Food Labels Revealed
FLR 51:  What Is Your Food Ingredient Score #5

FLR 51: What Is Your Food Ingredient Score #5

May 30, 2020

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  none

It’s been about 9 months since the last Food Ingredient Quiz, so it’s time, once again, to challenge you with questions taken from information provided in the previous 8 episodes.

Yes, this is a quiz, BUT stay cool.  Don’t get anxious.  Don’t switch podcast channels.  Keep that hand off the dial.  This quiz is just 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 Google Play, or using most of the podcast apps available for smart phones or tablets.  Just search under Food Labels Revealed.

References:

None

Music:

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

Outro music is "Isolated" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

FLR 050:  How Did 10,000 Additives Get Into Our Food?

FLR 050: How Did 10,000 Additives Get Into Our Food?

April 30, 2020

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  None

Have you ever wondered how our modern commercial food system got to be so chock full of additives in the first place?  There’s something like 10,000 chemicals approved for food use. 

And how does a new food additive get approved for use?  The answers to those questions are both historical and complicated, and I will attempt to tackle them in this episode.

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:

Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee by Bee Wilson

https://tinyurl.com/y8qkkdtc 

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

https://tinyurl.com/ybbuylnv

FDA Database:  Substances Added to Food

https://tinyurl.com/y6uza7yp

Smithsonian Magazine:  Where Did the FDA Come From and What Does It Do

https://tinyurl.com/y2h9fw3b

Cranford, New Jersey Neighborhood Newsletter: Historic Resident Fought for Pure Food Laws

https://tinyurl.com/ycvk843z

FDA Consumer Magazine: The Story of the Laws Behind the Labels

https://tinyurl.com/yaxddnhk 

FDA:  Sugar, A Cautionary Tale

https://tinyurl.com/ycjvdank

Food Safety News: The GRAS Process

https://tinyurl.com/ybkfpcgt

Public Integrity:  Why the FDA Really Doesn’t Know What’s in Your Food

https://tinyurl.com/y943pm9o

NPR:  Why the FDA Has Never Looked at Some of the Additives in Our Food

https://tinyurl.com/yc7kyutx 

Natural Resources Defense Council:  Generally Recognized as Secret

https://tinyurl.com/yau85tqk

North Dakota State University:  Overview of FDA’s GRAS

https://tinyurl.com/y8fp2m5j 

 

Music:

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

Outro music is "Happy Boy" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

FLR 049:  What’s Up with Processed Plant-Based (Vegan) Foods?

FLR 049: What’s Up with Processed Plant-Based (Vegan) Foods?

March 31, 2020

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  Methyl Cellulose, Glutamic Acid, Agar, Cultured Sugar, Black Sea Salt, Mung Bean Protein Isolate, Gellan Gum, Transglutaminase, Nisin, Brown Rice Flour, White Whole Grain Sorghum Flour, Milled Flax Seed

In this episode, which will probably be the last of the diet programs, I describe processed foods found in the plant-based diet, a food regimen which is paralleling the other diets in terms of popularity and food choices.  Topics will include a little history of the diet, what it includes and excludes, and a short exploration of a few commercial foods tailored to plant-based eaters.  Along the way, I come across some new and unusual ingredients and additives. 

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:

Morningstar Foods

https://www.morningstarfarms.com/products.html

Sweet Earth Foods

https://www.sweetearthfoods.com/

Daiya Foods

https://daiyafoods.com/

Miyoko’s Creamery

https://miyokos.com/

Vegg Foods

https://thevegg.com/

Just Foods

https://www.ju.st/en-us/products/consumer/egg/egg

Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream

https://www.benjerry.com/flavors/non-dairy

Meat Glue

http://www.cookingissues.com/transglutaminase-aka-meat-glue/index.html

Entry on Veganism - Wikipedia

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

Vegetarianism by Country

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetarianism_by_country#India 

 

Music:

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

Outro music is "Derp Nugget" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

FLR 048:  A Look at Processed Keto Foods

FLR 048: A Look at Processed Keto Foods

March 1, 2020

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  allulose, MCT, monk fruit extract, inulin

In this episode I continue the examination of alternative foods, i.e. foods that are manufactured to cater to specific diets or health conditions.  In the previous episode, #47, I reviewed the gluten free diet and a number of processed foods designed for gluten sensitive consumers.  The focus of this episode is the keto diet.  Topics will include a description of the diet, its history, my personal bias, and a short list of processed foods manufactured for people on this diet.  Along the way, I make a few interesting discoveries.

