New evidence of ‘bodily harm’ from HFCS reinforces previous findings

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September 18, 2014

The scientific evidence that high fructose corn syrup is indeed hazardous to our health just won’t stop coming, despite the best efforts of the corn refining industry to reassure us that it’s all nothing more than baseless Internet rumors. The latest such findings were the result of a study (actually, a pair of studies) done […]

‘Pink slime’ back in the headlines while ‘chicken ooze’ stays out of the news

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September 16, 2014

By BILL BONVIE If we were to create a new food group, it might be simply known as “food goop.” It would include the now notorious ground beef extender often referred to as “pink slime,” the “return” of which has once again made it the stuff of headlines, and the even worse (and far more […]

Are today’s painted, tainted foods putting kids on the road to Ritalin?

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September 11, 2014

A new number has just been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that should set off flashing red, yellow and blue warning lights for food shoppers throughout the land. The FDA now estimates that at least 96 percent of children aged 2-5 years are being exposed to at least four artificial colors in […]

Revisiting the upside and downside of FED UP (before you watch it at home)

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September 9, 2014

Seeing that the movie FED UP is being made available starting today for home viewing on Blu-Ray and DVD, we thought this would be the perfect time to rerun Citizens for Health Board Chair James S. Turner’s review. “Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong,” claim […]

Consumer pressure gets a nasty additive out of two big brands

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September 4, 2014

Money talks. That may be a worn-out and tired cliché, but it was never truer. Just last week, WhiteWave Foods, the company that makes Horizon and Silk brands, announced it will be removing carrageenan from those products. First, all Horizon flavored milks will give carrageenan the boot, followed next year by other Horizon organic products, […]

New ‘study’ finds trans fats still a threat (just as we’ve been telling you all along)

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September 2, 2014

  To a lot of consumers, whether they heard it from local TV news anchors or National Public Public Radio, the news last Thursday must have come as a shockaroozi. It seems that a new study not only has found that one in 10 processed foods still contain the partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) that the […]

A study using a ‘placebo’ that really isn’t deserves to be dismissed

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August 28, 2014

  By BILL BONVIE In her book, The Man Who Sued the FDA, which I reviewed at this site back in July of last year, Adrienne Samuels describes how, in the course of the decades-long investigation she and her late husband Jack conducted on the effects of MSG (monosodium glutamate and other flavor enhancers containing […]

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 […]