Food Labels Revealed
FLR 038:  Battle of the Faux Burgers – Impossible vs Beyond

FLR 038: Battle of the Faux Burgers – Impossible vs Beyond

April 30, 2019

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:    Leghemoglobin and Isolated Pea Protein

What’s all this buzz about fake meat lately?  It’s not fake news about real meat, but it’s real news about fake meat.  Got that?  The Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger are taking some giant bites out of the burger business.  What’s the scoop?  Why are these burgers becoming so popular and what’s really in them?  Are they healthy to eat?  Should we be eating them?  Those are the questions for today’s podcast.  Plus, as a special bonus, I will conduct a taste test of the Impossible Burger using a food eater who has never tried one.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com 

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/prophetofprocessedfood/?ref=bookmarks

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: 

Newsweek:  “What’s Going On with the Impossible Burger and the FDA?”

https://tinyurl.com/yys5myvp

Impossible Foods Website

https://impossiblefoods.com/mission

Wikipedia Article on Impossible Foods

https://tinyurl.com/y4fv3ztd

CNET YouTube Video about the Impossible Burger

https://tinyurl.com/yykgo9ya

New Food Economy:  “The Impossible Burger is Probably Safe”

https://tinyurl.com/y6m3x378

Fast Food Calories Website:  The Burger King Impossible Burger

https://tinyurl.com/y5nxkr6w

Diet Facts Website:  Nutrition Facts for Impossible Burger

https://tinyurl.com/yy77xeaa

Image Icon Website:  Impossible and Beyond Burgers Nutrition Facts

https://tinyurl.com/y6gdwu5b

Beyond Meat Website

https://www.beyondmeat.com/

Wikipedia Article on Beyond Meat

https://tinyurl.com/y3uo2ndz

CNBC YouTube Video About the Beyond Burger

https://tinyurl.com/y3523oue

Sweet Earth Foods Website

https://tinyurl.com/y2e765wf

Music:

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

Outro music is "Derp Nugget" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

FLR 037:  Pizza Chains – Pizza Hut vs Domino’s vs Papa Murphy’s

FLR 037: Pizza Chains – Pizza Hut vs Domino’s vs Papa Murphy’s

March 29, 2019

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:    Cane Sugar Fiber

In this episode, I return to fast foods and continue to ask the question, “Is fast food the same as processed food?”  This month I examine products from Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa Murphy’s, some of the most popular pizza chains in the United States.  How do they measure up against each other and how do they measure up in general in terms of their ingredients and nutritional values?  Along the way, you’ll hear a little history plus find out why some researchers think pizza has narcotic-like effects.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/prophetofprocessedfood/?ref=bookmarks

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:

Pizza Facts:

http://pizza.com/fun-facts

Top 10 Pizza Chains in America

http://mentalfloss.com/article/65518/top-10-us-pizza-chains

Pizza Hut Homepage

https://www.pizzahut.com/

While Warning About Fat, US Pushes Cheese

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us/07fat.html

Domino’s Homepage

https://www.dominos.com/en/

Papa Murphy’s Homepage

https://www.papamurphys.com/

Which Foods May Be Addictive?

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0117959

Music:

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

Outro music is "Private Eye" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

FLR 036:  Are Kid’s Cereals Just Cookies in Disguise?

FLR 036: Are Kid’s Cereals Just Cookies in Disguise?

February 28, 2019

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:    soluble corn fiber 

The program for today explores an old subject:  breakfast cereals.  I reminisce a little about the start of the podcast and will play you a never-heard-before clip.  Then I tackle the sugary realm of breakfast cereals trying to answer the question:  Is there a difference between eating cereal for breakfast and just downing cookies?  In this investigation, I take a close look at 12 cereals that you’ll likely see in your local grocery store and categorize them as good or bad.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/prophetofprocessedfood/?ref=bookmarks

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:

Ready-to-Eat Cold Cereal Facts:

https://tinyurl.com/y3yylc4n

Environmental Working Group Report on Cereals

https://tinyurl.com/y6pqnbgm

Cereal Facts from Credit Donkey

https://tinyurl.com/yyc6nlcm

Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for Children, 2002 to 2005

https://tinyurl.com/j7b2kfd

Soluble Corn Fiber

https://tinyurl.com/y5d84szl

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

https://tinyurl.com/y66glfmb

Music:

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

Outro music is "Scheming" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

FLR 035:  Best Online Resources

FLR 035: Best Online Resources

January 30, 2019

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY   none

In this abbreviated episode, you will learn about some of the online resources I use when I want to find information about processed food ingredients and their nutritional properties.  You may want to make note of these sources for future reference.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/prophetofprocessedfood/?ref=bookmarks

