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Health Claims

5-Hour Energy and 30-Second Deceit

Nathan Risinger | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Nathan Risinger

Advertisers frequently trade on the implicit trust we have in medical professionals to sell products for their clients. For example, an advertisement promoting the consumption of 5-Hour Energy has recently been running on television.

It's All About the Numbers

Sally Greenberg | Posted 07.21.2012 | Food
Sally Greenberg

The National Consumers League requested that the FDA halt misleading nutrition rating systems used by retail supermarkets, which often appear in grocery stores as shelf tags next to the price of the food product and include a nutrition score or symbol indicating healthfulness.

The Utterances of Hollywood Celebrities: Why We Need Better Science Truth Detectors

Larry Bock | Posted 03.11.2012 | Celebrity
Larry Bock

For segments of the population -- especially kids who are easily influenced by star role models -- celebrity statements and viewpoints (however misguided and unfounded they may be) are read with interest and often accepted without challenge.

Stumped At The Supermarket? Your Food Label Glossary

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.

Being blinded by health claims is very common. The concept is so widespread, that it is has been dubbed the "health halo" effect.

Call 'Em on Their Claims: Look up labels on Your phone

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Many products claim to be "cruelty-free" with such logos as the Leaping Bunny. But what do these logos mean, and are they any better than other animal-testing claims? Now you can find out right there in the store using your mobile phone.