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May 6, 2015

Panera Bread Commits to Remove 150+ Bad Ingredients from Food

Panera Bread, the popular food chain that boasts over 1,800 locations in North America, just announced a commitment to remove over 150 artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors and flavors from their menu items by 2016.

They released the announcement with the video below, an entertaining clip showing people trying to pronounce some of the ingredients that are being removed from the menu.

The full list of ingredients can be found on the ”No No List” on the company website.

Notable ingredients on the list are high-fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring, FD&C colors (more on the dangers of food dyes here), propylene glycol, partially hydrogenated oils [...]

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April 12, 2015

Canada’s Hipster Nonsense Creates Model for Stopping Food Waste

Hipster Nonsense is the brainchild of Austin Luciow and Erika German, two Calgary-area chefs who have resolved to reduce food waste with an innovative business model. The two transform farmers’ market produce that’s aesthetically unsellable – bruised, weather damaged, etc. – into shelf-stable food like jams, lacto-fermented food, baby food, condiments and more in Alberta, Canada.

After realizing how much food was either sold at drastically reduced prices or simply thrown away, the pair spent last summer utilizing various methods to preserve these foods and give them a second life. The result was over 300 jars of delicious preserved foods, and the birth of a [...]

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April 6, 2015

Expert Contributor: Healthy Swaps for Your 10 Favorite Condiments + Recipe

Did you know that in the United States between 2010 and 2013, specialty condiments, dressings and marinades accounted for $1.5 billion of retail sales? That’s a lot of money we are spending on flavor enhancers!

Here’s the deal: When we try to lose weight, one aspect of our daily diet that often gets overlooked is our consumption of these condiments. We can take a healthy meal and turn it into a caloric nightmare by adding a little dash of this and that. Most condiments are loaded with sugar, MSG, GMO soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup and other chemicals that aren’t good for our bodies. We don’t realize that while these condiments are enhancing the flavor of our food they [...]

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February 7, 2015

You Are What You Eat and You Eat What Your Friends Eat

When Functional Nutrition Coach Alexandra Jamieson co-created the Super Size Me documentary with Morgan Spurlock, she was featured as his real-life vegan girlfriend.

“People around the world, both vegan and meat-eaters alike, began following me for recipes, health advice and inspiration to get healthy,” says Jamieson. “I was welcomed into the vegan community, wrote three vegan cookbooks and spoke to audiences around the country on my experience of healing my body from candida and hormone trouble with a vegan diet. Half of my friends were vegan, even while I helped everyone use food to get healthy, no matter what diet worked for them.”

But things changed in Jamieson’s [...]

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