FLR 026: On Cancer, Cured Meats, and Ultra-Processed Foods

May 1, 2018

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  None

In this episode, I’ll hit the newsstands for stories about the relationship of cancer and processed foods.  A breakthrough study published in January rocks the world.  Foods can kill, but which ones? We need to choose carefully.   At the end of the show, I’ll investigate a new product hitting the grocery store shelves.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

The podcast can be subscribed to at the iTunes store or using most of the podcast apps available for smart phones or tablets.  Just search under Food Labels Revealed.

References:

American Cancer Society

https://www.cancer.org/

Genome Magazine:  “Aging Immune System May Explain Cancer Better Than Genetic Mutations

http://tinyurl.com/y6w33mv2

Medical Express:  “Scientists Suggest That Cancer Is Purely Man-Made”

http://tinyurl.com/ycav2j2n

CBS News:  “The Connection Between Diet and Cancer

http://tinyurl.com/y9l4eh9p

Straits Times:  “WHO Classifies Processed Meat As Carcinogenic …”

http://tinyurl.com/owwnfqy

The Truth About Cancer:  “Top 10 Cancer-Causing Foods …”

http://tinyurl.com/ybpqf8l5

Science Based Medicine:  “Everything We Eat Causes Cancer”

http://tinyurl.com/y98mo8m6

British Medical Journal:  “Consumption of Ultra-Processed Foods and Cancer Risk”

https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k322

Larabar (website)

https://www.larabar.com/

 

Music:

Intro music is the "Peter Gunn Theme" by Henri Mancini

Outro music is "Fluffing the Duck" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

 

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FLR 025: The Hidden Ingredients in Beer

March 31, 2018

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  Dimethyl Dicarbonate (DMDC)

In today’s show, beer is on the table.  Have a seat and let’s talk about it.  I’ll explore a short history of beer.  Who regulates beer in the US?  What must beer makers disclose on labels?  What are both the expected ingredients in beer and what are some of the hidden ingredients? At the end of the show, we’ll get a brief look at a new product hitting the grocery store shelves.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

The podcast can be subscribed to at the iTunes store or using most of the podcast apps available for smart phones or tablets.  Just search under Food Labels Revealed.

References:

MillerCoors Nutritional Info (Webpage)

https://www.millercoors.com/sites/millercoors/files/Nutritional-Information.pdf

Anheuser-Busch Nutritional Info (Webpage)

http://www.tapintoyourbeer.com/index.cfm

Moor Beer - Using Adjuncts in Beer (Website)

https://www.morebeer.com/articles/brewing_with_adjuncts

Greatest Beers of the World – Beer Adjuncts (Website)

http://www.greatestbeersoftheworld.com/2013/02/ingredient-series-adjuncts/

TTB Recently Approved Adjuncts (Website)

https://www.ttb.gov/beer/approved_adjuncts.shtml

Coming Soon:  Nutrition Labels for Beer (Website)

https://blog.watson-inc.com/nutri-knowledge/coming-soon-nutrition-labels-for-beer

Krispy Kreme Reese’s Peanut Butter Doughnut (Website)

http://www.krispykreme.com/ReesesEggDoughnut

 

Music:

Intro music is the "Peter Gunn Theme" by Henri Mancini

Outro music is "Comfortable Mystery 3" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

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FLR 024: What Is Your Food Ingredient Score #2

February 28, 2018

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  none

THE INGREDIENT SCORE RETURNS!  In today’s show, we’re going to delve into your knowledge of food ingredients.  Yes, that means a quiz, BUT don’t panic.  Don’t get nervous.  Don’t get your cheat notes out.  It’s all for fun and education.  In the second part of the podcast, I return to the feature called “New Food Inventions” to take a look at a new food product hitting the grocery store shelves.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

The podcast can be subscribed to at the iTunes store or using most of the podcast apps available for smart phones or tablets.  Just search under Food Labels Revealed.

References:

American Heart Association

https://healthyforgood.heart.org/Eat-smart/Articles/Trans-Fat

FDA:  Standard of Identity for Ice Cream

https://www.registrarcorp.com/fda-standard-of-identity-ice-cream/

Breyer’s Ice Cream – Hershey’s Caramel Kisses

http://www.breyers.ca/product/detail/1134013/hersheys-kisses

Wikipedia - Nauru

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nauru

Wikipedia - Acrylamide

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrylamide

COYO Yogurt

http://coyo.com/us/story/

Music:

Intro music is the "Peter Gunn Theme" by Henri Mancini

Outro music is "Not As It Seems" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

 

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FLR 023: On Insects, Arsenic, Potato Chips, and Taxes

January 31, 2018

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  none

In this episode I hit the newsstands once again to comment on articles dealing with insects, arsenic, snacks, and taxes.  But I don’t want to spoil it for you by revealing any details here.  To find out what’s going on, just sit back, relax, and listen to the show.  

