Food Labels Revealed
FLR 057:  Hiatus

FLR 057: Hiatus

November 29, 2020

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  None

Just wanted to announce to my listeners that I will be taking a break from the podcast for a few months.  I’ve been releasing episodes for over 4 years now.  Personal issues in recent months have made it difficult to continue monthly programs, so I will be re-grouping and re-thinking the program in the interim. 

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

 

FLR 056:  2020 Freaky Fast Foods

FLR 056: 2020 Freaky Fast Foods

October 31, 2020

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  None

For today’s show, I continue digging into the subject of fast food restaurants by examining the worst of the worst, what I call “freaky fast foods.”  They have really become a phenomenon in recent years.  I will try to explore what that says about our society, and why that trend will probably continue into the near future.

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:

Dietary Reference Intakes – National Academies of Science https://www.nap.edu/download/10490

The Guardian, “Are You Eating Too Much Protein”

https://tinyurl.com/y6wyak95

FDA, “Menu Labeling Requirements”

https://tinyurl.com/y57h9hc5

Eat This website, “The #1 Unhealthiest Menu Option at Every Popular Fast Food Restaurant”

https://tinyurl.com/yyhqsmax

Book:  “Fat Chance” by Dr. Robert Lustig

https://tinyurl.com/yydljp7z

Book:  “Food Junkies” by Vera Tarman

https://tinyurl.com/yysjw63f

Music:

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

Outro music is “Merry Go” courtesy of Kevin McLeod.

FLR 055:  The 3 P’s – Pandemic, Public Health, & Processed Foods

FLR 055: The 3 P’s – Pandemic, Public Health, & Processed Foods

September 30, 2020

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  None

There is increasing, although indirect evidence, that the American diet is linked to the severity of the pandemic in the United States.  So, with some reservations, given that this topic ranges far afield from my area of expertise, I will attempt to connect the dots between catching the virus and suffering from its complications by looking at the immune system, pre-existing conditions, the standard American diet, and ultra-processed foods.  This will be a challenge, but let’s go for it.

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:

Daily Mail, “Revealed, the Reason Why Obese People May Be More at Risk of Coronavirus”

https://tinyurl.com/y4t5jeu3

CNN, “How to Strengthen Your Immunity During the Coronavirus Pandemic” https://tinyurl.com/tugpkbr

Science Direct, “The Impact of Nutrition on COVID-19”

https://tinyurl.com/yybxftd3

Nutrients Journal, “COVID-19: The Inflammation Link and the Role of Nutrition in Potential Mitigation”

https://tinyurl.com/ycbh7773

CDC, “Obesity and COVID-19”

https://tinyurl.com/y5wodxbj

PCRM, “Diet Can Fight Diseases Linked to Poor COVID-19 Outcomes”

https://tinyurl.com/y5xs6wgh

Web MD, “Coronavirus and High Blood Pressure: What’s the Link?”

https://tinyurl.com/y4g89uhk

CDC, “Preliminary Estimates of the Prevalence of Selected Underlying Health Conditions Among Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019”

https://tinyurl.com/sowj9zs

CDC, “The Difference Between Flu and COVID-19​”

https://tinyurl.com/y2f25nje

British Medical Journal, “Association Between Consumption of Ultra-processed Foods and All Cause Mortality”

https://tinyurl.com/y45v436k

Music:

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

Outro music is “Comfortable Mystery 3” courtesy of Kevin McLeod.

FLR 054:  On Junk & Fast Food, Skinny French Women, and Secretive Natural Flavors

FLR 054: On Junk & Fast Food, Skinny French Women, and Secretive Natural Flavors

August 31, 2020

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 go international to discuss the following topics: (1) how a neighboring country is trying to protect its kids from junk food; (2) England’s obesity drive; (3) the misleading nature of the word “natural” on food labels; and (4) why French women compared to others are successful at keeping the pounds off.

