Posts Tagged ‘food industry’

Marketing a Healthier Food Chain in Britain

March 6, 2018 — Today, Public Health England (PHE) released a new initiative, holding food marketers responsible for helping to shape a healthier food chain by 2024. The goal? A 20 percent reduction of calories in Britain’s food supply. Within six years, manufacturers, supermarkets, fast food outlets, and other restaurants must bring bring their marketing skills to bear upon […]

Never Give Up on the Virtue of Doubt

February 28, 2018 — Nattering nabobs of negativism. William Safire wrote those words for Vice President Spiro Agnew to push back on people who doubted him. Three years later, Agnew resigned after a corruption probe and conviction for tax evasion. Doubt always has its doubters. But it has special virtues in science and health. Critical thinking is impossible without […]

Time to Redesign the Process for Dietary Guidelines?

February 26, 2018 — Nutrition science is hitting some hard limits. Diverse scholars say those limits are hurting its credibility and relevance. On top of that, the National Academies says the process for updating dietary guidelines needs a makeover. But at the same time, USDA is drawing fire for a former food industry lobbyist who may guide that process. So […]

Is the Sugar Conspiracy Our Favorite Conspiracy Theory?

February 16, 2018 — It’s the stuff of legend. Big sugar orchestrated a vast sugar conspiracy half a century ago. The industry foisted decades of flawed low-fat dietary guidance upon our nation – indeed all around the world. The theory holds that big sugar was out to blame fat for all our health woes. That was so that no […]

A Future of Super Healthy and Delicious Food

February 4, 2018 — Are we ready for a future of abundant, super healthy, and delicious food? None of that nasty ultra-processed stuff that’s full of added sugar, salt, and fat? Be careful what you wish for. The power of many trillions of dollars flowing through the global food industry can grant your wish. But things might not turn […]

Educating Consumers About Healthy Portions

January 24, 2018 — Can we educate consumers about healthy portions? Even if we do, will this have an impact on obesity? This and a host of other questions swirled through an intense day of discussions at Georgetown University Monday. The Georgetown Social Enterprise Initiative convened this closed-panel discussion. Portion Sizes Growing with Obesity While the prevalence of obesity […]

The Odd Symbiosis Between Nutrition Activists and Big Food

January 10, 2018 — Consumers eat for good health. They always have. It used to be that USDA was the primary focal point for telling us how to eat healthy. But now, nutrition activists have a prominent voice in setting the agenda for healthy eating. And in setting that agenda, they’re providing critical fuel for the marketing machinery of […]

A Shift Toward Dialogue with Big Food

December 30, 2017 — Maybe dialogue is still possible. Perhaps it’s even productive, even in the face of strong disagreements. Michael Jacobson, the founder of CSPI, is the man who coined the phrase “junk food.” He’s not afraid to pump out sensational headlines or sue the food industry. So it’s remarkable to hear him tell the Washington Post he […]

Processed Food: Sugar Is Out, Fat Is Back

December 16, 2017 — Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. For a couple of decades, fat was banished from our diets. Food makers took out fat and compensated by adding sugar and other carbs to processed foods. Now sugar is out of fashion and fat is in. So big food is dutifully doing what the nutrition gurus […]

Superficial Transparency in Nutrition Research

December 12, 2017 — The food industry wants to sell you food. And the industry frequently uses nutrition research to do it. For many good reasons, scientific journals require disclosures of conflict of interest. But in a new JAMA viewpoint, John Ioannidis and John Trepanowski submit that these routine disclosures are not adequate for nutrition research. Superficial transparency is not […]