Food Labels

Good News for Gluten-Free

For the 1% of the American population with celiac disease, eating gluten-free is a necessity. For someone with this disease, the list of short-term side effects caused by consumption of gluten range from abdominal pain and nausea, to headaches and joint pain. If these same individuals regularly eat gluten, long-term consequences include vitamin and mineral […]

Pick Your Poison: Partially Hydrogenated Oils

“Partly” “Somewhat” “Moderately” “In some measure” “To a certain extent” We hear these words and phrases throughout our lives. Do they inspire confidence? Do they provoke anxiety? And is something that is partially anything ever worthwhile? Consider the following: A partially-completed project, a somewhat-complete haircut, a partially-cooked chicken wing, a seamstress who is partially-committed to […]

Eating "Clean": What are consumers really looking for when dining out?

The days of glazing over ingredients when purchasing food are coming to a close.  Now, more than ever, health food stores and farm to table restaurants are popping up everywhere, and they are packed with people. Why the change? What spurred this trend to start eating “clean” again? Clean, healthy foods are where we all […]

Pick Your Poison: Anti-Caking Agents

With graduation season quickly approaching and Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a good time to reflect on things you’ve learned from your mother – or even from her mother and her mother’s mother. I’m sure you can remember familiar phrases that our parents have shared with us. Old proverbs such as, “two wrongs […]

facts sodium

Sodium plays a critical role in aiding a number of biological functions that we often take for granted. For instance, without sodium we would be continually dehydrated because we wouldn’t be able to maintain fluid balance. Sodium also helps our intestines absorb important compounds like amino acids, glucose, water, and chloride, and helps our brains […]

Congress Makes History with GMO Labeling Bill

A bill to create a national standard for labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was recently passed by the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. President Obama signed the bill into law on Friday, July 29th. “While there is broad consensus that foods from genetically engineered crops are safe, we appreciate the […]

facts sodium

Fast Facts on Sodium: The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that Americans consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day, especially for people with heart disease or high blood pressure The average American eats 3,400 mg of […]

Nutritional Analysis Menu Labeling

On the surface, doing the nutritional analysis for your restaurant on your own might not seem so complicated. You log on to your favorite calorie counter app on your smartphone and then enter your restaurant’s recipes. However, once the process starts, it’s easy to see why so many restaurants and other foodservice establishments are choosing […]