Category Archives: food labels

We’ve previously written in this blog, as well as others, that childhood obesity is a growing problem in the U.S. More than one out of every three children is now overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Thank that’s not such a big deal? Think that maybe they’ll just grow out of it? It’s actually deadly serious for kids. For the first time in history, today’s children are not expected to live as long as their parents!

Society likes to point fingers whenever there is a problem. We hear it all the time: It’s government’s responsibility … Read the rest

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That’s a really good question, as it turns out! It seems like their are “all natural” versions of everything from ice cream to salad dressing, from potato chips to dog food. So what does it actually mean when a product says it is “all natural?”

Actually, the term has never been fully defined. The most meaningful guidance comes from an FDA informal policy written more than 20 years ago. In that policy, they define “natural” to mean “nothing artificial or synthetic is included in, or has been added to, the product that would not normally be expected to be there.”… Read the rest

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Fiber is so important to your health. It not only keeps you regular, recent studies show that a fiber-rich diet can help you control your weight and even trim your waistline.

Most of us have far too little fiber in our diets. The American Dietetic Association recommends that healthy adults consume between 20 and 35 grams of fiber per day. Unfortunately, studies have found that the average intake for adult Americans is only 14-15 grams per day.

These findings aren’t really surprising, since the best sources of natural fiber are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans. The typical American … Read the rest

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Do you find food labels hard to understand? It turns out that you’re not alone – lots of people have difficulty understanding  the Nutrition Facts panel that’s required on most foods.

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Journalism has been thinking about this too. They recently asked for ideas to replace the current black and white Nutrition Facts label. They got a wide range of designs, from the complex to the simple.

The winning design (on the left) was from a San Francisco designer, Renee Walker. She uses different color boxes to depict the relative proportion of various … Read the rest

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Eating healthy on a budgetWe hear over and over again that “it’s too expensive to eat healthy.”  The truth is that it doesn’t have to be. In fact, fresh, healthy foods can often be less expensive than packaged convenience foods.

Eating healthy has numerous benefits including lowering the risk of chronic diseases, increasing energy and productivity, and enhancing the quality of life. When you add in the extra costs associated with treating illnesses, long-term chronic disease and increased insurance costs, the added cost of healthy food seems like a bargain! But it is hard for many people to compare costs today with potential savings … Read the rest

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