Don’t eat that! It’s full of chemicals!

A current ad for a sports energy product goes something like this: Those other sports drinks are full of chemicals!  Don’t drink those.   Drink our product.  It has antioxidants and nutrients.  The implication: No chemicals!  Health Halo. False. In fact, nutrition is all about chemicals.  All nutrients are chemicals.  All food components are made […]

Are herbs, drugs and stimulants “dietary supplements”?

Consumer Reports and the FDA have recently weighed in on the problem of dangerous or undeclared ingredients in what they refer to as “dietary supplements”.  So first, it’s worth talking about what we mean by the phrase dietary supplements.  It sounds good.  Sounds nutritional and healthy.  The word supplement hints that it’s something beneficial, something […]

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