Linda Bonvie

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18 Nov: The Bonvie Blog: The FDA’s plan to ‘ban’ a dangerous fat appears to open the door for yet another one

If you’ve been following the saga of trans fats – the artery-clogging substances created by partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which were once a staple in cookies, crackers, pastries and shortenings – you no doubt know that several years ago the FDA finally got around to developing a slow-motion plan to remove them from the food supply. But despite the fact…

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20 Nov: Don’t Let PopTarts ‘No HFCS’ Claims Fool You

The Pop Tart wouldn’t exactly qualify as the sort of thing the Kellogg brothers originally had in mind. As the inventors of corn flakes, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his younger brother, W. K. Kellogg, both Seventh Day Adventists, were what some might consider “health nuts.” And, in fact, the Kellogg company web site now refers to the fact that…

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13 Nov: Are Additives In These Formulas Suitable for Babies?

We’ve talked about the risk posed to babies by the presence of whey protein concentrate, an “excitotoxin” containing free glutamic acid, in the “Good Start” products currently being marketed by Gerber as a preventive for childhood allergies (a claim now being disputed in a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission). In this one, we’d like to talk about two other…

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03 Aug: Consumers Vindicated: Manufacturers Leaving HFCS Out of More Packaged Foods

The power of well-informed consumers to reverse harmful food industry practices has once again been demonstrated by the response of a major company to the concerns of its customers. The company is General Mills, which has come out with a TV commercial proclaiming that “What matters most should always come first – which is why we use whole grains in…

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11 Dec: Is ‘Less’ HFCS in Products Always a Good Thing? Not Necessarily

When Chick-fil-A announced last week that it would be removing high fructose corn syrup from its sandwich buns and dressings, it obviously wasn’t listening to the Corn Refiners Association (CRA). Who they were listening to was an increasingly irate group of consumers led by popular food blogger Vani Hari, who posted an article two years ago at her site, FoodBabe.com,…

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04 Dec: Contents of Iconic Soup Cans Not So Healthy Once You Peek at Ingredient List

by Bill Bonvie As the weather outside gets colder, there’s one type of “comfort food” that tends to be consumed in much greater quantities. I’m referring, of course, to soup.  And there’s one company (an American institution, really) that, more than any other, has over the years come to be synonymous with soup — the one that made the word…