Food Dates – Very Confusing

Have you purchased a food item and looked at the label and tried to decipher what the dates mean like Use by “xx/xx/xx” date Sell by “xx/xx/xx” date Best by”xx/xx/xx” date Some items like baby foods have a date that is mandated by the government. Otherwise, the date on the package is up to the

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Calorie Counts on Exercise Machines

In the past, information regarding calories on menus has been highlighted because of the new regulations are making it mandatory to post this information. However, many people look at calorie counts each day as they work out at their local gym. How accurate are these counts with respect to calories burned? The following video, (quality

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Shelf Life Testing

A number of food companies are trying to find ways to extend the life of their food or products. Believe it or not almost everything has some type of shelf life. At Midwest Laboratories,   inquiries regarding this type of testing occur almost everyday. For producers, it is a very important topic. It really is

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School Lunches Being Reviewed

Check out this story of one school that has switched to an all-veggie menu for lunch. I guess the main point here is that school lunches are getting more attention with respect to improving the nutritional content of the food that is being served. . What are your kids eating for lunch? There is a

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Vitamins and Mycotoxins Analysis

Check out this video which highlights some of the innovative analysis in the areas of vitamins and mycotoxins. Be sure and see check out some of the extraction processes involved with these type of analysis. Be sure and check out more on the Midwest Laboratories Corporate Site with respect to analysis. Image courtesy of Stoon

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Dietary Fiber

One of the secrets to losing weight is getting enough fiber. People talk about counting calories or burning calories at the gym, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was something working for us inside our bodies to help speed up our metabolism and digest our food. That something is dietary fiber. According to WebMD,

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Are Organic Foods Healthier?

This week an article was posted in the New York Times, “Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce” which looked at research that spanned four decades and in summary concluded the following: There isn’t evidence that organic produce or meat is healthier than conventional There is no greater risk of bacteria

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Movie Theater Food Calories

Check out this Consumer Reports regarding the amount of calories and food that you are eating. Sampling of Snacks Pretzels with Cheese – Days worth of Sodium & Half-a-days worth of calories and fat A Large Coke and Large Butter Popcorn – 2,000 calories I realize a lot of people do not always order the

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Food Safety and Tailgating

With football season ready to begin this weekend, it is time to get prepared and be safe at the same time. The USDA has a list of some tailgating food safety items you should keep in mind. Here are a few items listed on the USDA Site: Carry cold perishable food like raw hamburger patties,

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Shucking corn – tips for removing silk

This summer, I have enjoyed corn on the cob. I have boiled corn, microwaved corn and grilled corn. It’s a great time to enjoy this delicacy. The one thing that is not enjoyable is shucking the corn and removing the silk. Check out this video that uses a simple trick,  using a rubber band to

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