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Closing Down the “Clean Plate Club”

When we were kids, parents constantly reminded us to join the “Clean Plate Club.” But in a time of childhood obesity, out-of-control portion sizes, and learning to eat only until you are full, does this mantra still make sense? It seems outdated at best and perhaps even harmful at worst. And yet why do we […]

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Wash Fresh Produce, Please

Why don’t people wash fresh produce? Like, always. As a permanent default. We’re asking in part because we recently took the kids on a tour of an organic farm. As we puttered through the fields on a creaky tractor, the workers would hand us fresh-picked carrots, peppers, cucumbers, and other vegetables for munching. “You can […]

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Re-Thinking Ketchup – and Ketchup Alternatives

Is ketchup an ever-present condiment on your table? With all of the sugar (and often even high fructose corn syrup) involved, it’s time to start thinking about ketchup alternatives. Ketchup is Evolving True, ketchup is evolving. It’s come a long way since people tried to call it a vegetable. Some brands started by creating lower-sodium […]

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Chocolate formula? Just say no.

We keep hearing about the mini-kerfuffle launched by food writer Marion Nestle in response to manufacturer Mead-Johnson’s new chocolate formula (this includes chocolate- and vanilla-flavored toddler formulas). At Jolly Tomato, we don’t cover baby foods so we aren’t spending a lot of time talking about formula. But since the product (Enfagrow) is meant for toddlers […]

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