food labels

FDA’s New Food Label: Serving Up a Reality Check

Posted on 02/27/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAfter 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, …

5 Gross Things You Didn’t Know Were in Your Food

Posted on 10/28/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s amazing what food labels don’t tell you. For instance, what exactly is “natural flavoring” or a mysterious ingredient like L-cysteine? And then there are the things that aren’t even listed on the label that are even more worrisome. Here are some of the hair-raising things that might be in your next bite of food. Castoreum. This is one of those “natural flavoring” additives. It comes from the scent glands of a beaver, which are located near the anus. (Yes, …

Food Labels: Don’t Believe the ‘Use By’ Date

Posted on 09/19/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDo you throw out food when it’s past the “use by” or “sell by” date on the label, thinking it’s no longer safe to eat? Then you’re making the same mistake that 91 percent of Americans — myself included — make: namely, prematurely tossing billions of pounds of food (and wasting lots of money) every year because we think those dates indicate food safety. In actuality, the dates stamped on food products are set by manufacturers primarily to help retailers …

Gluten-Free Foods Get New FDA Rules

Posted on 08/2/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAfter more than six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration has announced new standards for foods labeled “gluten-free,” a step the agency said would help the 3 million people with celiac disease who cannot digest the naturally occurring protein. Gluten is primarily found in wheat, as well as in some other grains like barley, rye and triticale. It can cause bloating, pain and inflammation of the small intestine in people with celiac disease. The only way to avoid …

Antibiotic-Free Meat: What The Label Isn’t Telling You

Posted on 07/12/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe label on the package of ground beef says “all-natural.” What the heck does that mean? Or how about the turkey tenderloin label that says the meat is “antibiotic-free” — can you trust it? While most consumers would like to be able to buy meat or poultry raised without antibiotics — and would even pay a little more for it, according to a new Consumer Reports survey — the problem is determining whether that “antibiotic-free” label really means what it …