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September 17, 2010 - 4:42pm

As someone who is health conscious, I read a lot of labels. My general rule is to buy foods that list ingredients I can pronounce, but there are at least two things I additionally watch out for: ingredients that sound healthy but aren’t (I try to avoid those) and obscure ingredients that sound scary but are basically harmless.

The latest ingredient to request a “healthier-sounding” name change? High-fructose corn syrup. This week, the Corn Refiners Association, which represents firms who make the product, petitioned the FDA to change the ingredient’s name to “corn sugar.” The group has many reasons for wanting the change, including changing public perception of this controversial ingredient. But two respected nutrition watchdogs, EatingWell advisory board member Marion Nestle, a nutrition professor at New York...

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September 1, 2010 - 11:43am
By Michelle Edelbaum in EatingWell Blogs

I haven’t actually invited anyone over yet, but I just have this feeling we’ll be having a get-together over Labor Day weekend. Impromptu, last-minute.

Even if you planned ahead for your party, you may still be in the same boat as I am: I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking on the last unofficial weekend of summer. I want to host a get-together I can actually enjoy with my friends, which means keeping cooking to a minimum. I’m not up for more than chopping, tossing and serving.

I could just throw some burgers and dogs on the grill, but this weekend I want something a little different. Here’s a full Labor Day picnic of five 15-minute dishes that require only minimal cooking so you have more time to enjoy your weekend.

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August 24, 2010 - 11:46am

What do you let your kids eat? I asked my fellow mom-editors at EatingWell this question yesterday because I’m struggling with what to let my child eat.

My son is just a year and a half old (so I’m still new to this mom thing). My husband and I have been pretty selective about what he eats—little added sugar and salt, few processed foods, lots of whole grains, fruits, beans and full-fat dairy—but at daycare they occasionally serve frozen popsicles (made with fruit juice followed closely by added sugars and high-fructose corn syrup).

Related Link: 9 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier

I’ve said no to those treats, so the teachers offer him popsicles of just frozen apple juice. (So nice of...

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August 13, 2010 - 11:05am

I’m a snacker, especially at work. When my mind is working hard, my stomach inevitably starts grumbling. While snacking can help me get in all the nutrients I need and curb my hunger so that I don’t eat too much at the next meal, I’m careful not to engage in too much mindless munching so I don’t end up eating too many calories over the course of a day.

Related Link: 10 tricks to keep your calories in check at snack time

When I do need a snack, I want to make sure I have something healthy on hand so I don’t end up reaching for junk. The other EatingWell editors and I came up with the following list of healthy snacks you can keep in your desk.

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August 10, 2010 - 4:42pm

It’s been a tough few months for McDonald’s Happy Meals.

In April, Santa Clara County in California banned toys in unhealthy restaurant meals, effective this month. Also in April, a Boston-based activist group, Corporate Accountability International, called on McDonald’s to retire Ronald McDonald from marketing unhealthy fast food to children.

Then in June, the advocacy group, Center for Science in the Public Interest, threatened to sue McDonald’s if it didn’t stop using toys to lure children into ordering Happy Meals. McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner responded...

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