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

The podcast can be subscribed to at the iTunes store or using most of the podcast apps available for smart phones or tablets.  Search under Food Labels Revealed.

References:

Food Ingredients First Online:  “Novel Natural Ingredients"

http://tinyurl.com/y7jyxwza

Chocolaty Chip Mealworm Cookies (website)

http://tinyurl.com/y8gq7wwu

Pueblo Chieftain Online:  “Experts: Simple Fix to Woes About Arsenic in Baby Food”

http://tinyurl.com/ydbormrr

The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison (book)

http://tinyurl.com/y6wpfbjb

Food Safety Magazine Online:  “The Bane of Snack Foods: Acrylamide”

http://tinyurl.com/y7jaudpf

Scientific American Online: “A Sugar Tax Is Not Enough”

http://tinyurl.com/ycdfwp7f

The Guardian Online: “Australian Medical Association Wants Tax on Sugary Drinks and Ban on Junk Food Ads”

http://tinyurl.com/y8gpnjpj

 

Music:

Intro music is "Peter Gunn Theme" by Henri Mancini

Outro music is "Deadly Roulette" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

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FLR 022: Obesity – A Consequence of Eating Processed Food?

December 31, 2017

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  none

In this episode, I hit the news stands and comment on articles dealing with the obesity crisis in the world and the connection between obesity and the consumption of processed foods.  Along the way, I’ll be answering questions about (1) What the heck is BMI?; (2) Which countries have the highest obesity percentages?  That’s a shocker!; (3)  What are the stats for obesity in the USA?; (4) How is the USA contributing to Mexico’s rising obesity rate?; and (5) Is this a runaway epidemic or can something be done about it?

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

The podcast can be subscribed to at the iTunes store.  Search under Food Labels Revealed.

References:

World Obesity organization

https://www.worldobesity.org/

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss (book)

http://tinyurl.com/yay26g9r

Fortune Magazine online:  “Obesity in America Keeps Getting Worse”

http://tinyurl.com/ya67rt2m

Wikipedia article on BMI

http://tinyurl.com/mumox5r

Guardian Newspaper online:  “The US is Exporting Obesity”

http://tinyurl.com/ydb2dr32

Public Radio Inc online:  “Fat and Fatter: The World’s 10 Fattest Countries 2010”

http://tinyurl.com/yd7nwkdr

World Diabetes Foundation:  Article on Diabetes in the Marshall Islands

http://tinyurl.com/y8lf6jmc

New York Times online:  “A Nasty NAFTA-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity”

http://tinyurl.com/y76uxym5

Harvard Health Publishing: “More Than Half of Today’s Children Will Be Obese Adults”

http://tinyurl.com/ydc6hnwx

Newsweek online:  “New Study Finds World Obesity Dramatically Increase by 10-Fold in 40 Years

http://tinyurl.com/y7kaaxg8

The Daily Campus: “Childhood Obesity Is a Problem”

http://tinyurl.com/y7dggfaq

 

Music:

Intro music is "Peter Gunn Theme" by Henri Mancini

Outro music is "Comfortable Mystery 3" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

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FLR 021: Infant Formula - A World of Controversy

December 1, 2017

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY polylactose

This episode explores the touchy subject of feeding babies human milk vs. infant formula, an ongoing controversial subject.  What’s the history behind infant formula?  Is it new or old?  What are the ingredients in infant formula?  Can they be harmful?  Should this highly processed food be fed to newborns?  These and other topics are explored in this show.    

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

The podcast can be subscribed to at the iTunes store.  Search under Food Labels Revealed.

