Worst Food

Foods to avoid – at least on a regular basis.

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…

Worst Food of the Week – Ice Pops

Summer’s here and if you have kids that means ice pops for every special occasion. And in the summer, special occasions abound: Memorial Day weekend, end of school parties, July fourth, every weekend with friends, family vacation, and “What the…

Worst Food of the Week: Yogurt Tubes

THERE ARE TWO REASONS YOGURT TUBES MAKE IT TO THE CTF WORST FOOD LIST. One: they contain additional ingredients not found in regular yogurt. Two: they are a huge rip-off. Ingredients In the best case (Stonyfield Farms Yokids Squeezers), you’re…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…