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Why Soda Cans Should Always Have Covers

Do you know how many people touched your can of soda before you did?


Just about everything about the food industry is heavily regulated by the FDA to insure food cleanliness and safety, but somehow they don't seem to care much about the cleanliness of soda cans.

Think about it, long before you put a can of soda into your mouth, that can has potentially been touched by quite a few people, and it's likely been exposed to a variety of dirty places, yet there you rarely see any sort of seal on soda cans. Isn't that strange?

Nutrition Labels... For The Entire Package

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What good are nutrition labels when the serving sizes aren't realistic?


Studies have shown that as a rule of thumb, when given a larger portion of just about anything, people will eat more of it. In fact, in one study the participants were intentionally given horrible tasting popcorn in various sized packages to see if it had any effect on how much the participants ate. Even though the popcorn didn't taste good, people with larger packages ate proportionately more than those with smaller packages.

That being the case, I think food companies should make it a point to include nutritional information for the entire package alongside their suggested "serving size". This not only makes it more realistic for small packages that will likely be eaten in one sitting, but for making... [More]

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Nutrition Labels With Explanations

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Many people don't understand the numbers on nutrition labels, so why not put an explanation next to each number?


Because of FDA regulations, food companies are required to put detailed nutrition labels on every package of food they produce. While there's been quite a few changes to the style of the labels, what remains the same is how confusing it is for some people to understand them.

While it's great that they've made sure the labels are large enough to see, with clearly labeled numbers and text, the fact is, quite a few people have no idea what they're reading. It's like giving out only half the score for a baseball game. Knowing the Yankees scored 4 runs in the game doesn't tell you if that's a good score, or a bad one.

For the same reason, when people read a package... [More]

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No Artificial Food Colors

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Why do so many foods still have artificial colors?


A couple of weeks ago, I did a Google search for "stool color", which led to an article from the Mayo Clinic about what to do if your stool has an odd color.. For the past few day my stool looked turquoise, and frankly, I was a bit worried. I didn't find any answers, but a few days later, I realized that I've been eating Boo Berry cereal, which has a blue color.

If you read the ingredients on a bottle of Gatorade, you'll find that it has water, sugars, salts, flavoring... and "coloring". Coloring? No kidding? You mean it's not really blue?

Athletes have trusted the science behind Gatorade for decades to keep them properly hydrated for peak pe... [More]

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BOLD Expiration Dates

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Why are some expiration dates so hard to read?


In an age of high speed digital printing I see no reason why companies still print hard to read dot matrix expiration dates on their packages. Not only do they use hard to read print, but they often print the date on the bottom or someplace hard to find.

By giving expiration dates a more prominent place with larger fonts, they not only not only make it easy for consumers to avoid eating stale food, they are also reminding them to buy a fresh package. It's a win win for everyone.

While I'm on the subject. Companies also need to clearly differentiate between "Sell By", "Best Before", and "Expires". Generally speaking, most nonperishable products are sealed to keep them fresh, so they don't actually need an expiration date, but... [More]

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Coffee Strength Labels

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People often complain that the coffee they just ordered was too strong... or too weak.


I'm not a coffee drinker, but one thing I've noticed is that people tend to get their coffee from the same place as often as they can, because they worry that the coffee will either be too weak, or too strong.

Meanwhile, in a lot of places, they have literally dozens of coffees for sale, with millions of combinations of additional flavors, creamers, and sweeteners. While deciding on additional sweeteners, creamers and flavorings such as mocha, hazelnut or vanilla may be pretty easy, what people struggle with is knowing how strong the coffee itself is. In many cases, coffee that's too weak or too strong simply takes away the satisfaction.

So, why don't they label a coffee with an objecti... [More]

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