Posts Tagged ‘beverage’

No More Free Refills in France

January 30, 2017 — The French say “non.” No more free refills. As of last Friday, selling unlimited servings of sugary soft drinks for a fixed price is illegal in France. This move continues a steady path of measures intended to curb the rise of obesity there. In 2004, France banned vending machines from schools. In 2011, school cafeterias […]

Apples and Oranges, Soda Taxes and Surgery

January 27, 2017 — Here’s an unusual comparison. It contrasts the value of two different options for childhood obesity: a tax on sugary beverages versus bariatric surgery for adolescents. Steven Gortmaker and colleagues published this analysis in Health Affairs. Gortmaker presented the data yesterday in Washington, DC. Calling this an apples and oranges comparison would be generous. The basis for this comparison has two dimensions. First […]

Orange Juice: Sugary Hazard or Healthful Beverage?

January 16, 2017 — Remember when “breakfast without orange juice was like a day without sunshine”? The Nutrition Source at Harvard, consistent with many public health nutrition experts, presents a different view these days. It classifies fruit juice alongside alcoholic beverages as something to be consumed sparingly. Whole milk gets the same treatment, by the way. Consumer Reports tells us that “fruit […]

Soda Down in Mexico, Obesity Not So Much

December 16, 2016 — Mexico is something of a poster child for using taxes to drive down soda sales and fight obesity. A 10% tax on sugary drinks began nationwide there in 2014. After three years of the tax, soda consumption appears to be down, but obesity is still climbing. New results from Mexico’s 2016 National Health and Nutrition […]

Low Fact Reporting on Sweeteners

November 29, 2016 — Is factual reporting on sweeteners no longer a possibility? A sampling of recent headlines raises that question. Here are a few: How Sugar Substitutes Prevent Weight Loss Which Is Worse: Artificial Sweeteners or Sugar? Why Researchers Think Aspartame Is Making You Fat Low Calorie Drinks Actually Boost Weight The cause for these headlines was a […]

Will Trump Bulldoze the White House Vegetable Garden?

November 18, 2016 — A certain amount of angst is bubbling up around the subject of food policy under President-elect Donald Trump. That angst crystallizes in speculation about the possibility that Trump would bulldoze the White House vegetable garden. But beyond that symbolic question, many nitty gritty policy details will tell the full story. Certainly, plowing under the vegetable […]

Plant Milks: Junk Food or Health Food?

November 17, 2016 — When is a processed, packaged food product thought to be a healthy choice? Hard to say, but you might look at plant milks for some insight. The category is booming. Global sales will grow at a stunning 13% annual rate through 2022, say industry analysts. Consumers opting for the health and sustainability image of a […]

Will Big Soda Lead on Food Policy for Trump?

November 12, 2016 — Here’s a story for people who nurture dark fears about the food industry. Quartz reports that a veteran lobbyist for the American Beverage Association – “big soda” – will lead the transition team on food policy for President-elect Donald Trump. Michael K. Torrey is point man for Trump’s team at the USDA. Torrey collected more […]

All Four Soda Tax Proposals Approved on Election Day

November 10, 2016 — In Tuesday’s election, Americans in four cities – Boulder, CO, and San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, CA – approved soda tax proposals for their cities. In addition, Chicago’s Cook County Board of Commissioners will vote on a soda tax today. These taxes will add a penny or two for each ounce of soda. Economics professor Roland Sturm […]

Putting Soda Taxes to the Test

November 8, 2016 — It’s time for a vote, apparently. And the vote is not just about Trump and Clinton. We’re voting on a soda tax in four cities today: Boulder, CO, and Oakland, San Francisco, and Albany, CA. This question has turned into a stupid food fight, in our humble opinion. We’re talking about soda taxes, not the presidential […]