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What does removing artificial colors actually mean?

food dye
June 24, 2015
With the quantity of recent announcement by food companies  regarding the removal of artificial colors from products, it got me wondering just what removing artificial colors actually means for these products.   In the first six months of 2015, Nestle, Panera, Kraft, Hershey, McDonalds, and General Mills, all announced removal of artificial colors and flavors from at Read More ›

If you’re not careful, organic food labels can convince you to make bad decisions

organic junk food
June 10, 2015
Ingredients + Tips
We’ve all done it. Found a hack or shortcut to help us make easier decisions. According to researchers at Cornell University, the average person makes 226.7 decisions about food a day, so can we really blame ourselves?   Organic Food is Mainstream     Organic food sales in 2014 were $32 Billion and at 11% year over Read More ›

For Healthy Mac & Cheese: Buy Frozen?

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June 8, 2015
Ingredients + Pasta + Products
At the grocery store, macaroni and cheese comes boxed or frozen.  Read more to learn how I discovered which option of this comfort food to buy for my family. My Epiphany As my son began to eat solid food on a more regular basis, macaroni and cheese became a staple.  We ordered it from restaurant menus when we Read More ›

MSG, Real Fruit Juice and Other Tricks in Our Food

collage of food
May 4, 2015
Ingredients + Tips
There  are many loopholes in the regulation of food additives in the US.  These gray areas enable food manufacturers to trick us in claims and with food labels. Use this list as a reference to make sure you are not falling into these top traps. “Real Fruit Juice”: Colorings and flavors are added to beverages Read More ›

5 Yogurt Buying Tips

collage of yogurts
May 3, 2015
Ingredients + Products + Yogurt
Yogurt is one of the items that gets a lot of ingredient list and label reading.  And for good reason.  I compiled these top tips for you to use the next time you go grocery shopping. Don’t assume plain or organic yogurts do not contain food additives : Analysis of 60% of the plain yogurts in US Read More ›

What I learned from analyzing 1858 Flavored Yogurts

April 20, 2015
Ingredients + Yogurt
Yogurt has a millennial-long association with healthiness, but in the US, flavors challenge yogurt’s true healthiness.   Yogurt’s Healthy History Yogurt is often described as the oldest processed food because its origin traces back to The Neolithic Era of The Stone Age. Genghis Khan reportedly gave his warriors yogurt to instill strength and bravery in the 12th C Read More ›

Does Pectin in Yogurt Matter?

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April 18, 2015
Ingredients + Yogurt
Half and Half You have almost a 50/50 chance of buying yogurt with Pectin in it. And, just because you buy “organic” doesn’t necessarily mean your yogurt is “pectin-free.”   Analysis of ~ 1600 yogurts turned up this breakdown of yogurts with and without Pectin:   Read More ›

Why I love Whole Foods 365’s Almond Butter

whole foods
April 15, 2015
Ingredients + Nut butter + Products + Tips
I fell into a marketing trap Confession. I completely and totally succumbed to the packaging and marketing of Justin’s, a very successful boutique nut butter brand about two years ago. As our son was getting older and more open to protein choices, and as I started making more smoothies, I was buying a lot of almond butter. I’m Read More ›

Why I rarely buy chocolate at the grocery store

dark chcolate stack
April 10, 2015
Even dark chocolate isn’t free of this ingredient One of my go to desserts is a chocolate mousse recipe by Aussie chef Bill Granger that calls for melting dark chocolate as a prominent component of the recipe. Up until several years ago, I simply bought whatever 70%+ dark chocolate bar or chips were on sale without Read More ›