Worried about phthalates in macaroni and cheese powder?

Recent news articles including those in the New York Times, and CNN reported that chemicals known as phthalates are found in the cheese powder in boxed macaroni and cheese mixes.  What should parents do?  There’s no need to panic, but do take this chance to think about the invisible chemicals in your food (and home) and how you can be a smart shopper to limit your exposure. Read more

Changes Coming to Food Labels

During the next year you might see a new look for the Nutrition Facts food label on packaged foods.  Dietitians have been eagerly awaiting some of the new changes that might help buyers make healthier food choices.

Some foods have already been spotted with new label format and current FDA rules state companies have until July 2018 to use the new version.  Now it seems this could drag out another few years, as the Grocery Manufacturers Association and various other food industry trade and lobbying groups have requested a delay until 2021 stating cost barriers.

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Fighting Hunger this Summer

One in six children and one in nine adults in Dane County have food insecurity, according to the national hunger-relief organization Feeding America.

The United States Department of Agriculture defines food security as having access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Families may be considered food-insecure if they have anxiety about having enough food in the house, have to buy food of low quality or have to eat less or less often.

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Children and Juice

Fruit juice is one of those items that benefits from its association – it’s made from fruit, after all, so what could be the problem?

UW Health clinical nutritionist Alicia Bosscher, RD, says it’s all about the fiber. Or rather, the lack of it.

“We often think juice has a lot of Vitamin C and that’s good for our immune systems,” she says. “But the problem is that you take out the fiber that’s found in whole fruit and what’s left is basically just sugar.”

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