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 […]

Foundation’s lawsuit against the FDA reveals risks of a diet high in soy

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December 18, 2014

Here at Food Identity Theft, we’ve dedicated a lot of time and effort to making our readers aware of the health risks caused by a number of common food additives, almost all of which are considered to be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration (with the exception of brominated vegetable […]

The ‘all-natural’ way to turn home cooking into a health hazard

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December 16, 2014

A couple weeks ago, we talked about how the use of the adjective “natural” has been disappearing from the labels of processed foods containing ingredients that are anything but. This development seems to have corresponded with the settlements of lawsuits over the use of such misleading terminology – most recently one against General Mills for […]

Hershey’s considers ditching HFCS – but media manage to muddle the story

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December 11, 2014

Sometimes, we can’t help feeling that consumers are, on the whole, better informed about issues affecting their health than some of the “expert sources” relied on by the media, This past week, for example, various news organizations including the Associated Press, ABC News, and the Chicago Tribune trumpeted the news:  Hershey’s, the 120-year-old chocolate icon, […]

Packaged bread brands hedging their bets when it comes to HFCS

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December 9, 2014

Bread. It’s as old as civilization, and so fundamental to our diets that it’s long been used as a synonym for food itself – reflected in such sayings as “without bread all is misery,” by British journalist William Cobbett, or the Russian proverb  “with a piece of bread in your hand you’ll find paradise under […]

What’s in a name? A lot, when the name is ‘fructose’ and the product it’s in claims to have ‘no HFCS’

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December 4, 2014

By BILL BONVIE If you’re trying to avoid high fructose corn syrup — as well you should be — one of the products you’d probably gravitate to is General Mills Vanilla Chex with natural vanilla flavor and “no high fructose corn syrup” (one of several additives it claims not to contain on the front of […]

Another settlement helps curtail bogus ‘natural’ claims – but a few still remain

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December 2, 2014

For a long time the word “natural” was perhaps the most overhyped and ambiguous term to be used by the food industry. But it looks like that may be changing, despite the failure of the Food and Drug Administration to give it a clear-cut definition. The latest indication of that is the settlement of a […]

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Food Identity Theft!

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November 27, 2014

Now that the “eating” season has officially begun, we hope that if you’re not already a card-carrying label reader, you’ll start now. Because to really make your holiday’s “merry and bright” you have to toss all those fake and toxic foods out the window. Or better yet, don’t bring them into your house in the […]

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 […]