Archive for the ‘Food Industry’ Category

Cures for Obesity and NCDs from a Perch of Privilege

July 19, 2018 — A jarring story is playing out in public health. Momentum is growing to tax sugary drinks and junk foods all over the world. From a perch of privilege it sounds good. If you tax these bad foods and drinks enough, people will stop buying them. Even better, modeling exercises tell advocates that the benefits will […]

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 […]

UK Obesity Plan: Will It Be Enough?

June 27, 2018 — This week, the UK is taking even bolder action to reduce childhood obesity. A new obesity plan aims to cut England’s rate of childhood obesity in half by 2030. How, you ask? The answer involves marketing restrictions, restaurant calorie labeling, and a Daily Mile for primary students. All this comes on top of a sugary […]

FDA Turns Around on Added Sugar in Maple Syrup

June 23, 2018 — The wheels of government grind slowly. Especially when they need to reverse direction. But surprisingly, FDA did indeed reverse itself this week on a confusing bit of added sugar labeling. Maple producers have been howling about FDA’s plan to say that all of the sugar in pure maple syrup is “added.” Finally, FDA relented. An […]

Twisting the Definition of Added Sugars

June 14, 2018 — You might think that “added” means just what it says. But we’re finding out that this might not be the case when we’re talking about added sugars. Cranberry, honey, and maple syrup makers are finding out that added is supposed to mean bad. So it seems like FDA may end up twisting the definition for […]

A Taste for Health at Nutrition 2018

June 10, 2018 — People won’t eat what they don’t like. So if we want them to eat healthy food, it must taste good. Of course, nothing is simple about making the healthiest food taste good to most people people. We are driven by evolution to eat sugar, salt, and fat – as well as protein. Our inherited tastes tell […]

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 […]

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 […]

Experts Split on the Magic of Taxing Sugar

June 3, 2018 — On Friday, an independent panel advising the World Health Organization backed away from a recommendation for  taxing sugar to reduce obesity. Pakistan’s former health minister, Sania Nishtar, co-chaired the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable diseases. She explained what happened: The reason behind the opposition of one commissioner in particular was with regard to the strength […]

Sweet Talk About Food Labels

June 2, 2018 — Hi Alan. I’ve still got a bee in my bonnet about oranges only getting 4½ stars when you ran them through the Australian Health Star Rating system for May GI News despite their being packed with good stuff like vitamin C, fibre, potassium, folate and over 170 different types of phytochemicals that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, […]