Food Additives: Which are safe, and which should you avoid?

7.30_Blog_3_food_additives_snip.PNGLook on the label of most processed foods and you’re likely to see an alphabet soup of additives.  Chemicals like sucrose acetate isobutyrate, sodium erythorbate, and propyl gallate are often added to enhance flavor, color, or tenderness; act as a preservative; or perform other functions.  Today over 10,000 chemicals have been used in foods as additives!

Check out this infographic to find out more about the additives that are in your food—which ones are safe and which ones you should avoid.  Here is a teaser; click the link to see the full infographic.

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Did you catch our July #FoodDayChat with special guests Corp Accountability International and the Food Chain Workers Alliance?

7.29_Blog_Storify_for_July_FoodDayChat.PNGLast Thursday, July 24th, Food Day held a Twitter chat with two special guests: Corp Accountability International and the Food Chain Workers Alliance

For 35 years, Corp Accountability International has been waging and winning bold campaigns that safeguard public health, human rights, and the environment from corporate abuse.They are committed to stopping life-threatening abuses by global corporations and increasing their accountability to public institutions and people around the world.

The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain. The Alliance works together to build a more sustainable food system that respects workers’ rights, based on the principles of social, environmental and racial justice, in which everyone has access to healthy and affordable food.


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Recommended Nutritional Guidelines for Food Day

7.28_Blog_Nut_Guidelines_pic.pngPlanning a Food Day event, and want to serve snacks or a meal for your community? Make sure you have lots of healthy options to choose from!

Food Day has just released a new “Recommended Nutrition Guidelines for Food Day” one-pager which has easy suggestions for how to ensure your event is encouraging health and wellness in your community.

Check it out here.

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Luau Quesadillas

7.25_Blog_KCM_logo.pngThe Kids Cook Monday is a campaign that encourages parents and kids to start their weeks off right by making Monday family night. Each week, the campaign provides an easy weeknight recipe and all the tools families will need to enjoy a fun cooking and dining experience on Monday nights. To have The Family Dinner Date Newsletter delivered to your inbox each Friday, sign up here.

Fruit for dinner? These produce-packed quesadillas feature pineapple, mandarin oranges and bell peppers. Paired with tofu and seasoned with your favorite BBQ sauce, they’re sure to please the whole family. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Dole.


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ACLM hosts the Lifestyle Medicine 2014 conference! (Read more for a special discount)

The world is experiencing an epidemic of self-inflicted disease.  Scientific evidence shows that lifestyle, not genes, is the primary determinant of health or disease. Our lifestyle choices can cause physical, mental and economic suffering. Unfortunately, our existing healthcare system emphasizes pills and procedures – which have many side effects – as the solution to manage consequences of destructive lifestyles. The current approach may simply treat the symptoms, while leading to poor outcomes and high healthcare costs. Rather, we must address and correct the cause – not ignore it. Our nation can no longer afford to continue in our current rate of disease and costs.


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Join Food Day for a Twitter Chat about Food Justice!

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This Thursday, July 24nd Food Day will be hosting a Twitter Chat with special guests Corp Accountability International and the Food Chain Workers Alliance about food justice issues!

Here’s what you need to know to participate:


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KidsRFoodies2 Munch Across New England

7.23_Blog_KidsRFoodies2_pic.PNGI'm only seven years old but I already have a mission.

My mission is to discover as many cool new foods as I can and share them with other kids.

Some grownups think kids like us only like Mac&cheese, Pasta with plain marinara sauce and hot dogs. There is so much really stuff that not only tastes awesome but fills your body with what my mom calls "good trucks." That means it takes vitamins and good stuff all through your body and helps you to be able to have more energy.


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