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:

Washington Post Article, “Mexico Moves to Ban Junk Food Sales to Children” https://tinyurl.com/yycydsqv

The Guardian Article, “Mexico State Bans Sale of Sugary Drinks and Junk Food to Children”

https://tinyurl.com/y5bxwdqp

The Guardian Article, “Boris Johnson: Obesity Drive Will Not Be 'Bossy or Nannying'”

https://tinyurl.com/yyxowmna

Digital NHS, “Obesity Increased in Reception Children in 2018-19”

https://tinyurl.com/yx95a44g

Huffington Post Article, “Just How Natural Are 'Natural Flavors,' Anyway?”

https://tinyurl.com/yxwryeu8

Bon Appetit Article, “The Truth About Natural and Artificial Flavors”

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/truth-about-natural-artificial-flavors

Daily Mail Article, “The REAL Reason French Women Don’t Get Fat”

https://tinyurl.com/yy4rrbse

Big Think Article, “Obesity in America vs Europe: 2 Maps Explain It All”

https://tinyurl.com/ybhgvv4d

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 053: Kids + Junk Food = Dire Future

FLR 053: Kids + Junk Food = Dire Future

July 31, 2020

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:  Tallow, Hydrogenated Tallow, Magnesium Stearate,

This episode is about kids and junk food.  The content of the program will consist of 3 parts: (1) kid’s health in America and the world; (2) marketing bad food to kids; and (3) examining 5 commercial products that target kids as consumers.  Along the way, you’ll learn about the Convention on the Rights of the Child … a Bill of Rights for kids.  Of course, this episode would not be complete without the usual, brain-numbing analyses of food ingredients in processed foods.  So foodeaters, I think you’ll find this information interesting.  Even I was surprised at some of the items I dug up during the research for the 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 Google Play, or using most of the podcast apps available for smart phones or tablets.  Just search under Food Labels Revealed.

References:

The Lancet Journal, “A Future for the World’s Children”

https://tinyurl.com/y23gbc5v

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

https://tinyurl.com/y3o9q4kq

Child Stats, America’s Children at a Glance

https://tinyurl.com/y2j2v25j

2019 Health of Women and Children Report

https://tinyurl.com/y39bdnot

2015 Times Article, “U.S. Ranks Worst Developed Country for Maternal Health”

https://tinyurl.com/yyzpbbth

American Psychological Association, “The Impact of Food Advertising on Childhood Obesity”

No link permitted.

WebMD, “Fight Junk Food Marketing to Kids”

https://tinyurl.com/yxbvejlg

Food Navigator, “Childhood Obesity: Research Backs Case for Stricter Advertising Regulations”

https://tinyurl.com/yxsf3bz5

Science News, “Early Signs of Heart Disease Found in Children”

https://tinyurl.com/y24jyeeq

WebMD, “Child Heart Disease Risks on the Rise”

https://tinyurl.com/yxal3szx

Prevention Institute, “The Facts on Junk Food Marketing and Kids”

https://tinyurl.com/y6elt9hg

Amazon: “The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness” by Douglas Lisle and Alan Goldhamer

https://tinyurl.com/y2swhosd

Music:

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

Outro music is "Displaced Memories" courtesy of David Hilowitz

FLR 052:  Diving Deep into Doritos

FLR 052: Diving Deep into Doritos

June 30, 2020

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:  none 

For today’s program, I’ve decided to wax nostalgic and go back to the early days when I explored individual food products on grocery store shelves and looked at all the ingredients and some of the nutritional aspects.  I do a deep dive into a Doritos tortilla chip product, namely Flamin’ Hot Nacho chips.

 

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: 

Twinkie, Deconstructed:  My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined, and Manipulated into What America Eats by Steve Ettlinger 

https://tinyurl.com/y8bjtfom

The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker

https://tinyurl.com/ybmxu4fe

Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide to What’s Safe & What’s Not by Christine Farlow

https://tinyurl.com/y9776p9y

Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal by Melanie Warner

https://tinyurl.com/yb4vml34

The Food That Built America (Video)

https://tinyurl.com/yafwlho9

A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives by Ruth Winter

https://tinyurl.com/y7z4e2vk

 

Music:

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

Outro music is "Displaced Memories" courtesy of David Hilowitz

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

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