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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 […]

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 […]