From the monthly archives:

March 2011

Picture this: Dressed to shill

March 29, 2011

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 its new “spring collection.” From the press release: “Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup debuts three newly outfitted […]

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Food-dye news every skeptic should read

March 27, 2011

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 use them solely to trick and manipulate. There’s not one legitimate reason to allow them in our food supply. So I hope […]

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Progress, not perfection

March 25, 2011

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 like that? Been tempted yourself? Watch this. It’s a just-released TEDx talk […]

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Picture this: BYOS

March 23, 2011

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 on the discovery of maple syrup and explains why the real stuff rocks so much. Imitations simply won’t cut […]

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Reclaiming of the green (and tell the FDA “no dyes”)

March 21, 2011

In a different mood, I might appreciate the irony of such a blatant food-dye holiday falling two weeks before the FDA is set to examine the connection between artificial food colors and children’s behavior. A holiday where people don’t just buy synthetically altered food, but deliberately tint it bright green themselves (a nifty American spin that no doubt […]

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Sweet on maple sugaring

March 2, 2011

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 trace vitamins and minerals, even antioxidants. It’s still a sugar, so let’s […]

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