Tag Archive for additives

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…

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…

Buy This Not That: Meat

Most people don’t want to think too much about where their meat comes from beyond the meat department in the grocery store. As a society, we spend a lot of time anthropomorphizing animals, which makes it hard to think about…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…