Posts Tagged ‘food policy’

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 […]

Chow Time at Work

June 13, 2018 — It turns out that advertising for Philadelphia Cream Cheese captures a slice of reality – chow time at work. In a new study presented at Nutrition 2018, CDC researchers found that many workers routinely get a big chunk of empty calories from office food. In fact, 22% of workers get nearly 1,300 calories from workplace […]

Like Magic: Eat Healthy, Save Billions

June 12, 2018 — Do we all have permission to deploy truthful hyperbole now? Judging from nutrition headlines today, the answer is unmistakable. Who needs healthcare? A small shift in eating patterns could save billions said Carolyn Scrafford of Exponent in a press release from Nutrition 2018: We found that increasing adherence to healthy dietary patterns by even 20 percent […]

Oh, SNAP – A Food Fight to Open Nutrition 2018

June 10, 2018 — Yesterday’s opening session of Nutrition 2018, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, tackled the long-enduring debate about restricting choice in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps). Many arguments exist for – and just as many against – restricting choice for SNAP participants to healthy foods and beverages. […]

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 […]

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, […]

Loud Restaurant Music Favors Burgers?

May 30, 2018 — Will loud restaurant music make us all order burgers and fries instead of a salad? Based on a study in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Sciences, you might think so. A press release and the resulting news stories make it sound cut and dried. But it’s worth stepping back to think about what this […]

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 […]

Global Health Leaders Engaging on Obesity

May 24, 2018 — A remarkable group came together this morning at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. Roughly 60 global health leaders engaged in a lively discussion about strategies to address the economic and public health challenge of obesity. One national public health officer described it aptly: I’ve participated in a number of other events this week. But […]