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Food Labels

Getting Granular About Salt

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2014 | 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 03.11.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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.

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.

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.

Milk, Right? What's in a Label?

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 08.22.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

What confusion we have in the world today! For example, ask most people where their milk comes from and they might say, "from the store." Ask them wh...

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, usefu...

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.

Betcha Can't Eat Just One

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 05.20.2013 | Taste
Daniel J. Schultz

As I read Michael Moss's new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, I saw myself in it. I was one of the kids these companies targeted and successfully sold their products to.

Supermarkets Say: Please Don't Buy the Crap We Sell

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Marty Kaplan

Giving consumers a no-brainer tool while they're standing in the supermarket aisle is surely a more promising way to stop the slow-motion suicide we call the American way of eating than declaring March to be National Nutrition Month.

5 Ways to Make Nutrition Labeling More Effective

Meghan Hall | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Meghan Hall

Thanks to the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, we as consumers have easy access to the nutritional information for most of the foods we can purchase in a grocery store. As they say, information is power -- but that power is weakened by several flaws in our labeling system.

Consumers Freaking Out Over Horsemeat Scandal

Reuters | Posted 04.20.2013 | Business

* Concerns over horse sold as beef spread across Europe * Research company says shoppers changing habits or diet * Two t...

5 'Healthy' Foods That Are Actually Full Of Junk

Posted 02.12.2013 | OWN

Don't fall for misleading health food labels. For example, a low-fat option might be loaded with unhealthy oils, while veggie offerings can incl...