Tagged Food Labels

What You Need To Know About Citric Acid

Citric acid is one of the most common food additives in use today.  You may think it is a harmless derivative of lemons, and that used to be so.  Today’s citric acid is a whole different story.  Here’s what you need to know about this pervasive ingredient. Among the peculiar names that you will find…

Ecodynamic dates at Flying Disc Ranch

Flying Disc Ranch Eco-dynamic Desert Oasis

Robert Lower has created a thriving farm in the desert using sustainable design and cultivation methods such as permaculture and eco-dynamics.  His soaring date trees and fragrant citrus grove is evocative of an ancient Mesopotamian garden oasis. Situated in Coachella, California, is a lush desert plantation of date and citrus trees at Robert Lower’s Flying…

Is Organic Baby Food Worth The Cost?

A closer look at what’s in the jar The Alternative Health Journal recently studied over 100 baby foods and found that many contain ingredients that are not necessary to a baby’s diet, let alone health. Results concluded that many commercial baby foods contain high quantities of sugar and trans fats; both ingredients that are not considered to be healthy for adults, much less babies. Even organic brands are not exempt from this, as one popular organic baby food brand was shown to contain high sodium levels. BPA Metal lids on jarred baby foods can contain Bisphenol A—more commonly known as…

Drought And Our Staple Crops

Reading Labels: Sugar Where it Doesn’t Belong

You may think you know how much sugar you are eating, but if you buy ready made foods, even in so called health-food stores, you may be consuming more sugar than you ever imagined. Why wait for dessert when you can have sugar at every course?  Buying processed foods may mean you are bathing your…

What’s In Your Processed Food? Sugar.

When you see the label All Natural on a package of processed food, it doesn’t mean much. Another day of supermarket sleuthing yields yet more sugar in the form of a double hit of maltodextrin. Yum! So, how many of you actually keep maltodextrin stocked in your pantry? It’s highly processed, but not synthetic, so…

Panettone: Read the Label

Do cage-free eggs make up for mono and diglycerides in your baked goods? Panettone is a Milanese specialty that’s enjoyed throughout Italy as a Christmas treat. Making it takes a long time, and it’s expensive, since it’s enriched with egg yolks and butter. Needless to say, the resulting tall, round and flavorful bread is well…

Natural vs Organic Meat

When it comes to meat labeling, nothing is as confusing as understanding the difference between Natural and Organic meat. Here’s what you need to know about the Natural label.

What Is Organic Meat?

What does the certified organic label on meat actually mean? Some consumers mistakenly assume it represents the highest standard of nutrition, humane treatment of animals and sound ecological practices.

Choosing Chicken: The Label Game

What’s with all these labels?  Organic, free range, cage free—find out how to select the best chicken and why it matters. I’m looking for a real chicken.  It used to be a simple affair—picking out a chicken at the market to bring home for dinner.  Now I am confronted with a raft of labels to…

How Pet Food Is Made

Pet food has become a convenient market for waste from meat and grain producers which are deemed inedible to humans. But what are these ingredients?

humane certified eggs at Coastal Hill Farm

How To Choose The Best Eggs

Certified organic, free range, cage free. There are so many options when buying eggs, but what do they mean, other than a steep price premium? Author Eden Canon takes a closer look at labels, in search of a healthy, ethically produced egg.

Organic Certification: Farmers Weigh The Costs

Some farmers who practice organic farming, and even those whose methods achieve a higher level of environmental and ethical cultivation, have decided against getting certified organic. Farmers share their thoughts about the pros and cons of certification.

The Secret Language Of Pet Food Labels

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently. Names like ‘chicken formula for cats’ and ‘beef flavored dog food’ are actually regulated to mean very specific things in the US. Understanding the code can help you select the best product for your pet.