What’s in a Label?

Cartoon Characters Sway Kids’ Choices

• June 25th, 2010 • What's in a Label?

The latest study reveals kids’ gravitate toward foods with cartoon characters on the packaging. No kidding? Really? Cartoon characters on food packages influence kids’ food choices. WOW, such insight. We love studies, don’t we? Every day there is a new study about kids and food. The latest study is from Rudd Center for Food Policy [...]

USDA Organics…from China?

• June 10th, 2010 • What's in a Label?

When I purchase Spanish olives, I’m not surprised they’re from Spain. I’m not surprised when coffee is from Columbia, either. With the country of origin now mentioned on labels, I’ve often wondered about organic products from Mexico. That is until my friend, Charcie, sent me (and her email list) a link concerning organic food from [...]

5 Label Traps & How to Avoid Them

• February 25th, 2010 • What's in a Label?

We’d like to believe that food manufactures, or at the very least the Food and Drug Administration, are looking out for our health. No, the only way you can be sure you are eating nutritious foods is to read and understand food labeling. The food manufacturer will do just about anything to convince you that [...]

Ludicrous Labeling

• February 23rd, 2010 • What's in a Label?

Cool Whip has 0g trans fat! That’s what the label says. I’m NOT kidding. I wanted to purchase a tub of Cool Whip for a talk I was giving on the “10 Worst Foods of the Decade” and couldn’t find the tub variety, so I bought the aerosol can. As you can imagine, I was [...]

What’s a Natural Flavor, Anyway?

• February 18th, 2010 • What's in a Label?

What is this? Amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone (10 percent [...]

OJ Not a Health Food

• November 12th, 2009 • What's in a Label?

Parents think they’re giving their kids nutritious foods. I know I did. Moms often tell me that their child loves fruited yogurt in the cute containers. Yogurt has beneficial probitotics, doesn’t it? What most don’t realize is the yogurt they’re giving their kids has almost as much added sugars as a can of pop! Isn’t Orange Juice a [...]

Altered Fats Hiding in Your Food

• January 9th, 2009 • What's in a Label?

I’m fried! That’s right, absolutely fried. Altered fats make me crazy. Today, food is genetically modified and irradiated. There are over 3,000 additives found in food! Yet, people are genetically designed to thrive on a naturally derived diet. Fake foods are loaded with sugar, white flour, and altered fats. Today, we’ll focus on fats which [...]