Saturday, October 18, 2014

Is This Ketchup What You Would Buy?

Hunts Ketchup Front
Spotted in the wild – Hunt’s “100% Natural” Tomato Ketchup. The Con-Agra owned brand boast No preservatives, and No high fructose corn syrup on the front of pack. This is the copy on the back:
“From the tomato experts: Hunt’s ketchup contains absolutely no high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients or preservatives, letting the natural flavor of the tomato shine through.”
Does all this make Hunt’s Ketchup a healthy product?
Not necessarily.
A serving of ketchup is 1 tablespoon and it has 20 calories, all from carbs. 16 of those calories are from sugars, the equivalent of 1 teaspoon. Now, this may seem like a trivial amount of sugar, but who stops at just one tbsp of ketchup? Finishing off a burger with fries requires at least 3 to 4 servings of ketchup.
On to the ingredient list:
tomato concentrate made from vine ripened tomatoes, sugar, distilled vinegar, salt, less than 2% of onion powder, garlic powder, natural flavors.
Comparing this ingredient list to that of market leader Heinz, the only difference is the use of sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. On the other hand, Heinz is slightly lower in calories and sodium compared to Hunt’s.
Both brands employ a high amount of salt -which is natural – but not healthy, at 190 mg per serving (8% of the recommended daily max in such a tiny serving).
Both brands use “natural flavors” as a means to make the ketchup tasty. In fact, that’s what gives the ketchup its ketchup flavor.  Companies add flavorings to make products taste better. They are created in a lab and the formulations are guarded as trade secrets.
Flavorings can compensate for flavor loss during processing, substitute for ingredients, lower production costs and increase shelf stability. Natural flavorings are more expensive to source than artificial flavors, but brands use them so they can make bold claims on their product package.
People sensitive to MSG, on plant-based diets and those with allergies should pay special attention to the phrase “natural flavorings” since glutamates, animal products or allergens may be hiding in “natural flavors.”
Bottom line: This ketchup is not a health food. “100% Natural” does not mean it is healthy, even if the manufacturer wants you to think so.
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My Best to You, Dr. Kathleen Fuller

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Where Do Dietary Patterns and Nutrient Quality Fit Into Sustainability?

By Project Manager at Dairy Council of CaliforniaTop Contributor
The National Geographic series “EAT: The New Food Revolution” showcases the challenge of feeding 9 billion people around the global dinner table by 2050.

Sustainability often focuses on adequate calories and food production. However, in an interesting play on words, the series also reminds viewers that food sustains them. It is time to consider the many aspects of sustainable nutrition, from nutrient density of foods to the economic and social aspects of food choice that include cultural norms, preferences and consumer behavior (taste, cost and convenience).

Learn how Health Professionals can put sustainable nutrition in context in order to help consumers create and adopt food patterns that are nutritious, good for the planet and include all food groups. Read the newsletter at

Find out how to explain the aspects of sustainable nutrition to consumer from improving their carbon footprint to understanding biotechnology:

What will you do, or what do you already do, make it easier for your clients/consumers to understand the concept of sustainable diets?
This is interesting but I personally don't believe in drinking milk as an adult.  I do drink almond milk.  
My Best to You, Dr.Kathleen Fuller

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Building Body Image One Selfie a Moment

    Building body image one selfie at a time

    Unique downtown space celebrates individuality

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    Artist Kal Barteski takes a selfie in the glassed-in space she created to promote positive body-image messages. The space is at the Women's Health Clinic on Graham Avenue.
    Artist Kal Barteski takes a selfie in the glassed-in space she created to promote positive body-image messages. The space is at the Women's Health Clinic on Graham Avenue.

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    My Best to You, Dr. Kathleen Fuller

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    Trust or Not to TrustCoke & Pepsi’s Calorie Reduction Pledge

    6 Reasons Not to Trust Coke & Pepsi’s Calorie Reduction Pledge

    pepsi cup on its side
    Bill Clinton, junk food loving President turned vegan advocate, brought the 3 largest soft drink makers together this week to pledge what seems like a drastic reduction in calories in the coming years.
    Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr. Pepper Snapple committed to a 20% reduction in beverage calories by 2025. The announcement was made at the Clinton Global Initiative, an annual conference of world leaders in New York.
    According to a press release by the American Beverage Association, beverage companies will take a two-pronged approach:
    1. Focus on marketing beverage options to help consumers reduce calories consumed, including smaller portion sizes, water, and other no- or lower-calorie beverages.
    2. Educate on a community level in order to get people to drink more bottled water products. Calorie information will be made readily available.

    Here’s our analysis:
    1. The soft drink industry is up to its old tricks again, and this is nothing more than a PR stunt. Soft drink sales have been in a steep decline in the last decade, and this trend is expected to continue. This means that a 20% calorie reduction was likely going to happen in any case.
    2. Even if the reduction won’t happen, who will keep Pepsi Co accountable? None of the CEOs will be around in 10 years, nor will any of the PR folks currently working on this spin. But this does not matter; what’s important is a big splashy announcement today.
    3. “Low or no calorie beverage options” means drinks with artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners are rife with problems including potential carcinogenicity and interference with metabolism. Recent studies indicate that aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose have a deleterious effect on blood sugar levels, increasing the chance for obesity and diabetes.
    4. Artificial sweeteners have not helped America slim down.
    5. Bottled water is better than a Coke, but even better is tap water. The plastic waste from bottles is cluttering our planet at an alarming rate. Less than 25% of plastic bottles ever get recycled.
    6. The beverage industry likes to partner with public and private health initiatives in order to portray itself as part of the solution to obesity, not the problem. However, soft drinks are the top single source of sugar in the American diet. They are a very big problem. While the industry CEOs high-five Bill Clinton, their companies continue to market to kids, utilize athletes and celebrities to market “cool”, and fight any attempts to curb sales of jumbo sized drinks.

    The following are but a few of the 2013 Diet Books that were published. I had no idea there were so many.  Remember Diets don't work.  The weight is usually gained back in a year.  Drinking sodas doesn't work for a healthy body either.  

    My Best to You, Dr. Kathleen Fuller