FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: The problem with the new labels, a huge listeria outbreak, and how to make bread healthy again

by | May 27, 2016
For the Love of Food

For the Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup. 

This week the problem with the new labels, a huge listeria outbreak, and how to make bread healthy again.

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5 Responses to “FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: The problem with the new labels, a huge listeria outbreak, and how to make bread healthy again”

  1. Beth says:

    I tried to find the official rules on what will be considered ‘added sugars’ but wasn’t able to find anything officially related to this. I started looking because Hamblin said that fruit juice and agave could be added to “everything” and not be considered added sugar. But the NYTimes article supplies a long list of added sugars, which includes honey, agave, etc. That author also mentions juice concentrates. All that the FDA clarified was that the sugars were added after the food was processed.. so I would assume something like Larabars, then, which include whole dates, would not have “added sugar”?

    I keep thinking about a discussion I had with someone recently.. he was on a semi-weird diet, and I was trying to humor him and find a snack at the grocery store that was part of his plan. He said he was allowed to eat nuts, or trail mix if it just had dried fruits and nuts. I noticed that Larabars were on clearance, a lot cheaper than trail mix, and so I suggested he get one of those. So he points to the nutrition facts and says, “Nope, this has 15 grams of sugar.” So I started going to added sugar and it was like he just couldn’t even understand what I was talking about. Now, don’t get me wrong, dried fruit isn’t the best snack in the world to start with, but this “diet” didn’t even give him enough information to see that a larabar was the same as trail mix.

    So, in a way, I can see the “added sugars” helping people. But we’ll see. Honestly, I can already think of a few products that it would be helpful for, for me personally. I don’t like spaghetti/pizza sauces with even a hint of sweetness, and looking at the “added sugars” line will make it easier for me to select a sauce without having to scan the tiny-type ingredients list. But I can also see plenty of problems with it.. sigh.

  2. Jay says:

    The link about standing up at work to boost productivity actually goes to an article about prenatal fruit consumption. . .I want to stand at work and I need a link to help make my case. Can you fix it, please?

  3. Malena Tanguera says:

    I think the new labels should carry include health warning on processed foods, perhaps something like “Overconsumption of processed foods can seriously damage your health. This product should be consumed in moderation. Wherever possible, choose unprocessed options such as vegetables, fruits, intact grains and legumes, instead.”

  4. Excellent range of issues and additional information. I have found that switching to sour dough breads has made a big difference in digestion, no bloating. Wholemeal Spelt flour is a great find. As an old grain, it is non-gm, and has very low gluten levels naturally.

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