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:

Ketogenic Diet Food List: Everything You Need to Know

https://www.ruled.me/ketogenic-diet-food-list/

Everything You Need to Know About the Ketogenic Diet: What It Is, How It Works, and What You Can and Can’t Eat

https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/ketogenic-diet/

Is the keto diet for you? A Mayo expert weighs in

https://www.mayoclinic.org/is-the-keto-diet-for-you-a-mayo-expert-weighs-in/art-20457595

Ketogenic Diet and Epilepsy: What We Know So Far

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6361831/

The Easy Ketogenic Macro Calculator

https://perfectketo.com/keto-macro-calculator/

MCT Powder: How it Works, Comparison to MCT Oils, and Review of MCT Powder Products

https://ketosource.co/mct-powder/

Monk Fruit Extract: Zero calories, but worth the cost?

https://allnaturalideas.com/monk-fruit-extract/

Music:

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

Outro music is "Tears of a Clown" courtesy of Audiobinger

FLR 047:  Gluten Free – Good or Bad?

FLR 047: Gluten Free – Good or Bad?

January 30, 2020

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  fructooligosaccharides, psyllium, and potassium bitartrate

In today’s show I examine alternative foods, i.e. foods that are manufactured for consumers with specific health conditions.  That category includes foods to avoid allergies or food sensitivities (e.g. lactose intolerance, gluten sensitivity) or foods for special diets like vegetarian, vegan, keto, paleo, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and a host of others.  The focus for this episode is gluten-free foods. 

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:

The Exam Room Podcast:  “The Truth About Gluten”

https://tinyurl.com/volufun

Celiac Disease Foundation

https://celiac.org/

Real Clear Science:  “Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity May Not Exist”

https://tinyurl.com/tty3673

FDA:  Gluten and Food Labeling

https://tinyurl.com/u86nzwp

Self.com:  “16 Delicious Gluten-Free Products You Can Buy at the Supermarket”

https://tinyurl.com/rmjxaez

Real Simple.com:  “The Best Gluten-Free Food at Your Grocery Store”

https://tinyurl.com/wpo5hfo

Music:

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

Outro music is "Tears of a Clown" courtesy of Audiobinger

FLR 046:  On Canned Fat, Junk Food Cells, Fake Fiber, and Fast Food Mashups

FLR 046: On Canned Fat, Junk Food Cells, Fake Fiber, and Fast Food Mashups

December 30, 2019

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  None

This is another show dedicated to news stories about processed foods and trends.  The food industry never stays static, so you and I have to stay on our toes to be aware of the changes constantly happening.  In this episode I’ll discuss the following: (1) the evolution of a very old product that your great grandma probably used; (2) how scientists can observe the effects of junk food at the cellular level; (3) the missing nutrient from our diet that undermines our health; and (4) how fast food can get even more unhealthier than it is.

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:

New Food Economy: “How Crisco Toppled Lard and Made Americans Believers in Industrial Food”

https://tinyurl.com/wbysgtp

Daily Mail:  “Junk Food’s Immediate Impact on Your Cells”

https://tinyurl.com/rmsha6x

NPR:  “The FDA Will Decide Whether 26 Ingredients Count As Fiber”

https://tinyurl.com/r5dnxph

FDA:  “The Declaration of Certain Isolated or Synthetic Non-Digestible Carbohydrates as Dietary Fiber on Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels: Guidance for Industry”

https://tinyurl.com/vtv3uxz

BBC:  “The Bizarre Rise of Fast Food Fused with Snack Foods”

https://tinyurl.com/wcu33ak

Music:

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

Outro music is " Concerto for 4 Box Cello in Bb Minor " courtesy of David Hilowitz

