Food for Thought

Information about food – how it’s made, grown, and raised.

Mucinex for Kids

RECENTLY, I RECEIVED AN INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE LETTER from a reader. The letter included an ingredients list for Mucinex for kids. I was very grateful for the letter and information about a product I’m sure many of us give our…

Granola Bar Taste Test

RECENTLY, KRAFT FOODS SENT ME FREE PRODUCT SAMPLES and a gift card to conduct a taste test of a new milk and granola bar. I can only hope Kraft did it’s due diligence and discovered my feelings on most processed…

Surprise! What’s in that healthy cereal

LIKE MANY OF YOU, I’M A COMPULSIVE READER OF INGREDIENTS LABELS. But I have a confession: the “healthier: I perceive a product to be, the less likely I am to check the ingredients. As a result, I’m often unpleasantly surprised…

What is Rennet and Should I Eat It

AFTER READING BRUCE BRADLEY’S POST ABOUT tricks of the food industry trade, I promptly freaked out over the fact that I’d been eating calf stomach – rennet – in my cheese. After maniacally checking the labels of all the cheese…

Paleo Diet – Eating like a caveman

A guest post from Pat McVeigh. Pat is a super-healthy lawyer-type who is obsessed with Crossfit and eating like a caveman. AFTER READING ABOUT THE PALEO DIET, I WAS CURIOUS HOW I COULD incorporate some of the principles into my…

Canola Oil: What is it anyway?

LAST WEEK CTF READER NICK SENT me an email asking I was wondering what you guys think of Canola Oil.  From what I’ve read, it is a genetically engineered oil that comes from the rapeseed. If by canola is by…

Buying a good pretzel

A FEW DAYS AGO, A CTF FACEBOOK FOLLOWER ASKED A REALLY GOOD QUESTION: WHAT IS A REALLY GOOD PRETZEL? Well, I don’t have the answer to that. But I can explain how I choose a pretzel and share what brands…

Four Things To Cook, Not Buy

I’M SURE SOME PEOPLE HAVE NATURAL COOKING ABILITIES. I’M NOT ONE OF THEM. But these four things can be made at home by anyone, no special cooking abilities needed. Homemade tastes better, is better for our bodies, and costs less.…

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…