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Functional illiteracy and food labels Food labels look so simple! They give you all of the information that you need to have in order to follow a healthy diet — how much of a given food constitutes a single serving and how much of each nutrient it contains. Nothing could be easier to understand, right? In itself, yes. Unfortunately, though, the rate of functional...

As we begin to enter a more health conscious era, an increasing number of individuals are yearning to know how many calories they consume at their favorite restaurant. Knowing exactly how many calories you’re consuming can help your weight loss efforts by helping you stay under your daily calorie quota. But does adding calorie advice on menus really help you lose...

During 2009 the Food and Drug administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to General Mills Company. In the correspondence was a warning implying the breakfast cereal Cheerios is misbranded due to incorrect health claims? The claim was made because the breakfast cereal sounds like a drug more than a cereal food. The problem focuses on the claims it is used to mitigate, prevent...

The discussion has continued for years over the benefits of “organic” vegetables, fruits, meat and poultry over the non-organic foods found in most super markets. Many markets have a special section set aside for organic fruits and vegetables that are often more expensive than the other varieties. Meat and poultry can also be labeled “organic” or...