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Picture this: Dressed to shill

Let’s set aside my love affair with real maple syrup* and concentrate instead on the fact that Pinnacle Foods, which makes Mrs. Butterworth’s, is trying to turn its bottles into toys by having kids download “up to 60 playful accessories” for...

Food-dye news every skeptic should read

Regular Spoonfed readers know that artificial colors infuriate me like no other food additive. They’re useless except to mask overprocessing and missing nutrients. They’ve been linked time and again to both behavioral and health issues. Food manufacturers...

Progress, not perfection

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, even paralyzed, by the state of our food system, the adulteration and deception, the sheer insanity of what the food industry wants us to feed our kids. It’s why a lot of people shut down, look away, give up. Know anybody...

Picture this: BYOS

  It’s official. The BYOS movement has begun. The Today Show’s “Bites” column linked to my recent post about maple sugaring with this description: “Your pancakes deserve the real deal and so do you. Spoonfed offers some sweet history...

Sweet on maple sugaring

Fake maple syrup bums me out. And not only because it rarely contains real maple. (Most brands are a mix of high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial flavors.) It’s because maple syrup is perfect just the way it is. Naturally sweet, it also retains...