Posts Tagged ‘beverage’

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 […]

Soda? Nah, We’re Drinking Yogurt

October 14, 2016 — Soda is so yesterday. Drinking yogurt seems so much healthier. And it may well be. Along with 22 grams of sugar, you get lots of good stuff, like protein, vitamins, and minerals. The calories might be more than a 10-ounce Coke (220 vs 120), but there’s more nutrition. Those numbers come from the Drink Chobani brand, […]

Scorching the Earth for Public Health

October 13, 2016 — Scorching hot rhetoric seems to be the favored tool for public policy debates at the moment. Obesity related health policy is no exception. The food industry is a huge target with many segments to attack: fast food, processed food makers, industrial farming, “big soda,” and sugar producers. The latest outrage is summed up in this New York […]

Organic Gatorade: Healthy-ish Like Veggie Chips

September 1, 2016 — When nutrition and health meet marketing, the results can be jolting. PepsiCo’s new organic Gatorade concept takes the crown for healthy-ish marketing from Panera (for Clean Food). It’s a greater stroke of evil marketing genius than veggie chips. Truly, PepsiCo is giving the world the quintessential product that no one knew they needed. It’s USDA […]

Sweeteners and Food Terrorism 

August 15, 2016 — The annual meeting of the AADE offered much to like, but a scientific session on sweeteners belongs at the top of the list. Claudia Shwide-Slavin and Alan Barclay gave a concise tour of science and fiction about this sweet stuff that worries the Puritans among us. They had us from the start with a smart list of […]

Soda Sales Down in Mexico – Now What?

August 1, 2016 — Authors of a new study published in PLOS ONE report that soda sales were down in Mexico for the first year after an 8% tax on soda and other junk foods went into effect. The decline was especially steep in households with low socioeconomic status (SES). Overall, households cut their consumption of junk foods and sugar-sweetened beverages by 5%. Low SES […]

No, Water Is Not “The New Secret to Losing Weight”

July 14, 2016 — Repeating a pattern that is all too common, researchers at the University of Michigan have trolled through NHANES data and found a correlation between hydration and obesity. They published it in the Annals of Family Practice. They handed out a press release. And voilà! CNN and others are reporting on a “new secret to losing weight.” Never […]