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Taste Test: Frozen Waffles

by in Grocery Shopping, Taste Test, September 14, 2010
Waffle Taste Test
Waffle Brand Face-Off: Which Will Reign Supreme?

For a quick breakfast, many folks turn to frozen options, like waffles. We checked out 5 popular brands to see how healthy they really are.

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Food Label Savvy: Whole-Grain Crackers

by in Grocery Shopping, September 9, 2010

whole-wheat crackers

Food labels can be so misleading that you (almost) need a nutrition degree to decode them.  But don’t worry – we’re putting our expertise at work to help clear up some of the confusion. First up, we’re taking on the snack aisle. Here’s what to look for (and what to avoid) when buying whole-grain crackers.

Decoding whole-grain cracker labels »

Canned Tomatoes: Good or Bad?

by in Food Safety, Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, August 17, 2010


We’re celebrating fresh tomatoes this week, but we can’t forget about that standby substitute: canned tomatoes. Many of our readers have expressed concern over using canned goods, including  BPA risks, nutritional value and of course, food safety. So, how safe is this pantry staple? We’ve got the scoop.

Get the lowdown on canned tomatoes »

Taste Test: Vanilla Ice Cream

by in Grocery Shopping, Taste Test, August 11, 2010

vanilla ice cream

Who says ice cream can’t be part of a healthy diet? We sampled five popular vanilla ice cream brands to find out which one was the best-tasting, plus our take on each variety’s fine print.

Get our taste-test results »

5 Food Additives To Avoid

by in Grocery Shopping, August 3, 2010

artificial sweetner

Our food is laden with additives, many times in order to preserve it. But some of the disadvantages of these substances outweigh the benefits. Here are the top 5 that made our list — we’ll let you decide if they’re worth it.

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Label Decoder: Olestra

by in Grocery Shopping, July 23, 2010

potato chips

When I was in graduate school, some of my fellow dietetic students tracked down one of the first stores where the nonfat fried chips were being sold. The employee that answered the phone explained how he’d downed an entire package and had a horrible stomach ache (though he was a bit more descriptive of his symptoms). From that day on, I knew chips fried in Olestra weren’t all they were cracked up to be.

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Taste Test: Baked Potato Chips

by in Taste Test, July 20, 2010
The Baked Chip Taste-Test Contenders
The Baked Chip Taste-Test Contenders

Looking for a lighter crunchy option for a weekend picnic or lunch at the office? We polled our Facebook fans, then tested five of their favorite brands of baked potato chips.

Find out which chip crunched the competition »

Label Decoder: Pectin

by in Grocery Shopping, July 1, 2010


You’ve seen it on hundreds of labels and may have even used it in your own kitchen — learn all the need-to-know facts about this additive.

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Taste Test: Nonfat Greek Yogurt

by in Taste Test, June 22, 2010
The Contenders: Which Greek Yogurt Tastes Best?
The Contenders: Which Greek Yogurt Tastes Best?

When we did our vanilla yogurt taste test a few weeks back, everyone asked about Greek yogurt. We shopped for the brands our Facebook fans asked for — find out how they stacked up. Plus: Our favorite ways (sweet and savory) to use this creamy treat.

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Taste Test: Light Beer

by in Taste Test, June 15, 2010
The Contenders in Our Light Beer Taste Test
The Contenders in Our Light Beer Taste Test

Cold beer just tastes better during the hot, steamy summertime. Light beers get a bad wrap on the flavor front, so we tested five popular brands (including the most requested ones from our Facebook fans) to see which brew tasted best. It was a hard job, but someone had to do it! Check out how your favorite brand measured up.

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