References:

Home Page for Mead Johnson’s Enfamil Products

https://www.enfamil.com/

Center for Disease Control: Breastfeeding Rates Continue to Rise [website]

http://tinyurl.com/y6upcxq4

National Institutes of Health: Human Milk Composition [website]

http://tinyurl.com/y7n2f6n3

National Institutes of Health: A History of Infant Feeding [website]

http://tinyurl.com/yb4fffvc

DHA and ARA in Infant Formula

From Food Standards Australia New Zealand, June 2003

Downloadable Word document

Healthy Children.org: History of Infant Formula [website]

http://tinyurl.com/y9evljub

Domestic Geek Girl: A History of Baby Formula [website]

http://tinyurl.com/ybwsgyno

Dr. John McDougall:  Infant Formula [website]

http://tinyurl.com/y7nljpv9

Parents Choice Formula:  What Should We Feed Baby [website]

http://tinyurl.com/y7sqx4mg

BBC.com:  Breastfeeding – Was There Ever a Golden Age? [website]

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-25629934

Music:

Intro music is "Peter Gunn Theme" by Henri Mancini

Outro music is "Comfortable Mystery 3" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

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FLR 020: Delving into Chocolate, “Food of the Gods”

October 31, 2017

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  polyglycerol polyricinoleate

Today’s show is all about chocolate.  Do you have a chocolate craving?  Listen and find out why.  Along the way, you’ll hear about how Christopher Columbus stumbled upon chocolate and didn’t know what he found, what is Dutch cocoa and what’s special about it, what the heck is conching, why milk chocolate took so long to be invented, the only town in America to be named after a chocolatier, the evaluation of 3 different chocolate bars and why they are so different, and what’s so wonderful about chocolate.  Finally, a new podcast feature about processed foods will be introduced.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

The podcast can be subscribed to at the iTunes store.  Search under Food Labels Revealed.

 

References:

The True History of Chocolate by Sophie and Michael Coe [book]

http://tinyurl.com/y8ymbonm

Slave Free Chocolate [website]

http://www.slavefreechocolate.org/

Hershey Company [website]

https://www.hersheys.com

Endangered Species Chocolate [website]

http://www.chocolatebar.com/

Lindt Chocolate Company [website]

https://www.lindtusa.com/

Nuts.com [website with cacao nibs info]

https://nuts.com/

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FLR 019: The Hidden Ingredients in Wine

September 29, 2017

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  Isinglass

Today’s podcast will examine the hidden ingredients in wine.  Topics will include (1) why labels on wine bottles don’t list ingredients; (2) why some wines don’t have to list the alcohol content; (3) why wines must have a warning label; (4) what are the types of hidden ingredients and some examples of each; and (5) why some people may need to be concerned about which wines they drink.  Finally, we’ll take a brief look at a new product hitting the grocery store shelves.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

The podcast can be subscribed to at the iTunes store.  Search under Food Labels Revealed.

References:

E for Additives by Maurice Hanssen [book]

http://tinyurl.com/ydbzl844

Food Additives: Complete Description [German app]

Winemaking Info

http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/  [website]

Additives and Cleansers Used in Winemaking

http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/additives.asp  [webpage]

Info About Wine

http://winefolly.com/blog/  [blog]

Pesticides in Food

http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/  [website]

Search Guide for Organic Wine

https://organicwinefind.com/  [website]

Search Guide for Vegan Wine

http://www.barnivore.com/  [website]

 

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FLR 018: Wondering What’s in Wonder Bread?

September 1, 2017

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  Ethoxylated mono and diglycerides

The subject of this podcast’s investigation is bread, “the staff of life” and America’s favorite staple.  We’ll take a look at the most popular bread of the 20th century; how white bread emerged as the most prized food of the masses; the link between medicine, vitamins, and bread; and I’ll reveal the ingredients of 4 grocery breads from the unhealthiest to the healthiest.  Finally, we’ll get a glimpse at a new product hitting the grocery store shelves.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

The podcast can be subscribed to at the iTunes store.  Search under Food Labels Revealed.

References:

Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud by Bee Wilson

http://tinyurl.com/ydcake9y

BAKERpedia [online resource for ingredients used in the baking industry]

http://bakerpedia.com/

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FLR 017: You Scream, I Scream for Ice Cream

July 30, 2017

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY Pea Protein

In today’s show, I’m going to explore ice cream, America’s favorite summertime treat.  Here are some topics that I’ll touch upon:  What is the origin of ice cream?  What is the official federal definition of ice cream?  What’s the difference between ice cream and frozen desserts?  How do you tell the difference between a real ice cream and a fake one?  And, as usual, I’ll be looking at ingredients, particularly new ones.  The national brand Breyers will be used for all the examples in this show since that company pretty much has products for every type of ice cream known to humankind.  Lastly, details for the first book giveaway will be provided.   

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

The podcast can be subscribed to at the iTunes store.  Search under Food Labels Revealed.

References:

Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things by Charles Panati

http://tinyurl.com/yczsymvf

Federal Ice Cream Standard of Identity

http://tinyurl.com/ychs7fyf

USDA Food Composition Databases

http://tinyurl.com/h9hokm6

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