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Our choices for the three worst foods you could possibly serve this Thanksgiving

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November 25, 2014

  By BILL BONVIE Okay, we know it’s almost Thanksgiving, and we certainly don’t want to put a damper on the festive Norman Rockwell-type dinner you may be planning. What we would like to do, however, is help you to avoid certain products that are being promoted as ideal for the occasion, but which can […]

Findings that PHOs can damage memory should prompt FDA to move ahead on year-old proposed ban

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November 21, 2014

Food Identity Theft Special Report A lot of coverage was given this week to the University of California at San Diego study that found regular consumption of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO), the major source of trans fat in the American diet, may impair your memory —perhaps even faster than it clogs your arteries. But there […]

Don’t be fooled by those ‘No HFCS’ claims on ‘new’ Pop Tarts

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November 20, 2014

The Pop Tart wouldn’t exactly qualify as the sort of thing the Kellogg brothers originally had in mind. As the inventors of corn flakes, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his younger brother, W. K. Kellogg, both Seventh Day Adventists, were what some might consider “health nuts.” And, in fact, the Kellogg company web site now […]

Having legitimate ‘food fears’ may soon make you a candidate for a shrink

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November 18, 2014

By Bill Bonvie Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about “food fears.” In the past few months, for example, we’ve seen a couple of university “studies,” both funded by the Corn Refiners Association, which represents makers of high fructose corn syrup, that suggested that consumers harboring such fears are really ill-informed or don’t deserve to […]

Are the additives in these ‘formulas’ really suitable for babies?

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November 13, 2014

In our previous blog, we talked about the risk posed to babies by the presence of whey protein concentrate, an “excitotoxin” containing free glutamic acid, in the “Good Start” products currently being marketed by Gerber as a preventive for childhood allergies (a claim now being disputed in a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission). […]

FDA following prepared script in giving petition to ban aspartame the brush-off

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November 11, 2014

  By BILL BONVIE “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it,” once noted author and social activist Upton Sinclair, whose novel The Jungle, set the stage for the law that created the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by revealing the appalling conditions and […]

New Honey Nut Cheerios commercial a huge rebuke to makers of HFCS

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November 6, 2014

  While political commercials will no longer be filling the airwaves (for a while, anyway), there is a “people’s choice” spot that you may well be seeing more of in the coming days. It’s a commercial for Honey Nut Cheerios – one that uses a cute little animated “stage show” to make the point that […]

Gerber infant formula additive far more troubling than FTC lawsuit over its ads

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November 4, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission’s just-filed lawsuit against Gerber for not “telling the truth” about its “Good Start” line of infant formulas is just that – a good start. The agency’s complaint, that Gerber advertised Good Start products as a way to help prevent kids from developing allergies, especially the ones their parents have, is something […]

‘Sugar Identity Theft’ seems to be everywhere these days (especially right before Halloween)

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October 30, 2014

Tomorrow being Halloween, “sugar” is naturally a hot topic of conversation right now But what do we mean by “sugar,” exactly? On that point, there currently seems to be a great deal of confusion. That’s why we’d like to address a form of Food Identity Theft that has become so prevalent that it can now […]

New comparative ‘study’ of cooking oils omits the most essential one of all

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October 28, 2014

By BILL BONVIE Often, what’s left out of a food-related “study” speaks volumes about what the ulterior motive behind it might be.  And in some instances, what’s missing is actually what consumers really need to know most. A case in point is a recent study of cooking oils published in the Journal of Agricultural and […]

Disparaging the Internet as a way of dismissing aspartame’s very real dangers

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October 23, 2014

By BILL BONVIE I just read a most interesting thing. It was a claim that the Food and Drug Administration has evaluated the artificial sweetener aspartame “a handful of times, and despite what the Internet might tell you, it’s perfectly safe.” This particular declaration, which links to a National Cancer Society website when you click […]

Ways you can turn ‘Food Day’ into an all-year celebration

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October 21, 2014

This Friday marks the 4th annual celebration dubbed “Food Day.” Founded by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, this edible and educational event hopes to get people to start eating “real.” On October 24, Food Day activities around the country hope to make it a day when you “resolve” to create changes in […]

New research reveals effect of ‘high fructose’ that could act as disease trigger

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October 16, 2014

The scientific evidence that fructose may be hazardous to our health just seems to keep on mounting. By that, we don’t mean the fructose found naturally in fruit, where it’s mitigated by fiber, or the fructose that’s bound with an equal amount of glucose in sucrose, or table sugar. No, we’re talking specifically about the […]

FDA booster ‘alliance’ includes lobbies for the very industries it regulates

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October 14, 2014

By BILL BONVIE (Bill Bonvie is the author of Repeat Offenders, a newly released collection of 50 previously published essays, one of which,“Industry in the FDA’s corner,” served as the basis for this blog.) If you’ve ever wondered why the Food and Drug Administration continues to allow so many ingredients that may be hazardous to […]

‘Beware of imitations’ warns this family baking company, whose ‘treats’ include a witches’ brew of imitation ingredients

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October 9, 2014

By BILL BONVIE If the presence of pumpkins on doorsteps isn’t enough of a reminder that Halloween is fast approaching, all those packages decorated with pumpkin and goblin graphics on display in your local supermarket certainly should be. But might the makers of some of those seasonal treats actually be out to trick you into […]

How bad soda ingredients are offsetting beer’s health benefits

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October 7, 2014

Just when you might have thought that drinking beer was good for your heart (in moderation, that is), at least one major brewery has found a way of making it a lot less healthy while making it appear to be even more so. And they’ve managed to do it by using the same devious marketing […]

Soda makers roll out ‘Mixify’ campaign as first phase of calorie-cutting plan

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October 2, 2014

  If there’s one thing for which you can’t fault the soft-drink industry these days, it’s procrastination. While the nation’s three largest soda manufacturers – Coke, Pepsi and the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group – may have given themselves until the year 2025 to reduce individual consumption of “beverage calories” by 20 percent, they seem to have […]

Plan to reduce ‘calorie consumption’ of soda raises questions about methods

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September 30, 2014

It’s no secret that the soft-drink industry is experiencing some hard times. And now the purveyors of what used to be known as “soda pop” are desperately seeking new ways to convince American consumers not to dispense with these body-and-brain-ravaging beverages – especially with the drumbeat of negative publicity they’ve been getting in the media […]

Another university study on ‘food fears’ appears – funded by guess who?

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September 25, 2014

By BILL BONVIE The Corn Refiners Association has once again turned to academia to provide its increasingly beleaguered but still highly profitable product, high fructose corn syrup, with a new cloak of scholarly respectability. The lobbying group, representing major HFCS manufacturers, has seen fit to fund yet another university “study” – this one designed to […]

New evidence shows artificial sweeteners are actually ‘part of the problem’

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September 23, 2014

In our last blog, we talked about new scientific findings on the health effects of high fructose corn syrup. An experiment involving 22 healthy college students showed that two weeks of regular soft drink consumption accompanied by relative inactivity started to immediately generate risk factors for heart disease, inflammation and diabetes. And that to counteract […]