True Colors are to Dye For

True Colors are to Dye For

A friend and I once tricked his kids on St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe “tricked” is too strong of a word for what we did: The festive green pasta we served was spinach fettuccine, but we didn’t admit that it contained traces of the vegetable. The...
A More Humane Holiday Ham

A More Humane Holiday Ham

“What are your Christmas traditions?” I asked the family I was staying with in Kenya earlier this year while doing some research. I wondered whether Kenyans decorated Christmas trees or awaited Santa Claus like American children do. My host’s...
The Ingredient Haunting our Candy

The Ingredient Haunting our Candy

This Halloween, keep an eye out for “milk protein concentrate.” Avoid buying any treats made with it and don’t let your children eat candy or anything else made with this additive. You may not have heard of milk protein concentrate before, but...
Tricky Treats

Tricky Treats

Kids look forward to Halloween all year. They obsess over their costumes, dwell on decorations, and plot how to bag as much candy as possible when they go trick-or-treating. Even though I’m very concerned about good nutrition, I love handing out chocolates to...
Big Food Behemoths Embarrass their Organic Offshoots

Big Food Behemoths Embarrass their Organic Offshoots

National brand-name conglomerates are in a bind over California’s Right to Know Genetically Modified Food Act, a measure known as Proposition 37. Actually, it’s a double bind. First, these gigantic food companies are frantically scrambling to defeat this...
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