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Hellmann’s called. It wants its mojo back

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Hellmann’s called. It wants its mojo back

Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise was smeared across the news last fall, thanks to a lawsuit filed by its parent company, Unilever, against fledgling vegan “mayo” purveyor Hampton Creek. The case rested on the notion that Hampton Creek’s flagship product, Just Mayo, is not, in fact, mayo, according to the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of...

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The Marco Polo exception to Locavory

May 12, 2015
By Ari
The Marco Polo exception to Locavory

The question of how far food should travel between where it is produced and where it is consumed has become a frequent matter of passionate debate. The popular rule of thumb is that the more local the food, the better it is, and we’ve all heard of the many purported benefits that eating locally...

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Healthy, defined

May 12, 2015
By Ari

The FDA wrote a rather unkind letter to the makers of Kind Bar brand granola bars in March, accusing the company of mislabeling its product. When the letter was posted to the FDA website on April 13, it caused quite a stir. The agency took pointed issue with the use of the word “Healthy”...

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Dying to lose weight

May 12, 2015
By Ari

Americans spend about 33 billion dollars a year on dietary supplements, many of which promise things like weight-loss, enhanced cognitive function, and increased muscle mass. According to Dr. Pieter Cohen, a practicing MD and professor at Harvard University, supplements purporting such benefits-in particular weight-loss pills-can largely be divided into two categories: those that work,...

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A street smart hen

May 12, 2015
By Ari
A street smart hen

There are many ways that a hen can die. If you raise them long enough, you’ll see your share. I’ve been keeping hens since before it was even legal in my hometown, since before anyone in Brooklyn or Portland had even heard of a chicken. Along the way, in both the city and the...

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Sugar: the new tobacco

May 12, 2015
By Ari

We know foods like donuts and soda can make you fat, but the effects of sugar on the liver and brain are less well-known. Dietary sugar can fry your liver in much the same way that alcohol can. This in turn can hurt your brain, leaving you with dementia-like symptoms decades too soon. Most...

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A crypto-Jewish Passover

May 12, 2015
By Ari
A crypto-Jewish Passover

While dining at a Mexican restaurant in Albuquerque, NM, I was shocked to eat something that reminded of my mom’s East Coast Jewish cooking. I had taken a chance on a bowl of meatball soup called alb√≥ndigas, as it was a dish I’d never heard of and I was feeling adventurous. I was delivered...

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Funky Food Additives

May 12, 2015
By Ari

Processed foods take the heat for a variety of heath issues. Foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, for example, are known to cause high blood sugar and obesity. Several studies in the last year have helped uncover an entirely new mechanism by which many metabolic disorders can be triggered. Certain additives that are...

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St. Parsnip’s Day

May 12, 2015
By Ari

Nothing against corn beef and cabbage, but the parsnip is quietly, quintessentially Irish to me, and not simply because it’s so pale. The taproot has a subtly sweet character and stubborn perseverance that says Ireland, especially this time of year when the Irish parsnip harvest is in full swing. And it’s worth remembering that...

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Artificial colors: not too pretty when you think about it

May 12, 2015
By Ari

Nestle recently announced plans to remove all artificial colors and flavors from its candy bars. The company said it was doing so in response to consumer preferences, not because there was anything dangerous about the artificial products they were using. Nestle isn’t the only company making the switch. Hershey’s is beginning its journey in...

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