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Make 'Organic' Mean Something

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 06.23.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

When an animal food product in your grocery store is proudly labeled "USDA Organic," you would think that means the animal had exposure to fresh air, sunshine, and significantly more space to move than on standard non-organic farms. But in reality, the "organic" label provides no clear requirements for either space or outdoor access for most animals.

A Simpler Nutrition Label Could Change The Way We Eat

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living

Most Americans eat far too much food, a trend that has helped feed an obesity epidemic that shows no sign of ending. Nutrition experts have blamed any...

Sugars Added to 68 Percent of Foods: Here's How to Slash It

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 12.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The proposed label changes were up for public comment until the end of October, and the final decision will be out soon. If it passes, already motivated people will have a chance at making better-informed sugar choices.

The 5 Most Confusing Health Food Labels

Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living

By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD I frequently meet my clients at their local supermarkets so we can walk the aisles together. Most find it incredibly eye-o...

The Latest Attempt to Help You Eat Better: Will It Work?

Ann Dunaway Teh | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ann Dunaway Teh

Is basing serving sizes on what people actually eat the right decision in light of current rates of obesity and chronic disease? Or will it only further confuse consumers on what is an appropriate serving size, adding to the education burden that already exists?

Food Label Makeover a Great Step Toward Healthier Eating

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Grocery shoppers, prepare to be a lot smarter about what goes into your basket. And since what goes into your basket eventually goes into you and your family, this is truly great news for the health of our country.

How To Read A Nutrition Label

Heather Bauer, RD, CDN | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Heather Bauer, RD, CDN

It can be confusing and daunting at first, but familiarizing yourself with the nutrition content of the food you're putting into your body will help you really learn about different nutrients and encourage you to make better choices.

9 Food Label Fails

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Nutrition labels should be clear, honest, and informative -- and reading one shouldn't require the skills of an NSA code-breaker. But too often, companies try to trick people into buying foods that aren't as healthy as the labels pretend.

LOOK: How To Read A Food Label

Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living

Overwhelmed by all those hard-to-pronounce words on the ingredient list? You're not alone. "The Nutrition Facts panel is experts-only stuff, useful ju...

Healthwashing With a Green Label

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

As the FDA and other government organizations continue to debate front of label systems, a new study suggests design and color deserve as much attention as the nutrition information itself if we are to really help consumers reach informed food choices.

'Daddy, Is This Good for Me?'

Michael Segal | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

The lack of a publicly-accessible database of labels is inhibiting the innovation in the area of healthy nutrition and marginalizes the benefits of using labels by the consumers.

What Food Labels Really Mean

Heather Bauer, RD, CDN | Posted 07.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Heather Bauer, RD, CDN

For most, deciphering nutrition labels can be like reading hieroglyphics. It can be time-consuming and thankless. I'm committed to providing my readers as much accurate nutrition information as possible.

10 Food Label Tricks To Avoid In 2012

Robert J. Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert J. Davis, Ph.D.

After overindulging during the holidays, many of us have resolved to eat a healthier diet in the new year. But doing so means choosing the right foods, and too often misleading food labels prompt us to purchase items that we think are good for us but really aren't.

Deciphering A Food Label: The 411

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 06.29.2011 | Home
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Have you looked carefully at a nutrition label recently? They're packed with useful -- but sometimes confusing -- information.

Food Labeled 'Organic' Perceived To Taste Better, Study Claims

Slashfood | Posted 06.12.2011 | Home

The power of the word "organic" has long been understood by the culinary scribes who write the mouthwatering descriptions for high-end restaurant menu...

Hidden Sugars In Your Food

Pooja R. Mottl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pooja R. Mottl

We're getting way too many added sugars, and all those nutritionally empty calories can contribute, in many diets, to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease.