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How To Choose Between Free-Range, Free-Run, Organic And Conventional Eggs

How To Choose Between Free-Range, Free-Run, Organic And Conventional Eggs

Eggs can come with a lot of labels these days — free-range, organic, cage-free. How is a consumer to know which ones are the best choice? Here’s the breakdown of what all those labels on your eggs mean. 1. Conventional eggs: These eggs often don’t have their harvesting practices labelled, and are usually the least expensive. In conventional systems, four hens are typically housed in each two-square-foot battery cage, in barns containing thousands of birds. This makes them prone to…

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Sugar’s On The Food Label, But You’ll Have To Guess How Much Has Been ‘added’

Sugar’s On The Food Label, But You’ll Have To Guess How Much Has Been ‘added’

Lobbying by food industry means Canada food labels won’t list ‘added sugar’ There are 152 ways to say “sugar” on a food label. It can be called isomaltulose, agave, barley malt, sorghum or brown rice syrup, even potato syrup solids. All of those obscure synonyms will be listed in one convenient place on the food label, behind the word “sugar,” as Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Wednesday. But you will still never know how much of that sugar was deliberately…

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Health Minister Jane Philpott announces new food labelling, marketing regulations

Health Minister Jane Philpott announces new food labelling, marketing regulations

Canada to follow World Health Organization recommendations released in 2010 The federal government is overhauling Canada’s healthy eating guidelines with a sweeping strategy that will include new rules for marketing and labelling certain foods aimed at children. Health Minister Jane Philpott said the “iconic” Canada Food Guide has not kept up with the country’s changing demographics and lifestyles. “The classic one-size-fits-all guide no longer meets the needs of Canadians,” she said in a Montreal speech. Philpott said the guide must…

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Top 11 Most Common Nutrition Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Top 11 Most Common Nutrition Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Nutrition is full of misinformation. Everyone seems to “know” what is right, most often based on zero evidence. Here are the top 11 most common nutrition mistakes that people keep repeating. 1. Drinking Fruit Juice Fruit juice isn’t always what it seems to be. It is often little more than water mixed with sugar and some kind of fruit concentrate. In many cases, there isn’t any actual fruit in there, just chemicals that taste like fruit. But even IF you’re…

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Allergic to flossing? It can happen, small study finds

Allergic to flossing? It can happen, small study finds

A Winnipeg researcher says that some people actually have a flossing allergy that affects the gums, but it’s very rare. Many Canadians like to joke that they are “allergic to flossing,” which is why they never do it. A report earlier this month seemed to let them off the hook, revealing there wasn’t a lot of evidence to support the practice. Many dentists immediately scrambled to insist that flossing is as important as ever for preventing gum disease. But a…

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Best before dates and expiry dates: 5 things you may not know

Best before dates and expiry dates: 5 things you may not know

People often confuse best before dates and expiry dates By Aleksandra Sagan, CBC News     Mar 25, 2015  Steak, eggs, canned soup — all kinds of fridge and pantry staples have a best before date on the packaging. People often confuse best before dates with expiration dates, but the two labels tell consumers very different things. “It’s confusing,” says Ellie Topp, a professional home economist. “[The best before] date has nothing to do with the safety of the food….

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The Dirty Secrets of 'Clean' Labels

The Dirty Secrets of 'Clean' Labels

By Brenda Goodman, MA     WebMD Health News    Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD    July 23, 2015  Consumers have become deeply distrustful of their food. There’s Samantha Adams, who had her “aha moment” when she happened to read the label of the barbecue sauce she was feeding her 1-year-old. “I couldn’t believe the No. 1 ingredient was high-fructose corn syrup,” says Adams, 30, who lives in Jackson, N.J. “I had no idea that things were like that….

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Flavor-Boosting Ingredient Carries Risks for Some

Flavor-Boosting Ingredient Carries Risks for Some

By Bara Vaida, Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on June 16, 2015 July 23, 2015 – Lisa Baxter carefully reads food ingredient labels when she buys groceries. She carries around a list of things she can and can’t eat, and she has to be extra cautious of food ingredients using the word “phosphate.” Phosphates leave a metallic taste in her mouth, and they make her very itchy. “I feel like I have fleas,” says Baxter, 52, a social worker from…

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What Does That Grocery Label Mean?

What Does That Grocery Label Mean?

By Leslie Young    Investigative Reporter   Global News A huge number of labels appear on supermarket foods, but their meaning might be confusing. Here is a look at some of the most common labels. Organic Organic foods are certified by an outside body to contain at least 95 per cent organic ingredients. However, the “organic” label is only certified when a food is traded over provincial or national borders. While some provinces have certifications for organic products within their…

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Orange juice: Is 'premium'juice actually more natural?

Orange juice: Is 'premium'juice actually more natural?

‘Premium’ juice can be highly processed, Marketplace investigation finds By Megan Griffith-Greene / Marketplace, CBC News Posted: Jan 16, 2015  The cartons say “100% pure and natural.” But juice-drinkers who believe that premium juice is minimally processed and freshly made may find that their glass is only half full. A joint investigation by CBC Marketplace and Radio-Canada’s L’épicerie reveals that much of the premium not-from-concentrate orange juice on the market, including juices from Tropicana, Simply Orange, Oasis and others, is…

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