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Should you buy orange cheese and why is it orange anyways?

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December 24, 2015
cheese + Products
The recent announcements by almost every multi-national to eliminate artificial colorings and flavors in products from macaroni & cheese to candy reminded me of my long held curiosity for why some cheese is orange while others are not.   A little bit of history first According to this story from NPR, dying cheese orange dates Read More ›

Potato Chip Brands Deconstructed

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September 11, 2015
There are 173 brands of potato chips.  What does this mean for you? 7 brands dominate I looked at 173 brands ranging from the household names you know to boutique lines I had never heard of before. It really doesn’t matter. These 7 brands own ~50% of the products on the market: Lay’s Pringles Ruffles Kettle Read More ›

Best Snacks for School

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September 9, 2015
My son recently started school, and now needs lunch and two snacks for school-morning and afternoon.   In addition to the fruit we’ll pack for him, I visited the grocery store to explore other options to send as a snack for school.  While there are a lot of options, few of them are good.   Here’s Read More ›

What I learned analyzing 3062 Potato Chips

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August 13, 2015
No one thinks potato chips are healthy, but just how unhealthy are they? History Potato chips date back to the late 19th Century in the US and the UK.  They originally showed up as chef-cooked restaurant fare.  By the early 20th Century, chips began to be mass-produced for home consumption. Until the 1950s, chips (or crisps  in the Read More ›

Are Kale chips healthy?

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July 30, 2015
Products + Snacks
Kale is a superfood, packed with vitamins and minerals, but does all this goodness translate to kale chips? After analyzing 63 kale chip products, the answer is clearly yes AND no. Read More ›

What I learned analyzing 3233 salad dressings

salad dressings
June 20, 2015
Dressings & Sauces + Products
Although a household staple, salad dressing averages ~19 ingredients. Do you know how your salad’s dressing?   History Store-bought salad dressings gradually became available when restaurants began packaging and selling their dressings in the 1920s.   As the decades passed, increasing focus on health and demand for convenience contributed to salad dressing sales.  In 1950 sales Read More ›

What analyzing 187 Baby Food Products Verified for Me

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June 18, 2015
Baby food pouches may be the best invention ever.  However, reading these product’s labels may be the most important thing you do. My Story Idealism meets reality The idealist in me hoped to make all my son’s baby food from scratch.  However, the realist in me knew this wasn’t going to happen 100% of the time. Read More ›

Why I buy Siggi’s Vanilla Yogurt

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June 16, 2015
Brands Foodwise Likes + Yogurt
Pull any yogurt off the shelf wherever you shop for food (yes, including Whole Foods) and the range of sugar will astound you.  How do you find one that tastes good and is “good” for you? The Data I dug into over 2,741 yogurt and yogurt products to write my earlier yogurt posts about Plain, Greek 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 ›