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Category Archives: Decoding Labels

DECODING LABELS: Oh Boy Oberto Natural Beef Jerky


Everybody loves beef jerky. It’s a handy, portable, high-protein snack that’s compact and worry-free. You don’t have to worry about it spoiling, even if you’re out in the heat. You don’t have to worry about it spilling or leaking inside your purse or gym bag. You just grab it and go. Most people prefer to avoid the MSG-laden brands of beef jerky, instead opting for more “natural” varieties. That’s where this week’s Oh Boy Oberto Natural Beef Jerky comes into play.

Decoding Labels: KOYO Asian Vegetable Ramen


Okay, so it’s time to admit it. For a long period of college, I subsisted almost entirely on ramen and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Ramen is cheap, filling, and versatile. You can add meat to it, add frozen veggies to it, dress it up or down. It’s also super tasty and addictive. But after my Real Food conversion, ramen could no longer be my go-to choice for a quick lunch. It was packed with MSG, artificial colors and flavors, deep fried noodles, you name it. It’s been years since I’ve eaten it. And then, a reader emailed me asking about a “natural” ramen she’d found at her supermarket that’s made with organic noodles. It’s called KOYO Asian Vegetable Ramen. Here’s what I found out about KOYO.

Decoding Labels: Organicville Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Organic Olive Oil Balsamic Vinaigrette

At my local grocery store, salad dressings take up an entire side of one aisle. There are literally hundreds of possible choices on the shelf — all promising tasty convenience. Which ones do you gravitate towards? The “heart-healthy” blends? The certified organic dressings?

In any case, many people love and enjoy Organicville Olive Oil & Balsamic Organic Vinaigrette. This week, I’m flipping that beautiful label over and looking at the back of the bottle. How do the ingredients in this salad dressing measure up?

Decoding Labels: Campbell’s Healthy Request Cream of Mushroom Soup

campbells healthy request cream of mushroom soup ingredients

Marketed as a “healthier” version of their famous Cream of Mushroom soup, Campbell’s Healthy Request Cream of Mushroom Soup is full of quite a few downright scary ingredients. So much so that I marvel they can get away with calling it “healthy,” let alone “food.”

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