Four Food Buzzwords and What They Really Mean

“All natural”

“Locally grown”

“But it’s organic”

“I only eat grass-fed beef”

We’ve all encountered these phrases, whether they came up during conversation or were printed across the produce bin at the grocery store. Do you really know what they mean? Continue reading

Jumping on the Gluten-Free Bandwagon

If you’ve ever had the thrilling opportunity to accompany me to the grocery store, you have probably seen me randomly stop  in the middle of a packed grocery aisle and exclaim, “SERIOUSLY?!”, causing the few people immediately surrounding us to stop and stare. I’m usually yelling at the product sporting a label in bright, bold colors that advertises it’s lack of a certain product (for example, gluten, which seems to be on EVERYTHING lately).

Lately, gluten-free diets have been THE diet to go with for whatever ails you, even going so far as a supposed cure for tiredness (have you tried sleeping?) and lack of energy (maybe incorporating some fruits and vegetables into your diet would help?). There have been lots of articles circulating on social media the last few weeks that discuss whether people who are “gluten-free” even understand what gluten really is. Continue reading

GMOs: From the Farm Kid’s Viewpoint

*Disclaimer: This is not a complete list of all of the arguments in favor of and against GMOs. I have several classes this semester that will be discussing this topic and it just happened to be on my mind when I sat down to blog today.

Genetically Modified Organisms- GMOs for short- have been stirring a lot of controversy lately. But what are they and why are they so scary? Continue reading

Less Food Labeling?

In November, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “Some Food Companies Ditch ‘Natural’ Food Label”. While this has not necessarily been the center of attention lately, especially not in Central Illinois with the recent tornado damage, it is relevant to everyone who eats food that comes from the grocery store. Basically, many food companies are choosing to remove the “natural” label from their products (think Naked juice or Goldfish). There have been lawsuits over the “natural” claim that say that there is no guidelines behind the label, so literally anyone can use the label on their product if they choose to do so.

In case you’re not an avid reader of the Wall Street Journal (nor forced to read it for a politics class), here’s the link to the article that was published about a month ago now.

I’ve blogged about labeling before (see “Are We OVER-Labeling” for more), and it seems that the American public is thinking along the same lines as I do. Labeling is not a bad thing, it’s just when we have too many labels or labels that have few to no requirements is when it gets confusing. Labeling has become more of a marketing tactic Continue reading

Are We OVER-Labeling?

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“Whole Grain” Microwave Popcorn

So as I was enjoying my bowl (okay… bag) of lightly-buttered popcorn and M&Ms this evening and contemplating what I should blog about, I noticed an oval shape on the popcorn box bearing the words “WHOLE GRAIN”. The statement directly blow it says “Made with 100% whole grain popcorn”. Seriously? The manufacturer found it necessary to tell me that my popcorn was whole grain? What has this world come to? Continue reading