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Worst Food of the Week: Fruit Snacks

DEAR EVERYONE: STOP GIVING KIDS FRUIT SNACKS AS IF THEY AREN’T GLORIFIED CANDY. The ingredients are so similar, the cost so much more, and these gummy globs of sugar are keeping kids from eating actual fruits. Think I’m overreacting? Read…

Buy This, Not That: Sandwich Bread

ONE OF THE MOST FRUSTRATING PLACES IN THE SUPERMARKET IS THE BREAD AISLE. A huge wall of bread choices , the store is crowded, your kids are going crazy – what do you do? Grab the biggest, cheapest loaf? Think…

The Ingredients Game

By Dr. Dina Rose A big thank you to Dr. Dina Rose for giving CTF permission to re-post this fabulous piece about ingredients. Dr. Rose is a food sociologist who writes It’s Not About Nutrition, a blog about the “Art…

Why Nobody Needs Nutrition Labels

By Dr. Dina Rose A big thank you to Dr. Dina Rose for giving CTF permission to re-post this fabulous piece about nutrition labels. Dr. Rose is a food sociologist who writes It’s Not About Nutrition, a wildly informative blog…

10 Facts about Xanthan Gum

A big thank you to Hemi at Fooducate for giving CTF permission to re-post this great information about Xanthan Gum. HAVE YOU HEARD OF XANTHAn GUM, one of the 30 most popular ingredients used in food products? You’ll find it…

Can honey be organic?

WHEN READER MARC WONDERED ON THE CTF FACEBOOK PAGE about how honey could be organic, it made me curious: Can honey really be organic when bees are flying all over the place encountering who knows what kind of flowers and…

rBGH-free Milk and Other Dairy Products

If you’ve read about recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and want to avoid it in your kids’ diets, here is some information about companies and brands without milk from cows given rBGH. The good think is many products are now…

Is rBGH safe?

What is rBGH Since 1937, the dairy industry has known that the growth hormone bovine somatotropin (BGH) increases milk production in cows. Somatotropin increases milk supply by increasing the circulation of another hormone: insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). Up until the…

A Good Ice Cream is Hard to Find

THIS MORNING, I READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE (RBGH OR RBST) IN BREYERS, HAAGEN-DAZS, AND BASKIN-ROBBINS ICE CREAM. It made me think about just how hard it is to find a good, real ice cream. Ice cream is…

Worst Food of the Week: Sunny D

SUNNY D JUST WENT GREEN. And while it is impressive that Sunny D ‘s six manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Spain went to zero waste this year – beating the company goal by three years – this faux juice…

Booklist: Chew on This

By Charles Wilson and Eric Schlosser In Chew on This, Schlosser, who wrote Fast Food Nation, teams up with Wilson to provide a look at the fast food industry in a book geared towards young adults. Focusing on fast food…

Why Eat Grass-fed Beef

I WASN’T EATING A LOT OF BEEF ANYWAY, but after reading Fast Food Nation, I stopped eating beef altogether. Then, a few years later, I read The Omnivore’s Dilemma. It put a light at the end of the beefless tunnel…