With ‘Read Your Labels Day’ just around the corner, here’s our current summary of the very worst ingredients to look for

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April 9, 2015

  It’s almost here! Saturday will be the third annual Citizens for Health Read Your Labels Day.  And in case you’re wondering why we chose April 11 for the occasion, it’s because of what you get when you dial 411 – information!  And information is what you absolutely need before buying any of the many […]

As additives go, it’s still the ‘worst of the worst’ – with even more support from science and a brand new ‘spinoff’

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April 7, 2015

With this Saturday designated as Citizens for Health’s third annual Read Your Labels Day, we’ve finally come down to the number-one additive we strongly suggest you shun when examining those ingredients labels and deciding what products to put in your shopping cart.  And it’s the same one that topped our list last year – although […]

Trans fat from partially hydrogenated oil: the condemned killer that got a reprieve

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April 2, 2015

The next additive on our list of the top ten to be avoided in our countdown toward Read Your Labels Day 2015 is one we decided deserves to be much closer to the top than it was last year. That’s because it’s the only one on this list that the Food and Drug Administration acknowledges […]

Even ‘healthy’ food can harbor this gut-wrenching additive that ‘came from beneath the sea’

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March 31, 2015

In revising our list of the top ten food additives to be avoided as we approach the third annual Read Your Labels Day on April 11, we’ve now assigned the Number 3 spot to one that wasn’t included originally – carrageenan. Used in a wide variety of products – including, unfortunately, some organic ones — […]

Aspartame still a ‘devil in disguise’ – but studies steadily eroding its phony ‘good guy’ image

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March 26, 2015

Although we’ve moved it from second to fourth place among the top ten additives to be avoided in our countdown to the Citizens for Health “Read Your Labels” Day April 11, the neurotoxic artificial sweetener aspartame can still be found in any number of products, and is still often being misrepresented as a “healthy” alternative […]

‘Glutamic bombs’ — all members of the MSG family – still lurking in numerous food products

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March 24, 2015

As we continue this year’s countdown toward what Citizens for Health has designated as “Read Your Labels Day,” on April 11, we are once again recalibrating and updating our list of the top ten food additives to be avoided, both to allow for any new developments in the past year and to accommodate a ‘new’ […]

Wire service confirms collusion we disclosed between industry and dietitians

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March 19, 2015

By BILL BONVIE When you’re looking for expert advice on what and what not to eat and drink, who ya gonna ask? Why a registered dietitian, of course! After all, who can you trust for an authoritative and impartial answer about whether or not something is good for you if not a trained, credentialed and […]

The ‘brominated brothers’: one partly down, one still standing

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March 17, 2015

Next on the Food Identity Theft list of additives to avoid that comprise our annual countdown to  “Read Your Labels” Day are the two we call “the brominated brothers”  brominated vegetable oil and potassium bromate, which we’ve now moved down to the seventh and eighth positions. Number 7: Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) Ten months ago, […]

Cereal makers poised to ditch one of these two controversial preservatives

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March 13, 2015

Here at Food Identity Theft, we consider the approach of our third annual “Read Your Labels Day” as an opportunity to both update you on any developments concerning our 10 top additives to be avoided and if necessary, to change the order of importance we’re assigning them if we think it’s indicated. In the latter […]

ADHD-linked artificial colors may be starting to lose their luster

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March 10, 2015

The good news about artificial colors, tenth on our list of food additives to be avoided, is that they’re now showing signs of fading from the food scene. That became evident just last month when the country’ two best known makers of chocolate candy announced they were phasing such synthetic dyes out of their products. […]

Campaign in works to win kids’ hearts, minds and taste buds over to fruits and veggies

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March 5, 2015

  By BILL BONVIE While Coca-Cola may have taken a big step in the right direction with the introduction of its cane sugar-and-stevia-sweetened beverage, “Life” (as we noted here last week), that product, unfortunately, isn’t what the company is hyping in its latest pitch to its biggest target market – the youth culture. Instead, it’s […]

Could HFCS be a contributing factor to the sharp rise in childhood asthma?

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March 3, 2015

It’s already been identified by researchers as a leading culprit in the current epidemics of obesity and diabetes, as well as a risk factor for such life-threatening illnesses as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, pancreatic cancer and heart disease. And now, fructose – apparently meaning the “unbonded” type found in high fructose corn syrup — has […]

Coca-Cola’s ‘Life’ may not be a perfect product – but it is an encouraging one

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February 26, 2015

By BILL BONVIE For the last three years or so, one of our goals at Food Identity Theft has been to try to alter the dynamics of the food industry by influencing readers to avoid products containing ingredients that have no place in a healthy diet. By pointing out the ways in which additives like […]

Another product containing ‘fructose’ makes ‘no HFCS’ claim meaningless

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February 24, 2015

By BILL BONVIE It’s another one of those cases where the claim on the front of the package doesn’t seem to jibe with an ingredient you find listed on the side. This time, the product involved is Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Apple Cinnamon Cereal Bars, a product on whose box can be found the assertion “No High […]

Attention everyone who eats!

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February 19, 2015

  This April 11th marks the third annual Read Your Labels Day, sponsored by Citizens for Health. It’s a day when we hope everyone will recognize the risks we take by eating “in the dark.” By that, we mean purchasing and consuming processed foods without reading the ingredients label. Because ignoring ingredients can end up […]

Eggs about to be ‘officially’ exonerated. But what about butter?

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February 17, 2015

By BILL BONVIE Call it the exoneration of eggs. If you still feel “guilty” about enjoying eggs in the morning because of an decades-old nutritional “rap sheet” identifying them as a prime suspect in heart disease, you’ll be happy to know they’re on the verge of being officially cleared of all charges. For nearly 40 […]

Study: The more organic food you eat, the less organophosphates in your system

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February 12, 2015

Every so often, some organization or publication tries to dismiss the value of organic foods.  And it isn’t always whom you might expect, either. For example, one of the latest such attempts at disparagement came from the Susan B. Komen Foundation, the breast-cancer awareness organization of pink-ribbon fame, which declared on its website that” consumption […]

Study finds diet free of HFCS-laced drinks may cut COPD risk by a third

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February 10, 2015

We’ve known for a while that eliminating beverages containing high fructose corn syrup from your diet can substantially reduce your risk of becoming obese, developing diabetes and a whole raft of other serious metabolic diseases.  But who would have guessed that it might also make you less apt to get COPD (which is short for […]

Coca-Cola tries to revamp its image with a ‘makeover’ of milk

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February 6, 2015

  By BILL BONVIE At a time when healthier food is reported to be more popular than ever, some 56 percent of the North American consumers who participated in a recent Nielsen Global Health and Wellness Study said they distrust claims found on nutritional products. Why such skepticism? Well, let’s just consider one of the […]

Type 2 diabetes in those under 30 and HFCS: both ‘unheard of’ a while back

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February 4, 2015

By BILL BONVIE A report just published by the Mayo Clinic has identified the fructose being added to products in the form of  high fructose corn syrup as a particular driver of type 2 diabetes.  Of course, that’s not the first time such a link has been made — but it does provide further support […]