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: 

USDA Food Composition Database

https://tinyurl.com/yarsvshk

US Economic Research Service New Products

https://tinyurl.com/y7rxl6x4

FDA’s Substances Added to Foods

https://tinyurl.com/ybadrztl

Bakerpedia’s Index of Baking Ingredients

http://bakerpedia.com/ingredients/

Whole Foods’ Unacceptable Ingredients for Food

https://tinyurl.com/y6wutl58 

Nutrition Value Website

https://www.nutritionvalue.org/

US Government’s Dietary Guidelines

https://tinyurl.com/zys4fer

US Code of Federal Regulations & Food Standard of Identities

https://tinyurl.com/ya5wrvm2

European Food Additives and the E-Numbering System 

https://tinyurl.com/y8gurqsq

Music:

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

Outro music is "Sneaky Snitch" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

FLR 034:  On Frankenfoods, Hormone Imposters, Popcorn Lung, and FDA Embarrassments

FLR 034: On Frankenfoods, Hormone Imposters, Popcorn Lung, and FDA Embarrassments

December 30, 2018

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:    none

This is another news show relating stories that appeared in 2018.  After podcasting for 2 1/2 years, I finally get around to addressing Genetically Modified Organisms in our food supply and what our federal government is doing about them.  Then, I explore some stories about little known toxins in processed foods and why the Food & Drug Administration changed its mind about the safety of some of the common flavorings used in beverages, ice creams, candy, and baked goods.  Don't touch that processed food until you listen to this show!!!

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/prophetofprocessedfood/?ref=bookmarks

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:

Lexology Website, “USDA Proposes National Bio-engineered Food Labeling Disclosure Rules

https://tinyurl.com/y7xzonpw

D. Supra Website, “USDA Publishes Final Rule Establishing GMO Disclosure Requirements”

https://tinyurl.com/y8hhpxeg

Federal Register, “National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard”

https://federalregister.gov/d/2018-27283

Healthline.com, “Why Dining Out Can Increase Your Exposure to Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals”

https://tinyurl.com/y9rsr2x4

National Institutes of Health, “Endocrine Disrupters”

https://tinyurl.com/y7aflq9n

Science Daily, “Butter flavoring ingredient in microwave popcorn, thought safe for food industry workers, is a respiratory hazard.”

https://tinyurl.com/ydch47qz 

American Journal of Pathology, “Respiratory and Olfactory Cytotoxicity of Inhaled 2,3-Pentanedione in Sprague-Dawley Rats”

https://tinyurl.com/y8arjr5y

Fox News, “Dozens More Breakfast Foods Test Positive for Trace Amounts of Weed Killer”

https://tinyurl.com/yca4a66b

CNN, “FDA Revokes Use of Seven Food Additives.” 

https://tinyurl.com/ycxq6zs7

YouTube,  “FDA Bans These – After 50+ Years of Use!”

https://tinyurl.com/yc7hzt3b

Book:  “A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives”

https://tinyurl.com/y8alksnj

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Google Docs:  Essays on GMOs

GMOs Part 1:  We Are Immersed in a Sea of GMOs

https://tinyurl.com/yb8tbf5z

GMOs Part 2:  Ten Reasons Not to Consume GMO Products

https://tinyurl.com/y8z8xp6w

GMOs Part 3:  Examining the Benefits of GMO Crops

https://tinyurl.com/ycw9nwg5

Music:

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

Outro music is "Sneaky Snitch" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

FLR 033:  Worst of the Worst Fast Food

FLR 033: Worst of the Worst Fast Food

November 30, 2018

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY  

Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid/Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose/Sodium aluminum phosphate/Sodium erythorbate/Ammonium chloride/Calcium iodate/Calcium Citrate

The program for today continues the intermittent series on fast food restaurants.  For this episode, I wanted to see how bad it gets in terms of unhealthy food, so I searched for 3 of the worst fast food entrees served in the United States.  I think you’ll be surprised at some of the findings.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/prophetofprocessedfood/?ref=bookmarks

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:

Insider Magazine, “The Highest Calorie Menu Items You Can Order from 20 Fast-Food Chains”

https://tinyurl.com/y72hr8wu 

Eat This, “100 Unhealthiest Fast Foods on the Planet”  

https://tinyurl.com/yaoytmu7 

Burger King Restaurant

https://www.bk.com/menu 

Hardee’s Restaurant

https://tinyurl.com/yc8sfwcg

Panera Bread Restaurant

https://tinyurl.com/ydz6bxpz

Food Dive Magazine, “Pour Some Sugar on Me:  Cereal Gets Sweeter” 

https://tinyurl.com/y8u7grhz

Google Docs:  Data for Ingredients and Nutrition for Burger King, Hardee’s and Panera’s Entrees

https://tinyurl.com/y7mwf77y

https://tinyurl.com/ybr4f3eh

https://tinyurl.com/y8lmtjbd

https://tinyurl.com/ybswfd4k

https://tinyurl.com/yb6c7xmy

https://tinyurl.com/y8xr3qyq

https://tinyurl.com/y8mj7uu7

Music:

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

Outro music is "Private Eye" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

FLR 032:  What Is Your Food Ingredient Score #3

FLR 032: What Is Your Food Ingredient Score #3

October 30, 2018

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  none

In today’s show, you’ll once again get to test your knowledge of processed foods.  There will be a quiz covering the previous 7 shows, BUT don’t panic.  Don’t get nervous.  Don’t bail out on me.  What’s the worst thing that can happen?  As Alfred E. Newman used to say, “Not to worry!”  It’s all for fun and education. 

Show Notes: 

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/prophetofprocessedfood/?ref=bookmarks

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:

Consumer Reports:  “Are Banned Drugs in Your Meat?”

http://tinyurl.com/yadnkxcd

YouTube:  “What’s Really in Your Meat?” 

http://tinyurl.com/y86v5333

Music:

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

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

FLR 031:  Mexican Standoff - Chipotle vs. Taco Bell

FLR 031: Mexican Standoff - Chipotle vs. Taco Bell

September 30, 2018

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  fumaric acid

This is the second program on the subject of fast food restaurants.  I will be pitting two icons of Mexican-style food:  Chipotle Mexican Grill vs. Taco Bell.  Which is healthier?  Which is worse?  I will be analyzing both ingredients and nutrition values in a single meal in each restaurant.  Be prepared for a few surprises.  Hang onto your seats for this will be a data driven ride!    

Show Notes: 

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com 

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/prophetofprocessedfood/?ref=bookmarks 

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:

Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurant

https://www.chipotle.com/menu

Taco Bell Restaurant

https://www.tacobell.com/food

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us [Book]

http://tinyurl.com/y7v2e4mr

Google Docs:  Data for Ingredients and Nutrition for Chipotle Burrito Meal and Taco Bell Burrito Meals

http://tinyurl.com/yd9e4su9

http://tinyurl.com/y7mytmm4

http://tinyurl.com/y7ua7zkf

http://tinyurl.com/ycsyppvh

http://tinyurl.com/ybt6fuwg

Music:

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

Outro music is "Private Eye" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

FLR 030:  Hidden Ingredients in Beef

FLR 030: Hidden Ingredients in Beef

August 30, 2018

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  none

This program is another in the irregular series called "Hidden Ingredients in Food" where I talk about chemicals that will likely never show up on a food label.  The subject today is beef.  Sounds simple enough, right?  What kinds of hidden ingredients could wind up in a natural product like beef, you ask?  Well, there’s a lot to talk about, from cradle to grave, so to speak.  By the end, you may be a bit surprised, even a little astonished, or possibly a bit alarmed.  We’ll see.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/prophetofprocessedfood/?ref=bookmarks

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:

For this episode, the citations are too numerous to list here, so they are included in a Google Docs file which can be accessed using the link below.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d0eC7wS6DBS3moPH88wdFipqZff_c-qycocTWlpQmPo/edit

Music:

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

Outro music is "Private Eye" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

 

 

FLR 029:  Merchandising Revisited

FLR 029: Merchandising Revisited

July 30, 2018

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  none

Today's show is a re-cast.  I talk about merchandising.  Long before you get to the label on a food package to evaluate whether the food is good for you or not, there are various influences at play that may be unconsciously directing you to a particular product.  Some of those influences are need, desire, habit, coupon incentives, advertising, marketing, product placement, and merchandising.  That latter influence, merchandising, is probably the one influence that people are least familiar with.  Come with me on a tour of your local grocery store and learn about merchandising practices.

Show Notes:

To Contact Show:  foodlabelsrevealed@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/prophetofprocessedfood/?ref=bookmarks

A video version of the original podcast (Episode #8) is available at YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RthVJ4vHASU

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:

How Visual Merchandising Can Help Boost Supermarket Spending

http://tinyurl.com/gpsusry

Music:

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

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