Recent Posts

Memorial Day marks the open of grilling season

May 26, 2011

My local chain grocery store has placed Memorial Day reminders prominent locations, everything from charcoal and lighter fluid to buns, ketchup, and mustard. You still have to trot over to the coolers to pick up hamburger, hot dogs, and bratwurst.

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A can of Diet Pepsi

What’s in Diet Pepsi?

May 22, 2011

It may not be on a list of life’s greatest mysteries, but in this post we briefly investigate the ingredients in Diet Pepsi.

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Lipton PureLeaf

Ingredients in LIPTON’s bottled tea products

May 10, 2011

LIPTON offers a basic line of tea packaged in plastic bottles, and an upscale line called PureLeaf which is packaged in glass. Aside from the container’s material, there’s also a difference in ingredients.

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wood logs

You’re probably eating wood pulp

May 6, 2011

Don’t freak out. Wood pulp is fibrous, plant-based, and completely natural.

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Battle over corn sugar advertising moves to court

May 5, 2011

Sugar producers have filed a lawsuit against advertising produced by the corn sugar lobby, claiming the ads are deceptive.

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Polysorbate 80: Are you eating this mysterious ingredient?

May 4, 2011

Though it can be sourced naturally, production of Polysorbate 80 is a complex chemical process. It’s made in an industrial laboratory, not a kitchen.

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Asparagus harvest signals the arrival of spring

May 3, 2011

It’s May, but Michigan spring has not truly arrived until the first asparagus stalks make their way into your belly.

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Is food coloring necessary?

May 2, 2011

Additive coloring flows, like a river, through grocery store aisles. Do we really need it? Is there a difference between natural dyes and synthetics?

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