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Ortho Ecosense Nonsense

DOES THE PREFIX “ECO-“ MEAN ECOLOGICAL OR ECONOMICAL? Take a look at these products. Which ones are organic or environmentally friendly? Unless you read the fine print, you could be fooled. I sure was – and so was the Home…

Worst Food of the Week: Pop-Tarts

YOU HAVE TO GIVE KELLOGG’S CREDIT. Through some sort of marketing magic, they’ve convinced everyone Pop-Tarts are a breakfast food. Now, if only we could get them to use that marketing magic for good and not junk food, we might…

Everything I needed to know I learned in kindergarten

Consume This First is excited to have another guest post from The Non-Toxic Mom. Be sure to visit her blog, where she blogs often and with enthusiasm about living a non-toxic lifestyle. AHH, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO…

Five Ingredients to Avoid

BRACE YOURSELF. I’m about to go after some of your favorite foods – sodas, snacks, treats, and more. These ingredients can also be found in foods like pasta sauces, cereals, and side dishes – things you eat at meals every…

Capri Sun Sunrise and 100% Juice Exposed

THIS POST ISN’T ABOUT WHETHER CAPRI SUN IS A HEALTHY OPTION. It is about advertisers bending the truth, food production and marketing tricks and, most of all, knowing what you’re really ingesting. Capri Sun has been advertising heavily for its…

Buy This, Not That: Popcorn

In a grocery rut? Don’t have time to read the ingredients? Don’t worry, CTF has you covered with Buy This, Not That. BUY THIS: Popcorn kernels, preferable organic. NOT THAT: Microwave popcorn, no matter how many “I’m healthy” messages are…

Six front-of-label claims you can disregard

FRONT OF LABEL CLAIMS ARE MARKETING TOOLS. Food company marketing departments use these claims to convince us to buy things. The FDA has regulations companies have to adhere to, but it’s still important to remember that anything stated on the…

Worst Food of the Week: Suddenly Salad

FOOD COMPANIES LIKE BETTY CROCKER WOULD LIKE NOTHING MORE than to perpetuate the myth that cooking is hard and time consuming. Without that myth, they couldn’t sell “food” products like Suddenly Salad. Suddenly Salad is a boxed pasta salad mix…

Buy This Not That: Jam and Jelly

In a grocery rut? Don’t have time to read the ingredients? Don’t worry, CTF has you covered with Buy This, Not That. BUY THIS: Organic jams, jellies, and preserves (like Cascadian Farms Organic Fruit Spread) NOT THAT: Conventional jams jellies…

Sports Drinks, Kids, and Electrolytes

RECENTLY AT MY THREE YEAR OLD SON’S SOCCER PRACTICE I noticed something that, quite frankly, made me cringe: parents giving their kids sports drinks. The sports drink industry has done a great job of making us all think that if…

Pre-made lunch vs. homemade lunch

SO, WHY DO PEOPLE BUY Lunchables and Uncrustables? Maybe to save time? Well, if you look at ingredient highlights for each below, it’s clear any time saved in making and packing a lunch is completely negated by the sugars, hydrogentaed…

Just Say NO to Canned Frosting and Box Cake

Originally published as a guest blog post on Fooducate.com BIRTHDAYS ROCK. ASK ANY KID what their favorite day of the year is and chances are, the answer is “My birthday!” And birthdays almost always mean birthday cake. It may seem…