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Gluten-Free? So No Potatoes

Celia Kaye | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Celia Kaye

For some, cross-contamination might not be as harmful as it is to others. But if someone says "I'm gluten-free," whose responsibility is it to make sure that "gluten-free" means "cross-contamination-free" to the chef?

A Bag of Chips by Any Other Label... Is Not the Same Bag of Chips

Ishani Banerji, Ph.D. | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business
Ishani Banerji, Ph.D.

Are we more likely to buy something if it features a reminder about sharing?

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...

FDA to Update Food Label Serving Sizes

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

I strongly support the FDA's proposal to revise the serving size for certain foods and beverages to reflect the way Americans eat today. Labels that list the nutrition information for outdated serving sizes may be deceptive to consumers, and I commend FDA for its recognition of the need to revise the RACCs for specific foods.

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?

8 Things Nutrition Experts Wish You Would Stop Saying About Food

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living

One day, your morning cup of coffee is a great idea for your health. The next, it has too many negative health risks. Even the savviest of consumers c...

From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: How Fresh Is Fresh Enough?

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

Our hope is that when possible, the customer will in turn support the producer and consequently, sustain the small farm agricultural economy of the region. Another hope is that we are consuming "fresh" ingredients that have seen minimal storage and preservation.

You Can Chew It. You Can Swallow It. But Is It Food?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Despite thinking at first that warning labels might go too far, I wound up realizing they wouldn't go nearly far enough. Junk should never have been glorified as a food group in the first place.

Here's What You Need To Know About The New Nutrition Labels

Helen Agresti RD | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Helen Agresti RD

Accurate and reliable information is crucial to help the fight against childhood obesity and the many health problems it causes. The new food label will provide that information.

The Power of Our Food Choices

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Our eating habits profoundly affect our individual health and well-being; our social, economic, and political systems; and our environment. Our future success as a species may hinge on our food habits.

Getting Granular About Salt

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The very granular strategy of choosing foods with shorter ingredient lists allows for cutting out many superfluous grains of salt by way of improving overall nutritional quality. There should be no controversy in that.

The Ridiculously Long List Of Food Labels That Makes Shopping Impossible

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 04.10.2014 | Taste

We're so hungry.

5 Foods That Stay Good Past Their Expiration Dates

Posted 03.21.2014 | OWN

A 2013 report from Harvard Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council states confusion over food dating has led 91 percent of Americ...

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.

Better Food Labels: Have We Hit the Nail on the Head?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Improving food labels, as planned by the USFDA and much in the news over the past week or so, is a welcome thing. But I do think we have cause to wonder if all the fanfare and media hype are really warranted. When all is said and done, what improvements are in the works, and how much will they really matter?

FDA Proposes Larger -- More Realistic -- Serving Sizes for Food Labels

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The FDA is proposing to change the standard serving sizes to reflect what people actually eat. The FDA defines the current serving sizes as amounts of foods commonly consumed based on dietary intake surveys conducted in the 1970s and 1980s.

Members of Congress, Farmers and Businesses Call on Obama to Fulfill Campaign Promise on GMO Labeling

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Although the FDA doesn't need congressional authorization in order to mandate a federal labeling standard for GMOs, federal lawmakers have become increasingly vocal on the issue.

From The Ivory Tower Kitchen: Do You Know Where Your Next Meal Comes From?

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 02.18.2014 | Food
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

What is it going to take to change this murky landscape sooner rather than later? The irony is when there is an outbreak of a food-borne illness from consuming something bought at a grocery store, within a day or two, the government agencies are able to pinpoint the culprit source.

Thinking Organic? Think Again

Food Politic | Posted 02.17.2014 | Food
Food Politic

Consumers get warm and fuzzy feelings about organic foods and are willing to shell out a lot of money to make their organic dreams come true. But is all this praise justified?

As Food Labels Get Closer Look, Ingredients Vanish

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 12.17.2013 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — Take another look at that food label. An ingredient or two may have vanished. As Americans pay closer attention to what they eat, f...

How Much Do Food Labels Matter?

Posted 11.21.2013 | Healthy Living

All those major corporations currently fighting against GMO labeling might really have a reason to be worried. As the debate over GMO labeling rages o...

7 Shocking Facts About Food Industry Marketing You Should Know

BuiltLean | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
BuiltLean

These companies are not trying to make you healthy -- they are trying to sell you a product. With that in mind, let's take a look at a few ways these manufacturers can lure you into thinking their prepackaged, processed foods are better for you than they really are.

Jared Gilmour

Protesters Tossed Real Piles Of Money Around Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Jared Gilmour | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some 2,000 dollar bills fluttered from the fifth-floor balcony of the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday, falling upon activists wh...

Changing Labels Won't Increase Food Prices

Scott Faber | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Scott Faber

At a time when so many Americans have been struggling to feed their families, it made little sense to increase the price of basic staples.

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.