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Food Additives

If Chicken Were Blue, Would You Still Want To Eat It?

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.18.2014 | Taste

Would you eat blue chicken, or take a bit out of green ice cream with purple toppings? Look at these photos and decide for yourself!

Why I'm Not Worried About Yoga Mat Chemicals in My Food

Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

We have been eating fast food sandwiches made with azodicarbonamide for years. If you don't eat that stuff very often, I doubt you have anything to worry about. And if you do eat a lot of fast food sandwiches, I'd venture to say that azodicarbonamide is probably the least of your concerns.

4 Ways the Food and Drug Administration Is Not 'Protecting and Promoting Your Health'

Carole Bartolotto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Carole Bartolotto

The FDA is worried about poop, a basically free substance that can cure C. diff and potentially other inflammatory bowel diseases, but is fine with adding food additives, antibiotics, and GMOs to our food supply without adequate testing or conflict-of-interest-free determinations.

Overhauling the GRAS Process: What Are Realistic Goals?

Annette Maggi | Posted 12.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Annette Maggi

Whether the GRAS process needs to be overhauled is a major question, not a minor one, as it drives to the issue of how much regulation we want in our country and whether we trust companies to have consumer safety top-of-mind as they develop new products and ingredients.

Slimy Surprise In Capri Sun Doesn't Faze Kraft Foods

Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents

Last week, a five year old in Hawaii spit out her favorite drink when it tasted funny. Her uncle, James Stoddard, cut open the pouch of unexpired Capr...

'Generally' Recognized as Safe Food Additives May Not Be So Safe

Alison Brown, M.S. | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Alison Brown, M.S.

Drawing parallels to the U.S. judicial system, the FDA operates on the premise that the chemicals in our food are "innocent until proven guilty," but in fact don't even carry out an objective and unbiased trial.

Reasonable Certainty of No Harm?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The FDA could easily ban unnecessary ingredients like partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, mycoprotein, Red 3, and BHA. And it could set safe conditions of use on substances like sugar and salt. But the FDA has done nothing about, or has even defended, each of those unsavory substances.

What The Food Industry Doesn't Want You To Know

Robert Lustig, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Lustig, M.D.

What about our food? Paracelsus would argue -- real food is food, but processed food is poison. Literally. Because processed food has been overloaded, and you've been overdosed. What allows the food industry to overdose us, and why is it legal?

Food Additive Rules May Be Revamped Among Growing Safety Concerns

Reuters | Posted 07.07.2013 | Healthy Living

By Toni Clarke New York, May 6 (Reuters) - Amid growing public concern over the safety of additives in products ranging from caffeinat...

Soy Lecithin: Why Is It In Everything?

Amanda Greene | Posted 05.18.2013 | Taste
Amanda Greene

How could one little additive be so pervasive? Well, because it's really useful.

Telling the Truth About Food Ingredients Helps the Consumer, the Economy and the Environment

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used to raise chickens, pigs, cows and other livestock, yet producers of meat and poultry are not required to report how they use the drugs, despite growing alarm over antibiotic resistance.

Creepy Ingredients Lurking In Your Halloween Candy

Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living

You might expect to find beetles and animal bones in a haunted house this Halloween. You probably don't expect to find them in your Halloween candy. ...

8 Scary Things Lurking In Our Food

Everyday Health | Beth Gilbert | Posted 12.08.2012 | Healthy Living

The bright yellow pineapple and the red cherries found in the canned fruit you eat might appear to be natural, but those vivid colors are actually the...

FDA Is Not Protecting Consumers From Unsafe Food Additives

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The bottom line is that FDA officials just don't act as if they are the protectors of health that the public expects them to be. Instead, time and time again, they have shoved problems under the carpet, perhaps hoping the problems will be forgotten or solved through voluntary action.

Three Shocking Ways Packaged Foods Are Contaminated

Corey Rennell | Posted 07.03.2012 | Green
Corey Rennell

Packaged foods acquire long shelf lives when their chemical properties are manipulated so that bacteria cannot grow. While this gives a perception of safety and sterility, it actually means that ingredients of any quality can be used and the food will never go bad.

Pink Slime and Beyond: 5 Implications

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Pink slime happens to have been outed. But what other things that you never knew you never knew were in your food are still finding their way into you, and your kids?

Top 10 Reasons
to Avoid Processed Foods

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Tyler Graham, coauthor of The Happiness Diet 1: Deciphering food label ingredients leads to unappetizing results. Take the innocuous...

Packaged Food Is Mystery Food, Part I: Additives

Corey Rennell | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Corey Rennell

Modern food science has discovered that by using chemical additives we can now make old food appear almost as good. As a result, additives are now used in nearly every packaged food. This trend lies at the heart of our health problems.

NRDC Lawsuit Finally Prompts FDA to Agree to Determine Safety of BPA

Sarah Janssen | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Sarah Janssen

More than three years ago, NRDC filed a petition with FDA asking it to ban the use of BPA as a food additive. Now, FDA has agreed to give us an answer -- 41 months after the petition was filed.

Feds Propose Clearer Food Labels On Meat Additives

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department wants consumers to know when there's less chicken in their chicken. A proposed rule aimed at food companies ...

Obesity, MSG and Rats

Beverley Golden | Posted 06.06.2011 | Home
Beverley Golden

The information I uncovered, about the relationship of MSG to obesity, was both eye-opening and shocking.

What Is 'Lecithin'? Deciphering The Ingredients Label (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Many food ingredient lists are headache-inducing and leave us wondering what we're actually consuming. Do you know what Tertiary Butylhydroquinone is,...

"Meat Glue": EU's Approval Of Food Additive 'Thrombin' Freaks Swedes Out

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Swedish consumer groups and politicians are united in alarm over the approval of thrombin, known as "meat glue," an animal-derived additive that proce...

Hold the MSG: Food Triggers for Epilepsy and Other Neurological Illnesses

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

For neurological illnesses, a body of scientific research demonstrates that certain food additives contribute to excessive nerve cell firing, and thus may possibly trigger neurological incidents.

The Most Common Disease You've Never Heard Of

Randall Amster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Randall Amster

G6PD is an essential enzyme that is lacking in people with this widespread genetic disorder, and its absence leads to a condition that is closely related to other forms of anemia.