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Plain Yogurt Not So Plain

April 6, 2015

Reading ingredient lists on even plain yogurt is worthwhile

In all my conversations about food labels, by far, one of the categories where people check nutrition and ingredient labels the most is yogurt. Turns out, it is worthwhile time spent.





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Peanut Butter usually with added salt, sugar and oil

pb on knife
March 29, 2015
Ingredients + Products

Why you have to read the ingredient list on nut butters

Did you know over 80% of the time, peanut butter has more than just peanuts listed on its ingredient list?  Before I really got into what was in my food, and started reading ingredient lists, I naively assumed peanut butter on the shelf was just the same as the kind you could make from scratch; it was just composed of peanuts ground up in varying stages to provide creamy or chunky options.

pb with peanuts


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Carrageenan: Why I avoid this organic ingredient

March 26, 2015
Ingredients + Tips

What is it anyways?

Carrageenan is used in a range of products that can claim natural and organic because it is an ingredient derived from seaweed.   And just because you are shopping in Whole Foods or buying organic, you’re not necessarily avoiding carrageenan.

How I found out about it

Although I smile and my friends say I am gregarious, when I shop I am highly transactional-I walk fast, focus my eyes on my target and exude body language that says “don’t speak to me.”  So it is quite surprising the reason carrageenan entered my radar for ingredients to further investigate is due to a complete stranger approaching me at Whole Food’s aisle in Edina, MN.

I was comparing the differences among the almond milks when a sixty-something, white haired woman walked over to me and said, “be sure you don’t buy one with carrageenan.”  She added “Good luck.  Almost all of them have it.”

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Why I started Get Foodwise

March 25, 2015

Hi.  Welcome to Get Foodwise!

I’m Katie.  I started this blog because friends and family always asked me about food products, food ingredients, and whether they should eat a certain product or ingredient.   I have always been fascinated by how food is made, and I’ve spent the majority of my career working in the food and agriculture industries.

However, when I married and became a mother my “routine” upended to accommodate my husband’s and son’s needs and tastes.  As I started confronting a whole new set of food decisions for my family- Is it “ok” to buy Kraft Mac and Cheese?  Should I buy organic Mac and Cheese?  Should I just make home made Mac and Cheese?-I was reminded how time consuming and painful it is to navigate some of these decisions and food packaging and labels certainly do not help bring clarity.

Sure there are rules we are told to follow such as shop the perimeter of the store, only buy products with ingredients you can pronounce, only buy products with 5 ingredients or less, etc., but day to day life often gets in the way of these.

Get Foodwise is my attempt to bring some clarity to these topics.  I am committed to sharing with you my views and experiences backed by as much data and transparency as possible in the hopes it helps you with your food decision making.  I am not going to tell you what to do.  Food is personal.  Instead, my goal is to help you learn more about and understand the food ingredients and products you are eating so you can answer the question “Should I eat this or not?”

Happy reading!



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