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Insiders advised that HFCS is considered ‘public enemy #1’

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January 27, 2015

Very often, if you want to find out the real “inside” story about things that matter to us as consumers, the best places to go are publications, web sites or blogs intended only for industry insiders. Such was the case last week with a blog written by Crystal Lindell, the managing editor of Candy Industry […]

The kind of food you love best – might it really be ‘to die for’?

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January 22, 2015

By BILL BONVIE A recent edition of the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes contained what should have served as yet another wake-up call about the direct connection between diet and disease – but one you might only have heard if your were ‘listening between the lines’. The segment to which I’m referring consisted of an interview […]

Taylor Swift’s ‘partnership’ with a toxic, addictive product evokes cigarette endorsements of old

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January 20, 2015

By BILL BONVIE Most fans of pop singer Taylor Swift are probably unacquainted with Peggy Lee and Diahann Carroll. And unless they watch old movies, they may never have heard of John Wayne, Robert Young or Claudette Colbert (and though they may know Ronald Reagan was president, they might not know he was once a […]

Role of diet in Alzheimer’s underscored by treatment that reversed symptoms

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January 15, 2015

By BILL BONVIE Could the typical American diet of fake processed foods – and the witches’ brew of toxic additives they contain — be a contributing factor to the steadily increasing number of Alzheimer’s cases and deaths that this country has been experiencing in recent years? And might switching to genuinely natural and organic foods […]

Corn refiners grasping at straws in effort to convince industry not to ditch HFCS

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January 13, 2015

  By BILL BONVIE What do you do if you’re the Corn Refiners Association and you’re running out of strategies for making an unhealthy and unpopular ingredient like high fructose corn syrup continue to seem appealing to food manufacturers? Well, you could resort to a kind of “moderation” in your approach (sort of like the […]

Proposal that could avert thousands of deaths called threat to ‘sprinkles’

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January 8, 2015

  By BILL BONVIE A number of years ago, a classic “Saturday Night Live” sketch featured comedian Buck Henry in the role of a radio talk show host who keeps upping the ante in his attempts to get listeners to phone in, until he finally exclaims, “killing puppies! We’re going to use your tax money […]

New study (again) shows ‘there is a difference between HFCS and table sugar’

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January 6, 2015

The start of a new year brings news of new findings that add to the growing body of scientific evidence implicating high fructose corn syrup as a major contributor to today’s health problems. On Monday, a team of biologists at the University of Utah announced the results of a study funded by the National Institutes […]

A year of revelations revisited: The best of Food Identity Theft from 2014 (part two)

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January 1, 2015

In the second part of our Food Identity Theft “year in review,” revisit some of the most noteworthy revelations we’ve made in our twice-weekly blogs during the last six months of 2014.  (The first half of the year is covered in our previous blog.) Corn conspires with Cornell In July, we revealed how a supposed […]

A year of revelations revisited: the best of Food Identity Theft from 2014

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December 30, 2014

  Here at Food Identity Theft, we like to think of ourselves first and foremost as a news source. And just like the network news programs, we’d like to bid farewell to 2014 with a “year in review” of what we consider to be some of the most noteworthy stories we’ve covered (or broken) over […]

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 […]