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Why Parents and Pupils Are Finding Healthy Packed Lunches Hard to Stomach

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

Guest author Charlotte E.L. Evans, University of Leeds Despite campaigns by household-name chefs, a survey of primary school children’s packed lunches in 2016 has revealed that they are still of poor quality and rarely meet all the food-based standards set for school meals. Vegetables and salad in particular are largely absent from packed lunches while snack foods such as crisps and …

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Will This Formula Make My Baby Cry Less?

In All, Food Products, Nutrition by Keri Szejda

What type and quantity of research should back statements placed on the product labels of infant formula? Today the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has made the case for scientific rigor, publishing draft guidelines for infant formula manufacturers and distributers regarding the research that should substantiate certain product label claims. The document is titled Substantiation for Structure/Function Claims Made in Infant Formula Labels and …

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One More Day for Public Comment on the FDA’s “Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals”

In All, Food Products, Nutrition by Keri Szejda

Americans consume about 50% more sodium than recommended. Sodium is a mineral necessary for our body to function properly. But too much sodium is associated with high blood pressure, which in turn is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Nearly all of the sodium in our diet comes from consuming sodium chloride, otherwise known as salt. But the salt shaker is not …

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News Brief: FDA Plans to Reevaluate Food Labeling Regulations

In All, Food Products, General, Nutrition by Keri Szejda

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon reevaluate federal regulations on “Nutrient Content Claims”. Nutrient Content Claims refer to product labels that characterize the levels of nutrients in food (whether directly or by implication). The FDA announcement follows a kerfuffle between the FDA and KIND LLC regarding the use of labels such as “healthy” on their products, …

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Which foods are “healthy”?

In All, Food Products, General, Nutrition, Research Brief by Keri Szejda

Curious whether nutritionists and the public have a clear and consistent idea about what foods are “healthy”? The New York Times surveyed nutritionists and members of the public and asked them to make simple assessments about 52 food items: Is the food “healthy,” “unhealthy,” or “I don’t know”? The nutritionists – 672 of them – were all members of the …

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GM food labeling: risk communication researcher finds that consumers desire transparency and input in decision making

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition, Research Brief by Guest Author

Guest article by Katherine McComas, Professor of Communication, Cornell University; Graham Dixon, Assistant Professor of Science and Risk Communication, Washington State University, and John Besley, Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, Michigan State University The fast-approaching July 1, 2016, deadline for Vermont’s new labeling law – and a new federal proposal that would set a national system for disclosure – for …

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Raise a cup — of coffee; WHO no longer says it can cause cancer

In All, Food Products, General, Nutrition by Keri Szejda

Since 1991, coffee has been saddled with the label, “possibly causes cancer.” As of June 15, coffee got a clean bill of health. The International Agency for Research on Cancer – or IARC – is the WHO agency that evaluates evidence and scientific research on cancer. In 1991 the agency classified coffee as a category 2B carcinogen, which, in effect, …

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Worried about arsenic in your baby’s rice cereal? There are other foods that can provide essential iron

In All, Food Products, General, Nutrition by Keri Szejda

Last month, the FDA proposed setting a limit of 100 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal. This proposal came after FDA analysis of research linking inorganic arsenic exposure to lung and bladder cancer, adverse pregnancy outcomes and decreased performance on children’s developmental tests. The FDA tested 76 samples of infant rice cereal and found that only …