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  • Taco Bell Breakfast A.M. Crunch Wrap BaconWe’ve been hearing about it for months and now it’s finally here. Taco Bell breakfast is being served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. every day of the week. As expected, the morning offerings all present a new twist on Mexican flavors. The new breakfast items bring Taco Bell in direct competition with McDonald’s and Burger King, both of whom own mornings in the fast food world. So, will Taco Bell breakfasts present a serious alternative to the already established fast food leaders? FoodFacts.com isn’t really sure about that. The only thing we can be sure of right now is what you’ll actually be eating if you choose to sit down at Taco Bell for your morning meal. We chose the A.M. Crunch Wrap with Bacon to focus on because it appears to be a Mexican interpretation of a traditional fast food breakfast sandwich. Just replace the biscuit, or the English muffin, or the bagel with a tortilla and add some creamy jalapeno sauce. While we’re pretty certain you won’t find the A.M. Crunch Wrap in Mexico, these are the American fast food wars. Let’s find out what the A.M. Crunch Wrap brings to the table. Nutrition Facts: Calories:      660 Fat:              41 g Sodium:    1280 mg Might as well have a burger for breakfast, don’t you think? A McDonald’s Egg McMuffin weighs in at 330 fewer calories, 29 fewer grams of fat and 460 fewer mg of sodium. Let’s see what the ingredient list tells us: Eggs (Eggs Whole, Flavors Butter [Soybeans Oil, Soybeans Oil Hydrogenated, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Flavoring Artificial and Natural, Beta Carotene, TBHQ, Citric Acid,Polydimethylsiloxane] , Contains 1% or less of the following: [Salt, Citric Acid, Peppers,Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum] ) , Hashbrowns (Potatoes, Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Cottonseed Oil,Palm Oil, Soybeans Oil, Sunflower Oil, Potatoes Dehydrated, Salt, Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Dextrose, Oil [Canola Oil High Oleic Low Linolenic, TBHQ,Polydimethylsiloxane] , Bacon Topping [Bacon Topping, Cured with Water] , Creamy Jalapeno Sauce [Soybeans Oil, Water, Vinegar, Peppers Jalapenos, Buttermilk, Sour Cream Powder,Eggs Yolks, Dextrose, Spices, Peppers Chili, Salt, Glucono Delta Lactone, Onions Dehydrated,Flavors Natural, Paprika, Sugar, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Garlic Powder, Cocoa Powder,Calcium Disodium EDTA] , Tortillas [Wheat Enriched Bleached Flour, Water, Vegetables Shortening] Plenty of controversial ingredients in that list, not to mention hidden MSG. Generally not our idea of an ideal morning meal. If we want a Mexican-inspired breakfast, we’d prefer cracking some eggs, adding some jalapeno peppers with the appropriate herbs and scrambling them up in a pan in our kitchen. We’re pretty positive the flavors will be far better and we absolutely KNOW the ingredients will be too. http://www.foodfacts.com/NutritionFacts/Specialties/Taco-Bell-AM-Crunch-Wrap--Bacon-1-crunchwrap/92161
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  • Luanne Bannon created a blog entry Healthy Holidays: T...
    Homemade Easter Peeps, Healthier Easter Basket IdeasWe know you secretly love them even now as an adult. They’re probably one of the first things that come to mind when you hear the word Easter. And they undoubtedly bring to mind images of the Easter baskets of your childhood. Of course, we’re talking about Peeps. Yellow Peeps. Blue Peeps. Green Peeps. Purple Peeps. Peeps shaped like ducks. Peeps shaped like bunnies. They were possibly the sweetest Easter treat of all. Alas, if only Peeps were actually as good for us as the memories they evoke. To be honest, they’re pretty bad. Here’s the ingredient list: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Contains less than 0.50.5% of Potassium Sorbate, Flavor(s) Artificial, Yellow 5, Carnauba Wax O.k. Peeps are marshmallows, so we expect for them to contain a lot of sugar. Until you get past the fourth ingredient, Peeps are just a treat. Then we get to the artificial flavors and color. And the Carnauba wax -- which we more commonly associate with polishing our cars, not food. Can you still give your kids the pleasure of Easter Peeps without the bad ingredients? Can you still enjoy sneaking a Peep during the Easter season? FoodFacts.com thinks you can. Just make marshmallows! Here’s what you’ll need: 1 cup water 3 tbsns gelatin 2 cups organic white sugar Coconut oil Natural food coloring (such as India Tree) Here’s what you’ll do: Place 1/2 cup of the water in a large bowl and sprinkle the gelatin evenly over it.. Let it sit for a few minutes. Put the sugar and the other 1/2 cup of water in a small pot and bring to a boil while stirring. Once the mixture is a rolling boil (or 242F with a candy thermometer), pour the hot sugar water mixture over the gelatin/water mixture and beat with an electric mixer for about 10 minutes until the combined mixture turns into marshmallow with peaks. Add food coloring in the amount required amount to achieve desired color while whipping the marshmallow mixture. Pour the mixture into a 9X13 glass dish that has been coated with some coconut oil. Let it sit out for several hours until firm (about 12 hours). Remove marshmallow from dish in one large piece and cut out desired peeps shapes small cookie cutters. While we can’t exactly call them healthy, let’s remember they are a seasonal treat. A little holiday indulgence made with ingredients you know and trust is a far better alternative to the store bought tradition that includes some rather unsavory ingredients. Homemade Peeps in your Easter baskets help make sure you’ll know what’s really in your kids Easter treats.  You can even sneak a treat for yourself and feel a lot better about it!
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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 FoodFacts.com 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. http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/beverages/icedbeverages/coffee0/iced_coffee.html?DRP_SWEET=None&DRP_FLAVOR=Butter+Pecan+Swirl&DRP_SIZE=Small&DRP_BLEND=Original&DRP_DAIRY=Skim+Milk
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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. FoodFacts.com 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. http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/04/12/childhood-obesity-epidemic-costing-almost-20000-child
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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. FoodFacts.com 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 FoodFacts.com 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 FoodFacts.com 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! http://foodidentitytheft.com/
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