How much was the First Lady on target about HFCS? Let us count the ways

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April 24, 2014

The occasion was a White House Easter Egg Roll, but it was a rhetorical egg thrown by First Lady Michelle Obama that got the most attention – and seemed to have ruffled a few feathers in the corn refiners’ coop. “Our bodies don’t know what to do with high fructose corn syrup – and don’t […]

A food-industry giant’s ‘stunning about-face’ demonstrates the power of consumer indignation

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April 22, 2014

By BILL BONVIE Who would have believed that a major food company would actually issue an abject apology to its customers for having initiated a policy that angered many of them – and announced that it was immediately trashing the whole idea? But that’s what one just did, in what The New York Times called […]

Consumers have it right: HFCS isn’t just another form of sugar

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April 17, 2014

A proposed new law in California would require warning labels to be placed on soft drinks stating that “Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Unfortunately, what this bill does is to further blur the difference between “sugar,” which was used in soft drinks for many years, and “sugars,” which […]

Does this toxic metal, now linked to Alzheimer’s, belong in anyone’s diet?

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April 15, 2014

By BILL BONVIE Ask people what they’re most afraid of when it comes to their health, and they’ll probably tell you it’s the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s. Yet, many of us regularly consume things containing an ingredient that’s now been positively linked to that dreaded, mind-robbing disease. In fact, you might very well be doing […]

Here’s the top ten to avoid. Get ready for “Read Your Labels Day” tomorrow!

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April 10, 2014

  Tomorrow is the second annual “Read Your Labels Day,” and in case you missed any of the top ten food additives to avoid, here they all are. This is the rogue’s gallery of unnecessary and health-damaging ingredients that turn up in so many products — what they are, where you’re most likely to find […]

Slumping soda sales reflect growing wariness of harmful sweeteners

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April 8, 2014

By BILL BONVIE Are Americans waking up to what’s actually in the food and beverages they’re buying? An important indication that such awareness is finally getting through to the public came last week in a report that soda sales, both regular and diet — and especially the latter — are in a substantial slump. “Soda […]

New study gives a clean bill of heart health to a condemned commodity

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April 3, 2014

  By BILL BONVIE Heard about the astonishing new health-food discovery? It’s something that can “significantly” reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study out from Britain’s University of Cambridge. And it’s something that can be easily used in any meal of the day — as a spread on your morning toast, […]

The number one food additive to avoid!

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April 1, 2014

Our number-one additive to avoid in the Citizens for Health “Read Your Labels” campaign is a man-made laboratory creation that turns up in such a wide variety of foods and drinks that you need to read labels constantly in order to keep from ingesting it. Experts have implicated this unnatural ingredient in scores of health […]

A really bad additive actor too often mistaken for a ‘good guy’

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March 27, 2014

The second place designation in our Citizens for Health “Read Your Labels” campaign of food additives to avoid goes to a really bad actor found in many supposedly “healthy” foods as well as diet products and beverages. Although this ingredient has become totally entrenched in the marketplace, it has never been proven to be safe. […]

Big Food continues to dupe Girl Scouts (and consumers) with some really unhealthy cookies

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March 25, 2014

It’s a rite of spring as sure as hearing the birds singing in the morning – those cute Daisies and Brownies pitching The Cookies at us in front of our neighborhood supermarket and other stores. Who can resist? It’s almost un-American to turn them down. After all, this yearly event started almost 100 years ago. […]

‘Glutamic bombs’: playing tricks on your tongue and havoc with your brain

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March 20, 2014

They’re often referred to as “excitotoxins” because of their ability to literally excite brain cells to death. Consumers ingest massive amounts of these often hidden and highly toxic “flavor enhancers,” which can also cause adverse reactions ranging from skin rashes to asthma attacks, mood swings, upset stomach, migraines, heart irregularities and seizures. For those who […]

Fake ‘sweetener’ with fake ‘safety’ claim could spell another real disaster

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March 18, 2014

By BILL BONVIE The phantom flavoring agent we’ve told you about in past blogs is now reportedly available as a food and beverage additive, and should be coming soon to a supermarket near you. It’s even been given a name – Sweetmyx. Only don’t expect to see that name listed among the ingredients of products […]

Top ten food additives to avoid: # 6 and 7!

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March 13, 2014

Read your labels day countdown continues! The next ingredient to avoid in our Read Your Labels campaign should have been banned in the U.S. decades ago. It has been known to cause cancer in laboratory animals for over 30 years, and the evidence of its toxic nature is so compelling that this additive has been […]

FDA’s proposed ‘new’ Nutrition Facts Label: a reality check

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March 11, 2014

By JAMES TURNER and BILL BONVIE “Soon it will be much easier to tell whether a packaged food or beverage is actually healthy.” –  Men’s Journal. “Michelle Obama Wins Big Against Powerful Corporate Interests.”  — Christina Wilkie, Huffington Post. “It’s a victory.” — Mark Bittman, The New York Times. Finally last week, after a decade […]

A pair of preservatives to beware of! The top ten additives to avoid countdown continues

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March 6, 2014

What if we told you that two closely-related preservatives, commonly-added to scores of processed foods (many of them for kids), are banned in Japan and most European countries; have been found to alter brain chemistry in mice when they are exposed prenatally; that one is listed as a carcinogen by the state of California, and […]

The top ten food additives to avoid: number 9 trans fat

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March 4, 2014

If you’ve been half-listening to the news the past few months, you might be under the impression that the FDA has tackled this trans fat problem once and for all. Finally, it seemed this killer was being reigned in and outlawed. (Whew, that’s one less thing to be checking labels for.) Well, one day that […]

Read Your Labels Day 2014 kicks off with a countdown of the top ten additives to avoid

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February 27, 2014

If there’s one piece of advice you keep hearing from us, it’s that reading the ingredients label is the only way to really find out what’s in a processed food. Not the nutrition facts label, not the front of the package, and certainly not the advertising copy. To encourage this time-honored way to actually know […]

HFCS is no more ‘corn syrup’ than it is ‘sugar’

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February 25, 2014

By BILL BONVIE The misinformation muddle over exactly what high fructose corn syrup is – and isn’t – seems to have reached an exasperating new level these days, as yet another erroneous designation for this laboratory-created sweetener is increasingly circulated by media. It’s certainly been confusing enough to see various news organizations – as well […]

Get ready for Read Your Labels Day!

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February 20, 2014

  Consumers, unite! April 11th is that day we hope you’ll join the campaign to “take back our food.” That’s when Citizens for Health will sponsor its second annual Read Your Labels Day—a day set aside for recognizing and exposing the health risks of the toxic additives found in the ingredients of everyday food products. […]

An interview with Citizens for Health Board Chair James S. Turner

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February 18, 2014

By LINDA BONVIE, Food Identity Theft editor In an age when it’s not unusual for consumer petitions and outrage to cause big food manufacturers to remove ingredients, when the “informed” consumer is becoming more the norm than not, and easy access to dietary supplements is a “given,” it may be difficult for those too young […]