Archive for the ‘Consumer Trends’ Category

Beware the Hazards of Moral Certitude

July 8, 2018 — Obesity, nutrition, and health bring out feelings of moral certitude with surprising frequency. But that means speculation about conspiracies, moral issues, and conflicts of interest crowds out reason and facts way too often. A Moral Issue with Dietary Advice? Reading up on debates about the relationship between carbs, insulin, and obesity, we found some harsh […]

Trendspotters Say Cottage Cheese Is Ready for a Comeback

June 28, 2018 — On Richard Nixon’s last day in the White House, cottage cheese was at its peak. Since then, it’s been four decades of decline for this high-protein, savory treat. In the seventies it was the quintessential ingredient for a diet plate. No wonder it took a dive. Now trendspotters keep saying it’s on its way back […]

Innovation at the Intersection of Consumers, Health, and Wellness

June 21, 2018 — Everywhere we turn, marketers are selling health and wellness. Today, our hotel is telling us, “Eat Well. Enhance Your Well-Being.” Who knew they cared so much? Yesterday, some of the sharpest minds in consumer health gathered to consider the future of consumer self-care. These people are seeking innovation for consumer health. And of course, they […]

Who Ordered the Broccoli Latte?

June 8, 2018 — Rarely does one innovation cover so many angles. But Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is pushing every button with this one – a broccoli latte. Even though they might not fix our unhealthy food supply all by themselves, the folks at CSIRO are sure giving it a try. Drink Your Veggies Who needs a Vitamix […]

Fat Shaming Meets Feminist Revenge Fantasy in Dietland

June 5, 2018 — Reality collided with fantasy last night on AMC with the premier of Dietland. It’s the story of Plum Kettle, a smart writer for a shallow teen magazine who calls herself fat and just tries to fade into the scenery. But along the way, she gets noticed by feminist terrorists who are torturing unrepentant rapists and […]

More Food, in More Places, for More Occasions to Eat

June 4, 2018 — People are convinced – perhaps with good reason – that the food supply has changed to give us more obesity now than ever before. Is it the sugar? Or is it the the fat? Many people chalk it up to their belief in the addictive properties of junk food. But we suggest considering that the […]

Can Weight Management and Body Positivity Peacefully Coexist?

May 31, 2018 — Kelly deVos is having a crisis of confidence in her beliefs about body positivity. Writing the in the New York Times, she says: The problem with today’s version of body positivity is that it refuses to acknowledge that no one approach is right for every person. One teenager might grow up to be healthy at […]

How Mediterranean Is the Mediterranean Diet?

May 26, 2018 — The Mediterranean diet is all but dead to children in Mediterranean countries. The WHO’s Jao Breda described the problem at ECO2018 this week: The Mediterranean diet for the children in these countries is gone. There is no Mediterranean diet any more. Those who are close to the Mediterranean diet are the Swedish kids. The Mediterranean […]

Fruits and Vegetables: Fresh, Frozen, and Chipped

May 20, 2018 — Ellie Krieger tells us that fruits and vegetables are becoming snack-ified. The food industry is turning just about every fruit and every vegetable you can imagine into chips in a bag. Krieger’s a big fan of a DIY approach: I learned how tossing kale leaves with a little oil, sprinkling them with salt and baking […]

Taking Celebrity Nutrition Advice to a New Level

May 19, 2018 — Great Britain is getting a new princess today when Meghan Markle weds Prince Harry and becomes Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex. On top of that, it seems like we might be taking her celebrity nutrition advice to a new, royal level. A Vegan-ish Duchess Until she became destined for royal status, Markle was […]