FLR 045:  Subway – A Not So Underground Investigation

FLR 045: Subway – A Not So Underground Investigation

November 30, 2019

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  Cultured Wheat Flour, Ferrous Gluconate, Alum, Calcium Silicate

Today, I return to investigating a fast food restaurant.  The target is Subway, long heralded as a healthy choice for those consumers seeking convenience food that’s a cut above the rest.  But, here’s the question, does Subway live up to its self-promoted reputation.  Is its menu really good for you or is it just another well-disguised example of ultra-professed food?  Join me for a deep dive into a Subway meal to answer that question.  Along the way, I’ll look at Subway’s history and talk about some new food ingredients. 

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: 

Fast Food Ingredients

http://www.fastfoodingredients.com/ 

Fast Food Nutrition

https://fastfoodnutrition.org/

Subway Company

https://www.subway.com/en-US/AboutUs  

https://www.subway.com/en-US/MenuNutrition/Menu

Jared Fogel Story

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

FDA Restaurant Rule

https://www.fda.gov/food/food-labeling-nutrition/menu-labeling-requirements

Subway Sandwich Data

https://tinyurl.com/vvp44ym

Music:

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

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

FLR 044:  The Best Defense Is a Good Education

FLR 044: The Best Defense Is a Good Education

November 1, 2019

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  none

How do we defend ourselves against the unhealthy, ultra-processed foods filling the shelves of grocery stores, convenience stores, and big box stores, and populating the meals in fast food restaurants?  Education, education, and education!  We need to become informed.  The FLR podcast certainly helps, but there are other great resources out there.  In today’s episode, I review some of my favorite books that helped to educate me about the dangers of highly processed foods and the standard American diet.

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: 

Amazon Book: “A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives” by Ruth Winter

https://tinyurl.com/y5y3anwb

Amazon Book: “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss

https://tinyurl.com/y4o5o7yk

Amazon Book: “The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor” by Mark Schatzker

https://tinyurl.com/y2z8zwu9

Amazon Book: “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite” by David A. Kessler

https://tinyurl.com/y6q5qdoh

Amazon Book: “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease” by Dr. Robert Lustig

https://tinyurl.com/y429vug9

Music:

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

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

FLR 043:  The Most Dangerous Store in America

FLR 043: The Most Dangerous Store in America

September 29, 2019

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  fructooligosaccharides and invert sugar

In this episode, I address the most dangerous store in America.  Most every one of you has been in one.  They are all over the place in nearly every town and city.  They lure you in with one thing, then appeal to your vices, habits, and appetites, to open your wallets further.  Only the strongest will power is successful against their overwhelming influence.

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:

Amazon Book:  “Fat Chance” by Dr. Robert Lustig

https://tinyurl.com/y429vug9

YouTube video by Dr. Robert Lustig:  “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise?”

https://tinyurl.com/yxfkxkdy

Nature article by Dr. Robert Lustig, et.al.: “The Toxic Truth About Sugar”

https://tinyurl.com/y2g7wo7d 

Wikipedia reference on Convenience Stores

https://tinyurl.com/6umb2ls

Wikipedia reference on Convenience Store Data

https://tinyurl.com/y48227kq

The Balance SMB website:  “Largest Convenience Store Chains”

https://tinyurl.com/y5fa3rva

City Lab website:  “A Brief History of the 24-Hour Convenience Store”

https://tinyurl.com/y6fh7t7g

Reading Eagle website:  “A Brief History of Convenience Stores”

https://tinyurl.com/y3mhsry3

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

https://www.convenience.org/

New York Times article:  ”In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chili Slays Tony the Tiger”

https://tinyurl.com/y98hkbmw

Music:

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

Outro music is "Teddy Bear Waltz" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

FLR 042:  What Is Your Food Ingredient Score #4

FLR 042: What Is Your Food Ingredient Score #4

August 29, 2019

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, BUT don’t panic.  Don’t get nervous.  Don’t bail out on me.  What’s the worst thing that can happen?  It’s just a quiz; “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:

None

Music:

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

Outro music is "Isolated" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod