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Label Decoder: Citric Acid

by in Label Decoder, December 17, 2009

You’ll this food additive in a variety of sweet foods — jams, gelatin desserts, candy and ice cream, to name a few. Luckily, it’s safe. Here’s some info on how it’s made and why it’s used.

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Label Decoder: Xanthan Gum

by in Label Decoder, November 5, 2009

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Xanthan gum is not hard to find when you’re checking labels. Candy, bread dough, ice cream, even cottage cheese — it’s all over grocery store shelves. Although it’s not the easiest word to pronounce, xanthan gum is one additive that you can chew on without worry.

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Label Decoder: Palm Oil

by in Label Decoder, October 21, 2009

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You may have spied “palm oil” on an ingredient label or stumbled across the name in a food news story. Here’s the scoop on this new oil that’s replacing the trans fats in your packaged junk foods.

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Label Decoder: High Maltose Corn Syrup

by in Label Decoder, August 13, 2009

You’ve probably seen high maltose corn syrup when scanning food labels before, even if you don’t quite remember where. Did you know it’s a close cousin to the infamous high-fructose corn syrup? Read on to get the scoop (literally, it’s found in ice cream) on this common ingredient.

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Label Decoder: Sodium Benzoate

by in Label Decoder, June 12, 2009

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Many ingredients listed on food labels might as well be in a foreign language. You see the same ones pop up all the time, but do you know what they really mean? In this new series, we’re tackling some common label names — some are perfectly fine for you, others not so much.

First up: sodium benzoate.

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Label Decoder: Sodium Nitrite

by in Food Safety, Label Decoder, March 27, 2009

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If you think hot dogs, bacon and lunch meats keep that pinkish hue naturally, think again! These are just a few of the foods that contain the preservative sodium nitrite, which may be harmful to your health.

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