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 […]

‘OldBaygate’ — a deception with the potential to spoil any Super Bowl party

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January 29, 2015

  By BILL BONVIE With “Deflategate” having become the main topic of conversation in the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, we’d like to take this opportunity to briefly change the subject to one much closer to home for millions of football fans and their families and guests. It’s one we’ve talked about before, […]

Insiders advised that HFCS is considered ‘public enemy #1’

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January 27, 2015

Very often, if you want to find out the real “inside” story about things that matter to us as consumers, the best places to go are publications, web sites or blogs intended only for industry insiders. Such was the case last week with a blog written by Crystal Lindell, the managing editor of Candy Industry […]

The kind of food you love best – might it really be ‘to die for’?

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January 22, 2015

By BILL BONVIE A recent edition of the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes contained what should have served as yet another wake-up call about the direct connection between diet and disease – but one you might only have heard if your were ‘listening between the lines’. The segment to which I’m referring consisted of an interview […]

Taylor Swift’s ‘partnership’ with a toxic, addictive product evokes cigarette endorsements of old

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January 20, 2015

By BILL BONVIE Most fans of pop singer Taylor Swift are probably unacquainted with Peggy Lee and Diahann Carroll. And unless they watch old movies, they may never have heard of John Wayne, Robert Young or Claudette Colbert (and though they may know Ronald Reagan was president, they might not know he was once a […]

Role of diet in Alzheimer’s underscored by treatment that reversed symptoms

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January 15, 2015

By BILL BONVIE Could the typical American diet of fake processed foods – and the witches’ brew of toxic additives they contain — be a contributing factor to the steadily increasing number of Alzheimer’s cases and deaths that this country has been experiencing in recent years? And might switching to genuinely natural and organic foods […]

Corn refiners grasping at straws in effort to convince industry not to ditch HFCS

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January 13, 2015

  By BILL BONVIE What do you do if you’re the Corn Refiners Association and you’re running out of strategies for making an unhealthy and unpopular ingredient like high fructose corn syrup continue to seem appealing to food manufacturers? Well, you could resort to a kind of “moderation” in your approach (sort of like the […]

Proposal that could avert thousands of deaths called threat to ‘sprinkles’

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January 8, 2015

  By BILL BONVIE A number of years ago, a classic “Saturday Night Live” sketch featured comedian Buck Henry in the role of a radio talk show host who keeps upping the ante in his attempts to get listeners to phone in, until he finally exclaims, “killing puppies! We’re going to use your tax money […]

New study (again) shows ‘there is a difference between HFCS and table sugar’

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January 6, 2015

The start of a new year brings news of new findings that add to the growing body of scientific evidence implicating high fructose corn syrup as a major contributor to today’s health problems. On Monday, a team of biologists at the University of Utah announced the results of a study funded by the National Institutes […]

A year of revelations revisited: The best of Food Identity Theft from 2014 (part two)

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January 1, 2015

In the second part of our Food Identity Theft “year in review,” revisit some of the most noteworthy revelations we’ve made in our twice-weekly blogs during the last six months of 2014.  (The first half of the year is covered in our previous blog.) Corn conspires with Cornell In July, we revealed how a supposed […]

A year of revelations revisited: the best of Food Identity Theft from 2014

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December 30, 2014

  Here at Food Identity Theft, we like to think of ourselves first and foremost as a news source. And just like the network news programs, we’d like to bid farewell to 2014 with a “year in review” of what we consider to be some of the most noteworthy stories we’ve covered (or broken) over […]

The Night St. Nick Didn’t Show Up

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December 24, 2014

By LINDA and BILL BONVIE ‘twas the night before Christmas and all through the land folks were eating food that should have been banned. The stockings were filled with fake flavors and dyes while deadly trans fats lurked in the crusts of the pies. And visions of sugarplums were turned really gross by high fructose […]

Colorful holiday ‘goodies’ can conceal some pretty bad ingredients

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December 23, 2014

Christmas is here again — along with all those colorfully packaged “goodies” that are really “baddies” in disguise. And once again, we here at Food Identity Theft have taken it upon ourselves to scout the supermarket for products that could turn what should be a happy occasion into one that could be hazardous to your […]