Sugar, Servings and Calories: A Food-Label Makeover

After two decades, the nutrition labels on the food products we buy are getting a much-needed update, with proposed changes that provide a more realistic picture of the serving size, calories and added sugar those products contain. The changes were unveiled today at the White House as part of the fourth anniversary of the first lady’s Let’s Move! antiobesity campaign. For consumers, the new labels could serve up a major reality check: The serving size for ice cream, for example, …

FDA Begins New Testing of Generic-Drug Quality

For decades, doctors, drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration have assured us that low-cost prescription generic drugs – which make up an estimated 80 percent of the prescription medicines we take – work just as well as the costlier brand-name drugs they mimic. Except that a growing number of patient complaints, as well as issues over the quality of generics manufactured abroad, have proven that some of them don’t. And it appears the FDA is finally going to …

Does Your Soda Contain Carcinogens?

Caramel coloring, the stuff used to give sodas their brown color, may sound harmless, but a new study shows it can contain a chemical that’s been linked to cancer – and the Food and Drug Administration is checking it out. Consumer Reports said it found higher-than-necessary levels of a compound called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, in a dozen brands of soda; 4-MEI is an impurity that can form in the manufacture of the coloring. The drinks tested by Consumer Reports were …

Are Antibacterial Soaps Safe? FDA (Finally) May Decide

It’s taken more than 40 years and the pressure of a lawsuit, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally getting serious about the controversial use of chemicals in antibacterial soaps and body washes. The agency announced Monday that not only is there no evidence that these antibacterial cleansers are more effective than other cleansers at getting rid of germs, but the chemicals they contain, like triclosan, could raise other health risks. (Translation: Mom was right. Just wash with …

Really? Fries, Burned Toast Could Cause Cancer?

We know french fries are bad for our waistlines, but now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants us to know that there’s another reason to cut back on them – a chemical called acrylamide, which forms in foods cooked at a very high temperature and which has been linked to cancer in animal studies. Acrylamide primarily shows up in plant-based foods that are fried, toasted or baked, like potatoes, cereals, breads, dried fruit, even roasted coffee beans. Evidently, the …

Ojo con las porciones que te vas a servir este Dí­a de Acción de Gracias

Ponche de huevo/rompope, 1taza 223 calorí­as Ponche de huevo, reducido en grasa, 1taza 120 calorí­as Soda, 1taza 182 calorí­as Sidra caliente de manzana, sin azúcar, 1taza 100 calorí­as 5 galletas saladas 63 calorí­as Vegetales picados, 1/3 taza de zanahorias, brócoli, apio 40 calorí­as Queso, 1onza 105 calorí­as Dip hecho con crema baja en grasa, 2cucharadas 40 calorí­as Pavo, 8onzas 306 calorí­as Pavo, 4onzas 153 calorí­as Salsa para el pavo o ‘gravy’, 1 taza 188 calorí­as Salsa de carne o ‘gravy’, …