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  • Luanne Bannon created a blog entry I scream, you scream...
    Dunkin Donuts Ice Cream Flavored Iced CoffeeAccording to Dunkin Donuts, we’ll all be screaming for ice cream flavored iced coffee. What do you think? Does it sound like it’s worth screaming for? Butter Pecan Swirl, Cookie Dough Swirl, and Jamoca Almond Fudge Swirl have joined the Dunkin Donuts iced coffee lineup. The new flavors are based on popular Baskin Robbins ice cream varieties. We’re pretty sure that everyone in our community knows our feelings about most of the Baskin Robbins ice cream flavors. So naturally, we wanted to do a little investigating about the new coffee flavors that take their names from those ice creams. Let’s take a look … Butter Pecan Swirl with skim milk Calories:             180 Fat:                       0 g Sugar:                  36 g The nutrition facts are based on the addition of skim milk to a small sized Butter Pecan Swirl iced coffee. The small size contains 9 teaspoons of sugar. That’s a bit much for us. Ingredients Skim Milk; Brewed Espresso Coffee; Butter Pecan Flavored Swirl Syrup: Skim Milk, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Brown Sugar (Sugar, Molasses), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Caramel Color, Salt, Disodium Phosphate, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative); Caramel Flavored Swirl Syrup: Sweetened Condensed Nonfat Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Water, Brown Sugar, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Natural Flavor, Salt. Hmmmm …. Cookie Dough Swirl Calories:         170 Fat:                   6 g Sugar:              24 g The small size Cookie Dough Swirl contains a little less sugar, weighing in at 6 teaspoons. Ingredients Brewed 100% Arabica Coffee; Cookie Dough Flavored Swirl Syrup: Sweetened Condensed Skim Milk (Skim Milk, Sugar), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Water, Brown Sugar, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Salt, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative); Light Cream: Milk, Cream, Disodium Phosphate (Stabilizer), Sodium Citrate (Stabilizer). A little less bad … Jamoca Almond Fudge Swirl Calories:         170 Fat:                   6 g Sugar:              23 g The small size Jamoca Almond Fudge Swirl is the “best” option for added sugars with a little less than 6 teaspoons. Ingredients Brewed 100% Arabica Coffee; Jamoca® Almond Fudge Flavored Swirl Syrup: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Water, Cocoa processed with alkali, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Salt; Light Cream: Milk, Cream, Disodium Phosphate (Stabilizer), Sodium Citrate (Stabilizer). Are you screaming for ice cream flavored iced coffee yet? We’re not. While the flavors sound like fun, they’re just not worth the added sugars and bad ingredients. We think we prefer quieter coffee.
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  • Luanne Bannon created a blog entry Childhood obesity: t...
    Cost of Childhood ObesityWhile there has been some good news recently regarding the obesity crisis, there’s still a long way to go. With about one in every three children and teens in the U.S. either overweight or obese, there are many health concerns related to childhood obesity. This life-altering condition is a burden for the millions of children affected by it, both emotionally and physically. Now, we’re learning more details about the financial burden as well. For the first time, the costs of the condition, called “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century" by the World Health Organization, have been quantified by researchers. The findings are shocking: The epidemic has an estimated $19,000 price tag per child. The cost analysis was led by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, who measured direct medical costs, such as doctors’ visits and medication. Additional costs, such as lost productivity due to obesity, were not included. The figure becomes more frightening when the number of obese children in the U.S. is taken into account: Lifetime medical costs for 10-year-olds alone reach $14 billion. With this new research, the incentive to reduce childhood obesity comes with economic benefits in addition to health, said Eric Andrew Finkelstein, the lead author of the study. “These estimates provide the financial consequences of inaction and the potential medical savings from obesity prevention efforts that successfully reduce or delay obesity onset,” he said. Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released numbers last year touting a surprising 43 percent drop in obesity rates among two- to five-year-olds in the last decade, they don't take into account the bigger picture. Obesity rates still go up as children age. The condition is also associated with premature death later in life and remains a global epidemic. tries to keep our community up to date with news and research regarding the obesity crisis. As we said, there’s still so much work to do. As our children’s caregivers, it’s up to us to begin healthy habits for them right from the start. Fresh, real foods and plenty of activity should help to set them up for a healthier life that doesn’t include the emotional, physical and financial problems connected with obesity.
