‘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, […]

Misguided ‘war on sugar’ obscures role of real health culprit

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June 12, 2014

By BILL BONVIE and LINDA BONVIE Remember the war on fat?  It was only a few years ago when any sort of fat was widely viewed as the enemy of good health, and people were encouraged by doctors, nutritionists and consumer watchdog groups (like the “Food Police”) to purge fat in any form from their […]

New research on drinks finds super high fructose levels

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June 10, 2014

The Corn Refiners Association’s long-held position that very little difference exists between high fructose corn syrup and sugar has just been blown out of the water by some damning new research. For years, a mantra led by the CRA has held that natural sugar, or sucrose, and HFCS have nearly the same ratio of glucose […]

‘Research’ like this only proves industry’s belief it can pull one over on us

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June 5, 2014

By BILL BONVIE Recently, I came upon a greeting card I couldn’t resist buying. The front panel read, “Four out of five experts agree that having a birthday is better than being mauled by a bear,” with an accompanying cartoon of four white-coated individuals identified by yellow tags as “Expert 1,” “Expert 2,” “Expert 3” […]

Yes, you can have a delicious birthday cake that’s healthy, too

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June 3, 2014

  By BILL BONVIE The other day, I mentioned to a friend that I would be baking my sister Linda an organic cake for her birthday. He made a wry face and, in a voice tinged with sarcasm, replied, “Boy, I’ll bet that will really be delicious!” “Actually, it will,” I replied. And, despite the […]

FED UP: How what should have been an important movie missed the mark

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May 29, 2014

By James S. Turner, Board Chair, Citizens for Health FED UP, a fast-paced documentary co-produced and narrated by ABC News icon Katie Couric, effectively presents repeated food industry actions taken against the best interest of children.The film deserves kudos for reporting how, by combining powerful lobbying of government with profit- maximizing strategies, the food business […]

How a bold new disguise could sneak a toxic additive into your family’s diet

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May 27, 2014

By BILL BONVIE It’s something that seems to be happening more and more these days: a deliberate effort to make us less and less aware of harmful substances that are being slipped into our food. A good example is what’s been happening with the artificial sweetener aspartame – and what’s poised to happen next. But […]

‘Article’ about HFCS reflects industry infiltration of media

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May 22, 2014

By BILL BONVIE Where do you go when you want well-informed, unbiased information on a particular topic – like, say, the safety of a particular food additive? Would you rely on an industry website or have more confidence in what a credentialed “expert” – that is, a professional dietitian or nutritionist — has to say […]

Altered fast food billboard echoes classic movie scene ‘mutilation’

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May 20, 2014

By BILL BONVIE In the original movie “Jaws,” there’s a classic scene in which a billboard for Amity Island is found to have been vandalized so that the female boogie boarder it depicts is shouting “Help!!! Shark” while a large, ominous fin looms in the water just behind her. This leads to a lively exchange […]

Class action victory over misuse of ‘natural’ overlooks a glaring example

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May 15, 2014

BY BILL BONVIE When consumers are being deliberately misled and the Food and Drug Administration fails to act, the filing of a class action is looking more and more like the best course of action. The latest settlement of such litigation marked another significant victory for consumer advocates on the issue of deceptive label language […]

Despite corn refiners’ con job, tide turning against HFCS

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May 13, 2014

These must be pretty depressing times for the Corn Refiners Association. It seems that each day another company or brand is dropping the test-tube industrial sweetener high fructose corn syrup in place of real sugar. Even the First Lady was overheard saying “Our bodies don’t know what to do with high fructose corn syrup – […]