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Research links processed trans fats to memory impairment

By Gutierrez:(NaturalNews) Working-age men who eat a diet high in trans fats have worse memories than their counterparts who eat less of the artificial fats, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-San Diego and presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014.

The effect was seen even after researchers adjusted for other risk factors such as age, depression, education and ethnicity.

Carrageenan: a popular natural ingredient that may compromise health

Found in an astounding array of foods, from cereal bars to non-dairy milk substitutes, carrageenan is not as harmless as it may appear upon first glance. Linked with gastrointestinal inflammation, lesions and malignant tumors, carrageenan can cause significant damage. And if you think purchasing organic will keep you safe, think again. A true case of buyer beware, taking a second look at your favorite foods may prevent a number of health problems down the road.

Three claims to ignore on food labels

Consumers are becoming aware of the dangers of chemical food additives, and they are selecting more "natural" products at the supermarket. Many companies are changing their products in response to the resulting consumer demand. Unfortunately, many food companies are sneaking their way around consumers' increasing knowledge by plastering their packaging materials with misleading claims rather than actually making their products more natural. If you are spending considerable amounts of time, energy and money to make more "natural" selections at the supermarket, you may not actually be getting what you think you are paying for.

How to read food labels

When it comes to food labels, any dietitian worth her salt will tell you to pay attention to them. But not all the words on those labels are created equal. Certain terms are backed up by law; others sound official but could mean anything—or nothing. Use this guide to translate the shelf talk and shop healthier with less hassle.

Ten food label entries that should send you running

There are billions of consumers out there and only a few manufacturers of food. This means that to meet consumer demands, manufacturing companies need efficient processes in order to be in the competition. Enter food additives that serve to present and preserve packaged foods for consumer satisfaction. Thanks to federal laws, companies are now required to print all food ingredients on food packages. That means we are allowed to choose what we eat. Here are 10 of the food additives that we need to stay away from.

Yes: Food labels would let consumers make informed choices

As a group of scientists and physicians that includes many long-standing members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), we challenge the recent AAAS Board of Directors statement opposing efforts to require labeling of foods containing products derived from genetically modified crop plants. Their position tramples the rights of consumers to make informed choices.

Deceptive food labels on natural health products

Sad, but true – processed foods have literally taken over most health food stores. In fact, there is a new category of so-called healthy foods that are, in some ways, not even qualified to be called healthy.