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Big Soda’s Caramel-Colored Secret

Posted February 16th, 2011 by

Food marketers have long had a special knack for euphemism.  (If you didn’t believe me I’d offer you a Rocky Mountain oyster.)  But even as someone who has watched the food industry closely for 40 years, sometimes even I can get taken by surprise. One such case is an innocent-sounding ingredient that appears on Coca-Cola, [...]

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A Date Certain for Food Safety

Posted November 22nd, 2010 by

Monday, November 29 is our last best hope for the Senate to pass food safety reform.  That’s something I hope we can be thankful for next week. Part of the point of Thanksgiving is to appreciate the incredible bounty of foods we enjoy and often take for granted.  Imagine what the Pilgrims who landed on [...]

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Color Me Skeptical: Toward Tartrazine-Free Macaroni and Cheese

Posted June 29th, 2010 by

Would you like some disodium 6-hydroxy-5-((2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo)-2-naphthalene-sulfonate in your yogurt? Well, you won’t find that mouthful of mumbo-jumbo on food labels.  But you will find it listed with the friendlier name of Red 40. You might pass up a macaroni and cheese that contains the slightly foreboding-sounding tartrazine.  But if it (I’m looking at you, Kraft) [...]

McDonald’s Manipulative Use of Toys to Sell Happy Meals: A Huckster in Clown’s Clothing

Posted June 22nd, 2010 by

Dangle a toy in front of a child’s eyes, and you can bet the child will do just about anything to get it.  And that’s exactly what McDonald’s (and other restaurants) do, using everything from TV commercials to signs in windows to the Internet in order to get kids to pester their parents to take [...]

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Healthy Soup or the Stroke du Jour?

Posted April 22nd, 2010 by

I love black beans generally and black bean soup in particular.  Filling and inexpensive, beans are high in dietary fiber, low in unhealthful fats, and hospitable to garlic, onion, red pepper, and spices.  If you were having lunch at a restaurant, black bean soup could be the healthiest thing on the menu. Or, it could [...]

Food Dyes and Children’s Behavior

Posted March 25th, 2010 by

By Michael F. Jacobson, Executive Director Center for Science in the Public Interest A lot of parents notice that the foods our kids eat affect their behavior.  Some of those effects are subtle, some less so.  Most dads and moms know that sugar and caffeine can have a dramatic impact on behavior, but most parents [...]

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