Food Labels Revealed
FLR 041:  Fried Chicken Pecking Order – KFC vs Popeyes

FLR 041: Fried Chicken Pecking Order – KFC vs Popeyes

July 31, 2019

INGREDIENT OF THE DAY:    Dipotassium Phosphate 

Today, once again, I focus my attention on fast food restaurants and the prevalence of industrial ingredients in their products.  I evaluate two of the most iconic American restaurants:  Kentucky Fried Chicken and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.  Along the way, we’ll look at some history, some nutritional facts, and some truly astounding findings about the ingredients in a basic fried chicken meal.  Even after 3 years of doing this podcast, I was still shocked by what I found.

 

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 Poultry Production Data May 2015

https://tinyurl.com/y3oqy8ut

Market Watch:  “Meat Consumption Increases at Fastest Rate in 40 Years” https://tinyurl.com/yxb34ste

Healthline:  “Cholesterol Control: Chicken vs. Beef”

https://tinyurl.com/y52tdhup 

Business Insider:  “How KFC Became the Biggest Fried Chicken Joint on the Planet”

https://tinyurl.com/y5l9rv9j 

KFC Webpage

https://www.kfc.com/menu/chicken 

KFC Wikipedia

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

Popeyes Homepage

https://popeyes.com/

Popeyes Wikipedia

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

Reader’s Digest:  “10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Popeye’s Chicken”

https://www.rd.com/food/fun/popeyes-chicken-facts/ 

Al Copeland Wikipedia

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

KFC Ingredients Spreadsheet PDF

https://tinyurl.com/y66d3qhz

KFC Nutrition Spreadsheet PDF

https://tinyurl.com/y2gottlw

Popeyes Ingredients Spreadsheet PDF

https://tinyurl.com/y3os874f 

Popeyes Nutrition Spreadsheet PDF

https://tinyurl.com/y3u3z4zd 

KFC vs Popeyes Ingredients and Nutrition

https://tinyurl.com/y6sgzq9z

 

Music:

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

Outro music is "Isolated" courtesy of Kevin MacLoed

FLR 040:  Hidden Ingredients in Chicken

FLR 040: Hidden Ingredients in Chicken

June 30, 2019

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:    None

This program is another in the irregular series called hidden ingredients in food where I talk about substances that will never show up on a food label.  The subject today is chicken.  What kinds of hidden ingredients could wind up in chicken, you ask?  Well, unfortunately, there is 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:

Compassion in World Farming, “The Life of Broiler Chickens”

https://tinyurl.com/y2bwldes

National Chicken Council, “Questions and Answers About Antibiotics in Chicken Production”

https://tinyurl.com/y56wcef5

Huffington Post, “The Arsenic in Your Chicken”

https://tinyurl.com/y32hsxng 

Cleveland Clinic, “How Can You Avoid Low-Level Arsenic in Rice and Chicken?”

https://tinyurl.com/yy6u77cq 

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21

https://tinyurl.com/y2255xjo

Chicken Check In, “How Are Chickens Slaughtered and Processed for Meat?”

https://tinyurl.com/y2grmlmb

USDA, “Water in Meat and Poultry”

https://tinyurl.com/y2grmlmb

USA Today, “Food Recalls Up 10 percent Since 2013 as Foodborne Illnesses Kill 3,000 Americans a Year

https://tinyurl.com/yxku6laq

Music:

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

Outro music is "Displaced Memories" courtesy of David Hilowitz

FLR 39:  On Science, Processed Foods, Cancer, and Fast Food Poop

FLR 39: On Science, Processed Foods, Cancer, and Fast Food Poop

May 31, 2019

INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY:    None

This is another show devoted to news stories popping up in early 2019.  A recurrent theme in this podcast is the terrible impact that highly processed foods have on our health.  I think, in the next 10 years, that topic will become front-and-center in the national discourse as the health crises in this country and others reach epic proportions.  Even now, I’m seeing some significant early signs, which I’ll talk about later.  Plus, at the end you’ll get a fascinatingly gross story about the fast food industry.

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:

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

https://tinyurl.com/y2o4rmj7

Big Think.com:  “Eating Ultra-Processed Foods Linked to Cancer by Worrying New Study”

https://tinyurl.com/y3mmhcwt 

Spilled News.com:  Chinese Restaurant Syndrome:  Causes, Diagnosis, Symptoms, Treatments

https://tinyurl.com/y6k2rf5u

National Institutes of Health:  “NIH Study Finds Heavily Processed Foods Cause Overeating and Weight Gain

https://tinyurl.com/y38rfvsp

Cell Metabolism:  “Ultra-Processed Diets Cause Excess Calorie Intake and Weight Gain”

https://tinyurl.com/y6km22qr

JNCI Cancer Spectrum:  “Preventable Cancer Burden Associated with Poor Diet in the United States”

https://tinyurl.com/yyktaakf 

CNN Report:  “Thousands of Cancer Diagnoses Tied to a Poor Diet”

https://tinyurl.com/y6qmk96g

USDA:  National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

https://tinyurl.com/yy6e9nxk

Journal of the American Medical Association:  “Association of the Frequency of Organic Food Consumption with Cancer Risk”

https://tinyurl.com/y9krjkgc

Live Kindly.com:  “Researchers Shocked at How Much Poop They Found on McDonald’s Touchscreen Menus”

https://tinyurl.com/y3crn224 

Music:

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

Outro music is "Isolated" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod

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