During a Live Chat session following an appearance on Good Morning America last week, I received a number of good questions from the audience about food products, ingredients and their impact on diet, health and obesity. While my focus was on simple ways to help lower caloric intake for those who are struggling with their diet, the most common questions raised were concerns about the “toxins” in our foods and beverages, particularly as it related to
As Ronald Reagan once said: “There you go again.” The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is once again at their litigious best. They are challenging The Coca-Cola Company for their claims surrounding their Glaceau VitaminWater brand, citing the use of terms such as “defense,” “rescue,” “energy,” and “endurance” as misleading “health buzz words.” They also note that each bottle contains 33 grams sugar which they suggest will
Several grocery chains are implementing new labels to help the consumer identify which products might be more healthy than others. The Healthy Ideas program, just introduced by two northeastern chains, Stop & Shop and Giant Food, is designed to identify varying degrees that products conform to federal guidelines for better-for-you foods. This means that products containing at least one nutritious ingredient, such as calcium, in concert with lower levels of fat or cholesterol will qualify for the designation.