Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
http://foodbabe.com/2014/08/25/starbucks-pumpkin-spice-latte/ This link is very informative. Check it out.
Take a look at this product. It’s brand name includes the word “organic”. It is “made with organic wheat flour & organic sugar”. If you are a consumer interested in buying certified organic products, you may be tempted to buy it.
However, it is actually NOT a certified organic product. You have been duped. None of this product’s other ingredients are organic.
The USDA has issued updated instruction to manufacturers warning them that this type of product packaging can be misleading to consumers:
While we believe that the term, “organic,” in a brand name context does not inherently imply an organic production or handling claim and, thus, does not inherently constitute a false or misleading statement, we intend to monitor the use of the term in the context of the entire label. We will consult with the FTC and FDA regarding product and company names that may misrepresent the nature of the product and take action on a case-by-casebasis.
Basically, Newman’s Own and other manufacturers could find themselves being reprimanded by the FDA or FTC. Since there is no clear-cut decision here, some manufacturers will continue to dupe consumers and take the risk of regulatory action, while others will figure out a safer solution.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
In recent decades, food technology has progressed at such a pace that we now have thousands of chemicals being used as additives in beverages and foods. There are over 9000 additives today compared to 800 fifty years ago.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal regulatory body charged with protecting consumers from, among others, harmful ingredients added to foods. Unfortunately, the FDA has been doing a lousy job. This is due to 2 key factors:
1. Lack of resources as compared to the trillion dollar food industry
2. Politics – Our congresspeople are controlled by business interests, and it is our lawmakers that define what the FDA may or may not do to regulate food additives.
Currently, a voluntary certification system is the only mechanism standing in the way of new chemical compound before it becomes a part of your protein bar. Yes, it sounds crazy, but it’s true. A company creates a new ingredient, tests it for safety on its own, and then notifies the FDA that the product is safe for use by submitting a short summary of the research. The under-staffed, hapless FDA can’t really do anything with this information. This rubber stamp process allows the new ingredient to be labeled GRAS – Generally Recognized as Safe.
While food companies amass the profits, it is we the consumers who pay the price. Recent examples of problematic ingredients are are carrageenan which causes gastrointestinal distress in some people, and a concentrated green tea extract called EGCG, which may introduce toxins into the kidneys and liver.
The FDA has been petitioned by consumer advocacy groups many times over the years, but it seems that it doesn’t have the will or the power to protect us.
Our advice is to be an educated consumer. Learn to read ingredients lists and understand what’s in them. Then make an informed buying decision.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Processed foods are filled with ingredients that are created to artificially enhance the taste of food – and create the craving for more.
Monday, September 15, 2014
We're media students at the University of Amsterdam. For the course "Media Activism" we were assigned to create something that expressed our views on a certain topic. We wanted to do a video and as we have both struggled with body image, this seemed like the perfect topic to create a video about. Not only do we hope that this video will grant us an "AVV", but we also truly hope that this video will somehow help girls.
Be EducatedMany individuals are unaware of the unrealistic standards of beauty that are often idealized in media. Becoming educated with media literacy can be instrumental in helping young people evaluate advertising content more critically . Local schools and colleges may offer these types of programs that can offer greater understanding into the complexities of media and advertising.