Falling into the obesity and heart risk traps while eating ‘healthy foods’

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August 21, 2014

The “Rewind the Future” video that’s been going viral since being put online by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life program is powerful and scary — and yes, you need to watch it. Maybe even with your kids, if they’re old enough. In a series of rapid-fire images, it gives you an idea of the dietary […]

A ‘study’ in how sugar cubes came to erroneously stand for HFCS

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August 19, 2014

By BILL BONVIE How does misinformation – such as the idea that sugar cubes can be used to represent the amount of sugar in a product that doesn’t actually contain any – come into being, and then come to be unquestionably accepted by media? We got a better idea when we started looking into the […]

‘Fruit-flavored snacks’ are ‘made with real fruit’? Really?

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August 14, 2014

  By BILL BONVIE A couple days ago I was looking at some of the supposedly healthier snacks in our neighborhood supermarket when I encountered a pleasant-looking young woman shopper carrying a toddler. Picking up a package of Hawaiian Punch Fruit Gushers, I asked her, “Excuse me, but would you buy this for your child?” […]

More experts are calling HFCS a health hazard

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August 12, 2014

To listen to the Corn Refiners Association, you’d think the idea that consuming high fructose corn syrup may be hazardous to our health was something invented by Citizens for Health, the sponsoring organization of Food Identity Theft.  In fact CFH seeks to let members of the public know the facts about HFCS so they can […]

Corn refiners’ opposition to petition based on outdated data, misreading of FDA rule

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August 7, 2014

To hear the Corn Refiners Association tell it, consumers should have no concerns about the fructose content of the high fructose corn syrup still found in all manner of processed foods, because this caloric substitute for sugar long ago was declared to be generally recognized as safe, or GRAS, by the Food and Drug Administration. […]

Citizens for Health broadens its petition seeking labeling of fructose amounts in HFCS

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August 5, 2014

Citizens for Health, the sponsoring organization of Food Identity Theft, has amended and broadened the scope of its 2012 petition to the Food and Drug Administration to require the labeling of specific amounts of fructose in products containing high fructose corn syrup. The petition, which has so far received more than 10,000 favorable comments, with […]

More and more ‘no HFCS’ labels prove the power of the consumer

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July 31, 2014

The power of well-informed consumers to reverse harmful food industry practices has once again been demonstrated by the response of a major company to the concerns of its customers. The company is General Mills, which has come out with a TV commercial proclaiming that “What matters most should always come first – which is why […]

Cutting through the fog of all that meat labeling lingo

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July 29, 2014

  Those of you who include meat in your diet may understandably be confused by the terminology used on meat labels. And that’s quite understandable, given the different bureaucracies involved in the regulation of meat by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In fact, we found it all a bit perplexing ourselves. So we consulted an […]

Ranch dressing can add healthy flavor to salad – or make it distinctly unhealthy

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July 24, 2014

    By BILL BONVIE “You Can’t Corral Some Folks’ Taste for Ranch Dressing,” went a recent attempt-to-be-cutesy headline in The Wall Street Journal, accompanied by a subhead reading “Creamy Condiment Still a Staple Despite Healthier Habits.” The article that ran beneath it gave a rather detailed account of ranch dressing’s popularity with today’s salad-eating […]

Blueberries may be beneficial, but blueberry muffin mixes may not be

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July 22, 2014

  Now that blueberry season is upon the land, a lot of people may be thinking about how great some of those nutrition-packed little fruits would taste inside of some homemade muffins. But just what constitutes a homemade muffin nowadays? Do those made from packaged mixes really qualify? And does the quality of the ingredients […]

‘Largest research effort’ yet confirms nutritional superiority of organic crops

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July 17, 2014

Back in 2012, when the news media were trumpeting the claim by a team of Stanford University doctors that the nutritional differences between organic and conventional foods were “insignificant,” we responded by citing various studies offering clear evidence that organic foods were nutritionally superior in a number of ways. Now, a new study in the […]

This ‘hearty breakfast’ can either be a great way to start the day or hazardous to your heart, your brain and your general health

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July 15, 2014

  By BILL BONVIE What could be a cheerier way to start the day than with a hearty breakfast of old-fashioned pancakes (or flapjacks, as they used to call them in the Old West) hot off the griddle and oozing with syrup? And what could possibly be wrong with such an all-American culinary tradition? Nothing, […]

Revisiting (and revising) a ‘Ritzy’ old commercial

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July 10, 2014

  By BILL BONVIE This summer, it seems that more processed food products than ever are vying for a spot in our backpacks, picnics or barbecues. So to which ones will we give the honor? All too often, it goes to those products with which we feel most comfortable — especially when their packages boast […]

A ‘study’ in collusion: Cornell and the Corn Refiners

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July 8, 2014

  By BILL BONVIE When we refer to “a study” done at some prestigious university, we’re usually talking about scientific research in which the effects of a particular substance on animal or human subjects have been carefully evaluated over a period of time, and then published in a peer-reviewed professional journal.  A number of such […]

Foolish food questions (and answers) posed by financial paper’s ‘quizmasters’

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July 3, 2014

A year ago, we encouraged readers of this blog to consider the 4th of July an opportunity to declare “independence from industry’s attempts to inveigle you into ingesting fake foods and ill-advised additives on a continuous and sustained basis.” This year, we would like to urge all of you to continue doing so – especially […]

Juice boxes: are they really any better than soda?

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July 1, 2014

By BILL BONVIE I’d be hard pressed to find anyone, outside of maybe the beverage industry, who considers soda to be a “healthy” drink – especially since high fructose corn syrup came to be the sweetening agent in nearly all caloric soft drinks, a development that coincided with “epidemics” of obesity and diabetes never seen […]

Are you adding a powerful pesticide to your morning coffee?

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June 26, 2014

  By BILL BONVIE A new study has concluded that a “novel, effective, and human safe approach for insect pest control” might be in the offing. And that should sound like good news. But what might make it seem somewhat less so – even perhaps a bit disturbing – is the fact that a lot […]

A little knowledge can make food labeling claims a lot less confusing

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June 24, 2014

By BILL BONVIE An article in The Wall Street Journal Monday headlined “The Gluten-Free Craze: Is It Healthy” makes an interesting point about food manufacturers trying to get in on a health craze that actually only affects a small minority of consumers. In reality, the only people who need be concerned about gluten, the article […]

A Supreme Court ruling makes misleading food labeling a risky proposition

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June 19, 2014

By BILL BONVIE In my previous blog, which talked about the misrepresentation of Old Bay Seasoning in a line of Herr’s “Old Bay Seasoned” snack foods containing monosodium glutamate (which is not an ingredient in Old Bay itself), I concluded with the following statement: “Technically, of course, they may have fulfilled the requirements set by […]

Two new ‘Old Bay Seasoned’ snacks arrive — with same hazardous additive

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June 17, 2014

  A Food Identity Theft Exclusive By BILL BONVIE It’s a case of a dangerous deception having taken on a whole new dimension. Back in April, we first warned you how the name and image of Old Bay Seasoning, a brand long trusted for the integrity of its ingredients, was being misrepresented by another product, […]