February 8, 2013 |
It's Girl Scout cookie time, and in some regions this year's offerings include Mango Cremes. Though not as famous as the classic Thin Mints, Mango Cremes feature “vanilla and coconut cookies filled with a tangy mango-flavored creme enhanced with nutrients derived from fruits,” according to the Girl Scouts website. Nutrients? Have Girl Scout cookies become a health food? Here's what ABC Bakers, the company that produces Mango Cremes, has to say about that on its website: “These crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies with a mango-flavored creme filling have all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries.” Seriously?
March 28, 2013 |
Ninety-one percent of thousands of children's meals at the biggest restaurant chains don't meet standards set by the National Restaurant Assn.'s own initiative for healthful kids' meals, a study out Thursday from a nutrition advocacy group says. And nine chains have no meals that meet those standards, the study says. The trade group's standards are voluntary, and it notes that among the participating chains, there are more than 340 healthful kids' items on menus. The Center for Science in the Public Interest did find some “good news” in its study: Nearly half the chains offer at least one healthier meal, said Ameena Batada, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina who conducted the study.
March 5, 2012 |
In a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the consumer watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest called on officials to ban the use of caramel coloring in popular soft drinks, citing a possible cancer risk. This isn't the first time that CSPI has targeted the food additive that gives colas, including Coke and Pepsi, their familiar brown color. The organization first petitioned the FDA on the matter in 2011, noting that 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, which form when sugar is mixed with ammonia and sulfites to create caramel coloring, had been shown to cause lung, liver and thyroid cancer in mice and rats.
July 2, 2013 |
Food-focused watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest has its hooks in Long John Silver's, accusing the seafood chain of serving the least healthful meal in the country. The advocacy group said it ran laboratory tests on the chain's Big Catch meal, including batter-fried haddock and side dishes such as hush puppies and onion rings. The results showed 33 grams of trans fat, according to the group -- or more than two weeks' worth of the two-grams-a-day allotment recommended by the American Heart Assn.
April 16, 2014 |
Artificial trans fat still lurks in our food, at least at the Joe's Crab Shack chain, according to a health watchdog group. The Center for Science in the Public Interest said Wednesday that the Houston-based seafood restaurant company uses a blend of partially hydrogenated margarine-butter blend containing dangerous levels of trans fat. Joe's Crab Shack, which was established in 1994, did not immediately respond to requests for comment....
October 6, 2011 |
Marketing unhealthful foods and beverages to children is off the charts, say some food and health advocacy groups, and they called on the Obama administration Thursday to support voluntary guidelines on how companies advertise to kids and how they formulate their products. To hammer their point home, a video titled "We're Not Buying It" was unveiled at a press conference Thursday that featured representatives from the Center for Science in the Public Interest , the Prevention Institute , Public Health Law & Policy , Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity , the Center for Digital Democracy and the Berkeley Media Studies Group . The video, which the panelists hope will go viral, highlights the tremendous and sometimes insidious marketing efforts directed to children, often at a pace parents can't control.