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  • I want to be able to get a list of all PC and Blue Menu which are healthy and low calorie, fat, and carbs.
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  • Luanne Bannon created a blog entry Friday, April 11th i...
    National Read Your Labels Day Thanks Citizens for Health! The second annual National Read Your Labels Day is upon us. wants to help spread the word helping to encourage Americans to get the 4-1-1 on what’s in their foods and beverages! On this day, Citizens for Health wants everyone to open their kitchen cabinets and read the labels of the food products they’ve purchased. They’re especially interested in folks taking note of the ten additives they’d like us all to avoid. Here’s their list: 1. High Fructose Corn Syrup 2. Aspartame 3. Hydrolyzed Protein 4. Autolyzed Yeast 5. Monosodium Glutame 6. Potassium Bromate 7. Brominated Vegetable Oil 8. BHA and BHT 9. Trans Fats 10. Artificial Colors If we highlighted those in orange, we’d be reading a few ingredient lists we can think of on the website. We’d probably add a few more items to the list, but it’s a great place to begin. If consumers became aware of these ingredients, we’d find progress in the fight against obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Jim Turner, who chairs Citizens for Health said, “We sponsored the first ‘Read Your Labels Day’ this last April to help Americans to be aware of how many chemicals are used in processed foods and beverages. The response was tremendous. We had stories on TV stations around the country, and the news was covered by major grocery publications. Even some of the biggest supermarkets, including Whole Food Markets, hosted ‘Read Your Labels Day’ events in their stores. We’re expecting an even bigger success in 2014.” While many shoppers scan the nutrition labels on packages looking for such things as saturated fats or sodium content, an independent study published in 2011 by the food and beverage research group Mintel reported that less than half of consumers surveyed read the ingredients labels on the foods they purchased in supermarkets. “The majority of us don’t check the list of ingredients on food package labels,” added Turner. “The big food manufacturers are counting on this. If we don’t read or understand the ingredients in their products, they can put pretty much whatever they want to into our food.” Intelligent consumers cause changes to occur. There have been small victories in the recent past. Subway is removing azodicarbonamide from their breads. Kraft is removing artificial colors from some of their Macaroni and Cheese products. Gatorade removed brominated vegetable oil from some of their sports drinks. Consumer voices count. But in order for us to have a voice, we need to know the ingredients being used in the foods we consume and understand why we shouldn’t be consuming them. That starts with reading the ingredient lists on every single product we purchase. Reading about those ingredients on helps put in perspective the idea that certain ingredients really aren’t fit for consumption. Chemicals belong in labs, not human bodies. This Friday, open your cabinets. Read some labels. Decide which ingredients are best left alone. Oh, then don’t forget to make some noise and let food manufacturers know that you’re not satisfied with the ingredients they are choosing to include in your food. Happy National Ready Your Labels Day everyone!
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  • just trying to learn about food and what to buy that are healthier choices.
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  • If we dont know that McDonalds is total crap by now I would say thanks for the very detailed description of that nasty new burger!
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  • Luanne Bannon created a blog entry Under the Bun: McDo...
