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What Do You Think When You See a Food Product Labeled “Natural”?

You’re in the grocery store. You pick up a product. You look at the label. You see the word “natural.” What on earth does that mean, “natural?” Turns out Consumer Reports wanted the answer to that question, too – along with others about our attitudes when it comes to labeling. So they conducted a survey. […]

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“Organic” Doesn’t Always Mean “Healthier”

In case you missed the earth-shaking news, the world will soon be blessed with Organic Gatorade. For reals. “It’s a move,” reported Fortune, “clearly aimed at riding consumers’ growing interest in organic brands.” “It’s a consumer interest. They’re very invested in non-GMO and organic and to the degree you can make meaningful for the consumer, […]

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Is Being Healthy Truly a Priority?

For most, 21st century reality puts a lot of distance between us and where our food comes from. That food is often more manufactured than grown, using processes you couldn’t replicate in your own kitchen and ingredients you just won’t find at your local Ralph’s, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or any other grocery store. We […]

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GMOs & Informed Consent, Rights & Responsibilities

When purveyors of junk food are taken to task for their contributions to obesity and chronic ill health, you often hear their spokespeople, lawyers and other apologists invoke the concept of “personal responsibility.” The problem is never with their sugary, chemical-infused, hyper-processed products. The problem, they tell us, is ours. We exercise too little. We […]

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Shifting Away from the Sugarific

Of course, your teeth aren’t the only part of you that suffers the effects of sodas, fruit juices and other sweet drinks. Excess sugar consumption has been linked with more than 100 specific health problems. In fact, it’s not so far-fetched to say that sugar is deadly stuff in the modern food environment. As Dr. […]

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Is What You Drink Damaging Your Teeth?

More and more, you see the sugar industry being compared to the tobacco biz – in how they manipulate science, in their PR manipulations, in the damage their product does to health and well-being. So considering all the lawsuits filed against big tobacco by smokers and their families, would it be any surprise to see […]

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Whole Grains & Partial Truths

Despite all the “good food”/”bad food” hype you hear, healthful eating isn’t really so confusingly complicated. Stick to a diet based on whole foods (ideally organic), including lots of fresh produce, a minimum of industrially processed food and sugars, and a good amount of variety, and you’ll do fine. Or, as Michael Pollan famously put […]

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Sugar & the Modern Food Environment (Guest Post)

From the blog of Dr. Bill Glaros – Used with permission Sugar has one thing going for it: It makes things taste good. And it’s a taste we’re born to prefer. In the natural settings that human primate ancestors evolved in, sweetness intensity should indicate energy density, while bitterness tends to indicate toxicity. The high […]

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“Gluten-Free” Doesn’t Have to Mean “Low Fiber”

Commenting on last month’s post about whole grains, a reader raised an issue that’s often overlooked: How to get enough fiber when eating gluten-free. “I’ve been looking for more fiber in foods,” she wrote, “and find that often, but not always, whole grain labeled foods have more of it.” Gluten-free choices, she added, “typically have […]

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Whole Grains & Partial Truths

Despite all the “good food”/”bad food” hype you hear, healthful eating isn’t really so confusingly complicated. Stick to a diet based on whole foods (ideally organic), including lots of fresh produce, a minimum of industrially processed food and sugars, and a good amount of variety, and you’ll do fine. Or, as Michael Pollan famously put […]

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