy?

Pretzels often get a bad rap from the food police: they’re full of white flour, salt and not much else. But the Newman’s Own Organics The Second Generation line of pretzels appear to be an entirely different bag: they have 110 calories for 22 pretzels, 3 grams of protein, only 180 mg sodium and 4g … Read more

Multigrain Pringles – Wolves in Sheeps’ Clothing

Multigrain Pringles – Wolves in Sheeps’ Clothing

Pringles potato chips has a new line of Multigrain Pringles that claims to “succeed where many others fail, giving you a multigrain snack that tastes great”. They might taste great – if you like salt and fat – but a good source of whole grains they are not! All three flavors (Truly Original, Creamy Ranch … Read more

Great Marketing for Crappy Kids’ Cereal Draws Fire

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This week, Washington, DC-based Center for Science in the Public Interest released a report analyzing the nutritional quality of foods marketed to children on Nickelodeon. The report is a follow-up to CSPI’s 2005 report and Guidelines for Responsible Food Marketing to Children. The report found that 80% of Nickelodeon food commercials are for poor nutritional-quality … Read more

Whole Grain Stamp of Confusion?

Whole Grain Stamp of Confusion?

The Whole Grain Stamp is a product of the Whole Grains Council, which itself is a consortium of food industry, scientists and chefs founded by Oldways, the non-profit food-issues think tank based in Boston, MA. The Whole Grains Council’s mission is to: Help consumers find whole grain foods and understand their health benefits Help manufacturers … Read more