    McDonald's Bacon Clubhouse BurgerHave you heard about the new McDonald’s Bacon Clubhouse Burger? If you Google the new burger, you’ll see that the big news here is that this is the only burger besides the Big Mac that features the “special sauce” that graces its big brother burger. It appears that people are excited about the use of the Big Mac “special sauce” on a sandwich that isn’t the Big Mac. The Bacon Clubhouse Burger is attempting to appeal to a more sophisticated audience, though. It also features an artisan roll, smoked applewood bacon, carmelized grilled onions, leaf lettuce and Angus seasoning. Just what does that cosmopolitan burger description really get us, though? Time to go under the bun with as we investigate what’s really in this new McDonald's creation. Let’s start with the nutrition facts: Calories:                 720 Fat:                          40 g Saturated Fat:           15 g Sodium:                1470 mg Sugar:                      14 g Let’s just say that, believe it or not, the Big Mac is actually a better nutritional choice than the Bacon Clubhouse Burger. Obviously that’s not saying much. This burger contains 180 additional calories, 11 extra grams of fat, 5 more grams of saturated fat, 430 mg of additional sodium and 5 more grams of sugar than the Big Mac. Not exactly a healthy meal -- and we didn’t even add fries to it yet! What about the ingredients? We’re sure you can guess, but here they are: QUARTER POUND 100% BEEF PATTY  Ingredients: 100% Pure USDA Inspected Beef; No Fillers, No Extenders. Prepared With Grill Seasoning (Salt, Black Pepper). *Based On The Weight Before Cooking 4 Oz. (113.4g) ARTISAN ROLL Ingredients: Wheat Flour or Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour or Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Malted Barley Flour, Water, Sugar, Yeast, Palm Oil, Wheat Gluten, Dextrose, Salt, Contains 2% or less: Natural Flavors (Plant Source), Corn Flour, Soybean Oil, Calcium Sulfate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, Enzymes, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Vegetable Proteins (Pea, Potato, Rice), Sunflower Oil, Turmeric, Paprika, Corn Starch, Wheat Starch, Acetic Acid. TOMATO SLICE THICK CUT APPLEWOOD SMOKED BACON Ingredients: Pork Bellies Cured with Water, Salt, Sugar, Natural Smoke Flavor (Plant Source), Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite. CARAMELIZED GRILLED ONIONS Ingredients: Slivered Onions Prepared in Onion Reduction Sauce (Palm, Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Salt, Sugar, Caramelized Sugar, Onion Powder, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavors [Plant Source], Spice). BIG MAC SAUCE Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Pickle Relish (Diced Pickles, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate [Preservative], Spice Extractives, Polysorbate 80), Distilled Vinegar, Water, Egg Yolks, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Onion Powder, Mustard Seed, Salt, Spices, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Mustard Bran, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Vegetable Protein (Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy and Wheat), Caramel Color, Extractives of Paprika, Soy Lecithin, Turmeric (Color), Calcium Disodium EDTA (Protect Flavor). PASTEURIZED PROCESS WHITE CHEDDAR CHEESE Ingredients: Milk, Water, Cheese Culture, Cream, Sodium Citrate, Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), May Contain One or More of: Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Enzymes, Acetic Acid, Soy Lecithin (Added for Slice Separation). LEAF LETTUCE ANGUS SEASONING Ingredients: Salt, Sugar, Onion Powder, Natural (Animal and Plant Sources) and Artificial Flavors, Spice, Maltodextrin, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Dried Beef Broth, Dextrose, Garlic Powder, Worcestershire Sauce Powder (Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Salt, Caramel Color, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Spices, Tamarind, Natural Flavor [Fruit Source]), Spice Extractives, Beef Fat, Caramel Color, Annatto and Turmeric (Color). We counted. That’s about 17 ingredients we don’t want to eat all in one burger. Please make sure you read the ingredients in the Big Mac sauce carefully. This is the sauce consumers are making such a big fuss over. They’re happy it’s making an appearance on another burger. We’re not. The McDonald’s Bacon Clubhouse Burger isn’t deserving of the buzz surrounding its introduction. It’s just another fast food monstrosity with too many calories, too much fat, too much sodium and too many bad ingredients.
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  • I just joined I hope to be able to learn more about the food I eat or might eat.
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  • SOY and CHEESE
    TILLEMOOK from Oregon has no soy.
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  • SOY and BUTTER
    CHALLENGE butter has no soy. Note that it is from CA.
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  • SOY and EGGS
    If chickens fed Commercial Feed, eggs have soy.
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  • SOY and MEAT
    Buy where animals are from Omaha.
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