Skip the blue eye shadow. Ditch the blue drinks. And don’t even think of blue popsicles, candy or lollipops. At least that’s what a new study about blue dye is telling us. Just because it’s approved for use in the U.S. doesn’t mean it’s safe–and this scary research points to why. More
Topic: food additives
Sure, we all know that sugar is the pits for our health. It contributes to cancer, diabetes, gout, tooth decay, and of course, obesity. But just how much weight gain can be attributed to sugar alone? A new study took a look at this question…and the results surprised us. In fact, its link to obesity has been somewhat overstated. More
Open happiness? Quite the opposite, perhaps: Artificially-sweetened beverages like Diet Coke and other low-cal sodas may actually be making us depressed.
When it comes to promoting weight gain, not all sugars are equal, Yale researchers report. A recent brain imaging study on healthy adults who consumed either a fructose- or glucose-laced beverage found that while one triggered feelings of fullness and satiety, the other encouraged study participants to eat more. More
When it comes to sodium in our diets (and the fact that Americans consume nearly twice as much as we’re supposed to), it’s not always a matter of just cutting the chips and french fries. According to the American Heart Association, we need to be aware of hidden sources of salt in other less obvious foods that they have dubbed the â€śSalty Six.â€ť More
Artificial sweeteners are bad for you. This is not news. But companies just keep on touting the (nonexistent) health benefits of articicial sweeteners, trying to convince consumers that not only are they better than sugar, but that they’re actually good for you. The latest culprit? Johnson & Johnson, who are now being sued for claims that Splenda Essentials can help people lose weight and live healthier lives.
Remember when everyone got really unhappy about Starbucks and their very-icky-non-vegan-but-not-actually-unhealthy crushed female cochineal beetles? We were all wondering what kind of food voodoo they would perform to replace it with something less gross-sounding and animal-free (but probably more unhealthy/artificial). Now, the answer has finally been revealed, and it’s kind of crazy…and possibly even nutritious? But don’t get too excited–it’s still a processed product of science. More
If pink slime grossed you out, how about some glue with your steak? Yep, the beef industry has been using transglutaminase–a “meat glue”– to bind together different pieces of meat (possibly from more than one cow) to look like a single steak, and now that’s being called into question after the recent debacle with pink slime. It’s disgusting, really. More
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Good news: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that they are calling on our nation’s pork, beef, and poultry farmers to reduce the use of antibiotics in these animals. Bad news: Some watchdog groups say this recommendation doesn’t go far enough. And worse yet: The real reason these animals are fed antibiotics is not what most people think. More
Rick Perry and two other U.S. governors are going to publicly eat some “pink slime” just to prove to all of us that consuming this so-called meat which is made from cattle scraps that are then treated with ammonium hydroxide (to kill bacteria) is simply not bad for us. Yeah, right… More
Coca-Cola keeps their top-secret recipe close to the vest, never sharing their exact ingredients or measurements. But at least one of their ingredients is being ousted from the company’s shadowy cupboard–the caramel coloring ingredient, known asÂ 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI. Also found in Pepsi‘s original cola, Dr. Pepper, and a Whole Foods version, the ingredient, according to a consumer watchdog group, may cause cancer. More
According to the USDA, even conventional American-grown turkeys (like the kind you’ll probably see on your Thanksgiving table) are held to only the highest standards of health and quality. Baby turkeys, they say, roam freely, allowed to eat pounds of feed, comprised mostly of soy, corn, and a “supplement of vitamins and minerals.” They’re not given hormones–but they may,the USDA admits, be given antibiotics. And not for the reasons you think. More
The McRib should really be called the McFib. It’s a lie letting anyone think that the barbecue “pork” sandwich is really ribs when it’s nothing more than pig intestines, hearts and scalded stomachs (we’ve shown you before how disgusting the so-called meat really is), and now we’ve found out it’s even worse. Some of the ingredients are the same chemicals found in–yikes!–yoga mats and the soles of your shoes. More